Twinkle

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Twinkle.”

Photo: LITO DERIT

Photo: LITO DERIT

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 a collective “wow” as more than a dozen Christmas trees bathed the then jam-packed park in a twinkling–if ethereal–glow.

The trees are the handiwork of celebrated designer Milo Naval, who has since made Sorsogon his second home. Known for minimalist furniture that are simply elegant, Naval weaves his magic on everyday things and transforms them into things truly “wow”-ful.

Sorsogon’s Christmas trees are made of baluko (pen shell), which abounds in these parts. Stalls selling baluko meat line the Rompeolas–and for the longest time, discarded shells littered the baywalk. The piles of discarded shells used to be an eyesore, until Naval upcycled them into magical creations.

Varnished, polished and transformed into awesome centerpieces, Sorsogon’s baluko now lights up the cold, December nights.

Photo: LITO DERIT

Photo: LITO DERIT

Photo: LITO DERIT

Photo: LITO DERIT

Photo: LITO DERIT

Photo: LITO DERIT

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