Posted at 3:33 pm , on August 23, 2011
I’m currently home for a short vacation and it’s amazing how much we did the past few days. That goes to say how much we were going around. From Laguna to Davao (it’s good to be back after my 2003-2004 visits) to Surigao to Butuan to Manila-Laguna. We attended a wedding of a very good friend held in South of the Philippines and it follows that we did a little sidetrip to nearby places. All in all it was a mixture of urban and rural experiences. That made me realize how important it is to be genuinely flexible. We had a lot of fun, especially that we had new discoveries about the hidden beauty of the Philippines… our country is full of surprises.
While I’m still sorting photos, I’m afraid that I won’t have enough time to blog (soon) once I’m back to Abu Dhabi. Hence, here’s a peek to the fun-filled past days that zoomed like a blast:
Posted at 7:29 pm , on April 26, 2011
(A friend’s wedding reception in Bohol Beach Club in time for the sunset.)
BOHOL BEACH CLUB
Centuries ago, the island was branded as a lonesome place. No wonder that the Spaniards described it as “mapanglao” (lonely). While it retained its name, Panglao Island is now oozing with energy and celebrations that there is no way it is going to be gloomy again. With the mushrooming hotels and resorts, the commercialization is shaping abruptly. I hope it would be able to sustain its natural beauty.
(Benjamin Abalos, the former Chairman of Philippine Commission on Elections and Metro Manila Development Authority, as regaled by the romantic and refreshing breeze.)
Posted at 9:05 pm , on April 25, 2011
(Blood compact or Sandugo in Bohol)
It’s interesting and nostalgic whenever I’d re-catch a glimpse of Bohol while channel surfing. As I watch features about the tourist destinations in the Philippines, there’s always a sense of pride and joyful reminiscing especially when it came to the part that they did a countryside tour. In a way, that made me feel like our December family trip to Bohol just happened yesterday.