I am an explorer, in other words, I like to explore things around me, and things in the vicinity. I have always been the type who enjoys just jumping in the car and heading out. Sometimes, when we do this, Feyma or the kids will ask me where we are going, and invariably, I say “I don’t know, we’ll just see where we end up.” Well last Saturday, I was in the exploration mood, so I asked everybody if they wanted to go for a ride, and the answer was “yes” from the whole group, so we got ready and headed out. Since my Mom is still here visiting, I really want to show her around the Davao Region so that she can see the beauty of the place.
One place that I had never visited before, but had a desire to go to was Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental. I had read an article about the place in a newspaper about a year ago, and while I was quite sure that there was nothing major to see or do there, I was kind of intrigued by the place. I understood that they had some nice beaches there. So, we headed out to have a look. Governor Generoso is about a 3 hour drive from Davao, through some rather scenic areas. You head north up to near Tagum City, then head to the east, taking you through Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley and finally into Davao Oriental. Governor Generoso is basically across the Gulf of Davao from the City on the other side of the water.
We arrived in Governor Generoso around 1pm or so, maybe a bit earlier. We were all kind of hungry, but we didn’t see any kind of restaurants anywhere in town. Finally, down near the Public Market, we saw a little stand selling fried chicken and also lechon manok (grilled chicken), so we bought a bunch of chicken. We had already seen the town, but a little north of town there were some nice beaches to see. So, we decided to head north and stop the car at a nice scenic place to eat our lunch. It was rainy weather so we decided to stop the car where we had a nice view, and just eat inside the car where it was still dry.
As I pulled the car over to the side to see the beautiful view of the Gulf, a young man appeared out of nowhere. He walked right over to my window and stood there. Honestly, I was a little annoyed at him, but I put my window down to see if there was some problem. It was quite obvious that this young man, about 30 years old or so, was severely mentally retarded. As regular readers know, I have a son who is 15 years old who is mentally retarded too, and of course, this young man touched me, and also Feyma and my Mom. Although I felt bad for the guy, I was a little annoyed as I said, and I put my window up and drove forward about 100 feet or so. I looked in my mirror and he was following me. Soon he was at my window again. I relented and told Feyma to prepare a little food for the guy, put it in a plastic bag, and we would give it to him. I rolled down the window and gave him the bag. He stood there motionless, and still did not utter a word. I said “OK, you can go now.” He didn’t respond. Feyma spoke to him in Bisaya, saying “OK, there is your food.” When she said that to him, he turned and walked away, headed forward ahead of the car.
Something funny happened. The guy suddenly stopped walking, set down the bag of food that we gave him on the ground, and bent over. Suddenly we were all distracted for just one or two seconds. When we looked up, the guy was gone. There was still plenty of area ahead of us where we should have been able to see him, but it was as if he didn’t exist any longer.
My Mom, and Feyma to some extent believe that this was an Angel. I am skeptical, but, I do admit that it was a strange incident, and I am honestly not sure what happened that afternoon. One way or another, I do feel for the guy, and I won’t forget him anytime soon!