On Love Monuments (Photos: Visit to The Ruins, Talisay City Negros Occidental)

After the medical mission, our gracious host took us for a tour of “The Ruins“, that famous landmark and heritage site in Negros Occidental.

It used to be the mansion built by Don Mariano Ledesma for his first wife…and as the very entertaining tour guide said, “It is the Taj Mahal” of Asia.

🙂 It was a shell of the original place, but still, you could see the grand scale that the Don had in mind. 🙂

This young couple went with the tour, and since I was standing behind them, I had to take a photo. (Symbols and body language hold a particularly special place in my list of interests, but not in a stalker-like manner, of course.) 🙂
There was a full moon that night, which added to the allure of the mansion at night. I especially enjoyed walking around, and taking pictures by myself… they closed the second floor so I wasn’t able to wander around much.
Experimenting with my ISO settings here… I wanted the house to look imposing, and somehow mysterious.
A self-portrait. But I felt like an outsider in that place. I imagined it to have been a bustling household, with an early bedtime, and kids too disciplined to have run around the grounds much. Anyway…

Poem: Souls, By Lang Leav

Photo credits: Pinterest.com
Photo credits: Pinterest.com

Personally, I don’t believe in the concept of soulmates… I dislike having to think that everything is pre-ordained, and things will keep repeating itself until we learn things. However, I subscribe to free will and romantic chemistry. It’s a more tangible, and work-able equation.

(People want to believe in the things they want to believe in, such as soulmates and love and destiny. I don’t think I do believe in two of the three I mentioned.)


Much love,


Photos: Campuestohan

It was a playground in the sky.

Our kind host took us to a place in Bacolod which was pretty much a theme park and an adventure place all in one.

Like big kids, we couldn’t help but be entertained by the different sights and sounds (and high-flying rides) there. 🙂

with my favorite Transformer robot, Optimus Prime. 🙂 (Though he was papier-mache/cement, he had a commanding presence.)
with my friends (and goddaughter) in KingKong’s left hand… :-p (He’s a favorite.)
I don’t need a Prince Charming on a white horse…I’ll grab me a bronze(d) Apache brave instead. haha.
The teepees have a bathroom, are airconditioned and can hold 6 people. Not so bad digs, at all, if you ask me
early morning “muni-muni” session. haha
The resto looked like a log cabin of sorts.
This picture should have been on top. My bad. 🙂
Pool 1 of 2. Kids actually love this place a lot.
These hamster wheel rides are scarier than they look. especially if you’re afraid of heights. 😀
daisies? love ’em.
Little Big Man. ahehe.
I love that you can see the wide expanse of the city in the distance… we were pretty high up in the mountains. This made for an especially chilly night.

Photos: St. Anthony of Padua Procession

My town has a traditionalist attitude, especially when it comes to religious practices.

For most of my life, I’ve participated in activities of devotion to the town’s patron, St. Anthony of Padua.

I got this excerpt about St. Anthony from the St. Anthony.org website:

St. Anthony of Padua is one of the Catholic Church’s most popular saints. Saint Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost and stolen articles, was a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. He’s typically portrayed holding the child Jesus—or a lily—or a book—or all three—in his arms.  Many people give alms to St. Anthony Bread in thanksgiving to God for blessings received through the prayers of St. Anthony.

St. Anthony of Padua’s life is what every Christian’s life is meant to be; a steady courage to face the ups and downs of life, the call to love and forgive, to be concerned for the needs of others, to deal with crisis great and small, and to have our feet solidly on the ground of total trusting love and dependence on God.

St Anthony is beloved throughout the world and is responsive to all people and all needs.  His intercessory powers before our God are awesome.


Going for daily novena masses in devotion to St. Anthony is a good way for me to get in touch with my faith, and to cherish the traditions of our community. My uncle drove the pick-up truck that St. Anthony was on (a local organization decorated it with flowers).

On the way, there were altar set-ups during the procession. Even the simplest house had flowers and candles set up. It was a pretty nice thing.
It’s not a very flattering picture, but this little kid in the store was looking on while the procession was going on, and he was calling out, “Papa Jesus! Papa Jesus!” I thought it was cute.
Lechon is a highly popular food that’s served during the fiesta, and there were many pigs being sold by sellers. So, on the roadside, Ma and I saw this pig kneeling while St. Anthony was about to pass by and then it got up when it’s owner nudged it. 🙂 Of course, I don’t really think he was kneeling to the saint, but it was pretty cute… 🙂
A little baby made it to the procession…
As I was mentioning to my ma, they had this little red heart sewn onto the baby Jesus’ shirt front…
Ah, the flower grabbing part. 🙂 Ever since I was a kid participating in these religious events, I’ve always seen this “flower frenzy”… What it is, is that after the priest blesses the effigy with holy water, people keep the flowers that are used for decorations to put on their own altars at home.


One the Road to Cadiz City

We only pass a road in one way only once.

All other circumstances would change… Too often, I find myself thinking, that I do want to photograph everything, because they are never going to happen again. I’m going to be a different person next time, and I will not be able to experience things the same way again.

In the long bus rides, it is inevitable to find interesting things to photograph along the way. This I find advantageous to my dislike for inactivity, and thus, I take full advantage of it. 🙂

This photo set is made up of scenes on the way from Dumaguete City to Cadiz City.

I always prefer the window seat, as it gives me the perfect vantage point to take my pictures. The views were mostly of the countryside, but the quaint little barrios and towns offered a good view of the bucolic colors of the place.
I was half-preoccupied with the movie, “Dark Shadows” which starred Eva Green and Johnny Depp (as a [dorky] vampire. 🙂 This particular scene was when she gave him her heart…literally. (Before this, the main entertainment was 80’s songs, which weren’t so bad too.)
A quiet roadside cemetery (although I am unable to recall which part of the trip this was.) I remember, while on a road trip with my family, with my father on the wheel, I had to ask him to stop for a bit because I had to wander off and photograph a really picturesque cemetery. (He is pretty used to it, though).
This is my attempt at a style (in street photography) of using “filters” to make a picture appear more interesting. The lady was seeing her husband off, and this was the view of her waiting at the bus stop through a “filter” of an unwashed bus window. hehe. 🙂
Lady selling candles by the wayside cemetery. (Different town)
Fire tree. San Carlos City.
Snack shop under a tree.
I thought the boy was pretty cheeky. He either was a natural-born climber to get so high up on the marker…or his dad put him on time-out. 🙂 Who knows?
Cadiz City Bus Terminal. May 29, 2015.
Escalante, Negros Occidental. May 29, 2015.