Friday, November 30, 2012

Dasol, Pangasinan: Unfolding Wonders

A Weekend Affair with Dasol
Tambobong Beach Dasol, Pangasinan
November 7, 2011

Day 3 - Part 3 of 3 (Celebrating My 26th Year)

The mad waves of Cacupangan shore, a rugged beauty unfolding...

Nature's  own classic masterpiece
An off-the-beaten Wonder

It’s been almost a year since I first laid eyes to the rugged town of Dasol, Pangasinan… 

How can I forget?  Undoubtedly, up to now, it’s still one of the best weekend rendezvous I’ve had. 

Fresh air... quiet beach side… friendly locals… unspoiled delights… 

Friday, October 5, 2012

OnAssignment: The Art of Capturing Moments

On A Personal Note:

I've made this pitch for the OnAssignment 2012 Challenge sponsored by  KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Lonely Planet Philippines. Although I did not make it as one of the finalists, I kind of treasured the fact that I've mustered enough courage to even join the contest. Just looking at some of the portfolios of other contestants will make you wanna scream and hide in shame. (winks)

So I guess, in memory (hahaha) of that courage, I will post my entry here including the portfolio of pictures I've submitted. That time, my external hard drive just crashed as well as my laptop, so I had to depend solely on the photos I have on Facebook. 

Enough said...World, I present you my very first pitch and portfolio!

(Portraiture, Ladscape, Architecture,  Culture, Food)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Northern Philippines: Backpacking Days

April 5-9, 2012

Five (5) Days ... 5 Brave Souls... 2 Regions...  Equals one unforgettable backpacking adventure... 

From the nights spent sleeping in rustic provincial (non-aircon) buses, to those nights spent sleeping in the hard floor of our tents, to those nights lost sleeping under the star-filled sky...From the mad waves that rocked our frail boat as we sailed away from Palaui Island, to our peaceful journey in the cleanest river in the Cagayan Valley Region, to our search for the circadian flights of bats in Pinacanauan River, up to the heavy rains in the sea that showered with passion.

Volcanic rocks. centuries-old lighthouses. windmills. secret coves. capes and seascapes.
..Oh my! My wild mornings and breathtaking sunsets will never be the same again... Backpacking North is definitely worth everything.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Dasol, Pangasinan: The Road Ahead

Dasol, Pangasinan
November 7, 2011
Day 3 - Part 1 (Celebrating My 26th Year)

Gentle hues...
Quaint appeal...
 Hypnotic charm...

The beautiful scene that greeted us on a road trip in Dasol, Pangasinan.
The picturesque mountains and river are enough to make the perfect compostion.
Add to that the glowing dawn and you got yourself your very own Monet.


We left the town of Alaminos abound a non-aircon bus headed for Burgos
It was past 4 am and the familiar morning frost was a relief. When we boarded the bus, almost all heads looked up at us. Curious stares and silence followed. They were probably wondering where we were heading, carrying huge backpacks at that ungodly hour.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Cagbalete Island, Quezon: Sweet Summer Sailing

Location: Cagbalete Island, Mauban Quezon Philippines
Date: March 24-25, 2012

   Morning stroll along the creamy shore and wind-swept seaside panorama   

"So throw off the bowlines. 
Sail away from the safe harbor. 
Catch the trade winds in your sails. 
Explore. Dream. Discover."

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sagada: Wild Flowers of the North

Location: Marlboro Mountain, Town of Sagada in Mt. Province, Philippines
Title: Wild Flowers of the North
Date: April 2011

Wild Flowers of the North

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pagbilao, Quezon (Kwebang Lampas): Morning Interlude

Morning Interlude 
Kwebang Lampas (Pagbilao, Quezon)
May 22-23, 2011

A journey to the mountain and sea done in tribute to a [lost and terribly missed] friend…

Sandy Beach : Kwebang Lampas  and the hidden Charm

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Calaguas: Battling the Waves

Calaguas: Battling the Waves
Vinzons, Camarines Norte
January 29, 2011

The minute our small rented outrigger boat sailed across the river estuary passing by the overgrown mangrove trees, I know the adventure was just about to begin. I never realized I will get more than what I’ve bargained for.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Pico de Loro: The Gathering of Deities

Pico De Loro
April 22, 2009
Ternate/Maragondon, Cavite

Monday, March 12, 2012

Calaguas, Camarines Norte: The Road Ahead

Halabang Baybay (Mahabang Buhangin), Calaguas Islands
Vinzons, Camarines Norte
January 29, 2011

Friday, January 27, 2012

Capones, Zambales: A Sweet Sidetrip

Capones Prelude 
November 6-7, 2010 (Celebrating 25th year of Existence) 

  Capones Island: View from atop the hill. On the Far end lies the elusive Lighthouse (Faro   de Punta Capones) 

We just left Nagsasa Cove and soon, as the boat sailed its way across the placid water, a deafening silence followed. We silently and patiently waited, hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive Capones Island.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales: Time in a Bottle

November 6-7, 2010 (Celebrating 25th year of Existence) 

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales: Time in a Bottle

I resorted to scheming and plotting for my company leave to be granted (exaggerations of course, but I was almost on the verge of doing it out of desperation). I couldn’t miss this Zambales trip and I wouldn’t want to be stuck in the bottling plant on my birthday. I guess a few acting skills and guilt-trip are all it takes to inch an approval. I was unbelievably happy as I saw familiar smiling faces in Pasay Terminal of Victory Bus line.

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