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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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May 2, 2011

mayantoc: summer capital of tarlac

River Sunset
fiery river sunset in Mayantoc

I have to admit that I've never heard of the town Mayantoc even though I (almost) passed by it countless times whenever I'm passing through the province of Tarlac en route to Pangasinan. An invite from a friend to attend Mayantoc's fiesta patronal led me to discover a rustic town and its charming and hospitable folks.

If there is one thing that abounds in Maantoc, its rivers and streams. Camiling river and its tributaries criss-cross the town, providing countless swimming nooks. Folks from nearby towns and provinces flock to Mayantoc during the hot summer months to cool off. You don't even have to go far, you'll find cool clear water just a stone throw away from the town center.

Camiling River
a cool swimming nook

Going around Mayantoc gave me the impression that it has not changed much for a long time. It rural scenes brought back memories of long gone rice fields and haystacks in my own hometown, now erased by urbanization.

Mayantoc Rural Sunset
a haystack in sunset

Here the rivers and streams not only refresh but also nourish the land. A good portion of the town's land area is still devoted to farming.

Mayantoc Sunset Bare Tree 2
lone tree

On our second morning of our stay there, our host brought us to the hilly part of the town to wait for the sunrise. The cold morning breeze reminded me of other "summer capitals" I've visited.

Mayantoc Sunrise Lone Tree
Mayantoc daybreak

We climbed up a small hill to get a good view of the surrounding areas. While waiting for the first light of day, I lay on the ground and watch the nightjars flew to and fro just above us.

Bantay Lima Sunrise
one of the Bantay Lima peaks at dawn

We had a great view of the town in the east, still blanketed in fog, as the sun rose. On the opposite direction, of the Bantay Lima (Five Mountains) peaks, Mayantoc's recognizable landmarks, stood steadfast against a rosy sky backdrop.
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The Sunset Goddess said...

I love this :)May I know what camera you're using? Thank you

OSeñorita said...

Beautiful pictures!!!

KD said...

I love the lone tree :)

Anonymous said...

i am tomas q. molina jr from mayantoc, can you post this pix in facebook mayantoc account. youve got nice shot of our town

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