As I mentioned in an earlier post, we couldn’t help it but head on to Kalanggaman during the Holy Week summer break.

The  family and I have been enchanted by this tiny jewel of an islet.

We love its remoteness, its natural, undeveloped, “uncommercial” state. And although there are a few picnic kiosks, a common cooking facility and public restrooms, there are no ‘theme park’ developments in the islet.

We are not really the type who yearn for a modern mall nor chic restos/bars/cafes by the beach.

It was Holy Week so when we arrived, all the kiosks were already taken despite an earlier reservation we made with the Palompon LGU which manages the place. But not to worry, many were not planning to stay overnight so by mid afternoon, we already had our kiosks and had 4 tents set-up, enough to accommodate us all.

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What a pleasant surprise!

Shortly before we started preparing for breakfast very early in the morning on the second day of our Holy Week sojourn at Kalanggaman Island, we had an unexpected guest who dropped in.

It was the islet’s resident Black-crowned Night-heron, locally known as “lapay” :)

It was actually not our first meeting.

I first met the Lapay during one of my earlier trips to Kalanggaman. I was told by the islet caretakers that there was originally one pair of the birds bred in captivity and released in the islet by Palompon’s local government personnel. The other bird vanished and only this one stayed around.

Here are photos I took of her during that first encounter May of last year…

 

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It’s definitely MORE fun in the Philippines!

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. has been quoted as saying, ”What differentiates the Philippines from every other place in the world… is the Filipino. It’s his special gift for transforming what is already a beautiful place into an unforgettable special place.”

“You take two identical islands, put FILIPINOS in one, and it’s going to be more fun in there where they are!”

High five to that.

Well, here are my initial takes to the new DOT tourism slogan which has triggered an avalanche of memes in the internet…

Communing with nature at Hagimit Falls, Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS), Davao del Norte

Taking care of Lola at the airport, Tacloban City, Leyte

Fishing at the rock formations, Biri Islands, Northern Samar

Power napping at San Pedro Island, Hinunangan, Southern Leyte

Tacloban Port Area, Tacloban City, Leyte

Tacloban City, Leyte

Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte

Birdwatching at Samar Island Natural Park (SINP), Paranas, Samar

Zip Southern Leyte – the longest (1km) zipline ride over the tallest bridge in the country today, Agas-Agas Bridge in Sogod, Southern Leyte

Stargazing at Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte

Calle Mena Crisologo in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur – dubbed as the Heritage Lane

Tubing at Ulot Rapids Torpedo Boat Adventure, Ulot River, Paranas, Samar

Bitukang Manok, Atimonan Natural Forest Park, Atimonan, Quezon

The music scene at 6500, Tacloban City

Calayucay, Sto. Domingo, Albay

 

 

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Year 2011 was no doubt a year for photo enthusiasts. With an unprecedented growth in sales of DSLR’s and mobile phones, tablets and computers with digital cameras, I doubt if there ever was any other time in mankind’s history when there were just as many people snapping away photos all the time.

Looking back at the year just passed, still nursing a hangover of the holidays, I was struck with the number of subjects I was able to cover – from birding to weddings and beauty tilts to travel destinations; from the time I had a glaucoma attack and subsequent laser procedure down to baby pictures and awesome adventure rides and treks in far-flung areas.

Thus I decided to compile my favorites and share them with you for a brief replay of gerryruiz images of 2011.

I hope you like it. Cheers!

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