It’s been some time since I last passed through the famous Bitukang Manok segment – a very steep zigzag road section at the Quezon Natural Forest Park. A new, longer, safer diversion road has been constructed where all types of heavy vehicles now pass.

It was great news then when I learned that the old Bitukang Manok segment has been rehabilitated and is now passable albeit only for light vehicles. It was with much anticipation therefore that I looked forward to driving the southroad again – from Manila all the way to Tacloban City via the Maharlika Highway (also known as the Pan-Philippine Highway ) – a distance of like 1,000 kilometers. :)

We drove last week, my wife, Ludette and son, Marti and I and, yes, we passed through the steep Bitukang Manok.

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Most Manileños would know where Pasay City is exactly located in Metro-Manila.

But am pretty sure many are also unaware, and one would still hear arguments whether this or that is still Pasay territory or not.

Let’s set aside the technicalities on the exact boundaries of the city.

Suffice it to say that Pasay City is where most of Metro-Manila’s major tourist attractions are located.

And more!

Without further ado, let’s get on and have a mini rolling tour featuring some of Pasay City’s building landmarks – some old, some new…

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Ever since I started posting photos of Kalanggaman Island here in my photoblog, I’ve received a steady stream of inquiries and, on some instances, requests from close acquaintances to accompany them to the exotic islet of Kalanggaman in Palompon, Leyte.

Last week was what exactly happened. A friend’s friend was home for a vacation from work in the Middle East, and goes, how about a quick trip to Kalanggaman before he heads back to work in a far away land?

Noting they were childhood friends, and, more interestingly, two recently got new DSLR’s and were now sharing new passions – it was something that perked my attention. Besides, a previous engagement cancelled out leaving me free for the weekend. Suddenly I felt the urge to get away from the madding crowd and seek solace in a secluded island. Unspoiled beach, pristine waters and camping out with cold beer – gee,  I needed no further urging!

Although summer’s officially over and the weather was quite windy, we nevertheless enjoyed the pristine beauty, serenity and solace the island graciously provides.

Thanks to Mark Doctolero, Bobbie Alota and Archie Omega for the hospitality! Photos taken August 5 & 6, 2011.

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The candidates in the Search for Ms. Tacloban 2011 were formally introduced to the media and the public yesterday, June 06, 2011 at Baluarte Beach Resort during the prejudging selection for the Best in Swimwear and the Ms Photogenic awards where yours truly was one of the judges.

The aspirants:

No. 1,  Ms. STEFANIE U. LAURENTE
18 years old, 5′ 4″
Leyte Normal University (LNU)

No. 2, Ms. CHRISTINE GRACE J. ALMADEN
16 YEARS OLD, 5′ 6″
Liceo Del Verbo Divino (LVD)

No. 3, Ms. JOY WINSTEL T. BRIONES
22 years old, 5′ 4″
Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation (RTRMF)

No. 4, Ms. MARY ELIZABETH O. LACANDAZO
16 years old, 5′ 7″
Leyte Normal University (LNU)

No. 5, Ms. KAILLE ALYNA G. TAN
16 years old, 5′ 7″
Holy Infant College (HIC)

No. 6, Ms. RICHELLE JANE C. BAYONA
21 years old, 5′ 3″
AMA Computer Learning College (ACLC)

No. 7, Ms. AIREEN A. GONZAGA
20 years old, 5′ 4″
Colegio de La Salle Foundation (CLSF)

No. 8, Ms. MA. CRUZETTE S. MAGALLANES
19 years old, 5′ 4″
Leyte Normal University (LNU)

No. 9, Ms. JYCA THERESE V. MANCAO
17 years old, 5′ 6″
Leyte Normal University (LNU)

No. 10, Ms. MAURINE HOPE C. NAVARRA
18 years, 5′ 4″
AMA Computer Learning College (ACLC)

No. 11, Ms. SHENNA O. HERNANDEZ
23 years old, 5 ’4″
ABE International College of Business and Accountancy (ABE-ICBA)

No. 12, Ms. CRISANTA B. RIVERA
18 years old, 5′ 4″
ABE International College of Business & Accountancy (ABE-ICBA)

No. 13, Ms. JHUNEVA MARIE M. GO
18 years old, 5′ 6″
University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban City College (UPVTC)

No. 14, Ms. APRIL JOY C. DY
18 years old, 5′ 4″
St. Paul School of Business and Law (SPSBL)

No. 15, Ms. MENCHIE A. NACARIO
16 years old, 5′ 5″
Asian Development Foundation College (ADFC)

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