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Every now and then, it is nice to pause and play,

and play,

and play with light.

Thank you, universe. I have found peace with the ebb and flow of creativity.

Posted 4 years, 3 months ago at 9:36 pm.


One Monochromatic Day

It was a day with sporadic drizzles. The sky was overcast, not deep blue. There isn’t much going on in this photo, but lately I am having this fascination for monochromatic pictures. Hence this post.

Looking at the photo, the bare scene struck me. Somehow I was reminded once again of the beauty of this thing called simplicity.

Posted 4 years, 3 months ago at 6:02 pm.


Pens of Hope Makes Kids Smile in Gamay!

May 30, 2013. A heavy downpour greeted the morning. I feared the rain would not let up that day. But the trip had to push through. Everything was already set.

So we traveled all the way from Catarman to Rawis, Laoang on a jeepney. We crossed a river from Rawis to Palapag where the sun finally smiled on us.

In Palapag, the boxes full of bags and school supplies were loaded on top of a jeepney. “We have no covering for this,” the jeepney driver told me. So I just prayed that it would not rain before we reach the town of Gamay. Otherwise, everything inside the boxes would be soaking wet. It didn’t rain.

It was already late in the afternoon when we brought the boxes to two locations in the town of Gamay, a 4th-class municipality in Northern Samar. We went to Barangay Central first then to Barangay Burabod.

Most of the children were very shy. They would hide when they knew a camera was focused on them. But they eventually loosened up, and there was nothing like seeing them smile 🙂

So here, my dear friends, are the photos of children you made smile last May 30. Sorry if they’re dark. It was already very late in the afternoon and I had no dedicated flash.

Barangay Central Distribution

Barangay Burabod Distribution

Thank you everyone for continuously supporting this project. My heart truly swells with happiness and gratitude. Special thanks to the Villareal family of Mandaluyong City for the big, big help.

Hope you’ll again join me next time in making more children smile! God bless you all and mabuhay kayong lahat!

Posted 4 years, 3 months ago at 5:24 pm.


Kadang-Kadang: Walking on Stilts

Walking in the countryside always has its rewards. Like today, my reward came from meeting two children who reminded me of something I have long forgotten to do: walk on stilts.
1 kadang-kadang

This outdoor game is popularly known in the Visayas and Mindanao as kadang or kadang-kadang. In the Tagalog regions, this is known as tiyakad.
2 kadang-kadang
3 kadang-kadang

Usually, a pair of bamboo poles with equals lengths is used. Each pole should have a stepladder to serve as platform for each foot.
4 kadang-kadang
5 kadang-kadang

The kadang-kadang player has to keep moving at all times. Otherwise, he or she will loose balance and fall.
6 kadang-kadang
7 kadang-kadang

Kadang-kadang is usually played as a game of race. But it could also be played during leisure time with family and friends.
8 kadang-kadang
9 kadang-kadang

But with today’s children playing in tablets and computers, I wonder if they’d ever be interested to play kadang-kadang, a game they may not even know yet.

Posted 4 years, 3 months ago at 12:29 pm.