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A Kid from Paraiso

kid from paraiso


WE WENT to Barangay Paraiso this morning for a tree-planting activity. Paraiso means Paradise. It is part of the 4,701-hectare Calminda Watershed. An agro-forestry model project is located there.

Aside from planting trees, the team also distributed food and some candies for the kids there. Waiting in the queue was this girls who already bathed in sweat due to the very hot weather. The kids had to walk uphill about half a kilometer through a dirt road under the heat of the sun to for the joy of eating snacks from the town below.

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Leafless Trees


ALONG THE way to Lake Holon in T’boli, South Cotabato, I noticed several leafless trees. I can’t tell if they are dying or if they had just lost leaves and they would grow them back one day. Trees like those in the photo above possess something that makes me want to take pictures of them. In my collection, in fact, I have plenty of photos of leafless, if not lifeless, trees. What comes to my mind when I look at my photos of them is a reminder — that there is an end to all that is living.



I WAS in Cotabato City a few days ago to witness the celebration of Shariff Kabunsuan Festival. One of the remarkable activities featured on the festival is the Guinakit Fluvial Parade.

Here are some photos of the spectators of the Guinakit Fluvial Parade:

Learn more about the Guinakit Fluvial Parade of Cotabato City.

Little Fishermen

WHILE SEARCHING for my soul on the shores of Ladol (again), I found these kids who are about to launch a small boat for fishing. They appeared so happy doing it that I wished I was a young boy again.

When I was a kid, I sneaked out of the house to go with my cousin and another friend from the neighborhood. We went to this same place, caught two small fishes and grilled them in a cottage nearby.

On our way home, we came across my father, whom we thought was furious at me for escaping. I was very afraid when he lifted his hand in a manner that  looked like he was about to slap me.

We silently walked home with his hand on my shoulder. That’s the most memorable moment I had with my Tatay, who is now in the Lord’s hand.

Setting out proves a difficult task to do.

Buoyant force lightens the work.

The joy these kids radiate is priceless.

Lake Sebu

SCENERIES ARE also very good photography subjects. In fact, you can capture great images by point-and-shoot.

Here are the pictures I took from Lake Sebu, South Cotabato when we attended the Regional Youth Science Camp 2008.

The sceneries here were taken at Nadine Lake Resort and the Dongon Seven Falls. Lake Sebu will be celebrating its 27th Foundation Anniversary and they are having a Digital Photography Competition. I want to join but I don’t have a good camera. I’m sure, the photos I can capture using my 1.3 MP phone camera really have no chances at all.

Well, you might want to go there. Resorts there offer quality service at very affordable prices. Their Tilapia delicacies are great tasting and cheap at the same time. If you’re just around SOCCSKSARGEN, your P 2, 500 will go a long way. You could even buy some simple souvenir for your loved ones. That was how much I’ve spent for three days, there.

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