Mingling with the Nature

Water Drops


“Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.”

Mini Sunflower

“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.”

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“Scenery is fine -but human nature is finer”

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“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”

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I don’t want to save a creek for the creek’s sake, but what’s in it for human beings.

mushroom

You must grow like a tree, not like a mushroom.

SPIDER

Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; and habit allowed, steady gains in strength, At first it may be but as a spider’s web, easily broken through, but if not resisted it soon binds us with chains of steel.

My Photo Entry – NatGeo & WorldNomads Travel Scholarship 2012

This is my entry to the NatGeo and Worldnomads Travel Scholarship this year. I don’t have any idea about the scholarship until the first week of December when I stumbled upon a video on Youtube with the video ad of this scholarship.

A typical day scene amongst a community of urban poor people along the railroad track of Philippine National Railways (PNR). This location in Taguig City is just one example of hundreds of thousand population of squatters left occupying vacant lots off the railways. Such communities are commonly known in Metro Manila as the “Home Along Da Riles” or Home along the Rails.

3-CLOSE UP SHOT-one element or detail

Broken rail connector hardly maintained by the government. Began in 1892, the railroad company used to operate a 479-kilometer route from Northern Philippines to the south. One of the major causes of the problem not to mention the government’s neglect in past decades is the persistent problems with informal settlers.

4-PORTRAIT-either a head shot or environmental portrait

Target areas to build squats are usually slums like riversides and along the railways in Metro Manila. Creeks around the metro are being used as dumpsite resulting to heavy floodings in the urban areas during rainy season.

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This is Boboy. He became vagrant when his mother got hit by a speeding train while maintaining her vegetable garden about a year ago. These illegal inhabitants utilize vacant lots off the railroad to grow vegetables to sell their crops to local markets.

2-MEDIUM SHOT-focus on one activity or group

It is indeed a long journey for these illegal inhabitants to fight for their rights to claim properties that are not even theirs. Getting rid of squatters seems like an endless effort by the government despite government relocation programs offered to them. These illegal settlers keep on coming back after relocating them and gradually build their houses in the city slums.

Man-made lake at Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife

Bamboo Torch.  The park is often hired as a venue for weddings and pre-nup photo shoots.

Bamboo Torch. The park is often hired as a venue for weddings and pre-nup photo shoots.

Native-like houses. This portion of the park is not open for public.

Man-made lagoon. The lagoon is still, except for ripples made by the fishes that broke this huge body of water’s stillness.

Seems like this cat is hiding from the park goers behind the bamboo trees.

The Lakehouse

Beautiful greenery by the lake

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales

Pundaquit Boat Dock. This is the entry point going to Anawangin, Nagsasa and Silangin Coves. Boat rental varies depending on your destination. Anawangin back & forth tour starts at P800.00.

Pundaquit Boat Dock. This is the entry point going to Anawangin, Nagsasa and Silangin Coves. Boat rental varies depending on your destination. Anawangin back & forth tour starts at P800.00.

Nagsasa Cove from the top. While everyone was still asleep in their tents, I climbed up the stiff rocky mountain off the beach to take a picture of the whole Nagsasa.

On June 12, 1991, Mount Pinatubo started to erupt explosively, leading to massive ashfalls that covered a big number of towns in the Zambales-Tarlac-Pampanga-Bataan boundaries, including Nagsasa and the neighboring coves of Anawangin, Talisayin, and Silanguin.

Golden Sunset from South China Sea

Whild Horse Creek

Whild Horse Creek. “A river runs through it,” most visitors and travelogues would say. It’s more of a creek ending in shallow tidewater pools than a river, although further upstream are rapids and falls. In old maps, it’s called Wild Horse Creek.

Beautiful reflection. Follow its headwaters, and soon you’ll discover that there’s an alternative route by land between Nagsasa and the outside world: through a six-hour trek across the mountains via Cinco Picos, with the famed Subic Bay at the other end.

Meet Me Halfway. It is where the creek meets the ocean.

Bamboo stump alone in the desert

Water gives life to ten thousand things and does not strive. It flows in places men reject…” ~Lao Tzu

It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal. It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice.

Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila

Window of Baluarte de Santa Barbara.

Closed Door Near Rizal’s Cell. Several lives were lost in its prisons during the Spanish Colonial Period and World War II. José Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero, was imprisoned here before his execution in 1896. The Rizal Shrine museum displays memorabilia of the hero in their collection and the fort features, embedded onto the ground in bronze, his footsteps representing his final walk from his cell to the location of the actual execution.

Baluarte de Santa Barbara. Built in 1593, is a stone bastion that forms a part of the Santiago Fort in Manila. It bring back the memories of Second World War and the harsh treatment meted out to the prisoners arrested during this period. Formerly, a storage house of ammunition and arms, it was converted into a prison. Tales of deaths during floods and high-tide are in abundance. While you are in Manila, do visit this important landmark.

Rizal’s Cell from Afar

There are store rooms and magazines, and the outer curtains are connected with the main walls in some cases by underground passages, or were, before these tunnels were destroyed. The filling of the old moat closed them, probably forever. When the wall at the end of Calle Aduana was removed, the inner chamber was found filled with human skeletons.

Fort Santiago’s Stonewall

Kuta Shrine in Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro

Front view of Kuta Shrine. Built in the 17th century during the Spanish regime by the Augustinian Recollects. Located in Barangay Anilao which is approximately 17 kilometers from the town proper of Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro in the Philippines.

Front view of Kuta Shrine. Built in the 17th century during the Spanish regime by the Augustinian Recollects. Located in Barangay Anilao which is approximately 17 kilometers from the town proper of Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro in the Philippines.

 

Church wall made from corals. The main structure of the shrine was constructed using corals and lime. Contrary to the myth that it was built overnight, the church was finished and then renovated.

Church wall made from corals. The main structure of the shrine was constructed using corals and lime. Contrary to the myth that it was built overnight, the church was finished and then renovated.

 

Balete tree (hemiepiphytes) on the church’s wall. The church also became the community’s fortress and multi-function structure used by the people before. It was abandoned by the community and was believed to have been burned down.

Balete tree (hemiepiphytes) on the church’s wall. The church also became the community’s fortress and multi-function structure used by the people before. It was abandoned by the community and was believed to have been burned down.

 

Hardworking ants saving until it rains climbing up to the vines of string beans. String beans or green beans in other countries is another popular variety of beans cultivated throughout the Philippines.

Hardworking ants saving until it rains climbing up to the vines of string beans. String beans or green beans in other countries is another popular variety of beans cultivated throughout the Philippines.

 

Mangyan residents in Bongabong. Mangyan is another indigenous groups in Mindoro, Philippines, mainly subsistence agriculturalists, planting a variety of sweet potato, upland rice, and taro.