Maggie Mairura’s Philippines Experience

CAFOD’s Maggie Mairura is in the Philippines visiting partners and offering her expertise. Read the latest instalment of her experiences overseas below…  

We were ready and waiting at 10am for Gen, however it was our faithful friend, Elmer,Maggie Philippines who arrived to take us to the airport, collecting Gen on the way.  Our flight was at 12.55.  We sailed through check-in and into the departure lounge of the Domestic Flights terminal.  At the Krispy Kreme stall, Gen was getting a box of donuts for Father Eric, our host, as they are his favourite.  We persuaded her to let us pay for them as our gift to him.

Our gate number was called and we proceeded out of the building, being slam-dunked by the heat!  As we followed directions to our plane we had to wait a while as a disabled passenger was physically lifted, in her wheelchair, up the narrow staircase by 3 staff.  It was a small aircraft, two seats on either side of the aisle.  As we took off it was amazing to see Manila from the sky, looking down into Laguna Bay and all the fish farms, so many islands and so much water!!  The flight lasted 50 minutes and as we approached Naga City the views were of patchwork rice fields, mountains in the distance and beyond that water – like I said, lots of it!

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