It is with great sadness that I have to announce that we have lost contact with Enrique. Since our last update more than three weeks ago, we have not been able to get in touch with Vanessa, Enrique’s last handler. I gave her until last night to contact me just to let me know if she is still part of the project, but to no avail.
I myself am disappointed with this new development. I was hoping for a full circumnavigation by Enrique, only to have him end up stranded midway. I can’t help but compare the situation with Ferdinand Magellan’s attempted circumnavigation 500 years ago, when he died an untimely death halfway around the world in the hands of what would late be called Filipinos.
But I am not fazed. Magellan paved the way for the first circumnavigator of the world, Enrique de Malaca, Enrique’s namesake. Journeys are bound to take you on unexpected twists and turns. Sometimes, you might even lose your way. But it’s by reorienting yourself and finding the way back to your chosen path that you are able to learn and improve yourself. So I am only taking this as a minor setback.
In the coming weeks, I will have to rally together my resources, get another reincarnation of Enrique, and rebuild the travel kit that Enrique came with. I might have to do another crowfunding campaign, I’m not sure yet. What I am sure of, however, is that this journey will keep going. Thank you to everyone who has supported and continue to support Project Reconnect. We can’t do this without you.