A Rush of Water at Lake Balanan

September 28, 2013

Just when I was starting to smell the fresh air emanating from Lake Balanan the van we were riding abruptly stopped. Engine off and all I can hear was the swooshing sound. We all got off and stared ahead at the part of the road which was overran by the rushing waters. All hopes of seeing Lake Balanan momentarily went to dust that moment. Should we walk over this rampaging currents and risk getting swept away to the ditch on the other side? Fortunately a kid who saw our predicament pointed to us to a trail beside the road leading to Lake Balanan.

the quiet lake balanan near Dumaguete

A Hawksbill Turtle Sighting at Mantigue Island

September 25, 2013

An underwater version of a metropolitan city can be found in the waters of Mantigue Island. Measuring four hectares in diameter and located three kilometers off Camiguin Island, the island has now been groomed as an eco-tourism destination. Today, the Mantigue Natural Park's lush forests houses different species of trees and plants. A localized tourism management program setup by the local government, makes this island a model for nature preservation. Mantigue is manned by a few families belonging to the island's original settlers, who were trained to oversee the island, the forest, and serves as tour guides. It's a simple case of people-empowerment, while at the same time safeguarding the island from falling into the hands of misguided and greedy questionable island "developers".

a Hawksbill turtle seen in Mantigue Island
Journeying James swimming with the Hawksbill. Photo Credit: Ferdz Decena of Ironwulf

Postcard Series: Inside a Philip K. Dick World | Biri Island

September 23, 2013

The stunning rock formations found in Biri Island  appears otherworldly.  It reminded me of science fiction novels written by Philip K. Dick. Out of sight from my local guide, I sense an isolation outside this sphere, with only the sound of the crashing waves as evidence of being on Earth. I was trudging upwards when I saw my local tour guide waving his hands, motioning his intention to take a picture of me against what he says was "an amazing background". In these rock formations, these picturesque photographs are commonplace sight to behold.