September 5, 2013

The Everyday at Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental

August 29, 2013 Today: I woke up at five and observed how Amihan kids practiced in the morning before they left for school. Three boys were assigned to prepare breakfast. A group of boys has its turn to prepare meals for everyone. I had coffee at the small place where Lupon fishermen had theirs. Carding, drunk, tailed me around with his “makahilis og baga” stare. He is an interesting character.  I took photos during the kid’s “duwa” (their word for skimboarding), tried it, and failed big time. Walked around and covered a good portion of the 7km Dahican Beach and […]
September 2, 2013

Skimboarding at Dahican Mati

Skimboarding at Dahican Mati Skimboarding is a foreign island for me, but I am long attracted to movement—beautiful, purposeful movements. So it did not come out as a shock when most of the photos I took at Dahican focused on one particular athlete. My camera instantly followed his movements—fluid  against the waves. He simply stood out. I later found out, he is Sonny Boy aka Bayugyog—a local word for capri—the 19-year-old who made Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental the skimboarding capital of the country.  *** Beautiful detours are often last-minute decisions. I intended to spend the entire five-day trip at Cateel, Davao […]
August 21, 2013

Images from the Bus Window Series: Badian to Cebu City Photos

For a traveling gardener, the roadsides are constant wonders. It becomes a game of naming flowers  (colorful mayana, suwangga, zinnia) and I don’t have that in my garden yet, I wish I could get off and get some of those beauties  for my garden soliloquys. But this is a very relaxing activity. Something that does not really require movements. It is too relaxing that I often doze off in the middle of the game. I need something that requires thinking, instantness, and decisions. So I come up with this project that I hope I have the discipline and decency to pursue. Not […]
July 23, 2013

Photo Diary | Terra Manna in Rainy July

“Dagko kaayo’g lusok ang uwan kagabii,” shared Ate Beth, a TM staff.  Last night, there were thousands of feet stomping and running on Traveller’s Palm’s roof. I originally planned to take a dip after an hour or so of writing but the gloomy weather seemed discouraging for snorkeling by the platform. So I took a leisure walk around the garden instead. Despite visiting this personal refuge every month, it is still surprising to see something new. It must be the weather or the soft light. It felt that I have not seen these ornaments before. A lesson from the morning […]