Perhaps, Raymund shared the same sentiments while faced with the burden of what to do with an abandoned castle, and a burnt one at that. Who can also blame him if he then tried passing the dilemma onto some priests by donating the castle to them. Anyway, like Raymund, they also shrunk with the thought of the millions and millions of pesos needed to restore the structure.
In the end, Raymund took the risk and his cleaning gear with him determined not really to rebuild the mansion, but to at least preserve it while sharing its magnificence and beauty to tourists. Unlike Angelina though, he did not need five people from the hacienda. He had his brothers and sisters to help him and together they formed a corporation to manage the ruins. Yves, who put her career in exports second only to her husband’s brainchild and now, their joint project, is there with him.
Until now, despite the challenges and discouragements even from friends, Raymund continues to dream. He toys with the idea of installing glass roofs so as not to alter the present charm of the ruins but still protecting both the house and the guests from the heat and the rain; the possibility of getting a grant to help preserve the structure; and the plan to set up a camping site nearby, among others.
Some thoughts lend themselves to ideas and dreams, while some would take the form of plans and possibilities. Raymund shares his while staring at the shell figures crowning the structure, and pointing out how his great grandmother’s father (who was a ship captain) influenced the architecture of the house.