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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 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, […]
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.
Cainta, Philippines. In a country where 90 percent of the population are Catholics, Holy Week holds a special part in the lives of Filipinos. Passion plays are staged in many parts of the country. Each place has its own unique interpretation the play. It ranges from festive, to elaborate, artistic, to grotesque and even bloody commemoration of the Lords suffering. Some places show their communal prowess in carving masks from wood. This is prominently shown in places like Paete, […]
It was a little past 12pm when I arrived in Davao International Airport. I went directly to the check in counter and found that it was close. Confident that I came early enough to my 1.40pm flight, I asked the man in the counter when they are going to open. He looked at me with hesitation, and told me that are already closed. Anyway he took my ticket and proceeded to check me in. He was very nice, in fact […]