Dagupan Ruins

| 8/28/12 | 0 Comments |
I’m attracted to old buildings or ruins or anything in between. I discovered this place using  google map. Using the google map satellite view, this weird looking structure caught my attention. So I studied the location and the next day I went to the area in search for this mysterious structure. The next thing I know, this place is now my cherished retreat everytime I go home to Pangasinan.

Gothic Themed Prenup

   When I uploaded the teaser of this gothic themed prenup photoshoot on my facebook account, everyone was making a fuzz about it. Some say that the motif was too dark, that it was a bad omen or could bring bad luck to the couple and so on…But some people were awed and think that it was a nice and one of a kind concept. But no matter what other people say, we are happy with the result because we did it for art sake. The couple and I wanted to do something different, so instead of doing it at the cemetery, I told the couple that Marcos Hi-way would be a perfect location. The camera that I borrowed has a video recording capability so I decided to make a simple prenup video as well. After a couple of days I received a call from the groom saying that they had a vehicular accident. Luckily no one got hurt but their car was damaged. The couple was frightened and asked if we can have another photoshoot and redo the whole thing. Was it really a sign of bad luck? I don’t think so, I told them maybe it was just a coincidence. We were not able to redo everything because aint got enough time. Here are some of the photos…

Eye in the Sky

Taken january 5, 2011. I was having second thoughts whether to post this or not but now I finally decided to. After work I went to mall of asia to wait for the sunset. I don’t know why but I feel like watching the sunset that afternoon. I got lost inside the mall and ended up at the smx convention center area. I was surprised to see a church beside smx! I didn’t know that there was a church there. I went in and sat for a couple of minutes. I was depressed again that day. I was lost again somewhere and I hate it. I hate having the blues. A few meters away from the church is the bay area. I bought myself a popcorn and a bottled water and spent the rest of the afternoon at the bay. I left mall of asia at around 9 pm with a smile on my face. I was so happy that day that I couldn’t  explain why. After a week I decided to transfer the pics in my laptop and I was surprised to see an eye in the sky. Who’s eye is it? Still remains a mystery to me…

Clark Cemetery

The hot air balloon festival in Clark field Pampanga is a whole day event so when I got bored later that afternoon I sneaked out to see the base cemetery. Clark cemetery site was established in 1950 and contains non-world war 2 related remains from the base and other U.S. cemeteries in Manila. It is the last active U.S. cemetery outside of the United States of America. The graves date back to 1900. All branches of the United States Armed Forces are represented as well as Philippine scouts, Philippine constabulary, and citizens of other nations. The cemetery contains 12,000 grave sites in an area encompassing 20.365 acres.

Old Spanish Kitchen

| 8/27/12 | 0 Comments |
    Calasiao is well known for its "Puto" or rice cake but did you know that one of the thirty-three declared churches as UNESCO World Heritage sites and National Culture Treasures could also be found in this town? The St. Peter and Paul Church in Calasiao is also one of the largest churches in Pangasinan. Adjacent to the church is the Roman Catholic Convent which was built in 1596 and renamed San Pedro y San Pablo de Calasiao. What intrigues me or fascinates me the most is the convents kitchen. It is separated from the convent and looks like a big old school brick oven. At a glance i thought it was some sort of a tomb because of its achitectural structure but when i asked one of the Priest, he said that it was an old spanish kitchen. I asked permission from the caretakers if I can take pictures of the place and he said yes. One of the caretakers was kind enough to show me around the convent which was being renovated at that time. Here are the pictures. Enjoy!

Diplomat Hotel

     Diplomat Hotel is located at Dominican Hill, Baguio City...just above Lourdes Grotto. This place is my cherished retreat every time I want to be alone. Its very peaceful out here and at the same time eerie and you get a 360 degrees view of the city. From what i know is that this building used to be a seminary where several nuns and priests were beheaded during World War II. It was developed into a hotel, and then comes the fire and it was closed to the public after the death of its owner. I've been hearing a lot of ghost stories from different people about this place. To be honest, I always go here but I havent seen one and one of the reasons why i go here is to be able to see one and to prove that ghosts really exist. Sometimes I enter one of the rooms and sit quietly at the bathtub and pray and wait for any signs or any ghostly apparitions, but nothing happened. But wait till you hear the story of my bestfriend Jhun. He doesnt believe in any ghosts and he hasnt seen one eversince.