Travel – Biggest Catholic Church Bell in Asia

by : Bacardi Gold
22/Oct/2020

Pan-ay, Capiz :

Old churches in the Philippines have grand and impressive structures made of stones built by the Spaniards. Many has been rebuilt numerous times over the centuries because of wars and natural disasters. They stand as the muted witnesses of the places’ culture and history. Majority of them have been declared as national treasures as they represent the Philippines as the only Catholic nation in Asia.

Along with these old churches, bells have been instruments for spiritual purposes. They were rang to call the faithful to worship, to highlight the climax of a particular stage of a church service, to remind them of God’s presence in their daily lives. Church bells were also used for practical purposes of alerting the faithful of important events and emergencies, such as, fire, end of war, disseminating information over far distances.

During the People Power Revolution of 1986, church bells were rang when President Marcos escaped and departed from the Palace.


The biggest bell in the Philippines measures 7 feet in diameter, 5 feet in height and weighs 10,400 kilos… It is housed at the belfry of Sta. Monica Parish church in Pan-ay, Roxas, Capiz together with the other olden church bells. It is considered as the “Biggest Catholic Church Bell in Asia”.



Through its powerful sound and simplicity in communication, they have become one of the most important influential percussion instruments in the world.


Photography # 33 – String beans

by : Bacardi Gold
19/Oct/2020


I was in a supermarket when I took this photo. I like the way it was displayed just like small snakes curling several times and tied with scotch tape.

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To make this post more rewarding than just looking at it at face value, let me touch some interesting information about this veggies.

String beans are good for the heart. They are great sources of antioxidants which eliminate free radicals in our body which can cause illnesses and can damage our body tissues. They are also rich in fiber which are good for constipation, hemorrhoids, ulcers and acid reflux diseases.


Photography # 30 – Municipality of Banay-banay, Davao Oriental, Philippines

by : Bacardi Gold
12/Oct/2020

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This giant statue stands at the border of Davao Oriental and Davao de Oro (Compostela Valley) passing through the Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Nat’l. Highway in Southern Philippines. There’s a souvenir shop at this boundary line which I bought several items to take home. More than twice my height, this titan lady will catch your attention as you go the highway going to Mati City from Davao Oriental.

Photography #26 – Look, they have found their home !

by : Bacardi Gold
08/Oct/2020

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This is our old TV console which we already disposed and stopped using. We didn’t realize that this could be of use for these felines. I think my father bought this in 1960’s. It was in black and white. This was our first TV and the first in our community. The neighbors’ children used to watch with us in our favorite shows.

I don’t know why the insides of this console, the TV per se, wasn’t here anymore. It might be one of my brothers remove the TV and sold it. We transferred this at the back of the house and it’s been wet there by rains and dried by the sun. It’s good for the stray cats, they have found their modest home.

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Look, they are good and exceptional models !

Sarah’s Plant…

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though not eternal
it’s large as life can be
not synthetic but natural
its existence relevant in high degree

it behaves in different ways
but has no powers of locomotion
lacks the nervous system and sense organs
but manufactures its own food like humans

if only it has mouth to speak
a hundred words may not be enough
giving you thanks for caring throughout its life
happy in a pot like you, it now behaves as a wife…




The Survivor…

by : bacardi gold
29/09/2020



suffer the daily cries of stress
reactions to praise and hurting pressures
applauds and criticisms for my courage to grow
even on a near – death body
my parent mother craved for the mud below

managed to leaf on my mother’s node
despite her being unkindly strangled
together with other members of my kind
afloat all of our lives on the lake’s water
raft for humans, not knowing to evolve after

but what can leaves of an offspring can do
no soil to give rise of my maturing roots
dripping on the water which i hungered for a land
to see my future nodal buds of my own
giving life to another bamboo, humans have known …

strip us of the strings that bind us without mercy
bring us to the forest where we can thrive freely
or to a soil where a caretaker can keep us trimmed
control our growth, to be small in a pot, we could be decorative
in the forest we could be giants, in a home we could be petite…

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