One of our favorite vacation places in the Philippines is in Sua, San Dionisio. The island in the background is called Manap-hag in the local language, or Pan de Asucar by the Spanish. It’s the second highest point in the Panay island group. My mom’s house is about a kilometer from this beach. They were having a boat race this particular morning to celebrate receiving new boats from the various orgs and government institutions after the typhoon Yolanda. This particular village was hit hard – over 90% lost their homes and boats – so there is a lot of reasons to rejoice in this particular moment.