Travel – Enchanted River

by : Bacardi Gold
26/april/2022

The Philippines has never ran out of beautiful places for visitors to see and explore. One could be fascinated and charmed when they visit this particular place that will attract their attention on its unusual character.

In Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, Philippines, there’s a river that the local people claimed to be enchanted. Unverified stories circulating, a fisherman laid claim stories of fish that could not be caught in the river because it is haunted by supernatural beings.

No diver has ever fathomed its depth, not even skilled or professional ones.


The “Enchanted River”, flows into the Philippine sea and the Pacific ocean at Barangay Talisay, Hinatuan. Modesto Farolan, the Father of Philippine Tourism, gave its name as described in his poem “Rio Encantado”.

This deep spring river, though enchanted as its name suggests, is slowly being unclothed of its mysteries. As far as divers have explored, they discovered a series of underground caves that interconnect each other acting as filters for the water making it clear all year round.


Local legends were inspired by its exceptional and mystifying color changes during daytime turning it to hues of sapphire and jade.


It is still unknown to fully understand how and where the water source originates from even a diver’s life was claimed by the river in 2014, its first victim, at 40 meters beneath the surface. He was trapped at a narrow entrance cave and never showed up to catch his last breath of air.


Experiments are still a continuing process to unearth how enchanted this river could be.

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Travel – “I will not do this again, I swear”

by : Bacardi Gold
20/feb/2022

“I will not do this again, I swear !” (Anicycle at Kampo Juan, Bukidnon, Philippines)

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Anicycling – biking on steel rope (Zip Line )
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The photographer said, “At the count of three, raise your hands, 1, 2, 3 “. I did not do it. The order fell on deaf ears. My knees were trembling while my companion was enjoying the thrill of his life. He was at the peak of fun while I was in labor finishing the distance of pleasure’s escapade.


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Writings on the tree barks

by : Bacardi Gold
26/nov/2021


“If you want to experience a forest, mingle among its trees,” writes Michael Wojtech.


Trees have their protective outer covering in their trunks and branches that are colored gray and brown. There are variations in their colors and textures, if you examine it closely.

In the picture, you can see that their skin are carved by sharp objects by tourists who visited Nogas island in the province of Antique, Western Visayas, Philippines. Aren’t the tourists hurting the trees in such a way that they are piercing the tree barks. Leaving their names on trees won’t make them famous.

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Mermaid or Snake ?


by : Bacardi Gold
28/oct/2021


Dawal Beach resort
Brgy. Uacon, Candelaria, Zambales
Philippines

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I find this statue very unusual in its form. I thought this was a mermaid, but looking at how the bend at the stomach makes her more of a snake than a mermaid. Her odd and very strange figure is likely that of a carnivorous reptile. Do you agree with me ?

You can find this incredible “being” inside the premises of Dawal beach resort in Zambales, Philippines.

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Photography – Iloilo city, Philippines, #02

by : Bacardi Gold
16/aug/2021

One of the buildings at Iloilo Business Park
Iloilo City Hall
Fort San Pedro
Fil. – Chinese Friendship Arch
Eusebio Villanueva Bldg., formerly, International Hotel
Visitors of Dinagyang Festival ( Ati-atihan Fest )
The Arroyo Fountain
St. Clements Catholic church, La Paz district
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The Fruition

by : Bacardi Gold
29/july/2021

image by : ramsey tendero – Olango island’s wildlife, Cebu, Philippines


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when i forget the time
i think no more of the past
i live in the current life
doing the things that i must
my future waits somehow
the fruition of good seeds and deeds
what i have planted today
are my pillars of tomorrow
that will secure my being

a picture of yesterday…

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With These hands…

by : Bacardi Gold
24/july/2021

image by: ramsey tendero – Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, Philippines

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With these bare hands that i have
memoirs will take center stage
words coming out from different heads
story lines queue with different threads

sad and happy thoughts of yester years
threads of life sewn with sweat and tears
colors of different hues and various shades
form part of the fabric that these hands made

writing in any form with my worn out hands
from the deepest feels of mind’s silhouette hinterlands
painful cries of tired difficult moments
sweet smiles on great and easy days
they won’t be forgotten, with these hands…

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Monday in Black and White #11- Braving the waves and wind of the sea

by : Bacardi Gold
05/july/2021

Mandaun, Masbate, Philippines – The coming of the storm can’t prevent the poverty-stricken people of Mandaun, Masbate to go fishing despite the bad weather. Coast guard have to stop them from going into the sea to prevent untoward incidents to happen in this time of the rainy season. Warnings have been announced and circulated not to go on sail but some fishermen ignored such warnings.


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Travel Photography – Night falls on the beach of Baybay, Roxas city, Capiz, Philippines…

by : Bacardi Gold
30/june/2021

La Playa de Roxas, or Baybay beach as it is commonly called by the locals, faces the Sibuyan Sea and belongs to the Western Visayas Region, at the northeastern portion of Panay Island which neighbors Aklan, Antique, and Iloilo. Roxas city is the capital of Capiz province which has a population of 167,003 based on the 2015 statistics.

Baybay beach is a favorite tourist spot of local residents on weekends. The beach’s gray sand of 7 kilometers long boasts its charm through the night, setting its shores with ample visitors from nearby towns served by the neighboring restaurants that cater sea foods and other cuisines of reasonable prices which are a come-on for visiting local friends and foreign guests.

Your moments become more appealing, glamorous and romantic as you stroll on the shore at night. It could be made enjoyable seeing various activities in sight, like, fishing and having some lovely conversations with the local gentle people.

A group of fishermen drop their net at the beach before the onset of darkness…


As the catch grows in numbers, these men gather their strength together pulling the net as it slowly nears the sand bed on shore…

Getting their acts together, darkness gets closer as the net of fishes nears the beach's sands...
Getting their acts together, darkness gets closer as the net of fishes nears the beach’s sands…
In addition to the day’s take, a boat with their catch arrives to unload…


Then the night falls in silence…

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Travel Photography – Camotes Islands, Cebu, Philippines

by : Bacardi Gold
28/june/2021




Bakhaw Beach Resort, San Francisco, Camotes Islands
Cebu, Philippines


Paraiso cave, San Francisco, Camotes Islands
Cebu, Philippines
Paraiso Cave, San Francisco, Camotes Islands
Cebu, Philippines
Mangodlong Rock Beach Resort, Heminsulan, San Francisco
Camotes Islands, Cebu, Philippines

Mangodlong Rock Beach Resort, Heminsulan, San Francisco
Camotes Islands, Cebu, Philippines

Santiago Bay Garden and Resort, San Francisco
Camotes Islands, Cebu, Philippines


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