July 23, 2015
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To the sight of bancas by the shoreline, to every banca rides from one island to the next, to the nearness of the sea, to year-round snorkeling, kayaking and other water actions, to year-round weekend beach trips, and to the assortment of seafood – such are the specifics why I can’t imagine not living in an archipelago.
Mother Mary statue in Balanacan Port
When I’m in Manila it doesn’t feel like I’m living in an archipelago, but whenever I travel by sea, that’s when I can deeply feel our life in the archipelago. In my childhood days, I would travel for 2 hours by sea between Negros and Panay islands via Negros Navigation ferries. My favorite part of the voyage was seeing the Siete Pecados (group of seven islets). In my university years, I would travel between Negros and Cebu islands via RoRo vessels and my favorite part was seeing some dolphins across the strait. I would also travel by sea between Visayas and Mindanao or between Visayas and Luzon and these long voyages mean seeing plenty of islets and islands along the way. There was always land in my line of sight.
Moreover, I remember countless of sea trips for leisure such as between Cebu and Bohol islands, between Negros and Siquijor islands, between Luzon and Mindoro islands, and many more. So many islands, and likewise so many ports. Siquijor Port is one of the two seaports where I find the surrounding water and seascape quite beautiful. The other one is the Balanacan Port in Marinduque Island.
Napocor’s Power Barge
Last of the passengers boarding the RoRo vessel bound for Lucena
View from the Starhorse Lines RoRo vessel still docked at the Balanacan Port
January 18, 2015
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Beach at Pundaquit in San Antonio, Zambales
I am child of the archipelago. My daugther is child of the islands. I spend time with the sea, not the city and its unappealing shopping malls.
Baloy beach in Subic Bay
I want more pictures of city denizens especially the children by the black sand beach, yellow sand beach or white sand beach. Something of a normal pursuit on weekends and holidays. Not for the image but as a way of life. After all we are children of the archipelago.