Thursday, December 19, 2013

Surigao del Norte: Hinatuan Passage

One of the many isles dotting Hinatuan Passage
has what looks to me like a dream house!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Lanao del Norte: Tubod bananas

A few years back during the Sagingan Festival
in Tubod there were some 30 varieties of bananas --
for dessert and for cooking. Now they say there are
about 50 varieties! The festival is held every year
in the month of October.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Misamis Oriental: Pulo Islet

I've always wanted to set foot on Pulo Islet
while waiting at the Port of Balingoan
for the boat to Camiguin.
Next time!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Malaybalay City: fruit vendor

Looks like all the fruits offered by this street vendor
in Malaybalay City come from other places!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Bukidnon: rafflesia

Rafflesia schadenbergiana was found at sitio Kalanganan, barangay San Vicente, Baungon in 2007. The flower can have a diameter of about 80 centimeters (31 inches) and is the largest flower in the Philippines. It was first discovered in 1882 on Mount Parag (near Mount Apo) by the German anthropologist Dr. Alexander Schadenberg.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013


Three places in Bukidnon and one in Misamis Oriental
with a total land area of 138 hectares will be planted
with some 100,000 trees in a three-year period
beginning this month. In compliance with law,
the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines
will finance the reforestation project (for every tree
that the NGCP cuts along the paths of its power
transmission lines it has to plant 100 tree seedlings
in other locations). The project costs P7.8-million
and aims at achieving a survival rate for the tree
seedlings of at least 80%.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Bukidnon: fish vendor

A typical fish vendor on a motorcycle
in Bukidnon announces his arrival
on a loudspeaker.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Bukidnon: Malitbog vulcanizing shop

Motorcycles outnumber four-wheel vehicles
in faraway Siloo, Malitbog, as evidenced by a
vulcanizing shop that uses an old motorcycle tire
to advertise its location.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Bukidnon: Siloo River

One of the cleanest inland bodies of water
in Northern Mindanao is Siloo River
in Malitbog.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Siargao: rock isles

This pair of rock isles
(from afar they look as if there's only one)
off the coast of Pilar
is home to seagulls.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Siargao: Del Carmen church

You can't help but notice the clean surroundings
around the Catholic church at Del Carmen.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Siargao: surfing

Have fun on the crest of a wave
as you ride a surfboard toward the shore
of General Luna in Siargao.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Zamboanga City: burial grounds

It’s sun, sand and surf on Sta. Cruz Island (the big one, not the small one). Go there in the morning (the berthing point for the pumpboat is at Paseo del Mar) and return for lunch. From afar the beach sand on this island appears all-white but once you step on it upon disembarkation you’ll notice the pink sand mixed with the white sand. Smile in the sunshine and frolic in the surf but don’t forget to take a peek at the old burial grounds of the Badjao.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Zamboanga City: coco teapot and tabletop

A pre-arranged visit to the research center of the Philippine Coconut Authority can be fun and rewarding. Learn about the many varieties and uses of the coconut. This could be a real eye-opener for the uninitiated! Photo shows a teapot made of coco wood; the tabletop is also made of coco wood.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Zamboanga City: handicraft

San Ramon Penal Farm was built more than 140 years ago.
Inmates here make a variety of wooden handicraft for sale to visitors.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Zamboanga City: Hacienda de Palmeras bilao

Dinner at Hacienda de Palmeras,
a posh restaurant serving delectable dishes in an appetizing environment.
Go through their menu and whet your appetite!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Zamboanga City: treehouse

Pasonanca Park remains to this day a place worth exploring.
Don’t miss the treehouse!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Zamboanga City: vinta

Vinta sailing is one of the attractions at Paseo del Mar, a fairly new leisure park at the seafront across Fort Pilar.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Zamboanga City: dancing fountain

The fountain at Paseo del Mar dances to a variety of music played during evenings. The colorful fountain show is really a treat. You can watch from a distance or up-close (more fun because of the mist from the fountain).

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Zamboanga City: Yakan weaving

A Yakan woman weaves a two-meter length of colorful cloth.
The pattern of each cloth produced is a unique design.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Zamboanga City: ice cream

For refreshments go to Country Chicken. The piped-in music in this restaurant as you savor their signature pizza is an enjoyable mix of Chabacano songs. I say go for their yummy homemade ice cream!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Zamboanga City: Fort Pilar

At Fort Pilar, built in the 17th century, go up the ace-of-spades bastion and travel back in time. Imagine the attacks and bombardments on this fortress that took place in the Spanish times. On the other side you may want to light a candle or say a prayer at the Marian shrine.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Zamboanga City: barter trade

At the barter trade market
you can find food products,
clothes and lots of other stuff.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Zamboanga City: Plaza Rizal

Relive the history of Zamboanga at Plaza Rizal,
your starting place for a historical tour
around the heart of the city.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Zamboanga City: Barcode squid

At the popular Paseo del Mar
try a squid dinner at Barcode.
This restobar features performers
on stage singing current hits.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Zamboanga City: lifestyle museum

BPI Museum is the “lifestyle museum” of Zamboanga City.
It is a rich treat of heritage in banking, home life during the Spanish and American periods, and cultural artifacts. Take your time examining the Grand Sala, the Pershing Room, the Manager’s Room and the Moro Weapons/Musical Instruments Room where period furniture, vintage photographs, paper ephemera, colonial coinage and bank notes, swords, ethnic instruments and plenty of other objects of interest are showcased in a tasteful arrangement.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Zamboanga City: Hai San hot pot

Have lunch at Hai San, a Chinese restaurant specializing in seafood. You’ll find this in downtown Zamboanga City. Order a hot pot. Taste their sweet-and-sour fish. A helping of shrimps in lemon butter sauce is delicious!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Zamboanga City: city hall

The Zamboanga City Hall was built by the Americans from 1905 to 1907.
Did you know that the Japanese forces during the Second World War did not destroy this building for a particular reason?  The answer is the chrysanthemum. Scrutinize the doors and look for this Imperial Seal symbol of Japan. There are several more architectural details that will perk up your interest.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Zamboanga City: Alavar seafood rice

Alavar, a restaurant situated at barangay Tetuan, is best known for curacha (with its highly touted Alavar sauce). It also is famous for its bagoong guisado that is a perfect match for slices of fresh green mango. But don't miss, too, the seafood rice!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Davao del Sur: hydropower plant

Hedcor's hydropower substation
along the Tudaya River at barangay Astorga
in Sta. Cruz is set to deliver electrical power
early next year.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Ozamiz City: Cotta Fort

When in Ozamiz
you can't miss
Fuerte de la Concepcion y del Triunfo,
built in the 18th century.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013