Our flight from Legazpi City to Manila was at 7.25 a.m. on Black Saturday. Because we have had a nasty of experience of missing our flight and spending extra to get tickets for the next flight (that happened last year and it’s a very long and emotionally exhausting story that cost me over four thousand pesos, so never mind), thereafter, we always made sure we followed the requirement of checking in at least two hours before the departure time. So, we were at the Legazpi City National Airport a little after 5.00 a.m. To our surprise, the airport was closed. As in locked. According to the street sweepers, the employees and the cops (airport security) had not yet arrived.
I don’t know if this only happens during Lent or if it’s the general rule there. But it was bad for us — even the airport canteens were closed. No toilets, no food, no drinks, nowhere to sit comfortably. Three quarters of an hour later, we were so hungry that when a taho vendor passed by, we were all over him. Perhaps it was just sheer hunger but that was the best taho I’ve ever had in my entire life.