Thursday, June 23, 2011

Skywatch#78 Sunset At Pangalusian Island

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This was taken years ago while traveling with some of my friends in Palawan. Palawan is one of my favorite places on earth.

The sunset photo was taken in Pangalusian Island, Bacuit Bay, Palawan. We were staying at Miniloc Island Resort and was on our way home from a day of island hopping in Bacuit Bay with some of the resort's guests. We asked our boatman if we could be allowed to check out the Pangalusian Island before returning to the resort. The other guests opted to proceed back to the resort. We stopped by Pangalusian and hiked to its peak which to our delight, had an astounding view of Bacuit Bay and nearby islands.

We took the sunset photos while waiting for our boatman to arrive from the resort.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

My World#119 Walk This Way

Carlos Celdran's Walk This Way tour is one of the Manila tours I have been eyeing for years to get into. Unfortunately, time and money constraints always got in the way.

So, when my chance came, I was truly excited. We met by the entrance of Ft. Santiago, Intramuros, Manila. Before we started, we paid our tour fees and introductions were made. There were about 20 participants for the tour and a lot of them are either Filipino balikbayans or foreigners with their Filipino families.

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The tour started at Fort Santiago where the national hero, Jose Rizal, was imprisoned before he was executed. We walked around Intramuros, stopping by several times at some really interesting places (for sure, they are not easy to find in history books).

Fort Santiago,Intramuros,Manila

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Fittingly, the tour ended with a special treat of halo-halo. A perennial Filipino cold dessert which was made of shaved ice, sweet young coconut meat, and sweetened purple yam.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Skywatch#77 Ruin Of Cagsawa Church

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This church tower is what remains of the Cagsawa Church. The church which was actually huge as what we saw from its old photo was buried during the 1800s eruption of the nearby Mt. Mayon. Nowadays, the ruin of Cagsawa Church is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Bicol Region.

Cagsawa is located at Daraga, Albay, Bicol Region. Mt. Mayon is most active volcano in the Philippines.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

My World#118 Independence Day

June 12 is Araw ng Kalayaan or Philippine's Independence Day. Philippine flags are on display almost everywhere.

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This year's theme for the 113th anniversary of the Philippine's Independence Day is "Kalayaan: Paninindigan ng Bayan" or "Freedom: The Stand of the People".


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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Skywatch#76 Up, Up And Away!

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I took this photo while waiting for our boat ride from Costa Marina Beach Resort to Davao mainland. I was just thinking that the PAL (Philippine Airline) plane looks like a big bird soaring high through the fluffy clouds.

The flag carrier used to dominate the commercial flights but now, Cebu Pacific Air is doing that. Big thanks to their plane ticket sales promo especially the piso fare and zero fare. Still, PAL has retained a lot of its loyal customers.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Save The Philippines Seas

Save the Philippine Seas!

The first and only time I did scubadiving, I was tickled pink or should I say, tickled brown to my toes. It happened in El Nido, Palawan.

I was so excited and happy that I could not breathe properly through my breathing apparatus. I even almost forgot to neutralize when I saw the colorful corals swirling like delicate silk curtains in the sea waters. Nemo and his kind was frolicking among the corals and it took me a nanosecond trying to reach out for them. Good thing, my dive instructor who could easily pass up for a movie actor was quick enough to remind me by sign language that it was prohibited to touch them.

Being underwater was a surreal experience, but I would like to do it over again and again. It was only through that experience that I was able to fully appreciate the beauty of the Philippine seas. I grew up near the waters and I saw how it was a huge part of a lot of people like the fishermen and the families. Fish is also part of the main diet of the Filipinos.

For me, the scuba diving experience made me realize that I've come full circle. A circle that I want to experience again and again.

The recent news of seized contrabands of black corals, sea turtles and other marine life had me worried and angered. How could this black souls decimate an entire coral reef twice as big as overpopulated Manila just for the greed? Have they thought about the effects of what they had done? God knows, it might take another generation or maybe more generations before those decimated coral reefs could recover (if they recover at all).

I really hope and pray that the culprits be found and properly executed up to the full extent of the law. I also really hope and pray that the proper authorities in cooperation of the private sector will work hand in hand to resolve this dreadful incident immediately. The culprits did not only destroy the corals and the marine life of our seas but they also destroyed a huge part of our heritage.

In the meantime, let us be vigilant against those people who destroy our seas.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

My World#117 Boosting Davao Tourism

This is the presentation display inside Abreeza Mall featuring the weaving industry of the indigenous people of Davao. Known for their colorful and intricate designs on their costumes and other wearables, the indigenous people

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The City Government of Davao in partnership with Department of Tourism is trying to boost the city’s tourism industry for this year. Already known as the adventure capital of the Philippines for its numerous adventurous activities like mountain climbing, white water rafting, ziplining and more, Davao City is also being geared as the melting pot of Philippine indigenous cultures in Mindanao.

The city of Davao is home to various indigenous communities of which are part of the last tribes of Mindanao. Struggling with the rapid loss of their ancestral lands, extreme poverty, lack of education and apathy among its younger generation, the tribes’ populations are dwindling and their culture deteriorating.

With the thrust of the city government towards tourism industry, the indigenous people are being given hope to show their culture and heritage to the world and at the same time, retain and nurture them for the future generation.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Skywatch#75 Low Tide At Costa Marina

Summer has been short and rainy and rainy and short. It was actually not summer at all. So, I didn't have my fill of beach days and I'm missing them right now. Maybe, because I'm feeling tired and low that I just want to lay back by the beach, relax and regroup.

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That is my mother and my niece on their way to the deeper part of Costa Marina Beach Resort. Photo was taken while the skies were threatening low again but thankfully, the sun prevailed that day.

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