THE EGONGOTS

An enlightenment I picked up somewhere for this covidlization: The World says “PANIC, PANIC EVERYTHING IS OUT OF CONTROL” The Buddhist says “Relax, relax, everything is out of control” ___ There is a healing process going on. Silent and painful. I have to look back at the Egongots. See if there is a sign of […]

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THIS MESSAGE WILL SELF DESTRUCT IN FIVE DAYS. PHILIPPINE TIME.

I’m taking the annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk (SKWWPW) in Paete, Laguna on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Photographers, street photographers, travel photographers, amateurs, pros, hobbyists, or simply looking around. If you are somewhere near, this is your chance to photowalk the place. Paete is a good place for photography. An artisan’s realm. The Carving Capital […]

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SAGRADA

Mierkoles Santo. The women prepare “Ina” for the procession. While the men do the cooking. They have a troop of parabuligs to feed. Devotees who would parade Ina around the town — on their shoulders. But that was long ago. Today, Ina rides on a chariot. Breaking up that old gang of parabuligs. Still, the […]

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P FOR PLAGIARIZED

Borongan is not very near. You need to travel across different languages to get there. For the Philippine Information Agency to simply copy-paste my notes about eatables I experienced in Borongan, is contemptible. Wednesday, Patch Salarzon, very eagle-eyed, alerted me about the PIA’s lifting of some pieces from my decade old article Borongan Appetit! and […]

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MOMENTS OF SILENCE

Sampaloc is no place for a mahogany tree. Attorney Rafael Cortes knew this so well he surrendered his sapling to me one day in 2004. There’s just no spot for it in his space in Dos Castillas street. To Tanza, I took the young tree. Where the ground shreds traces of a once farmland. Very […]

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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 […]

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IN THE SERVICE TO WIKIPEDIA

Some guys from PhilWiki Community eventually swayed me into taking the Wikipedia Takes Rinconada challenge — a photography hunting quest held in that 7-town area in Bicol called the Rinconada district. The mission is to capture landmarks, heritage, people, cultural icons, traditions and a lot more and as much as a participant can at the […]

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ESCAPING CHRISTMAS

Niño Jesus is a backcountry of the city of Iriga. Barely populated. No signal. No videoke. No pushing and shoving. No Christmas madness. I doubt if the locals here even celebrate that most wonderful day of the year. Ironically, the place is named after whom the Christmas bells toll. We made a two-kilometer hike going […]

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