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The Gang after our meeting

The Gang after our meeting

Most of you that’s been reading and following our site you will remember Luanne aka AmericanLola. She had been a writer here for quite some time. She lives in Cagayan De Oro with her husband Ed. They’re both American. They’ve been living here in the Philippines for over 30 years as missionaries. Their kids practically grow up here. They’re fluent in speaking the dialect here in the Philippines too.

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We’ve known them ever since the starting of LiP. She participated and writes about her life and her learning of the language here in the Philippines. To tell you honestly her and her husband were the inspirations for Bob to learned the Bisaya language.

Back 9 years or so ago, Bob and I together with our 2 Filipino friends went to a place in Lanao, town called Tugaya. A place where they make good and nice stuff that you will see in Aldavinco (souvenir shop in Davao). We decided to swing by in CDO (short for Cagayan De Oro) to met up with AmericanLola and Ed. So we all agreed to met up at a nice restaurant in CDO. After the meet and greet, we then tried ordering our food and such. Then Ed and Luanne spoke to the waiters in fluent and nicely spoken bisaya. Both Bob, myself and our Filipino friends eyeballs just almost pops out. We’re all in shocked of how good they are in speaking bisaya language fluently. I can see on Bob’s eyes that he was jealous of how good Luanne and Ed spoke to the waiters. He asked Luanne how did they learned the language and stuff. Even our Filipino friends even said that Luanne and Ed spoke bisaya better than they do. Both of them are from Manila but already lived here in Davao for a long time. The way Luanne and Ed’s bisaya language are well spoken from the area like Cebu and CDO. The bisaya that our friends and myself are used to were the way the Davaoeno are speaking. It’s a mixture of tagalog, Ilongo and Cebuano.  All in all it was a great trip and the beginning of a good thing going for Bob.

As soon as we got home, Bob immediately look for a bisaya teacher here in Davao. Luanne introduced Bob to one of her friend that studied bisaya here in Davao. Her name is Shannon (a young American missionary), and Shannon introduced Bob to Bebe. She’s really a great teacher of bisaya language and culture Filipino cultures). Bob studied with Bebe for over 4 years. He really did graduate the course. We are so proud of him.

Yesterday when Luanne and Ed were here we also invited Bebe to come and met Luanne. She did come here and met up with Luanne and Ed. We all spoke bisaya for awhile. I’m still impressed with Luanne and Ed with their skills of bisaya speaking. Bob is almost there with them. We always thank Bebe for patiently teaching Bob the bisaya language. My hats goes out to her.

Luanne and Ed thank you so much for stopping by here at our house to visit us. It’s really great seeing you guys again. It’s been ages ago since we last saw you. Have fun on your vacation to the States and Europe. Let us know when you guys ate back in CDO. We will take you up soon on your invitation to visit you guys in CDO. Take care and God bless!

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Feyma

Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.

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Violet VL
4 years ago

Handsome si Lolo, charming si lola

Bob Martin
4 years ago
Reply to  Violet VL

Mao na, Violet VL!

Feyma Bayoy Martin
4 years ago
Reply to  Violet VL

Thank you Violet!

Violet VL
4 years ago
Reply to  Violet VL

Cyou’r welcome Bob and Fey

Nilda Valpey
4 years ago

Mama ug Papa nimo ni Bob? Mga gwapo ug gwapa man kaayo sila and they look very young, hope they like it there, especially the very hot weather.

Bob Martin
4 years ago
Reply to  Nilda Valpey

Dili, amigo lang, Nilda.

Nilda Valpey
4 years ago
Reply to  Nilda Valpey

Oppps, abi nako parents nimo Bob, you have similarities to them ?

Feyma Bayoy Martin
4 years ago
Reply to  Nilda Valpey

Hi Nilda, mga friends namo sila. They liked it here, they’ve been living here in the PI way longer than Bob and I. They loved it here. Thank you so much for stopping by. Take care!

Nilda Valpey
4 years ago
Reply to  Nilda Valpey

Hi Feyma, abi nako mom &Dad ni Bob, murag kamukha man god sila mga gwapuhon.

AmericanLola
AmericanLola
4 years ago

Feyma, thank you so much for your kind hospitality! We loved seeing you and the kids and meeting Bebe! We are proud of Bob for working so hard on speaking Bisaya, not an easy language! 🙂
Hinaot nga makita ta sa dili pa dugay diri sa CDO!

Ed Shackelford
4 years ago

Thanks, Feyma! It was great seeing you again and meeting Bebe!

Feyma Bayoy Martin
4 years ago
Reply to  Ed Shackelford

You’re welcome Ed. I’m glad you guys finally met Bebe. It’s always good seeing the two of you. Take care!

Jeff Joy Depakakibo Bexson

My hat’s off to the 3 Kanos!

John Miele
John Miele
4 years ago

She was one of the best writers on this site, in my opinion. Very well written and balanced articles, and worth a stroll through the archives, for sure

AmericanLola
AmericanLola
4 years ago
Reply to  Feyma

Thank you, John, you are so kind!

lgbalfa
lgbalfa
4 years ago
Reply to  John Miele

John,

Why don’t you write anymore on Bob Martin’s site?

I remember your articles in the past. They were excellent.

Besides Bob, his wife, and maybe another writer, the rest of the writers are not that great.

Hopefully you will reconsider and start writing again on this site.

We need your insight again please.

John Miele
John Miele
4 years ago
Reply to  lgbalfa

Honestly, I really have very little time. My job and travel are starting to take a toll, and though writing the article itself usually does not take too much time, responding to all of the comments was pretty time consuming (Some of the articles I wrote received 200+ comments). I wrote for about four years on the site, and am amazed that some articles still get comments, even at 8 years old. Since this site is Bob’s business, he needs me to make a regular commitment to write and respond to comments every single week. I cannot, in good faith,… Read more »

Feyma Bayoy Martin
4 years ago

Thank you so much!

Jeff Joy Depakakibo Bexson

Have you seen the videos of the Mormon missionaries who learned Visayan? They are hilarious!

Jeff Joy Depakakibo Bexson

Check out Hey Joe Show on FB

lgbalfa
lgbalfa
4 years ago

nice article feyma.

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