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LAKAD Journals
« on: July 10, 2012, 02:45:09 PM »



It's been a while since I last shared a long set here in the forum. It's both a taxing and rewarding task that unfortunately eats quite a bit of time. After much mind-wrestling, I decided to simplify things and just post a few photos from my travels.


I feel this would be a better thread, photography-wise, as this would filter out most of the accompanying photos that are not really photography-worthy but are just there to support the narrative. No worries though for those who would still like to check out the full travelogues, I'll provide a link that leads to the full article on my blog.


So without further ado, welcome to my Lakad Journals.

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Re: LAKAD Journals
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2012, 02:57:55 PM »
watch mode ;D
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The Port of Siquijor
Siquijor, Siquijor, Central Visayas
 


I'll start things off from my Siquijor trip.

My officemate was telling me about how she’s not going to the island of Siquijor since her sister’s prone to spells. My mom’s asking me to bring a pinch of salt and a clove of garlic. Another officemate was relating her eerie impression of their tour there some years back.

I’ve been hearing a lot of mystic stuff about Isla del Fuego (Island of Fire), but it seemed that no story can ever deter me from continuing my journey to this mysterious island down south...


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Re: LAKAD Journals
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2012, 03:08:16 PM »
watch mode ;D

Thanks Romz! I'm having trouble posting images in the middle wah! :P

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St. Francis de Assisi Church
Siquijor, Siquijor, Central Visayas


The sun was beating hard upon Siquijor. It was exactly twelve in the afternoon and the light was practically blinding as we alighted from our tricycle to check out the first stop of the usual Siquijor island tour.

St. Francis de Assisi Church or simply Siquijor Church as the locals dubbed it is just a hop away from the local port. We actually passed this on our way to a hot lunch and just went back to check it out in detail and snap a few photographs...

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Lazi’s Century-Old Balete Tree
Lazi, Siquijor, Central Visayas


The minutes quickly passed as our tricycle roared off into the humid streets of Siquijor. It was already two in the afternoon as we again disembarked and found ourselves staring into a huge Balete tree that’s seemingly growing at the end of a shallow swimming pool.

The tree is said to be around 400 to 500 years old depending on who you ask and is definitely the biggest of its kind in the island. Balete or Banyan trees are usually parasitic in nature, creeping up on unsuspecting healthy trees and wrapping itself around it until the host finally dies. This leaves a hollow core in the middle where one can enter if it becomes big enough...

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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2012, 05:01:34 PM »
nice!!  i always love reading your posts :)

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nice!!  i always love reading your posts :)

Salamat Pres. Vernes :)

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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2012, 08:12:19 AM »
 

 
 San Isidro Labrador Church
 Lazi, Siquijor, Central Visayas
 
 
Broad Acacia trees shade the street in front of Lazi’s old church giving  an impression that we’re somewhere in the middle of a plaza instead of a  road. On our right stands the massive barn-like appearance of the San  Isidro Labrador Church and on our left is its complimentary convent.     
 
Lazi  Church indeed looks more like a barn in appearance than a church except  for its belfry, made a year after the original structure, that sticks  out on its left flank. Remove the said tower and you won’t even find a  cross or icon that would tell you that what you are looking at is a  temple of worship...
 
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 Lazi Convent
 Lazi, Siquijor, Central Visayas
 
 
We left Lazi Church still dazed from the musty oldness of its atmosphere, crossed the Acacia-lined plaza street and entered what was once considered as the largest convent in Asia.     
 
Having  an area of 2,500 square meters, Lazi Convent was considered a giant  amongst its kind during its days. It was erected in 1887 in conjunction  with the town church which was made thirty years earlier. Friars in  those times used the structure as a resting place and a recreation area;  I just can’t imagine what friars do for recreation...
 
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 Lazi Convent Museum
 Lazi, Siquijor, Central Visayas
 
 
One of the most interesting things I found inside was the birth and  death registrars kept by the convent. The covers which are made of carabao hide are now crumbling and its pages, waterlogged. The handwriting inside was really really beautiful and I can just imagine the history that resides within those penstrokes...
 
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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2012, 10:01:12 AM »

 
 C A M B U G A H A Y   F A L L S
 
Lazi, Siqujijor, Central Visayas
 
 
Down some hundred steps from Lazi town’s main road is a scenery as magical as Siquijor’s mystical reputation. The afternoon was on its progress as we made our slow way down the stone steps that supposedly leads to Siquijor’s famous three-tiered Cambugahay Falls.     
 
 The  treads were evenly made with natural stones, probably procured from the  river that feeds the falls which cascade all the way from a small rainforest above the mountains, some freshwater springs and watersheds.
 
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 S T A .    M A R I A   C H U R C H
 
Maria, Siqjuijor, Central Visayas
 
 
Dusk was quickly falling as we arrived at the last of the three churches we visited in Siquijor. A boombox blasting out Lady Gaga songs was trying but failing miserably to brighten up the now solemn atmosphere looming over the town of Maria as early evening encroaches on the mystic island
 
The Church of the Divine Providence is something of a legend amongst all the churches in the island. Its stone façade which looks to be made of limestone looks as sturdy as the day it was built but is as weather-stained as any old church. Small plants have already taken hold on its cracks and lichens seemed intent ondyeing the walls from cream to black.
 
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Re: LAKAD Journals
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sir ang ganda ng mga shot and informative :)

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sir ang ganda ng mga shot and informative :)

Salamat Jz20! Bisita ka lang palagi, will be updating this thread everyday :)

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 S U N S E T   A T   L A R E N A
 Larena, Siquijor, Central Visayas
 
 
Most people I have talked with don’t wanna be caught dead traveling through Siquijor’s roadways after the sun sets below the liquid horizon. I understand how the island’s reputation for sorcery has somehow ingrained this bit for wary travelers who for some unknown reasons found themselves in the middle of the mystic island. But we’re no part of these groups of vacationeers.
 
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Re: LAKAD Journals
« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2012, 11:29:26 AM »
Bookmarked.. as always.


Wala pa bang publisher na lumalapit sa'yo Idol, para maumpisahan na ang pag gawa ng isang coffee table book ng iyong mga lakad?  ;)
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 C O C O   G R O V E   R E S O R T
 San Juan, Siquijor, Central Visayas
 
 
This is the most famous resort in Siquijor, our guide told us as he maneuvered his tricycle into the gates of Coco Grove. We’re still unsure where to book our three-day stay in the island and Kuya Joam was showing us around the various resorts circling Siquijor’s shoreline.
 
Passing a long cogon colonnade we were welcomed by a huge white parrot at the Coco Grove’s open-aired front desk. We did our inquiry, the cheapest room they have is priced at Php2,400.00; good for two persons, breakfast included. Not that pricey, but not cheap either. We decided to check out the resort first.
 
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Bookmarked.. as always.


Wala pa bang publisher na lumalapit sa'yo Idol, para maumpisahan na ang pag gawa ng isang coffee book ng iyong mga lakad?  ;)

Haha wala pa Joszef eh, ihanap mo nga ako hahaha :P

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 S I Q U I J O R   S U N S E T
 San Juan, Siquijor, Central Visayas
 
 
 
Lounging on hammocks strung on coconut trees at Coco Grove resort, the afternoon sun suddenly threw out god rays all over the western sky. We scrambled from our relaxed position, gathered our camera bags and followed the glorious rays.
 
 Where the fine sand ends, stone beds and green algae begins. The ebbing tide provided a dramatic landscape that creates natural pools surrounded by dark rocks and green lichen-like plants.
 
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