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Dragons in the Sky

These, these made me wish I was looking through a telephoto lens so the jets would look bigger and closer.

For a change, it’s all photos for today, folks. So you won’t get tired with my words haha! Enjoy!

Photos taken at the Philippine Hotair Balloon Festival, Omni Aviation Complex, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

Posted 4 years, 7 months ago at 5:31 pm.


Here, Where JR Used to Lie

It was early 1800s. The first cholera pandemic in the world which started in India in 1817 had reached Manila and frequently visited the Philippines until around 1824. Thus, a cemetery in Manila, which was started upon by the Dominican priests in Manila in 1814, was completed and opened in 1820 to intern the casualties. It was named Cementerio General de Dilao.

The cemetery has a circular structure. Lined on its walls are niches that were used as tombs.

There used to be five tiers of niches. But it was reduced to three when the floor was raised due to flooding.

In the late 1800s, the cemetery became a resting place for the well-off families in the walled city of Intramuros. Later, it accommodated those that came from nearby places such as Binondo, Sampaloc, Malate, Ermita, and Quiapo. The growing population in these places prompted the building of an outer wall.

Here’s a picture to give you an idea how thick each of the the wall is.

On February 17, 1872, the remains of the three martyred priests implicated in the Cavite mutiny—Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora—were buried here.

On the early morning of December 30, 1896, another body of a man was interred secretly in the cemetery immediately after his execution by musketry. It was buried between the two walls, in an unmarked grave.

The dead person’s sister searched for his body among other cemeteries in Manila. She eventually found out that his body lied at the Cementerio General de Dilao. According to historical accounts, she bribed a gravedigger to mark the grave with R.P.J., the reverse of his initials.

The man’s body remained at the cemetery for almost two years, until it was dug up by his family in August 17, 1898 and kept in an urn at the family’s home in Binondo. On December 30, 1912, his remains were transferred to the base of the Rizal monument in Luneta (now Rizal Park).

Internment at the cemetery was stopped in the early 1900s. The remains of those who were buried there were transferred by their descendants. During World War II, the Japanese forces used the cemetery to house their supplies and ammunitions. It was an ideal place because of its thick walls.

Today, the well-trimmed grass lawns and plants, the tall trees that surround it, the century-old acacia tree in the middle of the park, and the Catholic chapel that’s a favorite wedding venue betray its past. The walls that have once sheltered remains are now silent witnesses to family picnics, musical soirees, weddings and receptions, and lovers’ quiet moments.

Cementerio General de Dilao is now known as Paco Park, a National Historical Shrine. It is located along General Luna St. and at the east end of Padre Faura Street in Paco, Manila. It can be reached via LRT (alight at UN station and then walk or ride a padyak); jeepney (those plying Taft Avenue, alight at the corner of UN Avenue); or taxi.

This trip to Rizal Park is part of my Lakbay Rizal@150. The Rizal Park, Rizal Monument, Rizal Fountain, and the site of Rizal’s execution are four of the sites included in the Lakbay Rizal @150 of the Department of Tourism.

Posted 4 years, 7 months ago at 12:28 pm.


Let’s Pretend We Don’t Know These Things Yet…

1. that this is the Rizal Monument.

2. that to the west of the Rizal Monument, still inside the Rizal Park, is the exact location where Jose Rizal was executed.

3. that another important marker, the fountain where Rizal used to drink from when he was writing the last chapters of Noli Me Tangere in Germany, is also located inside Rizal Park.

This trip to Rizal Park is part of my Lakbay Rizal@150. The Rizal Park, Rizal Monument, Rizal Fountain, and the site of Rizal’s execution are four of the sites included in the Lakbay Rizal @150 of the Department of Tourism.

Posted 4 years, 8 months ago at 7:13 pm.


Pixie Dust

Days unfold before me with such tenderness. I’m embracing each and every day as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

There is this growing warmth in my heart brought by the thought that days slip by so fast and in few more weeks we will be welcoming summer, my other favorite time of the year.

Happy thoughts. Happy thoughts. I am in this space where I have room to breathe, where I’m being blanketed with such comfort. I’m ready to play. I’m itching to take more photos. Let’s see where my heart and my vision will lead me as I play. My heart is ready to take flight.

Here we go! 🙂

Posted 4 years, 8 months ago at 6:07 pm.


Smile, You’re Beautiful

Hey, you. Yes, you—

You who held the door for someone today…

You who let someone go ahead of you in the queue…

You who listened—actually listened—to a friend today…

You who surprised your wife or your husband this morning with a hug or a kiss…

You who gave flowers to your girlfriend for no particular reason other than to surprise her…

You who gave your parents or your sisters or brothers a hug…

You who did a little extra work to help an officemate….

You who did the dishes even though it was not your turn…

You who offered your seat to a lady or to an elderly…

You who made extra effort to brighten someone else’s day…..

…Smile. Because you are beautiful.

Have a happy weekend, everyone! Give someone a hug. Make someone smile. Create a ripple through the people in your life. Smile. Give your best smile to the people you meet today. By doing so, you are making someone else feel good and you are giving something of yourself 😉

Posted 4 years, 8 months ago at 4:23 pm.