There was no avoiding it – we just had to get back to the enchanting island before summer’s gone!

And so the family (minus the “new” mother – sorry Nani, next time when baby Kenji gets bigger) with Capt. Kitchie, the family pet, hied off last Friday the 13th to Kalanggaman Island (also spelled Calanggaman as viewed in Google), one hour boat ride away from the coastal town of Palompon, Leyte.

Sheer paradise!

Special thanks to the able island crew of LGU Palompon and to Dir. Karen Tiopes and staff of DOT 8.

Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte, May 13 & 14, 2011.

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Up next: The Adventures of Capt. Kitchie. Watch out for it!

For more info, contact Leyte Gulf Travel and Tours based in Tacloban City, (053)3217966 & (053)5237966.

Email: leytegulf@callezaragosa.com

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Day 02 in Iloilo City was the main event for the trip – the Visayas Blogging Summit and the Philippine Blog Awards.

Here are other photos I took on my second day in the City of Iloilo – photos other than those of the blogging summit and the Philippine Blog Awards.

The breakfast view from the Promenade Resto at the top of The Atrium showing the Iloilo Provincial Capitol.

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When I launched the gerryruiz photoblog on September 25, 2007, I only had the faintest idea of what “blogging” was really about, nothing much except that it was a web log – some sort of a journal.

And I thought to myself, hey, wouldn’t it be nice to post photos in lieu of a diary-type journal? It would also serve as a repository for my budding digital photo files – photos taken with a point & shoot Sony Cybershot (and a good back-up in case my drive crashes again!)

I had no idea then where it would lead me to, nor did I expect that the passion on photography would eventually consume me in due time…

The photoblog also served as an outlet for me for the creative itchiness I would feel time and again. I was simply posting at will with no regularity at all – only when I felt like it and when something would come up which I thought would be interesting to share with my small circle of internet friends.

Hence, when Eric Dee, aka Byahilo – an established and known blogger based in Manila – urged me last June to join him and attend the Visayas Blogging Summit set for end of November in Iloilo City, my interest was rekindled. It was a chance for me to get to know more what blogging really is about and how the more established and known Filipino bloggers do it.

A planned historical and cultural tour around Iloilo during the summit was the clincher! Great photo ops!

Hence I booked early to avail of cheaper airfares and had my mind set on attending the Visayas Blogging Summit in Iloilo on Nov 27 & 28.

And so the time finally came – I flew to Iloilo last Friday, November 26 for the Visayas Blogging Summit.

The whole day summit was held at Cinema 2 inside Iloilo’s SM City. Had the chance to meet fellow bloggers from Iloilo, Bacolod, Roxas, Cebu and some coming from Manila. Great time comparing notes and having extended exchange of ideas!

(Above) Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog delivers his welcome address

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Before summer of 2010 ends, we just had to go visit again our island paradise – the Island of San Pedro in Hinunangan, So. Leyte.

Although I’ve featured it here several times already, the family just cannot have enough of it.

So without further ado, here are the photos…

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