Posts tagged “Photo Hike

KAGEBUNSHIN TECHNIQUE | IHMS EDITION

Just a catching up with some elementary classmates. ditch in some cameras and a tripod and boom!   (thus the shots)

It is so nice to be with these guys, i mean, they’re the ones that links me to my past. I must admit i kinda miss my grade school, those nuns who patiently teached us, those acacia trees, the ground where we played patintero, agawan base and chato after school while waiting for our school vans.

Years passed and yet these guys are still the same, I’m proud to say that we came from MILC! (now IHMS)

by the way, you can check my first batch of multiplicity shots and some steps how we did it 😀 (check it here : https://amherstureiqn.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/kagebunshin-technique/)

So that’s for now guys.

So Till Then and Godbless 😀

(big thanks to my IHMS pals for making this project possible, hopefully, madami tayo sa future, and to Angel for the place… shakeys daw guys, shakeys hehe)

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CRANE LOVE PROJECT : the story and inspiration

Got inspired with some beautiful digital artworks of Aquarius Frali. His interesting style of visual story telling caught my attention.

Aquarius Frali is so lucky to have some friends that understands  his unique style and pose in front of his camera. I tried to do some with my friend but it is awkward  explaining what your digital artwork supposed to look like  to  your subject.

Well, here’s my first attempt entitled “Crane Love Project”. Thanks Abby for helping me out on this one 😀 Not Bad

This project was inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki

According to Wikipedia, Sadako Sasaki  was a Japanese girl who was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, near her home by Misasa Bridge in Hiroshima, Japan. Sadako is remembered through the story of attempting to fold a thousand origami cranes before her death, and is to this day a symbol of innocent victims of war.

Sadako was at home when the explosion occurred, about one mile from Ground Zero, she was blown out of the window and her mother ran out to find a child, she suspected she may be dead but she found her two year old daughter alive. In November 1954, Sadako developed swellings on her neck and behind her ears. In January 1955, purple spots had formed on her legs. Subsequently, she was diagnosed with leukemia (her mother referred to it as “an atom bomb disease”). She was hospitalized on February 21, 1955, and given, at the most, a year to live.

Several years after the atomic bomb, an increase in leukemia was observed especially among children. By the early 1950s it was clear that the leukemia was caused by radiation exposure.

On August 3, 1955, Sadako’s best friend Chizuko Hamamoto came to the hospital to visit, and cut a golden piece of paper into a square to fold it into a paper crane, in reference to the ancient Japanese story that promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the Gods. A popular version of the story is that Sadako fell short of her goal of folding 1,000 cranes, having folded only 644 before her death, and that her friends completed the 1,000 and buried them all with her.


Though she had plenty of free time during her days in the hospital to fold the cranes, she lacked paper. She would use medicine wrappings and whatever else she could scrounge up. This included going to other patients’ rooms to ask to use the paper from their get-well presents. Chizuko would bring paper from school for Sadako to use.

During her time in the hospital her condition progressively worsened. Around mid-October her left leg became swollen and turned purple. After her family urged her to eat something, Sadako requested tea on rice and remarked “It’s good.” Those were her last words. With her family around her, Sadako died on the morning of October 25, 1955 at the age of 12.

So again, thanks Aquarius Frali for the inspiration and Abby for being patient 😀

So that’s for now guys.

So Till Then and Godbless 😀

 

 

 


Shopping Mecca of the South : ALDEVINCO

If you are in Davao and you find yourself looking for souvenirs before you fly back home, you should not think twice about going to Aldevinco Shopping Center. This is the favorite shopping area by many tourists. In fact, this is quite known to tourists for the take home products that are found in this establishment.

Pasalubong on a tight budget? ALDEVINCO it is.

Just ten minute ride from the hotel, we found ourselves amazed with the colorful souvenirs. Mindanao culture it is. I felt it more when a saw stores dedicated only to sell variety of Kulintang.

I want to bring home some of those but I’ll be having some problems carrying them. Frustrated, I asked some store owners if there’s a small version, some sort of an accent that I an put on my study table. unfortunately, It made me more frustrated when they told me they ran out of stock.

Evidently, majority of the stores in Aldevinco showcases their magnificent beadworks and products made of pearls. I ended up looking for a pearl accessories for my mom.

ALDEVINCO is often visited by tourists, balikbayans and even by delegates from various conventions held in Davao City. Most merchants and their “tinderas” speak the Tagalog dialect and price haggling or “tawad” is welcome especially when you buy in bulk or when you are the “buena-mano” (first buyer of the day). I even taught a British National how to make a bargain, and she ended up having 3 sets of medium size kulintang and an authentic Moro shield. kewl. I envy you

ALDEVINCO currently houses over 100 shops of souvenirs such as Davao native products, various Batik products (bags, dusters, slippers, table cloths, etc.), textiles imported from Indonesia and Malaysia, antique and brass items, and even indigenous musical instruments. It has become a major tourist attraction for its wide variety of ethnic products.

Speaking of batik products, can’t help myself drooling on their colorful bags and pashminas, I called my mom on the spot to ask her which one she wants. I came out of the store with 3 sets of pashmina, 2 batik handbags and a handful of small pouches. My mom just made me shop for her kumares too T.T

then surprisingly, there’s a store selling these trinkets, these small cute kulintangs. Made some bargain, kinulit si manang, she finally gave in and gave me those trinkets 5 pcs/100 pesos. I brought 20 pieces, I have many friends back in Manila you know hehe 😀

then some woodworks 😀 again, can’t carry some large souveniers so I ended up contented taking some pictures.

then back looking for some colorful accessories for my mom and her kumares 😀

last minute before we leave, I brought some shirts for me and my brother. I must say, it’s a good buy for 150 pesos per shirt. The prints are nicely designed, durable  and not that tacky for a souvenir shirt. I brought 4 😀 3 for me haha. masyado natuwa. 😀

Then outside of ALDEVINCO, you’ll find fresh and candied fruits like durian and pomelo. You could also purchase a packed tuna and fresh or frozen seafood that you can bring back home. At dahil season ng Suha, I brought a box for 400 pesos. It contains 10 medium sized pomelo and 4 trays of sliced Durian for 200 pesos only:D

By the way, in front of Aldevinco, you’ll find…

Indeed, Aldevinco Shopping Center has made a nice niche for itself in the city of Davao. It is generally promoted and known for being the citys ultimate source of ethnic, native and antique products. In fact, it could probably boast to be the only shopping center that offers the products that Davao is truly proud of.

So there you go guys, when you’re in Davao, pay ALDEVINCO a visit.

So that’s for now guys.

So Till Then and Godbless 😀


Somewhere in Ilocos Norte…and bit of Sur [Day 3]

We have to  bid vacation goodbye. It’s about time to go home and face reality [a.k.a. work 😀 ].  Well I think the Ilocos Norte experience wont be complete if you’re not able to visit the famous PAOAY CHUCH

It’ll be our church visit of the day. I was starstrucked the first time saw it. Akala ko hanggang sa mga travel shows sa TV ko lang ito makikita. ‘dun ko ata nileteral ang kiss the ground 😀

St. Augustine Church, or more popularly called Paoay Church, in Ilocos Norte is one of the the oldest churches in the Philippines

Built late 1600’s , Paoay church was made  of baked bricks, coral rocks, salbot (tree sap) and lumber, and has 24 carved massive buttresses for support. It is an architectural solution to the area’s challenging, natural setting. Both sides of the nave are lined with the most voluminous stone buttresses seen around the islands. Large coral stones were used for the lower level while bricks were used for the upper levels of the church.

After some prayers and [vanity] photoshoot, we decided to head south and since we will pass by Ilocos Sur, we decided to take a little detour. Thus my first trip to Vigan 😀

we parked our ride beside Cathedral de Vigan, since there’s no mass in Paoay Church, it’s good thing that we’re able to catch the Easter Mass there 😀 So there goes our last minute prayers and wishes. Actually, I cant concentrate ,  I can’t deny that I’m excited to see the famous Vigan.

Pagkatapos na pagkatpos ng misa, gora na sa Vigan. On our way, makikita mo yung commercialism ng lugar, nakapasok na pala ang mga fastfood chains sa lugar, pero para di masagwa, you’ll see that they tried their best to design their infra to match with the Vigan backdrop

Hindi ko akalin na ganito kabusy ang Vigan. Contrary sa lagi ko nakikita sa mga postcards. Anyway. patawas at isa lang akong Vigan Virgin haha 😀 Dami mabibilhan ng souvenirs, sa bungad palang dami nang magagandang tinda, goodluck sa’yo kunbg mabibisita mo ang lahat.

Common na ang mga keychain, so if you want to take home some good pasalubong try to look for other handicrafts as well like wind chimes,  Vigan harps, woven purse etc.

For us foodie, we checked their famous Bagnet, yun yung deep fry na karne ng baboy, parang sinit-charon [tama ba ang term?]. masarap sya isahog sa pansit o munggo o kahit anong ginisang gulay. 450-500 pesos lang ang isang balot/isang kilo. Andyan rin ang Longganisa ng Vigan,  malasa siya at masarap sa almusal, nasa 100-200 ang balot, 12 piraso na yun.  Check mo rin ang kanilang mga wine at iba pang minatamis.  Nakalimutan ko na ang mga pangalan pero di mo sya tipikal na matatagpuan sa Maynila.

Matapos maubos ang pera, we decided to stroll within the streets of Vigan. Too bad, there’s no open museum or exhibit because it’s Easter that time.

Nang mapagod, naisipan na naming bumiyahe ulit para puntahan ang pinakahuli s itenerary : Ang Baluarte [ni Singson]. Walang entrance ang Baluarte kaya jampacked ang tao nung pumunta kami, despite na tirik na tirik ang araw.

Tyempo naman na may photo exhibit that day. Entitled : Talugading, it showcased the beauty of Ilocos Sur through series of photographs.

Then we’re greeted by an ostrich roaming around freely. Other tried to come near it’s quite scary, baka tukain ka nalang bigla ng malaking angry bird. Not just a zoo, Baluarte is an interactive wildlife sanctuary and facility, with the breathtaking view of its dominating scenic boulders amidst trees and greens.

Baluarte is 80 hectares of gently rolling terrains, hills and mountain sides, the structures of facilities and amenities, its phases of construction is in its best possible realistic and natural habitat for good and sound animal care.


Located right beside the picnic area is the butterfly garden. An enclosed part of Baluarte where  butterflies roam freely amidst a beautifully landscaped garden. Cameras and video recorders are allowed inside the sanctuary for the visitors to capture their unique moments with these remarkable creatures.

There’s  also offer free mini horse rides that we call “tiburin”. The mini horse pulls a small carriage that can accommodate up to 4 persons including the “caballero”. Taking photos and riding the mini horse is absolutely free of charge.Right at the entrance of Baluarte is the petting zoo where visitors can freely interact and take photos with the different animals like camels, ostriches, deer, parrots, orangutans and a lot more.

It’s around 2pm when we decided to hit the road again, we want to go home early. but our driver surprised us with a little detour. Thus our visit to Thunderbird resort.

Located at  Poro Point San Fernando, La Union,  this offers a spectacular view of the ocean and provides all the components for carefree living such as pools, a minibar, casino,   valet parking, and room service.


So there you go, that’s to wrap up the whole Ilocos Norte/Sur trip 😀 we arrive Manila around 12 midnight. Tired from the long roadtrip but fulfilled because of the overwhelming experience. Lalo na sa’kin because it’s my first time to visit the Ilocos region.

So that’s for now guys.

So Till Then and Godbless 😀

 


Somewhere in Ilocos Norte [Day 2]


 There I was, on my second day travelling with my college peeps.  Actually, I dont have a clear idea about our itinerary, good thing there’s Jonathan to tour us in his hometown.

Our first stop of the day : Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

Anyone driving north through the province of Ilocos Norte can see the lighthouse which dominates the Burgos skyline.

After iparada ang sasakyan, syang akyat namin pataas ng bundok. The Climb ang drama namin that time. I didn’t complain. Namiss ko rin maghike. Nagulat ako sa dami ng turista sa mga oras na iyon.

It’s deja vu all over, I dont why but i felt like I went here before. I think it’s because the lighthouse quite resembles the Malabrigo Lighthouse of Lobo Batangas.

The lighthouse’s  pavilion has  been transformed into a small museum. Giving tourist like us backgrounds about the declared  National Historical Landmark

Also known as Burgos Lighthouse [thus the town] , it is built around 1800s and is set high on Vigia de Nagparitan Hill overlooking the scenic Cape Bojeador where early galleons used to sail by. Earthquake around 1990 damaged the lighting apparatus, thus the lighthouse is currently inoperable.

From its top, one can easily take in the sweeping panorama of the sea and the surrounding countryside.  Also, you can feel and enjoy the wind coming from China Sea

Then off to our next detination. Pagudpud beach! naks! makakaligo na ako sa dagat.  wasn’t able to hit the beach last year due to work but hah! lubos lubusin ang vacation leave. Anyway, sa daan palang makikita mo na yung sikat Bangui Windmills. Anlalaki nila! OA man pakinggan pero gahigante ang mga windmills. Naexcite ako lalo ngaun malalpitan ko sila mamaya. And out of nowhere, bigla kong narinig si regine Velasquez kumakanta sa utak ko, mamaya ko kwento. anyway back to Pagudpud…

Its white-sand beaches and crystal-blue water makes Pagudpud a haven for tourists. that’s true, kaso paano namin mapapatunayan ang ganoong statement kung fully booked na lahat ng resort. Buti nalang andyan ang ever reliable naming driver 😀 nakahanap at nakapasok ang sasakyan namin sa resort kahit fully booked. Ang cottage ay malapit sa dagat at bilihan ng souvenirs at ang pamatay, it’s FREE!

tulad ng banggit ko kanina, malapit lang ang cottage sa bilihan ng souvenirs. Actually they’re by the beachside.

from nick knacks made from seashells, coconut shells, to woven bags and keychain, you can actually buy all your pasalubong here. Ang galing din nung iba na on the spot nila gagawin yung mga souveniers like woven bags and Shell paperweights. You can do and buy bargains as low as 10 pesos 😀so bago matuksong gmastos ng bonggang bongga, we  stroll away from our cottage and decide to do our passion. Vanity picture. Chos. haha

hay. kakarelax sobra. worth the wait. worth din ng vacation leave ko, anyway, kahit minit ang araw, we dont mind, mahangin naman kasi at inisip nalang namin na turista kami, nagpapaTAN haha.

at syempre, di mawawala ang isa pa naming hobby, ang walang kamatayang jumpshots. 😀

To cap off our second day in Ilocos Norte, we went ot he infamous Bangui Windmills. Like I said earlier, this reminds me of Regine Velasquez TV ad. nakaka-LSS. I actually sang it while taking pictures that time. haha

Well check this video first para magkaroon kayo ng idea [you’ll see  Cape Bojeador  Lighthouse as well ]

…and again some jumpshots 😀

The Northwind Project in Bangui is the first windfarm project in South East Asia. Towering 70 meters tall, these majestic wind powered turbines have attracted many visitors both local and foreign. They supplies electricity to Bangui and towns nearby.

This is an awesome experience. I mean, this might be my first and last, seeing this giants made appreciate the power of mother nature. [naks pangdrama ang banat]. my friends know my love to pinwheels and windmills, they’re my emblem and seeing an array of  huge windmills made me smile.

To bring home a piece of this place, I brought a miniature windmill for my desk. Actually you can find many sizes of windmills in the souvenir shops,  from small as  keychains  to as big as a common stand fan.

Well’ that’s for Day 2. Apologies if i wasn’t able to warn you about the enormous jumpshots we had. Let’s say we just love to jump. haha

So that’s for now guys.

So Till Then and Godbless 😀


Somewhere in Ilocos Norte [Day 1]

I didn’t imagined that  my long yearning of a whole day roadtrip will bring so much relaxation. Even I wasn’t able to take a nap, I enjoyed watching the fast pace of people and places along the road. Having two of my college pals made it more interesting, and I proved to myself that 12+ hours of roadtrip is not enough to catch up and talk about anything. Ika nga nila, May baon pa kaming topic hanggang sa pag uwi.

Anyway, we planned the trip last year, started with our Holyweek escapade in Lobo Batangas last 2009, and since Jonathan invited us to their humble abode in Ilocos Norte, we didn’t hesitate and pretty much excited because we will explore a new place and the number of those who confirmed. but to make it short, I ended up with Jonathan and Neil. Well, I’m still pretty much excited and I didn’t mind at all.

We arrived at  Dingras, Ilocos Norte around 12 midnight, tired. we just grabbed a light hearty dinner and made our way to our own dreamlands. I woke up around 5 am, namamhay kasi ako, but even though i’m still relaxed dahil tahimik. nasa probinsya na nga ako.

Syempre as expected, like my relatives in Tarlac, they served veggies and fish for breakfast. it’s so heartly, for some obvious reason,  I missed Dad’s cooking, especially binagoongan.

Interesting that Jonathan’s house is just a 10-20 steps away from the welcome Arc of Dingras and a town cemetery. Jonathan tried to scare me but I’m eager to go and take some pictures, but I think I’ll do it later.

Wo after some cam whoring, we finally decided to hit the road. Since it’s Good Friday that time, it’s so apt to decide visit some churches. I’ve never seen an old church before other than San Agustin Church in Intramuros.

First stop : THE Dingras Church

Also known as The Church of San José de Dingras, built in the late 15th century, has been described as having one of the most picturesque church facades in the country owing to its Baroque style.Unfortunately, the Church is the middle of restoration when we got there. too sad that I wasnt able to see the chcurch on it known full glory [some says that the real facade was demolished around 2009 and they’re planning to build a new one..too bad].

after that we went to Solsona to visit Solsona Church.  The facade is quite modern yet artfully designed by it’s townsmen.

the Church is too busy that time, they’re preparing the images for procession.

Btw,  “Solsona”, came from the word “Sonsona” means “Place of pushing” because tribes were forcibly pushed back to the mountains.  and when a team of surveyors arrived and  asked the name of the place, they received the answer, “Solsona,” because that was how the word sounded to them. They thought that the name was appropriate, because the place seemed to be where the sun rises. Thus, the term Sonsona was corrupted and hispanized into Solsona which sounded better and was more appropriate.

after some prayers, we moved on to our next destination , the town of Piddig. we checked St. Anne Cathedral, also known as Church of Piddig.

 Honestly, this church got this Mexico-like ambiance, I don’t know why, but the church’s facade reminds me of the film “Los Muertos” and some random pics i saw from a “feast of the dead” celebration from Mexican friend in flickr.

Beside the church is an old belltower as well, it looks like it’s going to crumble down.  hopefully, the town have a time to restore it. by the way, the church’s location is elevated, you can almost see the whole town when your at the gates of the church, felt like it’s the guardian angel of the whole town.

Then off to town of Sarrat to visit Sta. Monica Parish Church.

Sta. Monica Parish Church [originally known as San Miguel church] is a red-brick church built in 1779 in a  neo-classical style.

I looove the interior as well, anybody who enters the church will not miss the magnificent framework of wooden roof trusses. I also like the idea  that they didn’t turned on the lights despite of huge number of tourist visiting that time, natural light made us see the beauty of the church stained glass windows.

Sta Monica Church has it’s own convent, which is connected to the church with an elevated 3-level brick stairway, forms part of the Sta. Monica Church Complex. the red brick wall invited us to some photo ops 😀

it’s our fourth church of the day and I was able to stick to my promise, I prayer per church. I heard somewhere that when visiting a a site for the first time, you need to kiss the ground, well, how about devoting a prayer per church?

So we packed after taking some pictures and it’s time to check Laoag. we’re about to check St. William cathedral [also known as Laoag City Church and Belltower] when we’re suprised by an old and crumbling piece of history, the church’s sinking belltower.

it’s evident that the church is sinking an inch per year. because the door seems like a windows already, it’s closed to the public due to restoration. it’s odds that the belltower is 2-3 streets away from the church.

so there was St. William Cathedral, filled with all types of people, from those whose trying to complete their novenas, people organizing for the processionup to those vendors trying to make their keep during the holy week.

It’s the fifth church but still wala kaming matyempohang misa. Halos lahat ng simbahang napuntahan namin ay puro turista. So yun, Paglabas namin ng St. Williams, may dalagitang nagaalok ng rosaryo, prayer booklet at medalyon. Libre daw. tinanggihan ko, pero nagpupumilit na libre lang. Nung hinawakan ko na, sabay sabing “trenta pesos”. Nagulat ako at ibinalik muli ang mga iyon sa ale. “Wag niyo nang tanggihan sir, mahal na araw naman, may basbas po yan.” ayaw ko makipagaway so nilabas ko ang trenta pesos nang may biglang pahabol si ate “trenta pesos po ang isa, 90 po lahat.” Nainis na ako at di na nagsalita, inabot ko ang trenta at sinauli ang rosaryo at booklet, kinuha ko nalang ang medalyon.

nakakalungkot isipin na kailangan matutong manloko at mang-uto ni Nene sa ganung edad para lang kumita.

but I decided not to ruin the whole trip for 30 pesos only. i decided to forget it then. We took a quick bite in nearby Mang Inasal and off to our next destination : the town of Bacarra

St Andrew’s Church or locals called Bacarra Church was built around 1590’s. Made from corals, salt water soaked tree trunks  and more molasses, it is considered as the one of the town’s cultural and heritage sites.

Originally Baroque in design, I was surprised how it  resembles some modern churches here in Manila. I even imagined having my wedding vows her because of the ambient of the whole church

nearby the church is it’s most prized heritage, Its bell tower, more popularly known as “Torre Ti Bacarra” or “torre”.

according to my research [ehem, yes. research. hehe] , the belltower was constructed  in 1828. It stood 50 meters high with three storeys. It has a 16 x 16 meter base that gradually narrows at the top. Topping it is a heavy bronze bell.

On 1931, the bell tower suffered its first major destruction. An earthquake caused the tower to have a leaning posture from the earthquake for more than half a century. The locals called it the “Bowing Belltower of Bacarra” while the tourists referred to it as the “Leaning Tower of the North.” In 1971, another earthquake further deformed the tower, yet the ruins attracted even more tourists. After the earthquake, the tower was preserved by placing support on the walls of the remaining structure. In 1981 and  1983, another earthquake occurred and the tower finally gave way and was left with its present flattened top.

In 1973, the tower became a national cultural treasure according to Presidential Decree 260.


after some camwhoring, we decided to check Fort Ilocandia and the infamous Sand Dunes. It’s almost an hour away fro Bacarra but we didn’t mind as long as our AC’s are full blast.

Before reaching Fort Ilocandia, you’ll be greeted by a vast desert-like sand dunes. Jonathan told us that this where the Panday movies are shot. Our driver even added the movies “Mad Max” and “Born in the fourth of July” and our very own “Himala”.

It’s weird. I even shouted, “nasa Saudi na ba tayo?!”—Saudi? really, nice remark. anyway, I imagined doing a pinoy cowboy film here, complete with sets and a steam train. hehe, whatever.

After Sand Dunes is the 5 star hotel Fort Ilocandia. We decided to stroll around, chill and  syempre, our favorite deed : camwhoring :D, In fairness, fully booked sila that time, dami [hot] “Poren-gers” haha, in short kumpleto ang site seeing 😀

 siyempre, di mawawala ang jumshots. Kami lang ata ang nagtatalon sa harap ng hotel sa tanghaling tapat.

After some hours, we decided to call it a day.But we need to attend Siete Palabras [Seven last Words] mass.  And for that we went to San Nicolas for well,  San Nicolas Church. Sa lahat ng simbahang napuntahan namain,  yun lang ata ang simbahang jampacked dahil sa misa.  There, I finished all my prayers and wishes.

Pagod man, nag enjoy ako sa buong trip. Alam ko na iyon ang uan’t huling pagkakataong mabisita ang mga lugar na iyon that’s why I took many photos as souvenirs. Well, it’s only day one, and I’m excited about the places we will check the next day.

So that’s for now guys.

So Till Then and Godbless 😀


Photowalk at Manila American Cemetery

Tormented these past few days , i decided to invite my photo buddy, Rose to have a photo walk with me. Medyo I took some research, we want a place where we can find peace. Someone suggested a cemetery, we know it’s a joke but it turned out a good idea.

So, there I was scanning the net for possible locations, thus I found this gem. Di ako pamilyar sa Makati at Taguig. Taga-Bulacan ako at  minsan lang naglalabas ng bahay kaya medyo useful ang Google Maps sa mga ganitong bagay. Ayon sa Google Maps, para makarating ka don, pwede kang sumakay ng bus sa Ayala papuntang Mckinley o market Market, sounds easy, pero ayoko maligaw, so yun, Rose and I  ended up riding a cab. It’s ok having a cab, at least you don’t have to walk some miles just to reach the front gate of the cemetery. It’ll just cost you merely 80Php. Promise.

Anyway, the establishment is open daily to the public. You can go there 9am till 5pm. You’ll be greeted by their polite Manong Guards, inspect your belongings and will ask your intent. Taking photos are okay as long as you observe their policies. I mean, hello… R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Mga Pinagbabawal? Tumapak sa grass. Magingay [partey-partey?]. mageskandalo [dun sa TV5 ang face to face] at syempre ang mambalahura. So balik sa photowalk, I already expect that I’ll be greeted with a vast array of white crosses. But I was so surprised that it’s very  peaceful than I expected. Even though it’s in the middle of a industrial development area, the place is so quiet at all. And the breeze…kala mo di ala-una ng tanghali. I thought what it feels like being dead that time.

some of the heroes here are unnamed or buried without their family’s knowledge. I read somewhere that in a chance that a family went here to check their love one, they can go to the office beside the cemetery gates, there, they will be assisted by the admin to locate the site.  the admin able to keep names and  identify a hero by checking the manifest, giving them some coordinates of the location where the hero buried.

We went on the west side of the cemetery. It’s like a contoured hill, so scenic and even though there are some park benches on the sides, I preferred sitting in the middle of the road, I don’t know, I felt comfortable sitting in that area, seems positive energy flows all over that area that you don’t care anymore about anything, well me, about my pants.

Just a history, The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is located in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

According to Wikipedia : The cemetery, 152 acres (0.62 km2) or 615,000 square metres in area, is located on a prominent plateau, visible at a distance from the east, south and west. With a total of 17,206 graves, it is the largest cemetery in the Pacific for U.S. personnel killed during World War II, and also holds war dead from the Philippines and other allied nations. Many of the personnel whose remains are interred or represented were killed in New Guinea, or during the Battle of the Philippines (1941-42) or the Allied recapture of the islands. The headstones are made of marble which are aligned in eleven plots forming a generally circular pattern, set among masses of a wide variety of tropical trees and shrubbery.

There’s chapel in the middle of the area, a tall stone structure enriched with sculpture and mosaic. The works are so amazing. I mean, how they filled up the whole interior with mosaic tiles, but not just tiles, crushed tiles.

In front of it on a wide terrace are two large hemicycles with rooms at each end. Twenty-five large mosaic maps in these four rooms recall the achievements of the United States Armed Forces in the Pacific, China, India and Burma.

On rectangular limestone piers within the hemicycles are inscribed the names of 36,282 of the Missing who gave their lives in the service of America and who rest in unknown graves.

If you have some time reading the engraved names , you’ll notice the mix of American and Filipino people who served the country. There are some interesting facts like knowing some  jobs or tasks that actually existed during the war. Then there’s some wake up call. I found some photographers, cameraman; camera assists who died during the war. Wala lungs. Just thinking of photojournalism in this present day 😀

Carved in the floors are the seals of the American states and its territories.   Too bad I wasn’t able to complete them because of some of those are damaged already and can’t be recognized at all.

the area is so scenic. the architect did a good job making the hemicycles work something like the end product of a White House wing and pantheon mixed together.  we cant help ourselves  to take some photos for remembrance. 😀

I’m so relaxed after visiting the site. I usually associated fear and creepiness to cemeteries, but not that time. I want to go back there sometime for no reason..hmm..further soul searching, I  don’t know.

By the way, The Memorial is maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission. The cemetery is open daily to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except December 25 and January 1.

So that’s for now guys.

So Till Then and Godbless