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Captain Tom & His Amazing Mohawk Visit a Guimaras Fiesta [Flashback* 02.15.2016]

the kano and captain tom

Captain Tom and his amazing mohawk took time off from his thriving graphic design business, Line of Sight, to visit a Guimaras fiesta in Buluangan, the Philippines. Tom has been visiting his fiancée, the lovely Lenlen, seen seated in between my beautiful asawa on the left and a family friend on the right.

the crew at guimaras fiesta

Barangay Buluangan’s Foundation Day Celebration 2016 was held last week.  The participants seen in the next shot are from the same elementary school my spouse attended years ago.

buluangan elementary school fiesta dance

These energetic tiny dancers were part of a street dancing competition for the fiesta. There was a massive crowd on hand for the celebration, which we thought would be delayed by a brown out courtesy of our local utility, Guimelco. But a back-up generator was on hand to provide power for the massive wall of speakers seen at any fiesta I’ve ever attended in the Philippines. tanods dance at buluangan fiesta in guimaras

the crew visits the buluangan fiesta in guimaras

But while my wife and LenLen sat watching the diminutive dancers, Captain Tom, seemed somewhat agitated. It appears that the Captain might have even been flipping someone “the bird,” though being a former oblate at the Trappist Monastery in Guimaras, that’s highly doubtful.

getting ready for the dance competition in guimaras philippines

In the photo above, the next group to perform at this fiesta in the Philippines seemed about as confused as Ben Carson and Donald Trump at the  Feb. 6 Republican debate  in New Hampshire. Were these kids missing their cues, too?

buluangan guimaras fiesta dancers

But the street dancers soon kicked into high gear. Unfortunately, the soft-spoken Ben Carson, hasn’t.

more dancers in buluangan fiesta

Where these two participants reacting to  President Barack Obama’s former top military intelligence official who stated Hillary Clinton should pull out of the presidential race while the FBI investigates her use of a private email server for official government communication while secretary of state?

captain tom and barangay captain

Captain Tom and the Buluangan Barangay Captain gave a “thumb’s up” to that.

the kano and captain tom with a mohawk

Yours truly and Captain Tom show off our “Guest” badges where we were given privileged seating with local barangay officials. Tom was so excited to get the celebrity treatment in the Philippines that his hair virtually stood on end, resulting in a mohawk-like hairstyle.

did this american spot a kapre

More on Barangay Buluangan’s Foundation Day Celebration 2016 along with a look at some of the Foundation Queen Contestants who all wore gowns made of recyclable materials.

3 thoughts on “Captain Tom & His Amazing Mohawk Visit a Guimaras Fiesta [Flashback* 02.15.2016]

  1. Welcome back Tom, enjoy your vacation. Dave needs the civilizing influence 😉

  2. Dave,

    Things are back to normal with Tom back and getting to spend some time with LenLen.

  3. Dave and Melinda thank you so much for helping make this trip possible. Your hospitality was amazing. LenLen and I really enjoyed this time with the both of you (even your newest dawg Killer). I’m home now in Florida safe and sound. I was glad to see more progress with the new roads on Guimaras. I was also very impressed wharf and the new Iloilo City Riverwalk (Panay). Thank you Rease for taking the time to show us this modern walkway/park. VERY NICE. As I was leaving town I notice workers extending it even farther. Now if we could get Guimaras’s power cooperative to improve that would be another step in the right direction. A brownout during the Buluangan’s fiesta. The nerve. =) Okay God bless to all my expat friends there for trying to make Guimaras a better place to live. Hope to see everyone again soon. Sincerely, Captain Tom

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