Showing posts with label photos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label photos. Show all posts

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Old photos: Kegon no taki, Nikko National Park

I'm starting a new series of posts featuring photos I've taken quite some time ago. These are photos I took with my old camera, using good old film. My first camera was a Pentax 140mm point and shoot that had many other features. I got it during my first visit to Japan in February 1996. I remember I got it for about 36,000 yen or about 12,000 pesos given the exchange rate at the time. The camera survives today and I plan to use it again to take more photos. I just need to get me some film.

This is a panoramic photo of Kegon Falls I took sometime in 1997 during my only trip to Nikko National Park. I was actually invited to Utsunomiya University by a Dr. Mamoru Nagai, who was a Visiting Professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman when I was a newly hired faculty member there. When he learned that I was in Japan as a post graduate student, he invited me and a good friend to visit his university. His main researches were on transport and tourism and after some research presentations at his laboratory, we headed out to Nikko National Park. We stayed there overnight and enjoyed its onsen (hot spring spa). We also did some pretty serious hiking to see the various waterfalls, springs, lakes and other features of the national park.

Kegon no taki
I have been able to recover negatives from that first 'expedition' in Japan in 1997. I will be posting those soon. I think this trip to Nikko and others like it around Japan were among my most memorable. It's a good thing that I have some left despite the losses due to the Typhoon Ketsana in 2009.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Random photos

I took a few photos of flowers at the Pinto Art Gallery grounds. I was impressed by what seemed to be a random arrangement of flowering plants in the area and the mix of colors that blended very well. I honestly don't know the names of the plants and am just posting the photos as a journal with no labels.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Happy birthday Tatay!

We celebrate our father's birthday today when Tatay turns 74. I would have wanted to post some old photos here of him during his travels to Japan back in the late 60's and the 70's but those photos were destroyed by Ketsana in 2009. We still have not found any surviving photos from that time that I could at least scan and recover. And yet we were able to recover a few photos of us with Tatay, mostly during graduation. I have scanned these to be preserved (electronically) and what better occasion to post a few than on Tatay's birthday!

Taken during the recognition ceremonies at UP Diliman after I completed by MSCE degree
Taken when my sister Lani graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy
Taken after my brother Rey's grade school graduation at Lourdes School of Mandaluyong

Happy birthday Tatay! See you later at dinner...

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mothers' Day

It's a week late or a year early but perhaps it can never be really early or late for Mothers' Day. In fact, I believe we should honor our mothers everyday for all the sacrifices they have made in raising us, making sure we grew up to be respectful, kind, productive citizens. There are, of course, exceptions to this but the bottom line is that whether a person is one's biological or adoptive mother, I am sure that the love given or shared is nurturing and true. Ibang usapan na if the child refuses to or doesn't accept or understand this, for one reason or another. That would indeed be a tragedy.

My brother found a couple of photos of Mama while looking through unsorted stuff from when they tried to recover items from the ravages of Ondoy (Ketsana) in 2009. Immediately, he notified me of the find and I picked up the photos yesterday for me to scan them and maybe preserve them for the future. I  post the two photos I scanned of my mother from a time we now refer to as classic or nostalgic. These are actually studio shots from the 1960's when people did prepare for their photo shoots. Those were the times when you had to make appointments and dressed up for your photos. The following photos of Caridad Fajardo Regidor were probably taken in her maiden years while living with her elder sister in Manila.

I look forward to more old photo finds that I can scan and preserve. It is not so easy to find these but maybe there are more somewhere in Sorsogon and Iloilo that our relatives have somewhere (old albums?).

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Flashback: The Coast at Santa, Ilocos Sur

Returning to Manila from our transport and traffic surveys in Vigan and Bantay, we happened upon the coastal town of Santa after crossing the Quirino Bridge. We were not able to see and appreciate the coastal attractions of the area en route to Vigan as it was already night time when we passed through the area. On our return trip, we did not hesitate to make stopovers in order to explore a bit especially when we saw that it was low tide and we could walk to some of the exposed rocks. We also had enough film to take souvenir photos - for posterity.

Shrine built atop a rock off the coast of Santa in Ilocos Sur
Posing among the rocks and at a safe distance from the waters
Posing with the rocks and the shrine in the background
I think I could have taken better photos if I had a digital camera at the time but I have no regrets with shots like this where one could only see the outcome after having the film developed
Posing along the sea wall
With Glenn Latonero and Roy Velasco
With Alorna Abao
Glenn took this shot from afar with me exploring the exposed rocks while Alorna was posing near some workers
Guess what we were doing?
It was quite windy along the coast and it shows with my hair swept up in the photos

On the rocks - the background is quite bright but it still works given the "souvenir" purpose of the shot
I remember the jacket I was wearing was a Pierre Cardin knock-off I bought at an ukay-ukay (thrift) shop in Vigan. It was a bit rainy at times during our surveys (it was August and well into the wet season) and it got a little cooler at night time. I also remember Roy and Alorna coming straight from the La Union surveys, and were already looking for additional clean clothes to change with. I was not able to bring a good jacket for the rains and so when the opportunity to check out a popular thrift shop in Vigan came, we all bought a few clothes. To be sure, we went straight to a laundry to have our finds and our soiled clothes washed/cleaned. We were joking among ourselves that we had to do this before wearing the ukay-ukay clothes as we didn't know who the former owners of the clothes were and how clean they were when sold in the shop. I gave away the jacket a few weeks after we returned to Manila as I had no use of it and I never became comfortable using it outside of the necessity during our surveys.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Recovered photos: UPD MSCE Graduation 1995

Among the negatives recovered were the following photos that I had assumed I had lost to the floods in 2009. I was elated with the unexpected finds and immediately had the photos printed. I scanned them myself and have uploaded them in my computers as well as now posting them on my blog and Facebook account. I believe this effort should ensure I wouldn't lose these photos again.

With Tatay at the Film Center after the college rites
With good friend Ericson Aquino after the University rites
Souvenir photo op at the Film Center podium 
The next photos I will be scanning and perhaps posting would be those taken during various get-togethers in Japan between 1996 and 1999. These are especially important as I have much of the photos I took during that period, a time when I had two cameras and often lugged extra film (two rolls of 36's) in addition to the roll that was always loaded in each of my cameras.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Graduation photos - UP MSCE Class of 1995

My good friend Karl was clearing up one of our shelves at the laboratory and stumbled upon a treasure trove of photos and negatives we had probably misplaced or assumed to have been lost by one reason or another. Among the negatives found were those of our graduation from the University back in April 1995 featuring the first 4 MSCE scholars supported by a Japanese Grant through NCTS: Crispin Emmanuel Diaz, Frederick Mangubat, Jose Regin Regidor and Noriel Christopher Tiglao. The photos were taken during the college and university rites and were most probably recorded through Noriel's camera. Among the photos are two that also feature two of our friends posing with us. These were Rene Val Teodoro and Love Panaguiton who marched with us but as BSCE and BSGE graduates, respectively. They were delayed by a semester or two but were able to join the college rites corresponding to their completion of requirements (e.g., Val finished October 1994).

Following are photos scanned from the prints developed from the negatives we recovered from our shelves.

Posing at the Film Center with the still unfinished UP Theater in the background [L-R: Cris Diaz, Fred Mangubat, Regin Regidor and Noriel Tiglao]

At the Film Center doorway [L-R: Regin Regidor, Fred Mangubat, Val Teodoro, Noriel Tiglao and Cris Diaz]

Photo op on-stage after the recognition rites [L-R: Cris Diaz, Regin Regidor, Fred Mangubat and Noriel Tiglao]

Just in front of our seats [L-R: Fred Mangubat, Regin Regidor, Noriel Tiglao and Cris Diaz]

At the University commencement exercises at the amphitheater behind Quezon Hall [L-R: Fred Mangubat,  another MSCE grad whose name I forget, Regin Regidor and Noriel Tiglao]

Posing after the university rites [L-R: Fred Mangubat, Regin Regidor, Love Panaguiton and Noriel Tiglao]

Posing with the Carillon [L-R: Noriel Tiglao, Cris Diaz, Fred Mangubat and Regin Regidor]


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Snapshots around Silay

Our side trip to Silay City to see the heritage houses particularly Balay Negrense allowed me to take a few photos here and there. My short visit to Silay left me with a very good impression of the city, which to me would be a good model for other small cities. It is clean and orderly, and the people are warm. Also, a definite plus is the malambing intonation of Negrenses similar to that of the Ilonggos. They (most of Negros Occidental and Iloilo) share a common language - Hiligaynon. I remember one of our surveyors saying they were not speaking Ilonggo but Hiligaynon, which is actually the dominant language in the Western Visayas. Of course, there are many dialects like Kiniray-a and Aklanon but like Tagalog and Sugbuhanon, Hiligaynon will have many variants in places where it is spoken.

There are many old buildings in Silay and it seemed to have brought back memories of Manila during my childhood. There are similar buildings in Manila such as the ones shown in the photo above but most are in a bad state and no one seems to care that many are demolished for scrap, never mind that these are supposed to be part of our heritage.
The San Diego Pro-Cathedral in Silay. We were unable to look inside the church but I am sure that the interiors are splendid based on previous travels to other cities and towns with old churches. The main dome of the church is distinctive considering it is one of the tallest structures in Silay.
Manila, Cebu and Iloilo have similar buildings like this one in the old business districts. Commercial establishments are located on the ground floor and the proprietors often live in the upper floor(s).
Okay, this is transport related and probably something that should be in my other blog but I couldn't help but notice Silay having modern traffic signals and with countdown timers to boot. These signals are along the national highway.
I was only able to get a quick shot of this building, which is the ancestral house of the Jalandonis. Among their more prominent kin is the former priest Luis Jalandoni, who is among the leaders of the CPP.
Around the Philippines you will see different designs of the ubiquitous tricycle. The cab of these three-wheelers vary in terms of design (layout) and passenger capacity with the Silay versions having two rows of two-seaters (total 4 seated passengers).
Some sections of the national road connecting Bacolod and Silay are 4-lane, divided with medians and the roadside planted with rows of eucalyptus trees. There are also man-made forests of mahogany along the road.
Sunset along the national highway

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Snapshots around Bacolod

Going around Bacolod, I took a few photos here and there to have souvenirs of the city. The BlackBerry was very handy for this as I was able to take snapshots while we were on the move (which was all the time!). Following are a few photos taken around Bacolod.

The Visayas is known for their seafood and dried fish is among the best souvenirs or pasalubong that you can get from traveling to cities like Cebu, Iloilo and Bacolod. One of our staff took this photo of me amongst the daing laid out to dry under the sun. A large daing costs 20 pesos from the fisherman while a medium one (shown in the photo) is worth 10 pesos. These easily doubles or even triples once the products reach the market.
Pavements around the city had to be elevated probably due to issue regarding flooding. Unfortunately, the pavements are now higher than the sidewalks. Also, the drains don't seem to be designed to be able to take in rainwater typical from the more intense downpours and typhoons we get these days. You can guess where the water will go and who will be inconvenienced by this - pedestrians.
La Consolacion College of Bacolod is just beside San Sebastian Cathedral and features a main entrance and facade similar to many other similar schools in Manila, Cebu and Iloilo, which are all old cities.
Bacolod is famous for its barbecued chicken. It is called inasal here and the different restaurants and eateries will have their own secret formulas for the marinade or sauce that make their chicken inasal among the best barbecues in the country. Resto or eatery staff will ask you if you prefer native or broiler chicken. Native chicken are free range and are typically smaller and with less meat than the farm-fed/grown broilers but they are much tastier (and therefore more delightful to eat). The photo above doesn't give justice to the native chicken we had for dinner.

We shouldn't forget that Negros Occidental is also well-known for its sugar. There are sugarcane fields all around the province and the entire island of Negros. These were part of vast haciendas and associated with various landlords in a system that mimicked the feudal one in Europe back in the day. One can regularly see very old trucks (bagon that are sometimes of WW2 vintage) overloaded with sugar cane such as the one shown in the photo above.

Friday, January 6, 2012

The accidental image

I just have to share this photo I was able to take while crossing the bridge along Dewey Avenue from Olongapo to Subic as the sun began to set. We were returning from inspecting the Olongapo's Driftwood pier and our hosts took us to the lighthouse at the mouth of the river when I looked out from the window of our vehicle and made the gut decision to take a photograph of a dredger! Just when I thought I had a clear photo of the vessel, the picture below came up when I reviewed the photo on the camera screen.

I took a chance by snapping this photo as we crossed the bridge from Olongapo City to the Subic Freeport.

I like how the light affected the images in the photo. Visible at the center is a dredger at the mouth of the river, which is heavily silted. At right one can see the lighthouse partially hidden among the foliage in what could look like an island during high tide. Note the low part of the land where a bridge was built for access to the lighthouse. At left, there are two forms that look like animals. These are actually gantry cranes of the Subic container terminal from across the bay. I suddenly remembered that such cranes were the inspiration for the imperial walkers in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. I also like the way the land and the dredger are reflected on the water with the small ripples giving that blurry effect on the reflections. The funny thing was that I didn't intend for this photo to happen.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cabatuan Cemetery and Mortuary Chapel

I thought it was most appropriate to feature the cemetery at my father's hometown of Cabatuan, Iloilo. Many of our relatives are interred in this cemetery with my Lola's tomb located just across from the east side of the chapel. With her now lies the remains of some of my aunts as well as the grandfather I never came to know. A history of the town and the church may be found at the website. The LGU's website doesn't contain much info nor any good photos pertaining to the town's heritage. Good for us who are not there that there are good folks who made the effort to have such information online.

Main gate of the Cabatuan cemetery

Founded in the late 1800's by the Augustinians, the cemetery's old mortuary chapel is found just down the path from the gate. There are 2 other gates to the cemetery looking just like this gate. A more detailed history of the Church in Cabatuan including old photos and documents may be found at the same website I mentioned. The same site also has a feature on the cemetery and the chapel.

I used to have a lot of photos of the cemetery and the surrounding areas. Unfortunately again, I lost most of these to the great flood of 2009. We do have one framed photo of the cemetery with a perfect view of the chapel from the gate. This was taken by a partner in the first law firm the Clairvoyant joined after she passed the bar exams of 1999. His wife was also from Iloilo and among his hobbies were photography. He was quite good and dabbled in journalistic shots. We received a nice set of black and white photos he took during our wedding. A copy of the framed photo may be found below. Note that some images in the photo are the result of reflections when I took a photo of the frame. They are not the outcomes of any supernatural phenomena.

Mortuary chapel of Cabatuan as seen from the cemetery main gate

The space just before the chapel used to be occupied by the tomb of the late Tomas Confesor, perhaps the most well know of Cabatuan's sons and daughters. The tomb was moved many years ago and now there are much more greens in the cemetery, bringing more life in an area that, despite being identified with death, should reflect a celebration of life. Today, All Saints' Day, the living will surely flock to the cemetery to pray for and remember those who passed away before our time.

Other good references online that I found about the cemetery are the ones by the Heritage Conservation Society and the one by Valerie Caulin, a freelance writer.

Friday, July 15, 2011


The Clairvoyant has an eye for sights that I've been using for my wallpapers for quite some time now. Her trips to the US and Europe have yielded quite a number of photos that I believe are worthy of having their compilation. Below are some of my favorite photos taken from our summer getaways. The first two were taken in Gumasa in the town of Glan, Sarangani Province while the last two were taken in Panglao Island in Bohol Province.

These show some of the excellent beaches in the Philippines and just two of where we have been, either together or as individuals. I am searching for photos the Clairvoyant took on her trips to Boracay, Aklan and Malapascua Island, Cebu.