The Rest House Tocino Built

The rest house

The rest house

Who would have guessed that surrounded by lahar is a cute little rest house?  It’s always a fun drive going through lahar country.  The lahar that struck these parts of Pampanga came around the mid 90s.  I actually wasn’t around when the Mt. Pinatubo blew up but I was around to witness a lot of the destruction the lahar caused.  So many homes, including our own, in Pampanga were destroyed because of the lahar.  I remember my cousins showing up in our house in Manila with their clothes covered in mud.  They had swam through the 1996 floor and lahar that hit our part of San Fernando, Pampanga and they took a bus to get to us here in Manila.  They informed us that our grandma and some of the family members were all gathered in the old ancestral house.  My parents hurriedly went to San Fernando with boats to pick them up.


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