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SAMPALOC LAKE, PICTURE OF TRANQUILITY

Sampaloc Lake is the biggest and most popular lake of San Pablo City.  It is considered as one of the premier tourist spot of the city.  Aside from that, aquaculture like fish culture in floating cages has become a growing industry here. At present, the shore of the lake is being developed as park.

The Tagaytay like weather in the morning is perfect while eating breakfast in one the restaurants around the lake.  We usually go here to shoot sunrise because of its picturesque view with Mt Banahaw in the background. But the feeling of calmness of the lake in the morning is what I like most.

Where and When: San Pablo, Laguna – September 17, 2011
Gears: Nikon D80 + Nikkor 70-300mm
Settings: 145mm, 1/160 secs, f5.6, ISO 100


BALARING FLOATING RESTAURANTS

Balaring is a baranggay in Silay famous for its floating restaurants. These are bamboo huts that extends over the seaside acclaimed for their affordable sea foods. No wonder why locals and tourists come here for gastronomic experience.

Balaring is a break from Silay’s many preserved heritage houses. The most notable among these houses is Balay Negrense; the mansion of the eldest son of Yves Leopold Germain Gaston, a Frenchman who commercially produced the first cane sugar in the Philippines.

Where and When: Silay, Negros Occidental – August 24, 2008
Gears: Nikon D80 + Nikkor 18-70mm + ND8 filter
Settings: 18mm, 8 secs, f8, ISO 100


END OF THE ROAD / FROZEN SEA

 

This location is my usual last stop whenever I do Manila Photowalk. A more quite spot to watch sunset compare to Roxas Boulevard where the crowd and traffic are heavy. I always sit at the breakwater with my favorite cola, grilled hotdog and isaw, as I watch golden hours turn into dusk.

Manila Bay is famous for its sunset and sometimes I visualize what Manila Bay would look like when there is winter here in the Philippines.

Where and When: Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila – January 3, 2010
Photography Gears: Nikon D80 + Nikkor 18-70mm
Settings: 18mm, 197 sec, f5.6, ISO 100


LIVING ON WATER

All I can remember was riding the LRT with Joel H. Garcia bound to Baclaran to meet Larry Monserate Piojo. Joel tagged me to join them in graduation photo shoot of pre-school kids of UCCP United Church of Cavite headed by Pastor Jeff Gatdula. It is my privilege to be with the 2 talented photographers I know and of course to meet the Pastor Jeff and help the church in my little own way.

Before the shoot, we were treated to a delicious breakfast in one of the panciteria at Cavite City Public Market. The market was beside the seashore so we decided to shoot a little. The coastal area is more of a fishing village with stilt houses. The scene is not new as our country is an archipelago and our coastline is 5th longest in the world.

With the recent flooding in Metro Manila due to typhoons and monsoon rains, a world-renowned urban planner proposed construction of stilt and floating houses in the flood prone areas in the country. Sounds uncontemporary but the idea is logical and relevant response to the global warming and climate change.

Where and When: Cavite City – March 14, 2009
Photography Gears: Nikon D80 + Nikkor 18-70mm +ND8 filter
Settings: 70mm, 8.6 secs, f8, ISO 100


EARTHQUAKE BAROQUE

St. Augustine Church - Paoay, Ilocos Norte - 06/12/10

Paoay Church aslo known as St. Augustine Church is part of UNESCO World Heritage List. A three-storey coral stone bell tower stands a few meters away from the church. The Church is a unique combination of Gothic, Baroque and Oriental designs. Its facade reveals Gothic affinity, its gables show Chinese elements, while the niches topping the walls suggest Javanese influence (reminiscent of the famous Boroboudur Temple).

Earthquake Baroque is a style of Baroque architecture found in places like the Philippines and Guatemala, which suffered destructive earthquakes during the 17th century and 18th century, where large public buildings, such as churches were rebuilt in a Baroque style.

Photography Gears: Nikon D80 + Nikkor 18-70mm + CPL Filter
Settings: 18mm, 1/100 secs, f9, ISO 100