Its been three weeks since I last posted an entry. In the blogging world 3 weeks is an eternity. So I'm sharing some of the moods and colors I captured during my last trip home.
My home province of South Cotabato once included the coastal towns of Sarangani bay in the southern end of Mindanao mainland and the mountainous areas in-land to the north of the bay. Today its split into two provinces: South Cotabato and Sarangani, with General Santos City in the middle (hence the acronym SOCSARGEN)
I have this personal project of shooting scenes with mangroves whenever I visit a coastal town. Last time I visited SOCSARGEN, I went to Kawas to shoot the mangrove reforestation area. This time I headed to the town of Maasim in western side of Sarangani bay and found the mature mangroves of Brgy. Tinuto much to my liking.
Mangroves are an essential part of the coast ecosystem. They are natural breakwaters and provide a sanctuary for small fishes and crustaceans. They are also a good sign that the shoreline had not been abused and converted into resorts.
A few days after shooting sunrise in Maasim, I found myself with two of my photographer friends in the middle of the DOLE pineapple fields at 4 in the morning, waiting for the first light. The area around Mt. Matutum (whose iconic shape is always visible from my hometown) had always been planted with pineapple for as far as I can remember.
I enjoyed the cool mountain air as much as I enjoyed the colors of sunrise that morning. It was a surreal feeling, standing in the middle of a field planted with pineapples as far as the eye can see.
A trip home wouldn't be complete without a visit to of Lake Sebu (see the Favorite Places section of this blog). We stopped along the way to photograph Allah valley at sunrise, with Mt. Matutum figuring prominently in the background.
SOCSARGEN abounds in natural wonders: fine beaches and dive sites of the coastal areas, the caves, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls of the mountainous towns. Despite the tainted image of Mindanao when it comes to the "peace and order" situation, SOCSARGEN continues to be one of the most peaceful regions in the island.