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The Greatest Boxer of All Time

Muhammad Ali. An interesting twist of fate. From stolen bike at 12 years old to becoming the greatest boxer ever. Story has it that when he was 12 years old, he was furious to learn that his bike was stollen. Wanting to avenge for his lost bike, he learned boxing so that one day, he would relish the thought of beating whoever stole his bike. And the rest is history. To Muhammad Ali, The Greatest is not enough. He wants […]

Dambana Ng Kagitingan

The Damabana ng Kagitingan is located atop Mt. Samat in the provice of Pilar, Bataan. It is a historical landmark to remember the valiance of the Filipino and American soldiers who defended the Philippines during the World War II. It is approximately 140 kilometers (about a 4-hour drive) west of Metro Manila. Aside from the famous cross, a mauseleum structure is located a few steps down the cross. At the center is an altar made of marble and a stained glass mural […]

Olongapo on a Rainy Day

Fly by Ologapo City on a rainy day. Legend has it. A long time ago, a chieftain tried to broker peace and unity among warring tribes in Sambal area. But his idea was not accepted by some tribes. One day, the chieftain disappeared, only to be found a few days later with his head missing. Being the chieftain, his tribe spent its energy and resources to find the  missing head. The effort proved futile. Until one day, a boy found […]

Paradise Islands Called Caramoan

Caramoan is home to a hidden paradise, tucked in the tip of Caramoan Peninsula. It boasts of uninhabited volcanic islands with powdery white sands that contrasts itself with rugged limestone rock formations. These islands are ideal respite from the fast moving urban centers. Caramoan is classified as a first-class municipality of Camarines Sur, with a population of 44,945 souls (according to 2010 Census). It is approximately 500 kilometers from Metro Manila and 95 kilometers from Pili, the seat of the […]

The Splendor of Mayon Volcano

A lone fisherman goes about his daily chore of catching fishes, unmindful of the grandeur of Mayon Volcano behind him. Mayon Volcano in Bicol, Philippines, is famous the world over for its perfect cone. This view is taken from Caramoan using Canon IDs Mark II and a 70-200mm 2.8L lens.

Colored Intention Candles

People light candles for many reasons. Lighted candles have relaxing effect. At times, they are used for meditation, or used in spa to relax tired bodies. Others introduce a gentle aroma to lighted candles to scatter pleasant smell to a room. Major religions all over the world also light candles to signify something sacred. In Christianity, it signifies the presence of Christ. Altars and adoration chapels always bear lighted candles, either real candles or electricity generated candles. Candles are also […]

White Water Rafting in Cagayan de Oro

White water rafting has three levels according to their difficulty: Extreme, Advanced and Beginner Level. Advanced level will be treated to 20 rapids, while Beginner has 12 rapids. Extreme offers a set wilder rapid. Cost of Beginners is P700 per head, P1,000 for Advanced and P2,000 for Extreme. Minimum number of persons vary from level to level. Beginner and Advance requires 6 persons, while Extreme requires 20 persons per trip. It there are less than the minimum in your group, […]

Polluted Sunrise Over the Metropolis

  Very early this morning, I roused myself from bed to go to my friend’s high-rise condominium that overlooks the city for an opportunity to shoot city skyline. I thought that the long weekend of November 1 to 4 lowered the pollution level in the metro. Therefore, a sunrise shot would probably be good. Lo and behold, this is what I saw in an early morning shoot. Shot at 6:03:53, November 05, 2012. Canon 40D, 70-200mm f/11, set at 170.0mm.

Habagat Drowns Metro Manila

The first part of August saw the tempest of nature’s wrath. Torrential rains poured unceasingly leaving 80% of Metro Manila underwater. School- and office-operations are affected as students and people cannot leave their homes. Our street is hardly flooded. But I guess we are not lucky this time. Waters rose to knee-deep. Going out is just so inconvenient unless one is willing to wade through the flood waters. As I was observing brave souls wade through murky water in front […]

Beauty in the Eyes of the Beholder

Beauty in the Eyes of the Beholder The search for beauty is fundamental in every man. The search is as relevant from the time of our cave dwelling parents to our generation today. It makes me wonder what was the concept of beauty among cave dwellers, when grooming was in its early stage, when shampoo and perfumes and jewelry were not invented yet. Or even among our fundamentalist Muslim sisters who cover every single part of their bodies with black […]