The return to Agutayan Island was a dream come true. The first time I visited the island was in September 2014. Members of the Jesuit Basic Education Commission of the Philippines were brought here for environmental awareness. It was at that time that I learned about Xavier University’s Ridge-River-Reef (R3) Program that aimed to establishContinue reading “Amazing Agutayan Island”
“Over there you will find a small island worth exploring,” the man said, hand darting towards the edge of a coast. “Right there,” he pressed on when I seemed confused. “You’ll find it near the beach, a land bridge will bring you there on high tide.” When I followed his gaze that afternoon at SamalContinue reading “Samal Island and the White Land Bridge To A Mini-Island”
They call it mysterium tremendum et fascinans – in the face of great mystery, we are both terrified and fascinated. It is like coming face to face with celebrities of great talent: you are tremendously intimidated that you shy away from them and at the same time, you are intensely magnetized that you want toContinue reading “I Am Falling In Love With You, Taal.”
Water makes me happy. And I am not alone. In the drier regions of India, rain lifts people’s moods. In Botswana, the word for rain, pula, is also their currency’s name, a tribute to pula‘s economic impact. I like taking a bus ride in the countryside while it rains. In some of these photos, IContinue reading “Photo Essay: Rain in Bukidnon”
The trip to the town of Enrique Villanueva is enjoyable. Along the road is the Cang-isok House that dates back to the mid-1800s. However, seeing its present state, I know that this is probably the major disappointment of the coastal tour of Siquijor. Cang-isok house, Brgy. Libo, Enrique Villanueva. Its name comes from the seasideContinue reading “Part IV. Why You Will Love Siquijor – The towns of Enrique Villanueva, Larena and Siquijor”
Capilay Spring Park, San Juan. When Roland Borja (Mobile: 0926-8061594) and I reach Sta. Cruz in the town of San Juan, we park right next to a big pool of clear water where children dive and adults swim. I am surprised that I am right at the Capilay Spring Park. As soon as Roland parks,Continue reading “Part III. Why You Will Love Siquijor — The Towns of San Juan and Maria”
I believe in love at first sight. I have fallen in love with Siquijor from a photograph of two of my friends diving at the Tulapos Marine Sanctuary. So, I have asked travel couple Charlie and Paola Paralejo-Fernandez about it. I remember Paola telling me excitedly, “Pads, you SHOULD go there!” (Check their website here.)Continue reading “Part 1: Why You Will Love Siquijor – One of the Most Beautiful Ports In the Philippines”
A partnership between the high schools of Ateneo de Manila and Ateneo de Davao University. August-September 2014. Davao City.
The Eco-Spiritual Pilgrimage. A partnership between the high schools of Ateneo de Manila and Ateneo de Davao University. August-September 2014.
Water droplets make all the difference between a refreshing sight and a drab world.
I saw this sepal with a droplet of water. This was taken after the recent storm in Baguio. Despite the damage, the earth looks so fresh!
I have always been fascinated by the beauty and tenacity of small grass flowers. They are trampled and crushed but they are the ones who are prolific.