Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Roadtrip to Ilocos: A Christmas House in Tarlac

One good thing about driving long distance at night is that traffic is less. Traffics like the hefty bulks, the rolling road blocks and the dormant thugs are examples of road obstructions that can give you a very bad day. Long time ago, driving in rural areas was a unique experience because of the enthralling stretches of rice paddies, the fresh breath of untainted air, the typical quaint barrio landscape and roadways that are well paved. Nowadays, it is quite difficult to drive the rural streets because the influx of roaring motorcycles had transformed the narrow streets into a maze-craze alley where these roaring hooligans unceremoniously weave in and out.

Panoramic shot of the Christmas house

With my cup of espresso shot keep coming, I was wide awake as a nocturnal owl and progressively drive along Manila North Road (MNR) from Tarlac City passing through the municipalities of Gerona, Paniqui, Moncada, and San Manuel, the municipalities of Sto. Tomas, Carmen, Villasiz, Urdaneta City, Binalonan, Pozzorubio, and Sison in the province of Pangasinan. It was almost 10:00 p.m. when we started maneuvering the zigzag of Rosario, Pangasinan enroute to Sto Tomas, La Union.

The city population are asleep. Activities in most poblacions are dwindling. There are noticeable police check-points in some town's egress, courteously flagging down motorist for inspection. It was somehow a sigh of relief for night travelers like us.

It is still the night of Christmas day, most cities and town centers we have passed along the way were decorated with Belen (life-size diorama of the Nativity Scene) and arrays of multi-colored glittering christmas lights. Some Belens are lavishly adorned with colorful flowers and sparkling luminations emanating from sequentially-timed state-of-the-art Light Emitting Diodes (LED).

While traveling in Moncada, Tarlac one distinct and very colorful christmas house caught our attention. It made us suspend our journey momentarily and we excitedly took pleasure to watch the colorful display. The house is not a mansion or a classy pad akin to those of flush Makati, Muntinlupa or Quezon City villages.  It is a very simple and modest house. The owner kept the gates open even at late hours to allow the "curious" entry and gaze-in at the display. Though it is a lowly dwelling, we were touched by the owner's generosity and inspired by their compassion.

The Christmas House in Tarlac

A captured shot without flash

The lovely christmas lights that adorned the house

One of the fascinating themed presentation

Don't miss the action

Mr. & Mrs. Claus' Presents

Mr. & Mrs. Claus Friends

More dazzling christmas lights

The entry to the humble offering 

Our gratitude to the owners of this lovely Christmas house. May God bless you with all the good tidings.

All pictures in this post is the exclusive property of White Dog Leader, Red 1 Leader & Associates. All rights reserved. 2012

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