Guess what? Yep, we went back to Kalanggaman last weekend. Couldn’t say no to friends. ;)

So here are additional photos taken at the island gem.

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Davao City viewed from Samal Island across Pakiputan Strait

Samal Island across Davao City is more popularly known for its beach resorts and dive sites. The island, however, offers more than just white sand beaches.

The Island Garden City of Samal (it’s a city and that’s the official name!) is bestowed with a lot of other beautiful natural resources, such as the Monfort Bat Colony, natural caves as well as enchanting waterfalls.

We got to visit the Hagimit Falls located at Brgy. Cawag, Peñaplata (a city district), about 2 kilometers away from Peñaplata proper.

Hagimit Falls is actually a series of small falls and ponds in its natural setting, scattered wide over a large forested area, with small natural pools and cascading waters all around. It is a haven for nature lovers, campers and picnickers – a great place to take a refreshing waterfalls “shower,” a dip in its very cool waters in a rainforest setting.

Since it covers a wide area privately owned by several families, the resulting “development” initiatives over the years have turned the place into a hodge-podge of huts, cottages, canteens and what-have-you. In fairness to the original owners, they have tried their best to preserve the natural settings, albeit the concrete mini dams and other old-fashioned, concrete structures built decades earlier can stand some renovation and face-lifts to make them blend more with the natural surroundings.

Still, if you come early, ahead of other campers and picnickers, you can go survey around and explore the wide expanse and find a private, undeveloped nook all to yourself.

And therein have a serious commune with nature…

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For more information, contact Leyte Gulf Travel & Tours:

(053)321-7966; (053)523-7966; email: leytegulf@callezaragosa.com

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The Sto. Niño Shrine in Tacloban City (is it really a shrine or something else? It has been renamed the Romualdez Museum) means differently to a lot of Filipinos. For those who have been inside, some (mostly Warays), view it as a legacy of Imelda Marcos; for others, it is an icon of the excesses of the Marcos dynasty.

Having seen it before and after the Marcos years, now it is but a bare picture of what it was before. It is in such a sorry state some things are literally falling apart.

Still under the custody and management by the PCGG, this is how the place looks today.

Photos taken January 23 & 24, 2011.

Imelda Marcos’ bedroom

Imelda’s bathroom

President Marcos’ bedroom

To my knowledge, the first family never slept here.

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The Municipality of Palo, on a bid to reclaim its title as the Christmas Capital of Leyte, launched the Palo Christmas Festival 2010 with blazing lights during Switch-on Ceremonies held December 15, 2010 at the town’s plaza.

With the theme, “Du-aw ha Palo, Lamrag ha Pasko,” the switching on of the lights led by Governor Jericho “Icot” Petilla and Mayor Remedios “Matin” Petilla instantly transformed the plaza and nearby barangays into a Christmas fantasy land.

Currently on exhibit at the plaza are the various Belen or Nativity Display entries constructed out of indigenous materials by barangay participants in the Belen Contest.

The ceremonial switch-on program also launched the town’s new tourism-drive tagline, “Enchanting Palo.”

The Christmas Festival will be on till January 08, 2011.

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