I was born and raised in Dagupan City. I spent the majority of my pre-college life here. Back then, I lived in this area, where apparently being underwater for a month or more is a norm. It was really uncomfortable especially when my sisters and I had to commute going to school. I remember how dad had to carry us behind his back. He did that so we could get to higher ground, and keep our shoes and school uniform from getting wet. Unfortunately, things haven’t really changed in this city. Flooding is still a huge problem here. But even so, Dagupan City still remains as my home, even when I already live in Calasiao.
St. Albert the Great School
Ah, my beloved alma matter. I had so much great memories here. I remember SAGS teachers so fondly because of their dedication and patience. The school buildings were so small back then. Nowadays, the campus has improved quite a lot, and from what I heard, there are already thousands of students here.
Dagupan City National High School
Dagupan City High holds a special place in my heart. Thanks to this school, I was able to open my eyes to the scary reality that I wasn’t used to seeing when I was in my old school. I had all of my best memories here. I also met a lot of my best friends here.
My high school life was sort of complicated, no thanks to my frail health, so it was very hard to have permanent folks to hang out with. Thankfully, in DCNHS, it didn’t matter. When I transferred in DCNHS during my senior year, I was so worried that I wouldn’t have any friends because I was new and weird. But, at the end of the day, (for some miraculous reason!), all I had to do was be myself, and poof! I had instant friends. Not just friends you have on social media, but friends that are still in my life today.
I barely walked around the city when I was younger. My mom and dad are very strict and they insist that I go straight home after classes. Now that I am a bit older, I get to walk around and admire the city. One of the few places I get to see is the Downtown area.
I have always been a fan of busy streets because I love reading people around me. It’s quite entertaining to sit somewhere and watch how everyone behave under different circumstances.
But more than anything, I love my old hometown, Dagupan City, because there are far too many memories I had here, and its such a huge part of my life. More pictures to come 🙂