Saturday, June 13, 2009

Picture of the Day: Sunset Clouds

Snapped this afternoon from the corner of the street where my parents' live.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

At the Ricardo Leong Hall in Ateneo with office mom Carol and office kulit sister Jill.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A tribute to General Martin Delgado

Between the town hall and the football field of Santa Barbara, Iloilo is a public park. In the middle of the park is a statue of General Martin Delgado who led the revolutionary forces against the Spaniards and the Americans. He was made commanding general of the Visayas region by Emilio Aguinaldo and after the war became town mayor and one of Iloilo's most famous people.

General Delgado went to Ateneo too. And as I look at my alma mater's Sesquicentennial celebrations and its remembrance of its heroes, I noted that Delgado was missed out.

Ateneo has aside from the National Hero, Jose Rizal, also produced other prominent figures in our nation's struggle for independence: Antonio and Juan Luna and Gregorio Del Pilar.

We're not forgetting him here.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Fiesta @ Barotac

I went back to Barotac Nuevo in Iloilo to complete the football documentary I am working on. I was supposed to book the flight for this week but work got in the way (read: the kick-off of the Ateneo Sesquicentennial). Next week is the culmination of the town fiesta actually so I arrived for the start of the festivities.

I tried to soak in as much of the activities except the weather wouldn't cooperate at times.

Here are pictures from my three-day stay.

Posing outside the mosaic on the side of the San Antonio de Padua Church

The float containing the Fiesta Queen and her Royal Court.

The parade lasted for an hour and a half (maybe more) and featured several dozen floats, marching bands, and dance troupes. There were police, military, rescue, and civic groups as well. It sure was hot but everyone had a blast.

Street Pizza!

Street Shake. This fetches for Php 12 bucks.

One of the most hilarious side events for me was this -- this was their Boys Choir! Hahahaha. Of 35 years ago or some such. Hahahaha.

The letting loose of the balloons was one of the last symbolic gestures before the official declaration of the start of the fiesta. And that led to the next picture below...

Fireworks Saturday dusk. It took about seven minutes to launch all those rockets and pyrotechnics in the air.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

A Banapple once in a while plays doctor to my tastebuds.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

One quiet afternoon in the Bellarmine Field area of Ateneo

I love walking around the Ateneo campus late in the afternoons on non-school days or during holidays. Sure when it's busy it's exciting but its tranquil state is preferable.

It's beautiful and all the greens and winding roads are inviting for thoughts of poetry, prose, and song.