Last week Saturday (30/7) we had a blessing and praying party to celebrate the fact that our house is finished and we officially moved into the new house.
The night before an old couple, the previous owners of our property, slept in the house according to local tradition. At 4 a.m. the next morning we arrived to settle in and waited for the old people to wake up.
We prepared breakfast - toast and fried eggs with orange juice and fruits - for the four of us. For them it was as if they stayed in a hotel. They never experienced such an occasion as this one.
|The previous owners of the land and my asawa and me|
|My brother in law's family from San Carlos City|
|Waiting for the food|
|A family/neighbor from Primicias arriving|
|Helpers and ....|
|...the chief cook|
Later I heard that some of the guests loaded plastic bags with food and went home with their tricycle to eat the food there with their relatives in stead of enjoying the food with us.
|The cakes and candies for the after party|
|Posing before ....|
|... I cut one of the cakes|
|We enter the house with each an enlighted candle ...|
|... put the candles on the altar ...|
|... and the ladies behind us start their prayers|
|All rooms are visited and baptized|
At 4.30 p.m. our relative and architect / building engineer arrived with his wife and daughter. We set together for a while, enjoying wine and cake and when most guests were gone, we joined the workers. As I explained in a previous blog, the workers are usually working for him, but now for me, so he knew them very well.
While drinking and eating they enjoyed the karaoke, as we rented a karaoke machine (here called a videoke), and they had a lot of fun, singing together with their engineer/boss. As a matter of fact I don't like singing, so I only joined the drinking part.
|Ladies table when most guests have left|
|Carlos the painter is also a good singer|
|My engineer with his and my boys|
|Nelo the mason chooses a karaoke song|
|The party lasted until the night|