Pastoral Visit in Palawan

A cool, nice home with sawali walls in the province. I cannot call this house as a nipa hut anymore since its roof is no longer nipa. It’s GI sheet roofing with some white plastic ones in some areas for natural light to come in.

After more than 15 years, I was back in Palawan this last weekend of January. I was told that my last visit there was in 2001. During my last visit, my family and I were only able to visit around the city proper of Puerto Princesa but this time, I was able to sleep overnight out in Bahile which is about an hour away from the city proper. It was a quiet and peaceful environment — a nice place to rest and relax.

The sisters. I thought I had plenty of time to photoshoot but then our national director arrived early from Puerto Princesa. So I missed the chance to photoshoot some more haha!

Together with our church’s national director, we went to Palawan to visit our church members in the area and to join in the local church’s first anniversary celebration. There was also a wedding for a young couple which I had the privilege of co-officiating with the national director. We also visited a wake for a church member whose mother died. So we had a chance to comfort the bereaved family. There were 8 baptisms too. I was also able to preach to our brethren in Puerto Princesa.

I have not slept inside a mosquito net for many years now. This reminded me of my boyhood years in my hometown. Amusing. It was fun to sleep in one again.

Taal Volcano and Lake on a Clear Day

One wonderful thing about living in Santa Rosa, Laguna is that it is quite near Tagaytay City, one of the cool spots where people go for vacation or just spend a weekend there away from a busy work week in Metro Manila. Traffic is getting heavier than in previous years but still it’s a good place to go to on a weekend. It is where one can find the so-called smallest volcano in the world. But of course, some would say that the lake itself is the crater or the mouth of a big volcano. Whatever… but it’s a nice cool place to go to.

Most days when I go there it’s foggy and I can’t get a good shot of the volcano and the lake. But this afternooon, I got lucky. It’s a bright and sunny day today as I went home and passed by the volcano and lake. I finally got some good shots.

If you’re new here in my blog site, you will notice that I love photography as an art expression. I just love and appreciate the beauty of God’s creation.

Bird Watching

A kingfisher (click to zoom)

Last Friday morning, my family was at a beach resort in San Juan, Batangas and while I was inside our room, my daughter excitedly asked me to go out with her and watch some birds outside. Well, I got lucky to get one good photo of a kingfisher. There was a crow also but it’s all black haha! I also saw an egret but I was not able to take a shot of it.

A crow (Click to zoom)