Traveling by car two and a half hours south of Tacloban City via Baybay, one reaches the town of Hindang – a 5th class municipality of the province of Leyte.

The quaint and almost sleepy town of Hindang is better known (together with the town of Inopacan) as the jump-off point in going to the beautiful island beaches found at Quatro Islas (Cuatro Islas).

What is lesser known are the awesome caves inhabited with wild monkeys located at Mt Bontok (also spelled Buntok and Bontoc) at Brgy Buntok, Hindang.

Hindang Caves is relatively more accessible compared to other caves I have visited. There is an access road which is a mere 300 meters from the national highway to the park entrance. Before reaching the poblacion (coming from the town of Inopacan) a road sign on the left side of the highway shows you the way to the access road. This leads you up to the mountains right up to the park entrance where one begins to climb some 100-odd concrete steps up the winding stairway into the forested area where the caves are hidden by the thick foliage.

The climb up is also not as strenuous compared to others. It’s like going up, say, a 5-6-storey building. Manageable.

Upon reaching the area where the pathway branches off to lead to the several caves, one is met with “representatives” of a monkey tribe now a bit spoiled and expecting to be fed with bananas by visitors. The tribe, we were informed by the caretaker, numbers about a hundred!

There are several caves in the area but the more prominent ones are the Cathedral Cave and the Pandayan Cave. These caves served as refuge for the guerillas during WWII and survived heavy bombardment by the Japanese invaders.

Unlike other caves I’ve seen, the caves of Hindang have a more “colorful” look with greenish to orangey hues.

A must-see for those visiting Hindang, the park has picnic areas where one can relax, enjoy the scenic views and savor nature up close.

Continue reading »

  • Twitter
  • del.icio.us
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Reddit
  • Yahoo Buzz
  • StumbleUpon

Behind-the-scenes photos taken during the Landscape of Emotions 2 – A Manny Librodo Advanced Photography Workshop featuring Kharunisia Jazmin.

The workshop organized by the Camera Club of Leyte & Samar was held on January 29, 2011 at Marabut, Samar and Tacloban City.

The Photoshoot

Model/MU/Stylist: Kharunisia Jazmin

Location: Caluwayan Palm Island Beach Resort, Brgy. Caluwayan, Marabut, Samar

Continue reading »

  • Twitter
  • del.icio.us
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Reddit
  • Yahoo Buzz
  • StumbleUpon

It was a good year. A very good one, I would say.

Here are highlights of the various activities and projects undertaken by the Camera Club of Leyte & Samar for 2010.

CCLS 2010 Yearender from Gerry Ruiz on Vimeo.

  • Twitter
  • del.icio.us
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Reddit
  • Yahoo Buzz
  • StumbleUpon

“They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.”

~Ernest Hemingway

About the quote: from “Notes on the Next War,” published in Esquire Magazine, 1935.

Are there still (war) stories left untold?

October 20 came a-rollin’ and it was time again to celebrate Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s fulfillment of his war promise to return to the Philippines and liberate the country from the foreign invaders.

When you consider 66 years and start doing mental calculations, you come to realize only those who are 76 today or thereabouts (they would have been 10 years old then – kids!) are the ones who experienced those weary times and are still alive to recount them, or whatever childhood memories they have retained.

As in previous anniversary celebrations, ambassadors from the major war player nations came to lay floral offerings for the war heroes and gave messages of peace and hope for everybody.

Prayers were recited, in unison as well as in silence. Testimonials were given, stories told by weary veterans and their children; a siday was read; songs of love, peace and hope were sung; and candles lit (albeit a real challenge against the strong winds coming from the Pacific Ocean).

The war veterans association has now been overtaken by the VFP – Sons and Daughters Association, Inc. which formed the majority of those who came to celebrate this year’s anniversary at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park in Candahug, Palo, Leyte.

I noticed the predominance of old women among those who came to the anniversary celebration – widows of war veterans, together with their children and their children’s children.

I’m sure each one of them has a story to tell about the war… if anyone cares to listen to them at all.

And I bet there won’t be much told… about the follies of war.

Continue reading »

  • Twitter
  • del.icio.us
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • Reddit
  • Yahoo Buzz
  • StumbleUpon
© 2013 gerryruiz photoblog mark II Suffusion theme by Sayontan Sinha