Its the first day of 2011, a new year and a fresh start. 2010 had been a great year, full of exciting travels and new friends. Join me in looking back at the previous year's favorite photos and adventures.
Started 2010 with a trip to the coastal town of Alabel in Sarangani province to photograph its mangroves. Mangroves play an important part in the coastal ecosystem, and it was great to see a reforestation area in Kawas with full grown mangroves.
strong and sturdy
Found myself revisiting a favorite cove in Zambales, and setting foot on another one for the first time.
Nagsasa evening colors
While Nagsasa is the most picturesque of the Zambales coves, Silanguin is the grandest, with a shoreline more than 3 times longer than Nagsasa.
Its summer time and what best way to spend it than hitting the beach. Together with a group of photo enthusiasts, I visited my favorite nook in Pangasinan: the quaint fishing village of Tambobong.
sunset at Nalasin point
From the beach, I soon found myself trekking to Laguna's Hidden Falls (aka Buntot Palos) in the lakeside town of Pangil. The trek was easy, but the climb down to the falls was a challenge. On the first day there I accidentally smashed by circular polarizer on a rock when I slipped on a moss covered boulder - one of the hazards of outdoor photography
AprilSummer was in full swing. I journeyed to the northern-most province in Luzon and to the southern-most province of mainland Mindanao.
sunrise in Maasim, Sarangani
rosy morning in Bangui windmills
High above the tree tops, I rode the most scenic zip line in the Philippines: the two segment Lake Sebu zip line.
Famous for its three lakes, the ancestral home of the T'bolis now draws adrenaline junkies.
Hikong Bente falls
From the cool mountain air of Lake Sebu, it was beach time the next few days as I went around Samal island with the family in tow.
JuneIts difficult to find one word to describe Coron - "magical" seems understated. Its natural wonders, both below and above the sea captured the imagination of many.
sunset in Coron
JulyJuly was a busy month, with the demands of a new job piling up. But I was able to squeeze in a weekend on a beautiful rock off the coast of Zambales: Capones island.
sunset on the edge
AugustIts the middle of the rainy season and its best spent photographing waterfalls. The multi-layer Balagbag falls in Real Quezon was a perfect daytrip destination.
While its rainy in Luzon, its still perfect beach weather down south in Gumasa in Glan (Sarangani province).
SeptemberWe were drawn back to the magnetic north: the province of Ilocos Norte. It was a weekend of rugged coastal seascape, waterfalls, and iconic churches.
Kapurpurawan rock formation
OctoberIts a solo trip this time to Concepcion in northern Panay. I spent a quiet weekend in Bolobadiangan Island, famous for its long sandbar.
Of course a trip to Iloilo is not complete without dropping by some of its heritage churches.
NovemberTime for my yearly pilgrimage to Candaba wetlands, a bird sanctuary in Pampanga. Was not able to get good photos of the birds but was gifted with a beautiful sunset.
Together with several kindred spirits, I was able to visit Aurora province (long overdue) on Luzon's east coast, facing the temperamental Pacific Ocean.
moody morning in Ampere beach
clash of the Pacific waves in Diguisit Bay
Ditumabo: the Mother Falls
DecemberThe season of giving. My family and I, together with a few close friends, spent a day in a B'laan community in Bagong Silang in Linan, a small barangay at the foot of Mt. Matutum in Tupi, South Cotabato.
hike to Bagong Silang
We distributed school supplies (courtesy of Black Pencil Project) to about 50 B'laan kids.
school supplies from Black Pencil Project
This community is the designated protector of the tarsier sanctuary near the village (yes, tarsiers are not exclusive to Bohol). They have stopped with their slash and burn practices to protect the thriving population of tarsiers in the nearby hills.
a tarsier in Linan
2010 had been a good year. It has a few downs, but in the end, all's well that ends well. May 2011 be even better.
This post won the Top Photo Post in the Philippine Blog Awards 2011.
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