Cagsawa Ruins

Locals take the best photos

Picture-taking is the usual must-do when travelling. Landscape shots, selfies, groufies are the go to photography routines. Getting the best photos is easily achieved though with the help of locals who are more familiar with the location. In some tourist spots, locals get trained by the Department of Tourism or Local Government Unit in order for the former to give tourists a hand in capturing the best scenes and angles of the place.

1. Cagsawa Ruins, Daraga, Albay
Aside from getting picturesque shots of Cagsawa Ruins and Mount Mayon, local photographers, complete with ID, roam around the park to offer optical illusion shots for your group. You can be a giant out to devour or squish helpless individuals, or maybe a powerful human with the strength to throw huge boulders. These happy Cebuanos gave a hearty tip to the photographer since they don’t charge an amount.

From Cebu, you can book a cheap fare flight to Legazpi City. Try commuting to Daraga to further save on fare.

Cagsawa Ruins
Playing giant and hapless victims in Cagsawa Ruins Park.
Cagsawa Ruins
Displaying superhuman strength.
Cagsawa Ruins
Returning the favor. Acting level = 90%.

2. Sunken Cemetery, Camiguin

We would have been content with taking a photo of the Sunken Cemetery and the coral garden within its marine sanctuary, however, our guide offered to take trick shots for us. We readily agreed. (Related post: When in Camiguin)

Sunken Cemetery, Camiguin
Sunken Cemetery, Camiguin

 

Sunken Cemetery
The cemetery is ALIVE! –with corals.

Kuya’s trick shots were hazy though because of the rain.

Trick shot at Sunken Cemetery
Ok, so a good dose of acting is needed if you’re supposed to be eaten by a giant. (Sunken Cemetery, Camiguin)
Trick shot at Sunken Cemetery
Jumping while going for a sitting position is quite a task to get this illusion of sitting on top of the base of the cross.

3. Old Church Ruins, Camiguin

Kids hurriedly approached us to sell candles for offering at the Old Church Ruins but we didn’t budge. So, they changed tacked and volunteered to tour us around the complex and take our photos. We were surprised that they, as if professionals, ushered us to the best spots for picture-taking.

old church ruins
Just follow the kids’ choreography as they shout ‘1-2-3, SMILE!’ and compliment you with ‘Astonishing!’
old church ruins
Enjoying the photo session at the Old Church Ruins
old church ruins
A lot of times, a selfie stick just can’t give you the photos you want. So thanks kiddos! By the way, they happen to be trained by the local tourism office.
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Leave a Reply