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Around the Philippines as witnessed by the setting/rising sun

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” –Jo Walton

 

The sun best accentuates the places we see. For a few minutes, the sun allows us time to meditate on what has been and what will be. Be it the daily work grind, weekend vacation, or an ordinary day, a sunrise or a sunset never fails to evoke beauty and optimism.

Here are some of the place I have been in the Philippines and the sun as my constant companion.

SUNSET

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under.” – C. JoyBell C.

Greenviews Resort sunset
CORONG-CORONG, EL NIDO, PALAWAN. The beach in Corong-corong gives the best view of the golden sun while lying on a hammock at Greenviews Resort.
CORONG-CORONG, EL NIDO, PALAWAN. This beautiful sunset to cap a day of hopping the different picturesque islands of El Nido.
CORONG-CORONG, EL NIDO, PALAWAN. This beautiful sunset to cap a day of hopping the different picturesque islands of El Nido.
CANIGAO ISLAND, MATALOM, LEYTE. Volunteered to take the photo of a group of volunteers from different countries who made a side trip to Canigao Island after their relief activities in Tacloban City.
CANIGAO ISLAND, MATALOM, LEYTE. Volunteered to take the photo of a group of volunteers from different countries who made a side trip to Canigao Island after their relief activities in Tacloban City.
MT. TAPYAS, CORON, PALAWAN. The sun turns gold as it waves goodnight.
MT. TAPYAS, CORON, PALAWAN. The sun turns gold as it waves goodnight.
Mount Tapyas, Coron, Palawan
MT. TAPYAS, CORON, PALAWAN. After a tiring climb over the 742 steps of Mount Tapyas, got a good view of Coron poblacion and this. Wew!
Bais City Negros Sunset
PAROLA, BAIS CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL. After a day of surveying the dolphin population in Tañon Strait, our group made a short trek to the parola a top the hills of Bais City and got a peek of the sun through bamboos.
Iloilo International Airport sunset
ILOILO AIRPORT. Shot through the glass filter of Iloilo International Airport.
MOUNT MANABU, BATANGAS. After climbing one mountain peak to another, we finally capped the long trek marveling as the sun paint the horizon to reddish hue.
MOUNT MANABU, BATANGAS. After climbing one mountain peak to another, we finally capped the long trek marveling as the sun covers the horizon with reddish hue.
SM City Cebu Radisson sunset
SM CITY CEBU. Hidden behind the tall Radisson Blu Hotel, the sky lit up to a mixture of blue and golden orange.
HACIENDA LUISITA, TARLAC (November, 2009). Had an exposure trip for a night and a day at Hacienda Luisita of the landlord family of President Aquino to commemorate 5 years of injustice after the Hacienda Luisita Massacre.
HACIENDA LUISITA, TARLAC (November, 2009). Had an exposure trip for a night and a day at Hacienda Luisita of the landlord family of President Aquino to commemorate 5 years of injustice after the Hacienda Luisita Massacre.
UP Diliman, Quezon Hall
QUEZON HALL, UP DILIMAN (March, 2010). Not quite sunset. Youth activists celebrate their victory against fee increases proposed in PUP and UP.

SUNRISE

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. –Bernard Williams

 

GUIMARAS. Surviving hours of bus travel from Kalibo, Aklan to Iloilo after a courtesy call to introduce our flood hazard mapping project.
GUIMARAS. Surviving hours of bus travel from Kalibo, Aklan to Iloilo after a courtesy call to introduce our flood hazard mapping project.
kiltepan peak, sagada, sunrise
KILTEPAN PEAK, SAGADA, MT. PROVINCE. Through an ocean of clouds, the sunrise greets tourists lying in wait.
Gibitngil Island, Medillin, Cebu
GIBITNGIL ISLAND, MEDELLIN, CEBU. Went for an ocular survey of Gibitngil Island for the water catchment project of Team BANG for the Unilab Ideas Positive contest.
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Lake Balanan, Siaton, Negros Oriental

Nestled in Siaton, Negros Oriental, Lake Balanan is a recommended retreat for those visiting Dumaguete City.

The lush greens and cool waters of Lake Balanan natural reserve give a perfect setting for adventure activities such as trekking, swimming (at the pools only), kayaking, boating, ziplining, and meditation. I would love for Cebu  City to have this kind sanctuary for weekend trips. Would be my go-to itinerary, if ever.

With a scenery perfect for picture-taking, make sure you have a fully-charged camera and/or a spare battery.

Lake Balanan

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Dumaguete Eats: Food crawling in the University town

A quaint city which impresses guests with laid back environs and a buffet of food places, Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental is a treat for those wanting a quiet yet still sight-filled and gastronomic vacation.

Walking along Hibbard Avenue near Silliman University.
Walking along Hibbard Avenue near Silliman University.

The plan was to take a break from the usual seafood and grilled meat, so, we sampled the snack parlors of this university city. After a long bus ride from Cebu, the first stop was supposedly Sans Rival, however, several visitors were in queue so we decided against it and walked a few meters along the boulevard to find some food. Then, we tried Hoy Lugaw choosing it for its unique use of kitchen utensils as seats and lamps. But, the food wasn’t impressive.

ISDABES! Sorry but we're not into grill that time. Best in word play though.
ISDABES! Sorry but we’re not into grill that time. Best in word play though.

Reading through some blogs, we were led to Neva’s Pizza, Pasta, Atbp. located a little more than a kilometer from Silliman along Hibbard Avenue. The main magnet of Neva’s is its really cheap yet delicious menu. Bargain price! Most of its food are priced at less than a hundred pesos. The place is small and cramped but you wouldn’t mind it as its menu is friendly to your tongue and wallet.

NEVA. You Neva be poor here. Food bargain!
NEVA’S PIZZA. You’ll Neva be poor here. Food bargain!

The next day, after a quick tour of Lake Balanan, the next target was Mel’s Cafe (complete  name: From the Kitchen of Mel’s Cafe) near Rizal Boulevard. I have seen the cafe’s exterior a number of times when I visited Dumaguete City, however, the signage wasn’t that appealing to merit going in.

MEL'S CAFE. Time for a new signage (please).
MEL’S CAFE. Time for a new signage (please).

But, looks can be deceiving, its interiors, apparently, is quite the opposite of the facade. Artsy and lively, the cafe’s design more than compensates its outside. Their menu offers a lot of choices at reasonable prices. Tried their butter beer, pancakes, and sandwich.

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My favorites is the chocolate-draped pancake.

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Had a good serving of sandwich, too.IMG_2870

 

The butter beer magically disappeared from these cups.

A taste of Harry Potter world.
A taste of Harry Potter world.
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6.3 quake shakes Negros Occidental; Cebu better prepare

Another strong earthquake (magnitude 6.3) has hit quite close to Cebu – this time in Hinoba-an town, Negros Occidental. In less than 5 years, three quakes struck near and even affected Cebu. The previous two caused much damage and panic:

1. October 15, 2013 quake with epicenter at Carmen, Bohol
2. February 6, 2012 quake with epicenter at Guihulngan, Negros Oriental (Remember Chona Mae?)

PHILVOLCS Bulletin on the Negros earthquake. Image grabbed from from www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph
PHILVOLCS Bulletin on the Negros earthquake. Image grabbed from from www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph

It is best that we Bisdak prepare for another tremblor even if we handily survived these earthquakes. Moreover, the quakes are becoming more frequent.

Based on the American Red Cross website (http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/earthquake | © Copyright The American National Red Cross. All rights reserved.), to prepare for an earthquake, one must:

  • Become aware of fire evacuation and earthquake safety plans for all of the buildings you occupy regularly.
  • Pick safe places in each room of your home, workplace and/or school. A safe place could be under a piece of furniture or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could fall on you.
  • Practice “drop, cover and hold on” in each safe place. If you do not have sturdy furniture to hold on to, sit on the floor next to an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms.
  • Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each person’s bed in case the earthquake strikes in the middle of the night.
  • Make sure your home is securely anchored to its foundation.
  • Bolt and brace water heaters and gas appliances to wall studs.
  • Bolt bookcases, china cabinets and other tall furniture to wall studs.
  • Hang heavy items, such as pictures and mirrors, away from beds, couches and anywhere people sleep or sit.
  • Brace overhead light fixtures.
  • Install strong latches or bolts on cabinets. Large or heavy items should be closest to the floor.
  • Learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home and keep a wrench handy for that purpose.
  • Learn about your area’s seismic building standards and land use codes before you begin new construction.
  • Keep and maintain an emergency supplies kit in an easy-to-access location.

The American Red Cross also has their mobile Earthquake app which can be downloaded via Google Play or i-Tunes stores.

The American Red Cross Earthquake app. Screen grab from Google Play Store.
The American Red Cross Earthquake app. Screen grab from Google Play Store.

As written on their Google Play Store page, the American Red Cross Earthquake app has the following features:

  • Step-by-step instructions let you know what to do even before/during/after an earthquake, even if no data connectivity.
  • Get notified when an earthquake occurs; see the intensity impact to your area or those of loved-ones with notifications generated by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
  • Let family and friends know you are okay with the customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text.
  • Find open Red Cross shelters in your area when you need help.
  • Stay safe when the lights are out with the Toolkit, including a strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions.
  • Prepare for the worst by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation.
  • Empower your family to stay safe and remain calm in an emergency by learning how to make and practice an emergency plan.
  • Earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your hurricane knowledge with interactive quizzes.
  • See an illustrated history of earthquakes in your area.
  • Know how to what to do about food and drinking water when your area has been impacted by floods and power outages.
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