A special thanks to Mike McQuestion (Group #81; Rural Public Health; Capiz ’74-’76; South Cotabato ’77) for sharing his story about his return to the Philippines! Its stories like this that make us all remember all that we left in the Philippines, and all that we took with us.
“Undoubtedly, a high point in 2012 was returning to my Peace Corps town, Jamindan, Capiz, Philippines, after 28 years. My head still hit the roofs of the jeepneys. I spotted a hut under construction just like the one I lived in for two years. The dirt roads are now paved and there is electricity and piped water. I found the familiar beauty of the place and the people, some of whom remembered me and my barcada buddy Boying visiting their barangays. The Ricaforte sisters put me up in high style. The mayor told me the barangay health worker project we started in Jamindan in 1975-6 is now a nationwide program. A part of me will always be there. Salamat gid sa inyo.”