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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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I’ve always wanted to do a long, slow shutter speed, aerial, evening shot of the Roxas Boulevard stretch of Metro-Manila.

Our band, The Assembly, played for months in the late 70′s at El Camarote at  Holiday Inn, now Traders’ Hotel, right across the Cultural Center of the Philippines. And even if I was not into photography then, the early evening lights of the whole stretch of the boulevard viewed from the top floors of Holiday Inn had always fascinated me.

The opportunity came recently while I was doing a shoot for Pasay City and among the sought-after shots I wanted done was one to be taken early evening, atop Traders Hotel.

Alas, the weather wasn’t too kind! It had rained for a couple of days until that fateful day when we finally got the hotel clearance to climb right up to the roof deck of the hotel. I was barely starting to warm up after getting a proper orientation and a general feel of the stronger-than-usual winds when you’re on top of a tall building (we climbed a couple more levels from the 18th floor) when suddenly it started to drizzle!

Gosh! There wasn’t much time to go around the hotel’s roof deck to get all the possible angles!

So here’s what I just managed to shoot…

Better luck next time. :(

Photos taken 14 November 2011.

 

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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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