Boracay’s white sand is contraband

There were persistent rumors in the past that very powerful individuals and business entities used to cart off sand from Boracay's beaches. One very powerful individual built a house that media dubbed "Boracay Mansion" … [Read more...]


Midday walk on the beach

Walking under the sun at noon is normally something everyone avoids. But on the beach, it isn't all that unpleasant especially when the destination is an Italian restaurant and the reward for making the long trek is great … [Read more...]


The sky, filtered

I was looking for a sky photo in my hard drive for this week's Photo Friday challenge and the most recent is a wide shot of the Victorias sugar refinery and thick white clouds in the sky. The original and unfiltered photo … [Read more...]


The mangrove and the wharf in Cadiz

When my friends and I left for Negros Occidental two weeks ago, we had no idea what we were going to do there. We were four friends from the U.P. College of Law -- Laly, Lisa, Ida and myself, plus Ida's and Laly's kids -- and … [Read more...]


The lonesome heron

Yes, it is a heron. Yes, it is an egret. Not all herons are egrets but all egrets are herons because the only real difference is the size and color -- egrets are white and smaller. Appearance aside, there seems to be no … [Read more...]


Tilt-shift photography

I didn't know what tilt-shift meant until about a week ago. I asked Sam, she explained in a nutshell, I researched the rest and then I experimented. The easiest way to explain tilt-shift? Keep part of the photo sharp and blur … [Read more...]


Green and gold rice fields and blue skies

I've posted this photo on Instagram but because of the pre-sized formatting (Instagram publishes square photos by default), the effect of the photo was lost. This is a landscape photo so it is best viewed as such. It's just … [Read more...]


Taiwan from up in the air

I love aerial shots. But some airlines don't allow passengers to turn on cameras immediately after takeoff and a few minutes before landing. Bummer because at a high altitude, there's nothing to shoot but clouds. … [Read more...]



The pristine landscape of fog-topped greenery is ruined by business ads on tarpaulins.The photo was taken somewhere between Baguio and La Union, en route to Ilocos. … [Read more...]


Shimmering South China Sea

Taken en route to Vigan, the sun was still high when I took the photo. I can't remember anymore if I intentionally chose settings to create the stark contrast between the bright sun and the dark shore and mountain or whether … [Read more...]

Sunset in Bataan

So dark, so deep, so melancholy

So beautiful. But it evokes a feeling of extreme loneliness. Being free yet alone.Alex took this photo on a class field trip using a Canon camera that she has since sold to buy a newer model. … [Read more...]