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Naimus ak san Kabaysay san Northern Samar
(Crazy About Northern Samar):
At Iba PA
ITLog No.09
19-22 August 2011

Woke up around 0530hrs and prepared for the day which would be like a rest day for us, with all the activity we had done the previous days. We had a walk around San Roque, visiting the church there then buying bread to eat for breakfast.

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At 0700hrs we went to the market or what they call Mercado and bought some fish and squid, going back to the house to cook and by 1000hrs ate what we cooked. Then we started to have a videoke competition between us guys versus the girls, which we could not win. By 1330hrs we ate lunch of fried lechon with atchara plus the fish and then just laze around, this is where I watched a tagalog movie marathon for the first time.

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Went to the beach at around 1730hrs to try to get a sunset shot but when we arrived the clouds was blocking the sun so no sunset shot and even tried to get a night time shot but no good also, maybe next time, retreated to our beds at around 2200hrs, to rest for the lazy day.

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The next day we woke up at around 05300hrs, and by 0800hrs we headed for catarman and bought some things to bring back home and other souvenirs at the Pasalubong Center near the airport. We ate lunch again at a relatives carinderia, then headed back to San Roque by 1330hrs, where we headed back again to the market to buy some spotted rice to take back home and bought some ice cream.

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By dinner time, we were treated to a best tasting tinola I ever had, with a freshly killed chicken, which reminded me of the pinikpikan in the highlands of Benguet, which I miss. Then watched another Filipino movie marathon while drinking red wine till 2230hrs in which we went to sleep.

Woke up around 0600hrs, which we prepared for the day, arriving at Catarman by 0730hrs and watched the Plastikaton Race, which was organized by the Regional Director of Fisheries of Northern Samar. Here is where I saw recycled soda plastic bottles being used to make into boats, even their life vests are made of used plastic bottles.

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After the race, we headed to the Municipality of Lavezares
to attend another fiesta. Arriving at Lavezares, we were greeted again with the lechon being prepared all around the place. Our lunch was Sinigang na Pusit, Sweet & Sour Fish and Kalabao Steak, with Piñato for dessert. I thought we were done with lunch but transferring to another house we were served again lunch of fried kalabaw ribs, shanghi lumpia and for dessert, is a white jello with mango. We were so full that we did not try to eat dinner upon arriving at San Roque. Upon arriving home, we fixed our thing and packed our bags for our trip back to Manila the next day.

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With our time of departure at 1150hrs, we prepared our things and then fixed all the pasalubong we would be carrying and said our goodbyes to our host for our whole stay in Samar, and we headed for the airport in Catarman. By 1030hrs, we checked in our bags at the airport and waited at the lounge for our flight. With the plane arriving, we were told that we could board the plane, which we did and arriving in Manila at around 1400hrs

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Visiting Northern Samar was a thrill with all the places we have been, and would like to go back again and visit the Island of Capul, which we did not have a chance to visit. We had a wonderful stay in Samar, learning even a couple of word in the local dialect, and right now, I am missing this great place.

That’s why I was naimus ak san kabaysay san Northern Samar

Special thanks to:
The Acibar Family, for letting us accompany them on this trip.
To Tita Lydia, for letting us stay in their house and letting us taste here Lydia’s Lechon Manok, which tasted like ham till the bones.
To the Family of JunJun and Nancy with their kids MarMar, and Krizza, for letting us stay and mess up their whole house
And to their relatives, who showed us the wonderful island of Biri and for making us enjoy our stay in Samar

Thanks to all of you guys, till our next trip back to your place…
HAPPY TRAILS!!!

All photos are owned and copyrighted by Joey Rico (also known under these names: alien_scream).
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Naimus ak san Kabaysay san Northern Samar
(Crazy About Northern Samar):
The Islands
ITLog No.09
17-18 August 2011

I keep seeing nice photos of the islands around Samar and was wondering is it really that nice…

After two days of the Fiesta in San Roque, with all the food most specially the lechon, this day (and the next) would be different, different meaning we would be visiting some islands (a couple in fact) around Northern Samar namely Caohagan Island and the rock formations in Biri island.

Waking up early in the morning to prepare for our trip to Caohagan Island, by 0700hrs we left San Roque by boat and headed to the Island of Caohagan, which is about an hour away. Along the way it started to rain and had to secure all my gears so it would not get wet and be ruined. Being drenched by rain almost half way until finally the sun came out and the island could be seen clearly with a rainbow by its side.

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Arriving at Caohagan Island at around 0800hrs and took pictures of the beach immediately, then we were greeted by the only living person in the island named aling nenita, who takes care of an image (which is made of stone but when touched feels like a skin of a person) along with some gatherers of copra (they do not live here but just harvest copra) and we were treated to freshly opened coconut. After a little walk around we saw a boat coming to the island and meet up with it to see if they have freshly caught fish for sale, which they have. We got about a kilo of fish to grill plus the food that we brought and had a picnic by the beach at about 0930hrs. After our hearty breakfast, we headed for the site where the bats clings to trees which is at the other side of the island, reaching the place they began to leave their roost and fly around, which was a sight to see, plus the seashore where the water has receded a long way, which I walked till the part where the seafloor drops to its depths. Here is where most of my photos were taken and even got a chance to take a panoramic shot from one side of the island looking out to sea going to the other side of the island.

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By 1115hrs (which was already scorching hot), we headed back to where we started, and arriving at the place we rested and lazed around. With the boat that brought us to the island arriving means it was lunchtime (the boat has to go back to San Roque to do some errands and we had ask him to bring more rice). By 1300hrs we were eating our lunch and then just admire the beauty of the island, by 1430hrs, we left the island and headed back to San Roque. We were dropped off not where we left-off, but at the beach of San Roque, and walked back to the house reaching it at around 1600hrs, after freshening up we just relaxed at the house till night time because tomorrow will be another visit to another island.

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Woke up at around 0600hrs and prepared for the day, heading to Catarman, to meet up with an uncle of our travel companion who is the regional director of the bureau of aquatic resources of Northern Samar, who would accompany us to the Island of Biri. By 0900hrs we stopped at Fishville Fishing Resort and Restaurant located at the Municipality of Bobon, where we ordered food for our lunch (but was surprised come lunch time when the piece of chicken then we ordered was so small). By around 1000hrs, we headed for the Municipality of San Jose, where we would meet up with the boat operator to take us to Biri.

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At San Jose, we rode a small pump boat and headed for a floating house with fishpen and would transfer to a bigger boat that would take us to the Island of Biri. With about an hour of travel by boat, we arrived by 1130hrs at the Municipal Island of Biri, where we ate lunch at the boat.

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After lunch, we took the habal-habal (the regional director was left behind to talk to the mayor), we headed to the Rock formation in Biri namely: Macadlaw, Magsapad and Magasang. We were dropped off and told the drivers to pick us up at around 1500hrs. Crossing the marshland planted with mangroves, we headed for the rock formation, while walking I saw a part of the formation that caught my eye and would take a photo of it. Leaving the group at a shaded part of rocks I headed for a spot to take a photo of Macadlaw Rock Formation.

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I was followed by the group to where I was, and we headed back together to the other side and took photos of Magsapad Rock Formation, then transferring to Magasang Rock Formation, and started going up its peak. Here is where a few if not no photographer has ever climbed its peak and took photos below. Taking as much photo as I can so as not to miss anything here. Walking, trying to cool ourselves at the pools dotting the place.

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By 1415hrs, we started walking back to our pick-up point and felt a little drizzle falling down, hurrying to our Habal-habal before the rain falls, reaching the port of Biri. Paying our rides we boarded our boat, took a picture of Mount Bulusan and Mayon Volcano partly covered by clouds then headed back, but it started to rain and with it, the waves.

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Passing-by another floating house with more fishpens and started feeding the fish and wanted to try some kinilaw na bangus but saw told that the fishes were still small, so we headed back to where we started out, then transferred boats to get to San Jose. Travelling to Catarman, where we ate dinner at the carinderia (where we ate when we arrived in Catarman). Then headed back to San Roque, arriving around 1900hrs, transferring my photos to the laptop to make room for more photos, then freshening up for the night to rest.

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I was so excited to take photos of the rock formation at the Island of Biri that I forgot that it was scorching hot and did not put any sun block, so I got burned to a crisp and was all darkened up on parts of my body not protected from the sun.

Would I go back to Biri… yes I would, and take more photos of the place.

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Naimus ak san Kabaysay san Northern Samar
(Craze About Northern Samar):
The Fiesta
ITLog No.09
15-22 August 2011

I was always hearing about the place of Samar, its heritage, its islands and rock formation and its people. I was even told by an office-mate to visit Samar and see how me as a photographer would get wonderful shots and meet some friendly people, he even showed me photos of the nice places to visit, and we would get a chance to visit Samar when a friend invited us for a visit their place and witness their Fiesta plus visit the islands around Northern Samar. We would be staying at a relative’s house for a week, arriving at the eve of the Fiesta and try to eat whatever we could stuff in our tummy.

We were booked via Zest Air leaving Manila on the 15th at 0945hrs at the Manila Domestic Airport (which was cleaner and better looking than the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, and they call it an international airport). Waking up early to get a head-start because of the Manila traffic and by 0700 hrs was headed for the domestic airport, then meeting up with our travel companions, we waited for the counter to open so we could check in our bags. Waiting at the lounge after checking in our bags then by 0930hrs we boarded our turbo-prop plane headed for Catarman. With the propeller noise drumming the cabin, and thinking what if the propeller comes of and hits me, we arrived at Catarman airport at around 1130hrs where we were picked up by a relative and the headed to a relative’s canteen or carinderia where we ate kalderetang libro ng kalabaw, fried chicken, and tinola na isda for lunch and rest for a while. Then we headed for the municipality of San Roque, where we would stay and where the Fiesta would be.

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Arriving in San Roque, we brought our bags to our room, and then we were showed how the pigs are prepared to be lechon at the back of the house. Then we transferred to a relative’s house and was shown around, here we saw a bunch of local delicacy called minorong (which is grounded rice mixed with chocolate and wrapped in banana leaves).

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Then we headed for the beach passing a narrow concrete bridge, heading back, we passed by the market where we tried to taste the street food. Back at the house, we watched while the parade passed in front of the house and took some photos, then after the parade we headed back to the beach to take photos of the sunset but it was cloudy so we headed back to the house and ate dinner, we had kan-dingga (laman loob ng kalabaw), estofadong pata, calamares and lechon, for dessert we had our first taste of sinarongsong (which is grounded rice with nyog). After which we rested a bit and then retreated to our beds to rest, for tomorrow will be the day of the Fiesta.

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Rising up early and preparing for the day, we bought bread to eat by 0700hrs then by 0930hrs we were ushered up to the balcony at the back of the house and said that we would eat breakfast (eat again?), there we kan-dingga, estofadong pata, chicken curry, puso ng manok in toothpick and others. Then after eating we went around to visit other relatives and all we see was lechon. Then we had a nap, by 1300hrs we were told to eat lunch at a relative’s house where they say the lechon tasted better, after which we headed back to the house and started drinking red wine. After finishing 1 and ½ bottles of 3ltr red wine, we headed to a farm there we drank and ate buko. By nightfall, we headed back to the house to rest for tomorrow we would start our island tours.

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This Fiesta is where I had seen too much lechon for two days… it was like ordering a bottomless lechon in a restaurant.

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Abot Kamay Para sa Mga Bata

Posted: August 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

Abot Kamay Para sa Mga Bata:
Isang maulan na paghahatid saya
(30-31 July 2011)

Ang pag hahatid saya o pag bibigay tulong sa iba’t ibang lugar na nangangailangan ng tulong mula sa iba’t ibang taong tumutulong at nag hahatid sa mga lugar, ay di dapat lagyan ng kung anong uri ng bahid ng politika, away at higit sa lahat ang ingit.

Pag ito ay na bahiran ng politika, away o ingit, ang mga taong tinutulungan ang syang natataman at naaapektohan na di naman dapat sila maapektohan, lalo na pag ang mga bata ang naaapektohan.

Noong sabado ika 30 ng hulyo, ang grupo ng Project Pearls at Photokalye ay nag hatid ng mga pagkain at nag linis ng mga sugat para di ito magka infection, ito ay tinawag na Feeding and Wound Day. Kahit bumuhos ang malakas ng ulan, ang mga volunteers ay tumulak patungong Ulingan para mag dala ng Pancit at Puto sa mga bata, at linisin na rin ang kanilang mga sugat. May mga dayuhan din na nagdala ng mga pagkain at tumulong din na mamigay sa mga pakain. Matapos akong kagatin ni resty sa braso at sa pwetan, matapos akong makalmut ng mga bata at hila-hilahin ang akin buhok, Masaya pa rin ako kasi kahit papaano napasaya ko ang mga bata at babalik balikan pa ang Ulingan para mag hatid saya sa mga bata.

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Nung linggo ng umaga ika 31 ng Hulyo, kasama ang grupo ng Black Pencil Project kasama ang Tarlac Mountaineering Club, Photography Club of Tarlac, Climb against Cancer, kami ay tumungo sa Sitio Bilad, Barangay Patling, Capas, Tarlac, para mag hatid ng mga gamit pang eskwela gaya ng mga lapis, notepad, notebooks at iba pa. Mula sa kabila ng mga bundok na halos dalawang oras na pag lalakad at sa panahon na maulan, dumating ang mga grupo ng mga Aeta para tumangap ng mga gamit pag eskwela. Pagkatapos ng mga palaro at ang pag bigay ng mga gamit pang eskwela, sila at binigyan ng konting meryenda at tahimik na kumain. Meron isang lugar na ginawang photo booth para kunan ang mga bata (pati na rin yung ibang matatanda) para meron sila mauiwing ala-ala para sa okasyon na ito, gamit ang dalawang Selphy printers, tuwang-tuwa ang mga bata ng makita nila ang mga larawan nila at pinagmamalaki sa mga magulang ang dalang larawan. Nag salo-salo ang mga volunteers sa isang lugar at kumain ang pananghalian at pagkatapos at tumungo na sa Capas junction at doon nagka hiwa-hiwalay at kami ay sumakay ng bus pabalik sa Manila.

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Masarap at gumagaan ang pakiramdam pag tayo ay nakaka bigay ng saya sa ibang taong di kayang tugunan ang mga pangangailangan sa araw-araw na buhay o sa pag aaral. Dahil dito handa kaming tumulong sa kahit sino man ang mangangailangan ng tulong naming para lang maihatid ang mga gamit, pagkain, tulong sa iba’t-ibang lugar na nangangailangan ng tulong.

Sa mga grupo tulad ng:
Project Pearls
Photokalye
Black Pencil Project
Tarlac Mountaineering Club
Photography Club of Tarlac
Climb Against Cancer

Marming-maraming salamat sa inyo, at ipag patuloy natin ang pag tulong sa mga kapatid natin kahit sino man sila maging Aeta, Igorot, Mangyan at ano pang iba’t-ibang tribo pa yan, dahil lahat tayo ay Pilipino!

Mabuhay po kayong lahat

All photos are owned and copyrighted by Joey Rico (also known under these names: alien_scream).
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