My article: “From terrorism to ecotourism” was published in Sun.Star Davao last February 17, 2019. Here is the link: https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1792911/Davao/Weekend/From-terrorism-to-ecotourism I’m copying the full text here just to make sure that it stays online even when Sun.Star might choose to change its website in the … Continue reading The Liguasan of tomorrow
No, not Queensland in Australia. Rather Queensland Lodge, a well-known motel (and all that it implies) in Davao City. Queensland has a baywalk that has become a public park where people do their morning exercises and promenade or go fishing.
Mingling among them are five ostriches. Yeps, real live ostriches owned by the Queensland owner and allowed to walk free among the promenaders, walkers, joggers, some recreational fishers, and yes, those who dance the Zumba.
I returned two days later, travelled the almost 300 kilometers to Cateel, Davao Oriental in the company of some telecoms officials from the Smart Communication who were bringing in volunteers from the Telecoms sans Frontieres (TSF) from Bangkok to set up a public calling station … Continue reading Wasteland
It was our first morning in Liloan, Cebu. I haven’t quite shed off the weariness of regular work, and so was not willing to wake up by sunrise to greet the morning hello, despite the encouragement of the caretaker outside our room the day before. … Continue reading A good morning
For avid divers, going for two and a half months without a dive is a long dry spell. But it happens because there is work, there is the inavailability of dive buddies, and there are travels where diving is not possible. And thus, when the … Continue reading After the long dry spell…
We’re still underwater, from my collection of years ago.
Since we’ve already tackled “connections”, here are some of those photos I most treasure because of the subjects’ seeming willingness to have their portraits taken.
It’s a joy to establish such connection with creatures in the wild.
Indeed, to establish connection with nature is a joy to behold and these are but a few of the joy the underwater world has shared. How much longer will they be down there to showcase a world so different from ours? For as long as we keep our oceans clean… At the rate we are dumping wastes and silt into it, however, this beauty may no longer be there for the next generation to behold.
I’m not into the occult nor into elementals. I cringe at those who dress up like gypsies and dance under the full moon. I just instinctively know that we, humans, are just sharing this world with everyone else and all it needs is for someone … Continue reading Conversation series: Curious cowfish
Underwater critters make the best camouflage, and had it not for that strange feeling that something was watching you, this cuttlefish of Kaputian Beach in the Island Garden City of Samal would have gone unnoticed. It’s one of those times when you stop and stare, … Continue reading Conversation series: Cuttlefish plays seaweed
It was one of those dives that teach you to be mindful of everything around you even if you’re supposed to be doing something else… like deflating your BCD to descend to the oceanfloor. My buddy Peewee was already down there and videoing something, which … Continue reading Flying gurnard it’s called, awesome I call it
What will you do if the current was too strong such that it looked like there was a sand storm at the bottom? You simple fin back toward the beach and converse with a blenny. Yes, converse. And yes, a blenny. A fish. Hey, there. … Continue reading Conversation series: Imaginary monologue