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Chronicles Metro Manila

A Year in Travels October 2013 | Manila Oh Manila

Retracing Rizal's foot prints
Retracing Rizal’s foot prints

I never got out of town this stormy month because I was gearing for bigger things in November 2013. Nonetheless I was able to savor my time going around the old walls of Manila some to shoot for a project and some to test around a new gadget. October is Museum month so it was the opportune time to see Juan Luna’s celebrated work “Spolarium”, an impressive piece of work despite its dark and macabre theme.

National Museum staircase
National Museum staircase
Admiring and dissecting the Spolarium
Admiring and dissecting the Spolarium
A play on perspectives
A play on perspectives
Doing wacky shots by the bay
Doing wacky shots by the bay
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Camarines Norte Chronicles Lanao del Norte Waterfalls

A Year in Travels September 2013 | Calaguas Islands and Lanao del Norte Waterfalling

Spotless. The pure shores of Mahabang Buhangin Beach
Spotless. The pure shores of Mahabang Buhangin Beach

It’s been much talked about by my backpacking friends how wonderful the island of Calaguas is. Finally this month, I was able to visit the place many thanks to Isla Lipana who initiated the Philippine Gems campaign, a search for emerging tourist destination in the country. Calaguas Islands and its Mahabang Buhangin didn’t disappoint. The journey may be long but it was well worth it. It eventually won the top spot in the Philippine Gems.

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Chronicles Kalinga Metro Manila Museums Rivers

A Year in Travels August 2013 | Inked by Fang-Od

The mighty Chico River and Sleeping Beauty Mountain at the back
The mighty Chico River and Sleeping Beauty Mountain at the back

Manila was dumped by more than a month’s rain in August, finding it a bit difficult to go around. The unusual habagat (southwest winds) rains caused major floods in the Metro but that didn’t dampen our eagerness to travel. Once abated, a window opened to travel to Kalinga, a province I have longed wanted to visit, not only to see the famous mambabatok Fang-Od (Whang-od), but the curiosity to see the land of the head-hunters.

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Chronicles Laguna Rizal

A Year in Travels July 2013 | The Laguna and Rizal Art Loop

A young wood carver in Paete Laguna
A young wood carver in Paete Laguna

I didn’t travel that much the month of July this year, but I did take on one of the most interesting magazine feature I’ve done so far. Maybe I was looking for a change than the usual destination stories on beaches, hotels or food but more on the people and personalities. The InFlight Magazine assignment brought me around the different towns around Laguna de Bay to discover the creativity, the richness of the culture and the masters of art. I have written them on the blog yet but it’s something to look forward to. Here’s to give you an idea.

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Cavite Chronicles Ilocos Sur Metro Manila Mountain Province Museums

A Year in Travels June 2013 | North Luzon Photo Tour and a Humble Book Museum

Photo tour group in Kiltepan Viewpoint Sagada
Photo tour group in Kiltepan Viewpoint Sagada

June is always an exciting time as I get to join and become a part-time guide to a Jim Cline Photography Tour in the Philippines conducted by international photographer Karl Grobl. It’s nice to know that the Philippines is gaining ground as an international photo tour destination. They were telling me it was unexpected that the Philippines Tour was filling up fast. And this year we had a full house so it was an exciting 6-day North Luzon leg from Vigan to Sagada (via Cervantes) then to Baguio and Manila. It’s great to be with different photographers and see their photographic styles and vision.

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Camiguin Chronicles Sabah

A Year in Travels May 2013 | Kota Kinabalu and Camiguin Revisited

The plankwalk to Pulau Sapi
The plankwalk to Pulau Sapi

It seems I have revisited many places this year which I really don’t mind since it’s been years since I last visited them. I’m always interested to see what has developed and retracing back my routes sure brings back fond memories in different places. When I had the chance to go back to Kota Kinabalu, I knew I didn’t want to miss that opportunity as it was my first destination out of the country.

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Chronicles Festivals Metro Manila Palawan Singapore

A Year in Travels April 2013 | Back in Coron, Singapore Supertrees and Aliwan Fiesta

Singapore Supertrees
Singapore Supertrees

The little city with big developments, Singapore, is always an interesting to visit. I’m always looking forward too new sites and structures I would see whenever I’m there. But last April’s visit was more of a job since for the first time I was able to talk about Photography and the Philippines to a foreign audience. It was an enriching experience to say the least. We did allot a day to explore what’s new in Singapore since my last visit like the Supertrees at the Gardens by the Bay and the Helix Bridge.