When there was no movie house in Bangued, a truck loaded with movie equipment would come to town, for the purpose of showing in the plaza silent movies of plantation workers cultivating pineapples and sugar cane in Hawaii.
The people from Vigan were relatives of Father and they would stay with us at our home for a week at a time.
During a parade around the time of the arrival of the truck, with placards displayed on the sides, my brother and I rode with the driver in front, beating drums and making noise with the horn. We were only 6 and 4 years old then. Hence, those were exciting memories we can’t forget, especially when we saw our friends, neighbors, relatives, running after the truck trying to board it, but getting an electric shock every time they touched the metal part of the truck!
Many persons came to see the show and got interested in being recruited for employment overseas.
Two of them were my cousins, Mg. Ocin and Mg. Indong from Vigan. They joined Filipino workers in California. Upon arrival there, they sent us, Elix and me, very colorful sweaters, which we wore very proudly, as they were very rare and expensive.
One recruit who went to Hawaii was the cousin of Pat, Mg. Osi Aparri, Jun’s Godfather.