Travel – Parroquia de San Juan Bautista, Daet, Camarines Norte

Daet, Camarines Norte, Philippines has been bestowed the title as the “Gateway to Bicolandia”.
Majority ( 93% ) of the population are followers of the Roman Catholic church while the rest of the people’s faith are divided by several Christian groups such as, Iglesia Filipina Independiente or Aglipayan church, Iglesia Ni Cristo ( INC ), Baptists, Methodists, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh-Day Adventists and others.

Parroquia de San Juan Bautista
Daet, Camarines Norte

St. John the Baptist church, also known as Parroquia de San Juan Bautista was established in 1611 making it one of the first churches in Camarines Norte built by the Franciscan friars and one of the region’s oldest.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Daet is located in the capital town Daet in the Ecclesiastical province of Camarines Norte, Philippines with the jurisdiction over the province and to the Archdiocese of Caceres. It was created by Pope Paul VI on May 27, 1974.


Travel – Camsur Watersports Complex, Camarines Sur, Philippines

Camsur Watersports Complex ( CWC ) is a cable ski/wake park facility in the country.
It is the center of Philippine wakeboarding. The sport is a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing techniques.

Camarines Sur is now considered a prime tourist destination for this genuine water sports adventure.

These units can be rented by tourists having a great time at the watersports facility.


September Morn

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dogs were howling
as if the spirits have invaded the neighborhood
then they growled
as if thieves have attacked a home
then they moaned
as if there's a dying woman that has been slashed in the neck

this is not a dream
i am awake
it's 3 a.m. and i am awake.

lizards on the ceiling were crawling upside down
then he let his tongue gripped a mosquito
his throat ballooned and the little insect 
was down inside his throat

barking dogs in unison
tiny barks of puppies born outside of wedlock
large barks of adults  alternating
then i heard a window crashed somewhere
i stood up from bed
gazed outside the window
saw nothing unusual
except my shorts were down on my knees
that was not mine, it's my mother's
the maid mixed it up arranging them

it's 3:30 a.m. and i was still awake
it was so quiet and in a minute there was light 
from heaven and it sparked repeatedly 
then there was rumbling, cracking of the heavens
as if the gates of thy kingdom come divided
then there were marble-sized drops of rains
on the roof falling so hard and so long

then the lights went out
the refrigerator started to be quiet 
the electric fan stopped being a fan
it started to stand like a steel toy
like a ship's engine that grinds
and powers it to float and sail

my world started to see the big ball of fire
looking through my window
i heard chickens, fighting cocks crowing
then dogs again were barking
then the cats that strayed
then the engines of vehicles, trucks, cars, etc.
then the radios blared
then the sounds of people everywhere
this must be heaven !

Is this hell? ...

September morn has broken !
  


 

Heartbreak in a photograph…

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Photographs of happy times back when
Cheerful memories are coming back and then
Every moment that sunny thoughts are there
Loneliness are driven and laughter takes its share

Every minute, every hour that we partake
Every dream, every plan that we made
Every word, every smile that you gave
Are the happiness that I’ll carry in my grave

Love has every reason for the pleasure of joy
When we felt the world is ours to last
As long as you are my faithful love
We all kept it here in this photograph

But when the laughter became tears of sadness
The smiles I hid from my happy me
And still we posed for a lovely souvenir
To bury both our heartbreak in a photograph…


Let Time Decides…

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bits of chronicled garbage
pile of filthy trash
scattered all around the area
hills and mounds of unborn agenda
feel like sweeping it all clean
burning them all, where do i begin

dried leaves of an abandoned great summers
messy crumpled and unused bonds of papers
electric fans’ blades resting at the far corner
diplomas of heroes hanging in a lazy cluster

litters of menthol cold candy wrappers
empty boxes of bath soaps used by actors
immaculate run-down panty shields under the bed
damaged and forsaken biscuit boxes left for dead

golden counts of unused tooth brushes smudged by time
under the kitchen cabinet hiding from a crime
carved cockroach bite on destitute boxes of English pasta
dozens old magazines fossilized by a forgotten era

now a fallen iron these rusty guns on the floor
these might have killed a thousand and a lot more
these killing bullets of yore should have exploded then
so nothing from the past could be used for the present

these olden things of ancient times, these stuffs and belongings
garbage for others, a memory for some, a treasure for the keepers
stories behind them were not known to many
let time decides their future, their saga, their continuing story…





The visit…

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i heard the clouds poured
the neighbors’ roofs flowed
but i didn’t see the waters
i felt it must be rain

a man just came here
a not so handsome one
he must not be ugly, the choice
i didn’t see him, just his voice

my mother was here
she can’t speak…


she touched my face
i can tell, her hands were warm and soft
with sagging skin through the years have yielded


she touched my chest, the faster the beat
she embraced me, i was baked by her heat
i touched her eyes, it was wet with tears
i touched her lips, it was quivering, struggling to speak

not a word she uttered, but kisses were showered
love was everywhere, the room has whispered
heavenly when i sniffed, the scent permeating
old smell of her dress revived her years of living…



Travel – Three in a row in Guimaras island, Philippines

Villa Igang Resort, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras island, Philippines
A caretaker keeps the swimming pool clean all the time for visitors use.
A visitor checking in for a week long stay…
For easy touring of the place, these signs tell you where to go…
Recycled tires made into seats and tables…
These stairs lead you to the hilltop swimming pool…
This is the adjoining beach resort which has a separate entrance gate…Dona Teresita Beach resort…enjoy the cool waters and the privacy !

You can rent this for a month …
From the area, you can see another adjoining beach resort, Alubihod Beach resort...you can choose which of the three to have a good time…