Allow me to share the slideshow presentation of  Kharen Florentino & John Paul Laguilles Nuptials held October 21, 2011 at Rafael’s Farm in Babatngon, Leyte.

This event was a first for us, the documentarists, in so many ways – the prenup was a unique one; we had the shoot at Zip So. Leyte at Agas-Agas Bridge in Sogod, So. Leyte and at a river in Abuyog, Leyte. Also, it was for me the first garden wedding documentation at beautiful Rafael’s Farm in Babatngon, Leyte. The final slideshow shown here also incorporates for the first time both still photos and videos taken during the prenuptials.

Hope you like it.

 

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We were windswept as we went back to island camping at our fave Kalanggaman Island (shades of summertime!) taking in the sun and the sea for the 1st 15K Kayak Marathon (open invitational)  – a 15-kilometer kayaking marathon race from Kalanggaman Island to Palompon town proper last Friday, Oct 28, 2011.

It was island party time Thursday night, then up early at the crack of dawn the next day for the 6AM start of the race.

There were a total of 14 tandem registrants, some coming from Tagbilaran, Bohol; Basey, Samar and Tacloban, and one German tandem. The out-of-towners, however, were out-classed by the local fisherfolks who grabbed all the top prizes – their knowledge and familiarity of the race route undoubtedly serving them well.

It took the 1st placers, Lloydan Cabagte & Judy Singson (Kayak # 02) roughly 2 hours and 10 minutes to navigate the 15-kilometer distance from the island to the Port of Palompon over a relatively calm, early morning sea.

The winners:

Champion: Lloydan Cabagte & Judy Singson (Kayak # 02)

2nd Place: Willy Booc & Junior Bregildo (Kayak # 03)

3rd Place: Ariel Ilaida & Elmo Lagat (Kayak # 01)

4th Place: Alberto Yaon & Diosdado Parader (Kayak # 09)

Prizes: 1st Prize – PhP15,000 + trophy; 2nd Prize – PhP10,000 + trophy;  3rd Prize – PhP7,000 + trophy; and 4th Prize – PhP5,000 + trophy

The kayak race was the opening salvo of Palompon’s “Lawig ni Señor Iko” – a month-long series of activities leading to the town’s fiesta celebration honoring its patron saint, St. Francis Xavier.

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For hundreds of years, the Eastern Visayas region has been among the top coconut producers in the country.

And deeply embedded in the festive and colorful heritage of the Waray culture is the magic of its local coconut wine concoction – tuba.

The best tuba producers of Eastern Visayas converged last Friday, October 14 for the year’s biggest tuba  festival – the 4th Oktubafest at the Leyte Park Hotel Gymnasium in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines.

The festival saw the participation of some 25 local government units showcasing their best tuba products from Tacloban City and the towns of Julita, La Paz, Dulag, Mayorga, Tanauan, Palo, Alangalang, Tunga, Carigara, Barugo, Babatngon and Burauen of Leyte province;  Hinabangan, Villareal, Calbiga, Lawaan, Basey, Sta. Rita of Samar province; Balangiga, Sulat, Guiuan and Oras of Eastern Samar, as well as from Limasawa Island of Southern Leyte.

Highlights of whole-day, fun-filled Oktubafest included competitions in Best Bahal, Best Bahalina, Best Kutil and the Best Tuba-infused Dishes.

Yes, the tuba, indeed, has come a long way!

The annual tuba festival is being held under the auspices of the AnWaray Partylist, the Leyte Provincial Government, the Department of Tourism Region 8 and the Philippine Coconut Authority.

Cheers to all!

Kutil – tuba concoction:

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This time, we got to witness, albeit briefly, the 7th Odyssey Waves National Surfing Competition held at Calicoan Island in Guiuan, Eastern Samar held 6-8 October 2011. We were able to shoot some on the last day, but reluctantly had to head back to Tacloban City mid-afternoon before the announcement of the final winners.

The last time we were at the Odyssey Waves surfing competition was four years ago, in 2007.

Surfing participants this year came all the way from La Union, Baler, Pagudpud, Manila, Siargao, Lanuza, and, of course Leyte and Borongan, Eastern Samar.

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