Holy Week 2012: Apo Reef (Day 2) and Pandan Island

Didn’t get to have much sleep that night both because I retired to my tent rather late, and that I normally have trouble sleeping in unfamiliar surroundings.  I guess this was a good thing because oversleeping and waking up sweltering inside the tent under the blazing summer sun was not such a good prospect.  My shallow sleep enabled me to discern when daylight was nearing.  And when I finally opened my tent, this is the view that greeted me: Continue reading


Holy Week 2012: Apo Reef (Day 1)

The previous night, we crashed in this small resort in the town of Sablayan.  We were exhausted, grimy and, for a few of us, bruised and injured from our torturous Mt. Iglit climb.  Needless to say, we were glad to have been able to wash up, have dinner, and lie down on real cushioned beds to rest our overworked backs and legs.  Some of us were still able to have a few drinks to cap the night.  I would have loved to join them, but I was just too dead tired, and it was already getting late. Continue reading

Holy Week 2012: Penitencia sa Mt. Iglit (ikalawang yugto)

Viernes Santo na.  Gumising kami ng mga 4am para makapag-almusal at makapag-handa sa aming summit assault sa Mt. Iglit.  Hindi pa malamig nang natulog kami nung nakaraang gabi, pero sa oras ng pag-gising namin ay maginaw na.  Ang una kong ginawa ay nagbihis sa loob ng tent ko ng pang-akyat ng bundok.  At dahil malapit nang mamatay ang baterya ng flashlight ko, yung BlackBerry na lang ang ginamit kong ilaw. Continue reading

Holy Week 2012: Penitencia sa Mt. Iglit (unang yugto)

(photo courtesy of Herbert Lapuz)

Para maiba naman, magta-Tagalog ako dito sa Mt. Iglit series dahil ilang beses ko nang iniisip kung paano ko ikukwento ito …at ang pakiramdam ko, parang walang dating yung lahat ng pinagdaanan ko sa putaragis napakahirap na bundok na ito kung magi-English ako.  Oo nga pala, lahat ng litrato dito ay hindi sa akin.  Puro video ang kinunan ko dahil  mas madaling ilabas yung BlackBerry nung araw na iyon. Yung DSLR kasi masyadong mabusisi. Continue reading

Holy Week 2012: Sitio Tamisan Outreach

When HLGG undertakes a major activity, it always follows this pattern: first, the outreach; next, the mountain climbing activity; and finally, beach bumming or simply just bumming around somewhere where we could relax our aching muscles from the climb.  Our trip in Occidental Mindoro followed exactly this pattern and so I will first blog about our outreach activity. Continue reading

Holy Week 2012: Prologue

(Photo courtesy of Vernz Fabroa)

For as far as I can remember, going out of town during the Holy Week was a popular practice that I found hard to understand.  Although I view myself as a liberal, I retain some conservative sensibilities on certain matters, and one of these is the observance of the Holy Week.  I do understand that there are those who go out of town to return to their provinces where they’ve always commemorated this annual event, and that’s fine.  And of course, there are sects that do not observe this mainly Catholic custom, so I guess they’re also exempt.  Continue reading

Marinduque Day 4: The long goodbye

Despite being dead drunk the night before, I was at least conscious enough of the fact that we were leaving for Manila in the morning of Day 4, and so I managed to get up relatively early.  The morning scene in A&A Beach Resort was typical of a lazy Sunday.  Some people were having breakfast, some were reading and some were watching TV.  Julius and Mrs. Belinda Uy went someplace else to catch some street dancing as part of the Easter celebrations.  I didn’t plan to go there anymore as I was too worried about getting stuck somewhere and missing the Ro-Ro ride back. Continue reading

Marinduque Day 3: Tres Reyes, Gaspar Island, Buenavista, Torrijos, etc.

I got sidetracked by all my activities this summer resulting in a sluggishness that prevented me from continuing my Marinduque blogs.  Right now, aside from finishing this Marinduque series, I also have my Mt. Pinatubo, Taal Volcano, Pahiyas Festival and Mt. Pulag blogs in my blog backlog.  And so, before I forget important details, I will now finish the Marinduque series. Continue reading

Marinduque Day 2 (afternoon): Back to Gasan, Back to Boac….with a boy genius and a lot of blood in between

The Antipos of Gasan

AFTER having lunch, we then boarded our jeepney again to return to Gasan to document the Antipos/Flagellantes.  Before that, we did a brief stopover in the ancestral home of some of Boyet’s relatives.  He said it was the home of a former mayor and it’s a house that President Ferdinand Marcos himself visited when he was in Marinduque, and even pointed to a chair that the late president actually sat on.  After taking a few photos of the home’s interior, it was time to move on. Continue reading