Category Archives: Pilipinas

Tandag Boulevard

An afternoon shot of the boulevard.

Sunset in Bucas Grande

‘Mitsubishi’ Banca

‘Mitsubishi’ written beside ’32’ in this outrigger boat in Bucas Grande


Tubs of fermented tiny fish, shrimp fry, and baby oyster
Baby oyster
Tiny fish
Shrimp fry

Roundabout Art

Koronadal City
General Santos City

Watermelon Fruit Truck

Watermelon fruit truck in Marbel

Bituing Marikit

A shrub with star-studded inflorescence

I’ve seen this shrub in our neighborhood but I only learned its name–bituing marikit–when we visited Cape San Agustin in Governor Generoso.

Small Masjid

This small masjid in Davao is just one of the many small mosques I’ve seen along highways in southern Mindanao.

Beach Hazards Warning Sign

Side by Side Lighthouses

The shortest lighthouse with a spiral stairway was built by the Japanese in 1930s.
The tallest one with flared top is the only active lighthouse among these three that are standing side by side on the southeasternmost tip of Mindanao.
The tip of the active lighthouse as seen from the top of the second tallest inactive lighthouse

(Cape San Agustin, Governor Generoso)

Enclosed Tree

An enclosed tree at Davao City Hall

Roofed Tombs

Roofed tombs in South Cotabato where corrugated GI sheets are used as roof material.

Kapehan Welcome Sign Typography

Foraging for Kugita

I greeted this townsman from afar, asking him what he’ll do, to which he answered “manguha ug kugita” (to forage for octopus).

Toadstool-shaped Lato

The toadstool-shaped lato (seaweed) in Cateel tastes even better than the grape-like lato.


A specialized tool is used to to manually separate the copra from its shell. The meat will then be dried before extracting the coconut oil. How about the shell? It will be made into charcoal known as ‘uling bagol’.

A thick spatula-like tool is inserted between the meat and the shell.

Once inserted, the tool should be moved in a circular manner to separate the meat inch by inch.


Bitoon tree is quite common along seashores and I always mistake it for talisay tree because of its leaves. In Samal Island, I saw people gather several leaves, presumably to be used as folk medicine.

One could also note that not all trees would shed pretty and relatively big flowers with lots of dark pink stamens that you won’t be able to resist in picking them up.

Motorcycle Umbrella

City’s Pandemic Reminders in Neon Green

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