Seems like a lot of high-tech words start with the lowercase “i” such as iPhone, iPod, iMac, iPaq, to name a few. No high-tech stuff, iBangui, however, is just another way of saying “taga-Bangui,” or “from Bangui.” That municipality about 58 kilometers north of Laoag, the capital city of Ilocos Norte, NOT to be confused with that republic somewhere in the bowels of Central Africa.
Just to keep your feet on the ground: when you google “Bangui”, please don’t get overwhelmed by the amount of info, such as the impression you could find a Four Seasons type hotel in there, or the never-ending chatter about the windmills. To our local folks, those windmills are a novelty, even as the folks that fish kinda dislike them for the noise that they generate, reportedly scaring away the fish. What would probably surprise me is if someone the likes of Don Quixote or Sancho Panza emerges from the madlang people as in the story (Tilting at windmills):
Just then they came in sight of thirty or forty windmills that rise from that plain. And no sooner did Don Quixote see them that he said to his squire, “Fortune is guiding our affairs better than we ourselves could have wished. Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them. With their spoils we shall begin to be rich for this is a righteous war and the removal of so foul a brood from off the face of the earth is a service God will bless.”
“What giants?” asked Sancho Panza.
“Those you see over there,” replied his master, “with their long arms. Some of them have arms well nigh two leagues in length.”
“Take care, sir,” cried Sancho. “Those over there are not giants but windmills…..”
But not to digress, we’d like you to know why we have this blog: It’s a convenient meeting place for those of us who still live in Bangui and those that moved out of Bangui and migrated to other places in the Philippines or around the world but who still have a flicker of nostalgia for the place. Leave a comment. Drop a line. Send some nice pictures. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I do reserve the right to choose and edit what gets published to maintain some modicum of order.