In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Afloat.” There’s a growing number of motocross enthusiasts hereabouts. They who fly and float on adrenaline. They who don’t mind the dust and the (occasional) broken bones. On competition days, they turn the otherwise arid racetrack near the City Hall Complex into a graceful display of […]

A quick post in response to Blur, this week’s photo challenge: Good Friday in Sorsogon is usually a blur of people: locals, transients, uprooted Sorsoganons taking advantage of the long break to come home and connect with the old hometown. No other event attracts as large a crowd as the procession, which slowly makes its […]

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Twinkle.” Except for the string of lights along the center islands, it was almost pitch black as we made our way to the Capitol Park. The lights out, it turned out, was a prelude to a countdown. And when the lights came back on, there was […]

Sweet dreams are made of these: quiet walks, paths softened by grass and greenness all around. At the Balay Buhay sa Uma Bee Farm in Bulusan, there is nothing that says “hurry!” Not time, and certainly not the bees going about their business. Life slows down to a soft, dreamy blur, and–for a spell–traffic, deadlines […]

Near the entrance to the Bulusan Lake and Volcano Natural Park, there’s a signpost that paints a picture of a big, big world. A world that somehow found its way into this little pocket of paradise down south. I don’t know if they got the numbers right, but the collective post tells of inward and […]

Nighttime at the Sorsogon Provincial Capitol Park is a magical thing. As the day winds down and the eight-to-five rush settles, soft lights bathe the Capitol Building, lending an air of quiet grace and serenity to one of Sorsogon’s storied landmarks. The Capitol Park is a refuge right in the heart of the City. Framed […]

The sun was not its usual summery self on May 22. Sure, it was bright and scorching, the way it usually is on dry spells. It had a halo, though; and for the better part of two hours it had the entire city–and social media–buzzing. Reactions ranged from awe to alarm, from spiritual to scientific. […]

You won’t find these in supermarkets or in the bigger fruit stalls. They are essentially homegrown, and except for the miracle fruit, these are the stuff of my early summers. Back in the pre-Atari days when games were played outdoors, summers meant going around the neighborhood to pick fruits. The bigger, braver ones would climb […]

After “resting” the fields for a brief spell following the last-quarter harvest, it is time to plant once more. It is the beginning of the cycle of sowing and reaping. Tedious, surely. And back-breaking, as most beginnings are. In time, the fields will turn green, then golden. Healthy stalks will fill up the measured gaps […]

The Christmas rush has me rushing. No matter how early I start with the shopping and the planning, I still end up dashing through the sea of equally harried last minute shoppers hoping to keep their date with Santa. I don’t want this space to look lonely over the holidays. And so I am reposting […]