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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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January 2, 2013

lantaw: 2012 in photos (part 1 of 2)

Lake Seloton: Sunrise Lake
sunrise in Lake Seloton in Lake Sebu

I was fortunate to have gone to some of the most beautiful places in the Philippines last year. I have plenty of favorite images, and here are some of them. A good part of the year was spent close to home.  Some of my top favorites this year are photos of amazing sunrises and sunsets (but come to think about it, if you have been reading this blog for some time now, they are always my favorites!).

My trip home would not be complete without a visit to Lake Sebu, ancestral domain of the T'boli and Ubo tribes and birthplace of T'nalak weaving.

Ma Fil Angkoy
a hegulong maestro

Within a week of returning to Manila, I found myself hiking to one of the hidden beauties in Laguna. Buntot Palos' massive size is always a joy and a challenge to shoot.

Buntot Palos 2
Buntot Palos in Pangil, Laguna

From chasing waterfalls, I shifted to a higher gear, literally. Together with some friends I visited, for the first time, the famous Batad Rice Terraces. Its nicknamed "stairway to heaven" for obvious reasons.

Breakfast View
rice terraces reaching up to the sky

Its back to chasing waterfalls in February. I hiked up to Buruwisan Falls in Mt. Romelo (Siniloan, Laguna). Twice.

Buruwisan Falls
Buruwisan Falls

2012 seems to be a year of firsts. It between the visits to Buruwisan Falls is a first time hike to Mt. Batulao in Batangas.

Looking back
on the trail in Batulao

While the rest are starting to gear up for the summer, I had the chance to slow things down in the town of Mayantoc (Tarlac) - the quintessential rural town

Mayantoc Bantay Lima Sunrise
sunrise and rice fields

It was the town's fiesta and we had the chance to see the "perya" (traveling fair), a truly country side spectacle.

The Ferris Wheel Assistant
ferris wheel assistant

Just before March ended, things begin to pick up speed and I headed to Siquijor (with a quick stop at Dumaguete), the Isla del Fuego (island of fire) and the island of magic, for a solo trip.

Silliman Hall
Dumaguete's Silliman Hall

I scheduled my trip to Siquijor one week before the Holy Week to avoid the huge crowd that gravitates to the island during this time. Almost all the photos I took are favorites.

Siquijor Midday Mangrove
midday mangrove

Lazi Church
Lazi Church

Look at our bounty!
island life

Sunrise Fishermen
fishing at dawn

Cambugahay Falls Multi-level Cascades
Cambugahay multi-cascades

Siquijor Fire and Magic #9 (Find the raptor)
Sandugan sunset

Siquijor Fire and Magic #7
Siquijor's fire and magic

April started with a trip back home for a quiet Holy Week in Lake Sebu and a first time visit to the Baras Bird Sanctuary in the neighboring town of Tacurong (Sultan Kudarat).

Lake Sebu Twilight
Lake Sebu twilight

Baras Egret Pair
egret pair in Baras

April ended with a summer trip to Cebu and Bohol with the whole family.  I managed to sneak out a few times to shoot the sunrise and sunset :).

Balance of Light
sunset in Panglao

Tropical Light
fiery sunset under the Marcello Fernan bridge in Cebu

Chocolate Hills at Dawn
dawn in Cholocate Hills in Bohol

I was back again in Lake Sebu before May ended for an outreach activity in one of the highland villages. It was a tiring yet fulfilling endeavor, punctuation by a beautiful lake side sunset.

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Anonymous said...

It's spelled "Silliman". Incredibly beautiful pictures, by the way. No wonder lakadpilinas is over the moon about your blog. - Jared

Lantaw said...

Right, "Silliman"

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