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Marie, a demure lady from Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur and recently  runner-up for the Mutya ng Sta. Cruz 2011.

Recently she owns a Pastry Shop in Downtown Davao  as  to show her talent and follow her hobby as Culinary Chef,,,

Here are some of her shots that a culinary chef can do,,,,,,,,,,,

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Special thanks to Josephine Cabahug for the support during this pictorial session…

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Last April First, 2012 , did a solo day trek in one of the tributaries of Cebulan River named Tumari river.  This river is situated between the boundaries of Brgy. Sibulan Davao City Side and the municipality of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

After  45 minutes of motorcycle Ride( Habal-habal) from the National high way ,walk for an hour following an old open cut road just above Cebulan river and  then river trek for Fifteen(15) minutes where I was accompanied by a local guy working for the hydro electric power plant nearby ,  I finally arrive at my target ,the ever hidden Tumari water Falls.

Tumari Falls is about 30 meters tall with a concave wall of rocks at its water back with lush flora around it.It also has a basin  which has an area of approximately equal to a standard pool and surrounded with droplets  of fresh water.

Also, I found a horned toad in the area which means that the ecology is in good state and unexploited.

Here are some of my shots taken,,,,,,,,,

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Mt. Apo, is the highest is the highest mountain in the Philippines with an elevation of  3144 Meters above sea level, known to be the  Grand Father of all Philippine Mountains every Filipino mountaineers dream.

Of all the trails going towards the summit, Tamayong Trail is considered the Toughest and is built for those courageous mountaineers, backpackers and adventurers who are willing to endure a long and very technical jungle trail before reaching the summit.

This trail starts in Sitio Sicao, Tamayong Davao City where ideally spending the first night at a local village inhabited by Bagobo-Dyangan Tribe where you can hire porters.

This trail offers sceneries and views different from other existing ones like in  Kapatagan, Sta. Cruz and Kidapawan.

One of its best feature is that you will be able to reach the summit of Mt. Talomo with an elevation of 2,240 MASL where you see its mossy forest  and lush vegetation. This mountain is Davao City’s watershed and according to experts, if it had never erupted it was estimated to be higher than Mt. Apo.

In the summit of Mt. Talomo you can camp there so you will be able to experience sunrise coming from Davao Gulf and majestic view of Mt. Apo with Mt. Matutum at its far side. Also you will see Lipadas water shed and Falls  and Mt. Talomo’s ridge which you will follow upon reaching Apo.

Water source in Talomo peak is only for cooking and washing so you should secure drinking water from the last water source upon reaching the summit and the potable water is on the nearby river along the trail to Apo which is approximately 3 hours descend.

Along the trail to Mt. Apo from Mt. Talomo summit, you’ll experience a very lush forest while following a rolling hunters trail  which seldom used by people and crosses Kabacan River and other small creeks.

Water source in this trail is abundant when you and reach Kabacan River , you’ll have a closer look at its untouched waterfalls and crosses other small creeks on the way to Lake Venado.

When you reach lake Venado , that’s the time you will have a closer look at Mt. Apo Summit and from here it’s your option where to exit. It’s either you use, Sta. Cruz or Kapatagan Trail via Summit passing the boulders  or you can exit at Kidapawan Trail after ascending the summit.

Normally, it would take 4 days and 3 nights if you choose this trail but with stronger climbers you can do it in 3 days and 2 nights which means you have to night trek for the extra miles,,,,,

So, if you want to test you’re toughness and experience a jungle trail that you never experienced before , try climbing Mt. Apo via Talomo trail and conquer two major mountains in the Philippines.

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On the 1st Sunday of February 2012, I was practicing my macro shots using my Nikon D3100 and 180200mm Sigma. For a start butterflies were the subject that I chose a day before as inspired by the Macro shots taken by a friend of mine in Japan ( Ms. Marisol Kudo). In Davao , Butterfly House in Crocodile Park ( owned and operated by Mr. Sonny Dizon) is the best place for this shots,,,,Unfortunately they gave me a free entrance to my project,,,,,,here are the shots I got,,,,,

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A week ago, have been photographing a mangrove reserve in the Municipality of Sta. Cruz, Davao Sur. I was amazed by the shots I took and encourages me to visit another Mangrove forest in the same municipality  but around 20 Km away last week end,,,,here are the shots I had,,,,,,,

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In the Late 90’s , a group of outdoor enthusiast from Davao City saw some local boys riding a raft made from the body of a banana plant downstream in the white water of  Cebulan River. Amazed by the kids they do the same thing using interior tire tube of a Ten Wheeler Truck and found out that it was Fun and called it White Water Tubing. As days pass by, it became popular to adventure/outdoors men who seeks thrill in the waters as an alternative to rafting  which is more expensive and this days, it is one of the Eco-tourism Activity the Municipality of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur can offer to its visitors.

Recently I have guest from Manila namely Carolyn Joy Carmelo, Lesley Chong, Caressa Mohamad, Ellaine Santos and Gilbert Go who did the White Water activity,,,,,,,,here are some photos of their adventure which they will remember for a lifetime,,,,,,

 

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When you go to Benguet, Luzon one thing would automatically pops-out in your mind,, Baguio summer capital of the Philippines but when you get there your eyes would extend to the high rise houses because they were built on top of rocky mountains , and who would go there without having a taste of their strawberries,,,and brings you to the strawberry fields in La Trinidad,,,these are some of my shots during my visit there,,,,,,,,

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On the Last week of November 2011,, had a work related travel to Luzon, when I was there had a chance to visit the municipalities of  Burgos ( awesome Sunrise and sunset) and Dasol ( Home of Quality Salt both Sun  and Cook Process),,here are some of the photos I took there,,,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last November 2011, had the opportunity to travel in Lake Sebu, a highland town in South Cotabato inhabited by T’bolis that features a Lake surrounded by rolling hills and mountains with thick forests, Majestic Water Falls and a Zipline that soars above it,,,,,,,Here are some of my Shots,,,,hope you like it,,,,,,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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During the 1st quarter of this year , there was a time that I had the chance to Climb the Highest Mountain in the Philippines (Mt. Apo) and then visit the White Beaches in Samal Island at night (Sea Grass Beach Resort). Here are the photos I took,,,,,,,,,,,,enjoy

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