Meeting my cousin (one of a twin) for the first time

22 Dec

Who would imagine that we would be meeting each other face-to-face? We were pen pals when we were kids, back in the 80s when there was no Internet yet. We sent each other letters and stickers. But it was only for a time. When Facebook came along, we re-connected. But didn’t really get in touch regularly. She and her husband traveled around the world, and I was just too excited when they said that they’re dropping by Manila.

For a week last November-December, I finally got the chance to meet one of my twin cousins from America who visited the Philippines for the first time. It was really, really great meeting Theresa and her husband Gabe.

Here’s a few of the pictures we took of their visit. We were only able to show them Batangas, Tagaytay, Ortigas and Manila since they only stayed for a week. But they did go to Puerto Galera in Mindoro and spent a couple of days there.


Dinner at our house in Batangas (Day 1).


Family get-together at Lopez Jaena Street, Batangas (Day 2).


Our cousin Joy brought us to the town of Taal to see the historic Taal Catholic Church, more formally known as Basilica de San Martin de Tours.


Taken at the Bell Tower of Taal Church, overlooking Balayan Bay.


The Church had an old, traditional Filipino house (Bahay na Bato) beside it typical during the Spanish colonization which was turned into a museum. This is a veranda of the house.

Bahay na bato

The living area in the Bahay na Bato.

Plaza Mabini

Plaza Mabini, Batangas.


The “Belen” in Plaza Mabini.

EDSA Shrine

We live near the EDSA Shrine so we showed it to them and told them a little about the People Power Revolution (Day 6).

Taal Volcano, Tagaytay

We brought them to Tagaytay to see Taal Volcano (and eat) (Day 7).


Then brought them to Intramuros, the only place left in Manila where you could see a glimpse of our Spanish Era past.

Manila Cathedra

The Manila Cathedral was closed for renovation when we visited.

Pasig River

The Pasig River, view from Fort Santiago.


Across is Binondo, the China town of Manila.

Fort Santiago

Entrance Gate of Fort Santiago.


Day 7 was a long day. We went to Tagaytay, Manila, MOA (wanted to let them see the sunset and eat at Dampa but was not able to do so. The sunset we didn’t catch and the Dampa was no longer there). So we ended up eating at Max’s in Robinsons Galleria for dinner.

Before leaving for airport

One final shot before they left and head to their next destination, Africa (Day 8).

Gabe and Theresa, we really did have a great time meeting you and hanging out with you, even if it was such a short time. We do hope you could go back. We’ll be happy to host you again. We’d also like to meet your twin, Melissa, and her family as well.


One Response to “Meeting my cousin (one of a twin) for the first time”


  1. Touring Taal, Ortigas, and Intramuros | musings, moments, memories - December 22, 2013

    […] met for the very first time when they visited the Philippines last November (you can read about it here). We toured them around but it seemed that we ourselves were the tourists. We took more pictures […]

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