BREAK CAMP

Ilian Hill, November 5. Ilian Hill — three weeks later. On November 22, Ilian Hill, in Iriga City, was campground to hundreds of young men and women for the 5th One Southern Luzon Regional Scouts Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. Cool. But what a waste to such refreshing backdrop. Which is also … Continue reading BREAK CAMP

CEMETERY PEACE

YouTube is the absolute troll. My Cereal Killer now believes Arnold Schwarzenegger’s meat is fake. False as CGIs. It would be a shame if a millennial finds out of this silly thought. I just hope he wouldn’t stumble upon Lou Ferrigno’s verdant complexion. One day I took him to the Kabataan Partylist Bicol chapter pocket … Continue reading CEMETERY PEACE

REMEDIOS STREET

I can’t believe the news today, I can’t close my eyes and make it go away A young girl had to be pulled away from her father’s murdered body. Police van overruns protesters in US Embassy dispersal. Unclaimed cadavers rotting in Quezon City. Philippine-China dispute won’t be solved in our lifetime. In Remedios Street, hundreds … Continue reading REMEDIOS STREET

COMPOSURE

Caloy is the best haircutter in Malate. I can trust him with my head even with his eyes closed. He moves from one place to another. And — as always — I would find him. Another shop. Another rate. Trouble is he never runs out of stories to tell, and it slows him on the … Continue reading COMPOSURE

OCTOBER SUN

Dear Ka Teni, My Scott Kelby photowalk group started at 6 am today — and I’m here 300 miles away! You know what they say, something’s gotta give. Anyway, I know you know October began with a beautiful sun. I was so delighted with the light today I couldn’t resist taking a shot of this … Continue reading OCTOBER SUN

PHOTOWALK CAMIGUIN

I brought the Camiguin Circumferential Highway to its knees. From Benoni Port to Catarman to Mambajao and back, clockwise. It takes twenty-four hours to circumnavigate the island by foot, give or take a few. Camiguingnons take this “round” every Semana Santa as a solemn sacrifice or as sacred pact called panaad. They say Camiguin is … Continue reading PHOTOWALK CAMIGUIN