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Palawan: The Trip Preparations

by Pastor Leng Lubang

The Lowland Cavite South Manila Conference United Church Workers Organization (LCSMC UCWO) in its General Assembly last year set Palawan as the place to visit and hold the Annual Continuing Theological Education and Retreat for 2010.  And it indeed came into fulfilment on January 17-22, 2010 bringing 57 church workers to this place considered as the country’s “Last Frontier.”  A briefing was called about two weeks prior to this trip, January 13, 2010 at UCCP Anabu where concerns like getting a Malaria vaccine or bringing “Off Lotion” (mosquito repellant) and coordinating closely with the community barangay officials of our coming so as to get security and many others came out.  Concerns that seem to put Palawan as a “danger zone”, huh!  Anyway, the organizers did all their best, both from LCSMC and PAC (Palawan Associate Conference) to provide the necessary protection for everyone.  Not having sufficient time to gear up for this trip due to much work load in church, some church workers ended up not having any malaria shot much less an insect repellant in his/her luggage.  The whole group just went and opened up to whatever surprises that would come our way, first of which was the delay in the series of Cebu Pacific flights to Palawan that Sunday, January 17 and a long queue of passengers checking in on our way back Friday, January 22 in the Puerto Princesa airport.  According to the locals in Palawan, it’s not something surprising.  Flights to Palawan are always delayed, thus, lesson number one is to let go of time and let events happen not according to punctuality of time but readiness of everyone whether the airplane, the venue or people themselves.