local vibe


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


Dumaguete is the capital of Negros Oriental.  The name Dumaguete is actually derived from the word dumaguet / daggit,  meaning to swoop or snatch, because centuries ago the town was constantly attacked by pirates.

It’s a university town because of the presence of different universities and colleges. The most popular is Silliman University, the first Protestant school in the country built in 1901 and was named after its founder, Dr. Horace B. Silliman.

Rizal Boulevard is one of the most famous landmarks in the province. Obviously, it was named after our National Hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. It has been said that he had a brief visit here before departing to Dapitan. For me, it has a resemblance of Roxas Boulevard in Manila Bay, only shorter but less noise and pollution.

At night, the boulevard fronting the old Silliman Hall turns into a native food market called Tempurahan. There are stalls that sell street foods like squid balls, kikiam, balut and a local fish meal called tempura. It got its name from the Japanese version because it is also deep fried and coated with batter.  I enjoyed eating here because of the good local vibe.

Where and When: Dumaguete City – December 26, 2012
Gears: Panasonic Lumix LX5
Settings: 24mm, 30 secs, f8, ISO 80, 16:9 mode