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Monday, November 13, 2017

NORTH LUZON | TARLAC: Where to Stay, Eat and Roam Around

SCENIC VIEW OF TARLAC MOUNTAIN RANGES AS SEEN FROM MONASTERIO DE TARLAC

It was past 5 am when I reached our meet up place in one of Microtel's Branch in Metro Manila, the Microtel in UP-Techno Hub Compound. All the way the way from the south, I booked a ride on Uber in the fear that I might get stuck in chaotic traffic in EDSA. But my time calculation was wrong. I came ahead of time. Our agreed meet up time should be at 7AM and I came in Microtel at 5am. There was no traffic and the drive was swift and quick. It's still dark and with no sleep yet for the night, my body was wanting a space where I could rest or lean on to take a quick nap. But I wasn't able to do so. I was awaken with errands I need to work on. I forgot to send an e-mail to my client for a final scheme of my current project. Yes, I got my laptop with me as I planned to work during the trip - but to no avail.

Friday, November 3, 2017

SHUTTER SNAPS | Women Weaver of Cordillera, A Photoblog


Weaving Tradition in Cordillera in the mountainous region of the Philippines was dated back as early as 1800 and was discovered by the American during World War 2. Now the tradition has survived and have gone through generations and flourishing to showcase unique culture these mountain people.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

SHUTTER SNAPS | Mt.Pulag: I Played With The Gods, A Photoblog


The sea is hollering whilst my playground, the mountains, keeps calling. My recent Mt. Pulag climb was still a red letter day and surreal. As if the gods have agreed to give us great weather prior and during our climb. A blanket of starry sky on the night before of trek and a cool dainty surroundings on the day of ascend.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Reasons Why I Consider Antipolo a Relocation for Home

View from Luljetta's Hanging Garden Spa

The first recall I had about Antipolo was on the folkloric music I used to listen during my childhood. My father has a cassette tape with playlist of Filipino Folk Music, among the list was "Tayo Na Sa Antipolo" by Mabuhay Singers . Later on, I see Antipolo as capital city of Rizal Province, just a plain and sprouting suburbia outside the Metropolis, we usually overlook, but not until our Tayo Na Sa Antipolo Tour 2017. The event totally changed my perceptions about the city. Certainly, a liveable and striving city. Here are the reasons why I consider Antipolo City a relocation for home.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Photography Milestones | ASEAN Photo Exhibition 2017



Photography Milestones | International Photography Awards - Philippines 2016

Photography Milestones | Boardwalk T-Shirt Design Competition 2016, Photo Category

Photography Milestones | International Photography Awards - Family of Man 2016

Friday, August 4, 2017

SHUTTER SNAPS | Bakun Duo Hike: A True Wanderer, A Photoblog


A True Wanderer has a persistent heart and don't easily give up even if it takes a long trek through the ardous trails because he knows at the end of this trek is a beautiful scene that only few priviledged could ever witness. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

SHUTTER SNAPS | Change the Way You See Adventure

SOUTHERN TAGALOG'S SEA GYPSIES
“Ate, kuya?!”, loud pleading yells echoed inside the monstrous sea vessel. Those voices in chorus has awaken me from a deep slumber, 'was dead tired and fell fast asleep after the six-hour bus ride from Manila to Lucena City which on regular days should take three hours only. Heck, it was holy week season, that's why. It was an exodus of commuters on their way to provinces to enjoy the only long vacation of the year. So, I too, took advantage of the long break--away from monotonous corporate job for five years already. I chose my hometown, Marinduque for some adventures together with my travel buddies.

Monday, March 30, 2015

SHUTTER SNAPS | Old Manila on B&W


INTRAMUROS, Manila City -- No matter how frequent I do photowalk in Manila, it never dissapppoint me to capture nice pictures. Just yesterday, I did my first all B&W shots around the "Walled City" before I attended my first Photoworld Cup participation along with Team Juan Makasining Photographers. Seeing my shots seems like street photography must be my thing. I'm loving photography even more. Thanks to TJM for sharing your time and knowledge with me.

Friday, March 20, 2015

SHUTTER SNAPS | PASINAYA 2015, Celebration for the Love of Art




PASAY CITY, Philippines -- The month of February is not only synonymous to love month but also a celebration of arts in the country. Exhibits and events showcasing local arts in various discipline (music, visual, performing, and cultural arts) is being showcased across the country. PASINAYA Festival is just among those festivities to promote local arts in the country. 

Team Juan Makasining (TJM), my newly found art club, photography specifically joined this red letter event held in CCP Complex in Pasay City. We've joined photo contest, my first ever competition. Geeezz!! ;-) The photos below are my favorites and some of those were my entries in the said contest.

Friday, February 13, 2015

SHUTTER SNAPS | Islas de Gigantes and Roxas City Panoramic Shots

Enroute to Gigantes Group of Island. At Estancia Port.
I only see those postcard perfect shots of Gigantes Group Islands on travel blogs, online search engines and tourism posters of DOT when I had my Iloilo Trip last year prior to Dinagyang Festival. So when, a travel blogger Sir Mike of Travelling Panda posted an invitation going to Gigantes, with no doubt at all, I joined the event and searched right away a flight bound to Panay Island. It was month of June when I got a sure slot to the event as I already booked a flight to Kalibo International Airport. Yes, you read it right. My flight is bound to Kalibo. Me too was also wondering why I chose that route. It might have due to excitement that I forgot to check the easiest route. 

Time fly so fast and after the quick 8 months, this dream destination finally materialized. This must be a good start up to welcome my summer. And what I saw with my very eyes was just an amazing piece of nature and seems surreal. Here's the collection of panoramic photos I captured in that entire travel escapes. Mabubusog ang inyong mga mata tiyak! 

Friday, January 2, 2015

SHUTTER SNAPS: Manila By Night

MANILA, Philippines -- It was my last photo walk for the year 2014. The event was organized by "Powerhouse G5" (PhG5). I was able to shoot decent night scenes around my favorite city through the help of some pro-photographers I was with -- the TROPANG ARTISTIKO. Sir Bert Briones, one of the member gave me some tips and techniques. And here are the fruits of what he taught me. Kudos to these idols! More photography know-how to come! Now I'm aiming for a new lens and upgraded camera model for better captures. 

The METROPOLITAN THEATER



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Heritage Cemeteries to Visit in the Philippines.

Sagada's hanging coffins (c) Arnie Iambuchock
The value to our departed love ones have been rooted long before the Philippines was colonized by Spain. It goes back during the pre-hispanic period where the departed members of the family were given great honor because of our ancestor's belief of afterlife.
Thus, the tradition of burying dead varies on different regions. One best example is the hanging coffins of Sagada, for the reason of bringing the bodies higher up closer to their ancestral spirits of gods. This practice continues up to this day but now in smaller scales. Then spanish changed our old tradition steadily that paved ways in creating grave sites.

In early times, the dead Catholic were buried within the church vicinity but not until the dramatic increase of population that requires larger space of internment. That system were the one we were following currently.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

PH among the Top 10 Countries to travel in 2015



MAKATI, Philippines -- It is just overwhelming that again our country is included in must visit destination for the coming year 2015 according to Lonely Planet. They come up with the list of top cities, regions and countries. 


Topped on the list are Singapore for countries, Washington DC for cities, Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey for regions. These were on the Lonely Planets latest feature, "Best Travel for 2015" --- these were chosen for its "topicality, unique experience and wow factor". And being ranked 8th for country category is a big achievement for us. As the travel site start up attribute to the country mentioned,
"The Philippines 7100+ islands have dive-tastic coral reefs, sunbathe-ready white sands, swaying palm trees and nipa-palm thatched huts. Plus in 2015 the government is laying on all sorts of special events to raise the profile of the archipelago. And if there’s one thing Filipinos know how to do, it’s party – expect street parades, food festivals, sports tournaments and live music. Now that Philippine Airlines has gained approval for direct flights to Europe, America and Australia, why wait?"
So what could we expect for the next year? Flocks of tourists will definitely come. The authority, DOT, shall prepare for the arrival of tourist and let us show them the the genuine Filipino hospitality and the true sense of our tourism slogan, "IT'S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES

Here are the complete list per category.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SHUTTER SNAPS: Manila Bay and CCP Complex


MANILA, Philippines -- I was scheduled to join the sketching session of my newly discovered artist group, Urban Sketchers-Philippines. The event was held in Manila-Pasay area so I knew there would be something good to capture and to click my cam with. It's the country's scenic and historic Manila Bay. Mind not the foul smell of the seawater just focus on the picture of the location. Hehehe! So, here is what my buddy Pent's shutter got snapped. The bay from daylight-to-dusk-to-night. I'm liking the night shots! 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Urban Sketchers | Caught Again By My First Love

(c) Urban Sketchers Philippines
 MANILA, Philippines -- Again, I was back in by beloved Manila City for my involvement  to Urban Sketchers Philippines for the first time. Hahaha! Another network and something to engage with whenever boredom hit me. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Alibijaban Series [Post 6] : Island Fiesta Night | Galaero Travel Rule, Act Like Local, Party Like a Local


These islanders really know how to party! Here how it went that fiesta night. Party animals! 😁🎵🎶

Alibijaban Series [Post 5] : Around the Island

Sunset in the island
In that afternoon of my first day in the island, I excitedly asked for assistance of somebody to tour me in interesting areas around the island. Two kiddos volunteered to accompany me in what they call "Farm". They are Micheal who is a nephew of Ate Nelly and his friend John Mark. We left right after our lunch. From that first meal that I have in the island, I initially felt my host's generosity. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Alibijaban Series [Post 3] : Appreciating of What I Have



After parting time with Kuya Goody, it took one more hour of travel from San Narciso then I finally arrived at San Andres. I was in the town proper at 12 midnight. The town was in the deep slumber. There were no locals around except the bus station crew and the driver of the bus. I don't know where to stay over the night. Beside, I ain't prepared for this. I have not researched accommodation place within the town so as I asked the crew, they don't even have the idea. I have no option but to spent the darkness somewhere. 

Alibijaban Series [Post 2] : From Total Stranger to a Life-long Friend


This trip allowed me to meet a life-long friend.....

We were in Pagbilao area already (I assumed) when I noticed a seemingly amiable man talking to everyone as if he knows everybody inside the bus. To be honest, it annoys me a bit every time I see a "feeling-close-person". But by observing this man, I knew he is different. I find him just truly friendly and nothing else, just that. I don't know. Maybe I felt his sincerity in every talks he had to all the passengers. So when a chance came, when one of the passengers boarded off, I sat beside him. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SHUTTER SNAPS: Behind the Scenic Sunset of Manila Bay


MANILA, Philippines -- As picturesque as it looks, the truth behind the historic Manila Bay simply define our nation at the present time. It is far from its heyday and now suffering from gradual deterioration. But for Manilenyos, Manila Bay is more than just the astonishing sunset but a home that sheltered dozens of ill-fated souls wrecked on the brim of poverty. It is a source of life and a spring of hope. Congruently similar to an everyday city life -- tiresome, chaotic, muddled in frantic urban realm, right after the sunset, all is promised with another day. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

SHUTTER SNAPS : Night Scenes Within the Wall


Monday, September 1, 2014

Just Saying: Tagalog's Sea Gypsies, Striving for Life

                                         
DALAHICAN PORT OF LUCENA CITY, Quezon Province -- Ate, kuya?!, loud pleading yells echoed inside the ship. I saw people gathered on the rail portion of the vessel. I pondered what was they were looking at. With my great curiosity, I hastily checked what seemingly entertaining them and found out that a group of sea gypsies gathered right on the sea next to the ship. That wasn't the first time I glanced a scene like this. I used to witness them during  trips in our hometown ever since I was young. However, up to this day, it's still a long hanging question to me of which tribe these troops belong. ( If you know them, tell me.)

Monday, August 25, 2014

SHUTTER SNAPS: Looking Through the Eyes of Kids


Daraitan, Tanay, RIZAL --- We can see the basic of life to the kids. They have the hands that take holds of heaven and a life assured by the parent's love. They have those innocent eyes that gives us divine appointment. And also kids could give us a real chance of fun.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

HOTEL REVIEW: Azalea Residences | A Definition of Perfect Baguio Hotel Experience


BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- Given that the City of Pines is a prime tourist destination in the country most likely during holidays, summer, Panagbenga Festivals even all year-round , chain of hotels, motels, inns and transient houses are abundant up there to accommodate flocks of travelers. They are in varieties from high end up to the budget friendly rates.

[Sponsored Post] Sage | Fusion of Asian and Western Dishes


BAGUIO CITY, Benguet -- Pronounce as "Saj", is an emerging restaurant in the City of Pines and started getting its popularity. Sage offers both western and Asian dishes with modern approach. It is now an addition on the list that would make Baguio City really a haven for relaxation, vacation and yet a food destination. (To be continued...) 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mt. Batulao | Revisited the 4th Time Around


NASUGBU, Batangas -- The first time I learned 'bout Mt. Batulao was in the website www.pinoymountaineer.com. I was in intense hunger to explore this as it looks like a back of a dinosaur and those multiple ridges is just so inviting. I remember my first time on this mountain was trekked through the old-to-old trail. The new trail was not established yet and the last was in 2011 which was my third. And for the longest time, last month, my 4th time on this mountain materialized. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SHUTTER SNAPS: Quick Manila Day and Night Tour

MANILA, Philippines -- Oh Manila, My Manila! It is hard to think that soon I'll be changing my address and we'll separate our ways. But one thing for sure, I'll keep coming back to you! Here are some the faces of my beloved city be it on day or night.


"Balangay" Replica on The National Museum's exterior ground.

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