Lovell sent me this picture a while ago, a dramatic shot of a sunset in Calayan. He said it is his birthday gift to me. Calayan, when will I see your shore?
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Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, inspirational, Philippines, place of worship, silence speaks, tagged Calayan Island, Nature Tripping, Philippines, photography on October 26, 2014 | 8 Comments »
What a mouthful for a blog title! Some would probably say it is too early yet. It’s the anticipation and the countdown though that make Christmas something to look forward to every year. It’s 76 days to go before Christmas, better yet make that 75 since October 10 is about to end.
Our street is the role model for the others when it comes to decorating. Christmas season or not, we have a color motif all year round. Since we adopted the idea of lighting our own street (that means every house has a light post in front) without relying on the subdivision fund to pay for our street light consumption, it has become even better. Our street coordinators maintain them and we have uniform potted plants lining the street as well. I saw them fixed the parols this afternoon, those small Christmas lanterns that light our street every year. I got excited watching them decorate each light post.
This was how it looked last year. I wonder what they’ll add to make it look more festive this time. I think it’s time to clean and bring out my favorite Christmas decor again although I don’t get to hang them until November 30 of each year.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Do I hear Christmas carols too?
Posted in Calayan Island, Close to Nature, inspiration, It's More Fun In the Philippines, journeys, Philippine beaches, Philippines, tagged Calayan Island, Close to Nature, discovering places, journeys, life, Philippines on October 7, 2014 | 8 Comments »
“Come over and experience the peace and quiet, see the pristine beaches, just be”, he enthused.
And I said, “I wish, I wish, I wish.” I wish I have wings to fly and visit this wonderful place and enjoy what nature has to offer.
My priest son and I were in a long, long chat a few nights ago and he reiterated his invitation that we go visit him and see Calayan Island while he is assigned there in one of their Dominican Missions in the North. I am writing this from memory, from what he shared during our occasional but lengthy phone conversations. You’re right, I spent a few nights searching for videos on Calayan and visiting some blogs written by travel bloggers who’ve been to the place. I still dream of visiting Batanes of course but Calayan offers the same lovely, unexplored places which make my soul dream of it more.
“We’ve just harvested corn”, he continued and “enjoying the cold weather now”. I jokingly answered “Send some via LBC”.
Unfortunately, they don’t have LBC there. Every day, they only have electricity from 12pm to 12am but they don’t complain, they are used to it. I love the idea of fishing when you need food to eat, growing vegetables on one’s backyard and they come fresh everyday, planting rice the traditional way (and Lovell tells me that he will try using it – the plough hooked at the back of a carabao), breeding chicken and pigs for meat. I was so surprised when he said that they don’t have a public market in Calayan. The people peddle their produce from house to house. Sometimes, the parishioners give lobster, fresh veggies or live chicken to the parish.
Children walk to school and they have the luxury of time to just admire the sunrise and the endless blue sea an hour before classes start. You could never do that here in the city. Tricycles and motorcycles are the popular means of transport. The best time to go there is during the summer months of April or early May. Twelve-hour bus ride, (unless you take a plane to Cagayan) and four to six hours boat trip to the island.
Here is a Wiki description of the place.
Calayan (Ibanag language, meaning “where laya (ginger) abounded”) is a municipality in the province of Cagayan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 16,200 people in an area of 49,453 hectares (122,200 acres).
It is located in the South China Sea, in Luzon Strait north of Luzon Island. The town is composed of four of the five major islands of the Babuyan Islands namely: Calayan, Camiguin, Dalupiri and Babuyan Island. Calayan Island is the largest of the Babuyan Islands. Fuga Island, the fifth island within the Babuyan Islands, is part of Aparri municipality.Calayan is home to the Calayan Rail, a flightless bird identified as a separate species in 2004 and endemic to Calayan Island.
Lovell says, you cannot appreciate it enough through pictures. The best thing is to go there and see the island for real.
Posted in inspiration, Philippine Politics, Philippines, Pres. Cory Aquino, tagged 1983, August 21, martial law years, Ninoy Aquino, Ninoy Aquno Day, Philippine history, Philippine Politics, Philippines, thoughts on August 21, 2014 | 4 Comments »
“The Filipino is worth dying for.”
Proclamation 1081 (Martial Law) was signed by then Pres. Marcos on September 21, 972. I was in high school. Ninoy Aquino was assassinated on August 21, 1983 (31 years ago today), I was a young mother then with an eleven-month old daughter. February 25, 1986 was the highlight of the return to democracy when Marcos and his family left Malacanang Palace for good after more than two decades of governing the land.
Watching the two-hour documentary today on the assassination of Ninoy and the presidency of Cory Aquino made me remember the dark days of Philippine history. I remember the bloody student demonstrations and rallies before martial law was declared. I remember the day when we could not even listen to news because radio and television channels were closed. The glorious days of a dictator just started, the ambitious dream of a man to rule by military power. He incarcerated his enemies including Ninoy Aquino, the man who could have been the greatest president of the Republic of the Philippines, the only powerful enemy that Marcos had. I watched the documentary with my son who kept asking questions what life was like during the martial law years and how the Filipino people were affected by Ninoy’s death. I wrote a blog about this before.
Prior to what we know now in history as the People Power Revolution, I was part of the crowd at Ayala Avenue throwing confetti and yellow flowers made of crepe paper every time there was a rally scheduled in Makati. Bank of PI (located at Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas) was at the center of those rallies and demonstration since the stage’s set-up was always facing our office building. Now, that area is occupied by a statue of Ninoy Aquino, a tribute to a hero.I remember collecting issues of the tabloid Malaya which was the only newspaper having regular reports of the assassination and how people reacted to it. I remember keeping a copy of a newspaper when the Marcos family left Malacanang to be exiled later in Hawaii. It was the day that ended a dictatorship.
Ah, those moments of happy celebration when all Ayala employees and their subsidiaries joined the merry dance at Ayala Avenue led by our big boss, Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala. You can just imagine people in corporate attires dancing to the tune of Tie a Yellow Ribbon and laughing out loud – the days when democracy was truly restored in our land.
He said, ” I believe that the Filipino will respond to the call to greatness not by coercion but by persuasion, not by intimidation but through the ways of freedom”. May his legacy lives on and may the youth of today appreciates and remember what he did for our country.
Ninoy Aquino, my own personal hero.
Photo courtesy of ayalatriangle.com
Posted in Philippine Politics, Philippines, PNoy, tagged Philippine Politics, Philippines, Pres. Obama's visit to the Philippines, State visit of Pres. Obama to the Philippines on April 29, 2014 | 2 Comments »
I am not a political analyst, neither am I into politics but I appreciate President Obama’s visit here in our country. They say he is the most powerful man in the world on account of the USA being the most powerful country. I won’t delve into the nitty-gritty of the whys and the hows of his visit here because I am not qualified to do so. What I saw of the warm welcome, the warm smiles, the wonderful speeches that both leaders delivered yesterday are enough to gladden the hearts of the Filipino people who believe that peace could only be achieved not by arms and golds but through a sincere dialogue and communication.
It was the second straight two days that I allowed myself to stay in front of the television to watch the canonization of Saints John Paul II and Saint John XXIII in Rome the other day and the arrival of President Obama yesterday. I enjoyed watching both. I found some pictures posted by the Gazette of the Republic of the Phils. on Facebook which I follow.
It was short (not even a twenty-four hour visit) but I saw a glimpse of the man who is so polite and knows what he is talking about. Report says this is the eight visit of a President of the United States to the Philippines.
(photo credits: Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines)
Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, family life, journeys, Philippines, photography, road trips, silence speaks, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, family life, guilty pleasures, nature, photography on March 24, 2014 | 9 Comments »
I know, I know, this comes a bit late again but I just have to post these two pictures that I took of one of the lovely places I went to with the whole family. The Farm at San Benito is located in Lipa, Batangas, a three-hour drive from our place in Rizal. One thing I do remember so well is the night swimming at their Secret Pool with the lush green all around. It was so relaxing and it makes me smile thinking about my reaction to the place when I first saw it, the “oohs and aahs” and the excited anticipation of exploring it.
Posted in art, Bank of the Philippine Islands, inspirational, Philippines, tagged art, Bank of the Philippine Islands, BPI Art Collection, Philippine National Artists, The Legacy of Art on January 4, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
I just can’t resist posting this lovely painting of Anita Magsaysay Ho, (Seated Women Sewing) a gifted and talented artist who is known for “her paintings that depict figurative abstracts of women at everyday tasks.” Four years ago, Bank of the Philippine Islands, where I used to work, started publishing pictures of paintings that they own via a lovely journal and my daughter who works there now gifted me with a copy. She has given me copies of these journal/diary/calendar that I collect since then. This year, it’s called A Legacy of Art (a treasury of paintings by Artists of National Prominence from the BPI Art Collection). I am almost afraid to write on its pristine pages because I like the paintings that they publish there. Here’s one more entitled Old Farmer With Hat by our National Artist Fernando Amorsolo done in 1929, oil on canvas.