SPARK 2011 and Photographers Ball at the SMX convention center

Photos of the recently concluded SPARK 2011 and Photographers Ball at the SMX convention center

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one thing, ang bait2x nila! it was my first time for everything yet i didnt feel i was left out! (yes nagpaparining ako, problema na yan sa mga nakakarining if they like what they hear or not LOLZ…)

cheers to phphoto.org for a very succesful event! check also their facebook fan page.


photo credits: primatograpiya


photo credits: James Kevin Ty

few photos (of me hehe) from PHPHOTO facebook fan page:

some of my shots:

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Ocean Adventure – Subic : adopting the pace of nature

part III of my Holy Week series

The Ocean Adventure Theme Park, South East Asia’s only open water marine park is probably one of the most sought after destinations for families especially the kids (and the kids at heart) who wanted to make their vacation worth while and ‘sulit’. For someone who is very fascinated with the sea or the marine life, he/she does not need to travel to Hong Kong or Macau to experience these very charismatic creatures because we have it right here in our country and its just a few hours away by land from Manila – its in Subic!

Since my family is already here in Luzon to spend the Holy Week with me, i thought i might as well spend a day to tour them to a couple of tourist sites around the area. Since Subic is just about 1 to 2 hrs away, i thought of bringing them there because for one my uncle is based there and for two, my mom is a first timer in the place. i have thought this will be an adventure for my family.

One thing though, since a lot of environmentalists have second thoughts on theme parks like this because of the danger it pose to the animals and how this intervene to the ecological balance in the area, i must say that Ocean Adventure actually has another much more significant purpose why it exist. Ocean Adventure actually has committed to work hand in Hand with the government and a non-profit organization named Wildlife in Need (WIN) to save and care for those animals who are rescued from the wild. they do rehabilitation and shelter these animals and at the same time their facilities become venues for additonal research for us humans to understand and to develop ways and means to preserve and save our ecosystem especially the wildife in our seas. Because of that Ocean Adventure and WIN have become home to rescued animals such as whales, dolphins, sea turtles, monkeys, and a variety of birds and reptiles.

Ocean Adventure Main Attractions:

Dolphin Show

i was really amazed by the dolphins and the way they performed in front of us in the lagoon. their agility and prowess in jumping in and out of the water and even ‘standing up’ was really spectacular. it was very humbling to note also that the presentation wasn’t just all about action packed stunts from the dolphins and their trainers but also it had a very strong message to conserve these animals and provide a strong appeal for all to help save the environment and these animals.

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i hugged this dolphin because she was just so adorable and for a while i thought she was a dog. lol.

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Sea Lion Marine Patrol Show

finally saw 3 kinds of sea lions up close and a little personal. they also look and feel like dogs LOL. and also, i saw a stupid volunteer who fell in the water because he was asked to mimic the sea lion.

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LMAO!

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Walk on the Wild Show

Ocean Park also had animals from the wild like birds, snakes, bats and even dogs. after a loong time i was able to touch a snake skin again.

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The Adventures of Olongapo Jones

this was for the kids, all the while i thought were going to get bored but the dolphin mascots and the acrobatic caucasians who tried to speak tagalog were so funny that this show was a total laugh trip. again, we laughed hard but we also learned so much about saving our envirnoment.

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It was all worth it! i didnt mind i had to shed a few bucks because i know part of the proceeds will definitely go to the animals and their welfare. i think its my own little way of giving my share in saving our planet.

Theme Park Infos:

PArk Hours : 9am to 6 pm everyday

Admission Prices :

Adult – Php 550
Children 12 years old and below – Php 440
Senior Citizen – Php 440

Photo Encounter:

Sea Lion Photo Encounter
Price: One to Three persons Php 350.00

Dolphin Photo Encounter
Price: Solo Php 500.00
Two persons Php 650.00
Three persons Php 800.00

*Photos will be burned on a CD.

Contacts:

Phone: (047)252-9000
Fax: (047)252-5883

Manila Marketing Office
Phone: (02)706-3344 to 46
Fax: (02)706-0808
E-Mail: info@oceanadventure.com.ph

the San Guillermo Church – the Santino connection

part II of my Holy Week 2011 feature

after our visit with the Betis Church we immediately went to the nearby San Guillermo Church in Bacolor to continue with our visita iglesia. special thanks to sinjin of libotero.com for allowing me to use some of his photos in this entry.

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no doubt for all the Kapamilya in us, Santino has once become a household name as the main character in the top rater teleserye ‘May Bukas Pa’ which tackle about our relationship with the Lord Jesus which was fondly called ‘Bro’ in the serye.

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this church became really famous when this became one of the main venues of the said teleserye with tourists easily relating it to Santino once they set foot on the church.

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situated at the town of Bacolor in the Province of Pampanga, this heritage church used to be one of the biggest churches in the country. it was built in 1576 by Augustinian friars but was destroyed in an earthquake in 1880. it was rebuilt six years after. it continued to show its massive grandeur in the plains of Bacolor until the Mount Pinatubo eruption which gain world attention in 1991. by 1995 lahar flowed from the rivers of Bacolor and buried the church at half of its height. despite this, it has continued to become a place of worship for most of the Bacolor locals. restoration efforts are in full swing even today, even if the floor of the church is halfway in between with the church’s ceiling.

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this baroque style church largely depicts what used to be a splendidly decorated church with main and side retablos and a huge altar decorated in gold leaves. after the eruption, the locals painstakingly dug up the altar and the retablo to use it again inside the same church. these retablos and altar can still be seen in the church up to now.

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on the right side of the church is the old convent which was converted into a museum that houses old religious artifacts that were salvaged from the lahar.

more photos from yours truly and libotero.com

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