The Binabag sign says, “You are now entering Bogo.” The billboard is ordinary but placed just right.
For those who have been away too long, the sight marks the exact moment the point one’s being home is driven home. The heart heaves a sign of relief that feels like the opening flutters of a severe stroke. The balikbayan begins to look around seriously and note the changes of his, yes His Home. Memories come flowing back, quickly becoming a flood with the passing of each kilometer. Soon he realizes that the pasalubong box is nowhere near enough.
Maybe Yolanda took down the sign. If she did, maybe the city could build another. A welcome monument – one more permanent and worthy landmark to end a Bogohanon’s long odyssey.