I started 2009 by getting drenched in a storm in Real, Quezon. The bad weather did not discourage me in venturing out and taking a few shots. I guess there really is no good or bad weather for photography :).
From the rainy coast of Real, I found myself biking 68 kilometers one way, on a hot and cloudless day, to the wetlands of Candaba in Pampanga. The months of December to January are best if you want to go birding in Candaba. Someone asked me why I have to bike so far to see these migratory birds when you can find the same species near the garbage-ridden Manila bay. Bird sanctuary vs garbage ... I guess my choice was obvious.
|egrets of Candaba|
|sunrise in Tambobong|
I have great fun in the sun-kissed shores of Balinmanok and enjoyed the low tide scenery of Cabacungan cove.
Tambobong was definitely a favorite, for just after a couple of weeks I was back there again. This time I promised to have more of the sea and less of photography. But you know how promises are made to be broken :).
The highlight of March was the trek to one of nature's wonders: Mt. Pinatubo, whose eruption in 1991 was the biggest in the century. Its beautiful cyan colored lake belied the devastation it brought upon central Luzon that tragic year.
|summer memories '09|
After the hot summer escapade in Samal, I headed to the mountain resort town of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, 30 kilometers from my hometown of Koronadal. The town, nestled 1000 meters above sea, is blessed with 3 lakes and 7 major waterfalls, countless crystal streams, and rich wildlife.
We spent a nice morning in Lake Seloton (dubbed as the sunrise lake) before trekking down to Hikong Bente, the 2nd of the seven falls.
|Hikong Bente up close|
Before the month ended, I was back in Tambobong (I wasn't kidding when I said its one of my favorite places). This time with several photographers in tow. I brought them to my favorite sunset spot in Cabacungan.
|the lure of Nagsasa|
The cove is much larger, much more grand than Anawangin. Aside from the great beach, the falls there is a must visit. You can head to the falls for its cold and soothing waters after a hot day on the beach.
Nagsasa's backwoods also is ideal for hiking. If you are lucky would be able to spot a troop of monkeys or some elusive wild deers.
|Nagsasa's wide open space|
I made a solo trip to Tanduyong island in Tondol, Pangasinan after my Mt. Romelo climb. My travel companions backed out of the trip because there was a storm forecast.
I went there alone but went home with new friends and great memories. The Torrinos made my stay in their small island a weekend to remember. For a couple of days I was part of their family.