Buildings on Marinduque run the gamut from simple to complex.
They can be as small as this tiny wood frame square box with a thatched roof, unscreened windows, padlocked front door, built off the ground, no air conditioning ,no electric, no plumbing.
There are structures like this down every Mogpog street, some two stories with shutters, tin roofs,metal sash windows They were built decades ago, now unpainted and weathered as old and wrinkled men holding burning cigarettes by local food marts, sitting in the shade looking at the world through half closed eyes.
They can be as complex as a nearby two story concrete house with a metal roof, updated appliances, air conditioners and new windows, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, able to withstand any typhoon.
Buildings here are nailed or screwed together, formed in concrete pours by the wheelbarrow,walls bonded by rebar.
Electric and plumbing are antiquated, or modern, depending on the size of one’s pocketbook.
Local wisdom says to start from scratch in Mogpog gets you the best value for your money.
Local legend has it that the last family to rent this little wood house saw their kids playing with ghosts and moved out in the middle of the same night.
It hasn’t been occupied since.