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
|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.
|sunset in Coron|
|sunset on the edge|
While its rainy in Luzon, its still perfect beach weather down south in Gumasa in Glan (Sarangani province).
|Kapurpurawan rock formation|
Of course a trip to Iloilo is not complete without dropping by some of its heritage churches.
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|
|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.