Friday, December 16, 2011

#098: Drawing light out of life

Tagum City
2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

#097: Pillars of the earth

Argao, Cebu
2009

Friday, December 9, 2011

#096: Ignite interest in my stillness

Lake Leonard, ComVal
2010

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

#074: Walk in the Park



Davao City
2011



A WALK IN THE PARK. The idiom connotes relax, calm and ease in executing, for this matter, navigating a path, that to some extent pleasurable. But for first timers and on a given sunday's sunny day, this doesn't hold true anymore - parking would be difficult, dense crowd could sometimes step into your flip flops, finding a seat in a nearby cathedral would be impossible and the cummulative noise outside were like bees' irritating buzz. But these all the more make it exciting and feastive to frequent parkgoers.

Davao City's Rizal Park is where the best buy of ukay-ukays could be purchased from long lines of stalls on all sorts of clothing items possible. sumptuous and affordable street foods that we have grown to love also lined up on either sides of the alleyway. An amatuer singing contest is held, where even a granny could freely render her kundimans that filled every corners of the place (there's no scaping except covering one's ears), this is also where you can find the regular figures in a regular park elsewhere - families having quality time together, lovers cuddling in the corners, quick fix handy men working side-by-side, humble photographers eyeing for prospective clients, and the list goes on and on...

I just find it hard to believe that in this day and age where airconditioned malls mushroomed around the metro, people still go to the noisy, chaotic and dusty old park. Maybe because of its familiar ambiance that to many is somewhat closer to home.


note: I have written this along ago but still relevant for the slideshow of photos depicting the different walks of life,  captured during the Davao Blogger walk last June 20, 2011 in celebration of the 150th birthday of the Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

#071: Start 'em young



Tagum City
2011


I like to believe music and youth is a match in heaven.  Artist through history, instilled in our consciousness a portrait of heaven dominated by little angels playing harp and making serene music. A celestial scene replicated when I witnessed a recital of young  TagumeƱo children playing various strings and brass instruments.

Heaven heavily poured its might that afternoon as if joining in the celebration. The  sound of the raindrops falling to the barren ground and  the tin roof blended  in the noise of the children rehearsing, doting mothers chit chatting, curious bystanders murmuring. The regular chess players of  the place continued on playing, keeping their mum.

The recital was the culmination of the musical instrument clinic of the City govenment of Tagum  in close cooperation with the National Comission for the Culture and the Arts. About a hundred kids benefited in the program specially  those first time users of the plucked instruments.

Impressively, the kids carry on a note. And before they took the final bow, a tight bond of friendship had long been forged.