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Celebrate a Brand New Day!


Life awaits to roll on.

(Morning in Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines)

Posted 3 years, 2 months ago at 12:27 pm.

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Bliss


Sitting alone, doing nothing but pressing the shutter button while marveling at the passing of time.

Posted 3 years, 4 months ago at 11:56 am.

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Taking the Plunge

This is for those who are trying out new things. This is for those who are embracing new beginnings.

There comes a time when we have to take that bold step. Without fear, we draw something lodged deep inside us—a sense of wonder, a sense of curiosity, a sense of excitement, a sense of adventure.

To not draw it to the surface is to diminish the fire. So we venture out bravely to live as our heart and soul tell us: to explore unknown territories without fear and hesitation.

So we take the plunge, we dive in to new adventures.

Then we find out that what first appeared crazy now becomes meaningful. What first seemed tough and daunting now becomes an incredible experience.
(Photos taken in Siquijor)

Posted 3 years, 9 months ago at 5:55 pm.

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The Last Whisper of the Sun

Webs of light,

clouds all white and fluffy hanging magically in the sky,

scribbles of fire,

the last of the light..

they’ll feed your soul with colors in an instant.

All photos taken in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Posted 3 years, 10 months ago at 8:03 pm.

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Stairways to Heaven

They need no introduction to my fellow Filipinos and to many people from many parts of the world who have seen their beauty.
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Built about 2,000 years ago, it is hard to believe how the inhabitants of these places had managed to carve layers and layers of land around steep mountains by means of primitive tools and early methods, largely by hand. This they did to have more space to plant taro and then rice.
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These clusters of terraces are found in the neighboring provinces of Kalinga, Apayao, Ifugao, Benguet, and Mountain Province north of the Philippines.
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While the terraces cover a very expansive area, only 5 clusters are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. These are:
1. the Nagacadan cluster in the town of Kiangan
2. the Hungduan cluster in the town of Hungduan
3. the central Mayoyao cluster in the town of Mayoyao
4. the Bangaan cluster in the town of Banaue
5. the Batad cluster also in Banaue

Most terraces have layers with stones or mud as walls. They were built to withstand time and the battering of weather.
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For so many years, the terraces have blessed the Ifugao people with good harvest. Aside from rice, vegetables have also been planted on the paddies.
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Unfortunately, the rice terraces face some challenges today. For one, the incidents of drought in recent years have resulted to dried up rice ponds, hence the low productivity.

Also, many houses are now built on some of these terraces. Some of these houses were built purposely for tourist lodgings and shops.
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Another thing is that many young Ifugaos today are not fond of farming anymore. Many of them prefer being tourist guides instead, or engaging in other professions which they deem more lucrative than farming. Hence, less and less hands are working for the constant reconstruction and care of the terraces.

I can only hope that these terraces would still exist many, many years from now. Not for tourism purposes, but for the next generations of Ifugaos to enjoy the fruits of their lands and to appreciate their cultural heritage. May these stairways to heaven always remind them of their ancestors’ love for nature, their persistence and ingenuity, and their determination to make a living out of steep mountains without disturbing the harmony of man and the environment.
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Posted 3 years, 11 months ago at 6:45 pm.

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