PiPho is celebrating its 10th year anniversary. A gathering of the PiPho members thru a decade of learning, sharing, and enlivening our passion in photography. Come and join us this November 28, 2015 at SM Mall of Asia’s Music Hall.
A collection of still photos of some of the exciting happenings of PiPho members through the years.
Monthly Photo Contest Results:
1st Place – Homer Pialda
On its 10th year, Pinoy Photography Organization (PiPho Org) travels to Siquijor via Dumaguete. This is part of the club’s yearly local photo trips.
The group of seven, headed by the club’s president, Jovi Ong, arrived at the Dumaguete Airport at 8AM on August 13. It’s just less than an hour plane trip from Manila to Dumaguete. The side trip to Dumaguete since the group needed to catch the next trip to Siquijor.
Siquijor is an island province that can be reached via a ferry ride at the Dumaguete New Passenger Terminal. So, from the airport, the group took a van to get to the ferry terminal. It was just a 10-minute ride. There are several vans for rent waiting just outside the airport’s arrival area. If you’re a big group, it’s recommended that you hire one. If not, you can either walk your way to the main road and take a tricycle or jeepney.
The next ferry for Siquijor was the GL Express 2 Fast Ferry. It was scheduled to leave at 10 AM. Enough time for the group to have breakfast at the terminal.
It was smooth sailing going to Siquijor. By 11 AM, the group arrived at the Siquijor Port at the municipality of Siquijor. The group’s local tour guide, Joam Camingao, was already waiting with his multi-cab, a smaller version of the jeepney.
Upon exiting the port, the group was welcomed by one of the century old churches of the island, the St. Francis de Assisi Parish also called Siquijor Church. Built in 1781, tourists will surely not miss this due to its proximity from the port.
The group then headed 12km south via the Circumferential Road to the town of San Juan, where the Capilay Spring Park is located. It is a free to use public park with a huge pool that has water coming from the nearby mountain.
Besides swimming, there were also locals busy catching freshwater shrimps, locally called Olang. It’s fascinating to see such creature. What’s more fascinating is that they just use a piece of tingting, a dried midrib of a palm leaf, to catch it.
At the back of the park are steps leading to St. Agustine Parish (Macapilay Chruch), also a century old church in Siquijor, constructed in 1863.
It was already noon and the group decided to head back to Siquijor town and have lunch there. Lunch was at Cebu’s Best Boneless Lechon (Siquijor Town). Guess what their specialty. Yes! Boneless lechon belly! The lechon served was tasty and affordable.
After lunch, the group picked up Homer and Lannie at the port. The two took a later flight The group then proceeded 6.4 km Northeast of Siquijor town to Guiwanon Spring Park. The park, which is located just along the main road, is a mangrove farming area with interconnecting bamboo bridges and treehouses. A minimal amount of PHP10 was collected as entrance fee. The park’s pathways and treehouses were interesting to shoot together with the mangroves, seagrass, and the sea.
The group then proceeded 9.3 km north to Larena where they checked in at Casa Dela Playa Resort. It was just a short rest period at the resort as the group needed to catch the sunset at Dumalaay Boulevard.
It was low tide that time. Patches of shallow puddles became visible and so are the corals and seagrass. Those were good signs for a good sunset shoot. However, it was still a bit cloudy and that became a challenge.
While waiting for the sun to set, the group stayed at one of the several street vendors at Dumalaay Boulevard. The vendors sell street food like barbecue (e.g. pork, betamax, and tenga), siomai, fishball, and refreshments including beer. The street vendors usually start late in the afternoon until the evening.
Dinner after the shoot was at Jo’s Chicken Inato located at Larena’s town proper. Then we went back to the resort for some much deserved sleep.
It was an early start for Day 2 as the group went to catch the sunrise at Bino-ongan, Enrique Villanueva. It was another challenging shoot since it was mostly cloudy the whole shoot. Nevertheless, the group was still thankful that it didn’t rain.
Breakfast was at a small local panaderia (bakery) near the shooting location. The various types of pastries/breads were interesting since most are not available in Metro Manila.
After breakfast, the group went to Lazi Town at the southern part of the island. It was a long 20 km ride from the panaderia.
First stop was the cascading Cambugahay Falls, less than 2 km from the town proper. It’s surprisingly accessible from the road. Just 135 steps down from the road. And that’s even a paved pathway.
There are three falls in the area. Each are just a short distance from one another. The first falls to welcome the visitor is the highest among the three. This is also where most of the tourists take a dip to the clear and clean waters of Cambughay falls.
After the refreshing and relaxing dip at Cambughay falls, the group headed back to Lazi’s town proper to shoot the Lazi Church and Convent or formally known as the St. Isidore Labradore Church and Convent. Built in 1884, an interesting feature of the church is its original wooden flooring.
The group then took a quick look at the Old Enchanted Balete Tree, still in Lazi town. There’s a fish spa underneath the big tree that’s free to use. Donation is highly (donations only). The century old tree is located 8 km east of Lazi’s town proper.
Lunch was at Noy-Noy’s Eatery in Poblacion, Lazi. It’s a carenderia that serves affordable and delicious meals.
The itinerary continued after lunch to two locations in Maria Town. First was at Kagusuan Beach where the water was very clear and the rock formations are just awesome to take photos of.
The second location was at Our Lady of Divine Providence Church where the so called black magic Mary statue is found. Actually it’s a statue of Saint Rita of Cascia.
The group then went to in Enrique Villanueva Town. There were many interesting things to shoot there. The marine life, fisherfolks, and fishing boats, just to name a few.
Since the marine sanctuary is not perfect for shooting sunsets, the group decided to take a second try to shoot sunset at Dumalaay Boulevard. By that time, the boulevard is just a few kilometers away.
Dinner was the fresh fish from the fishermen at Tulapos and meat from the nearby market. Dinner was prepared by the very hospitable relatives of our tour guide Joam.
The next morning was just spent packing up for the RORO (Roll On/Roll Off) boat trip back to Dumaguete City. The fast ferry service is not available on Saturdays.
Siquijor Island is a magnificent place and a true hidden gem. PiPho encourages people to go visit and help share to the world the beauty of the island.
SIQUIJOR PHOTO TRIP SUMMARY:
St. Francis de Asis Church (Siquijor Town)
Capilay Spring Park (San Juan Town)
Guwainon Spring Park (Siquijor Town)
Dumalaay Boulevard Sunset (Larena Town)
Bino-ongan Sunrise (Enrique Villanueva Town)
Cambugahay Falls (Lazi Town)
St. Isidore Labradore Church and Convent (Lazi Town)
The Old Enchanted Balete Tree (Lazi Town)
Kagusuan Beach (Maria Town)
Our Lady of Divine Providence Church (Maria Town)
Tulapos Marine Sanctuary (Enrique Villanueva Town)
Monthly Photo Contest Results:
1st Place – Jeff Dytuco
2nd Place – Jeff Dytuco
3rd Place – Annabelle Chavez
4th Place – Jom Jayo
5th Place – Jeff Dytuco
PiPhol’s Choice – Annabelle Chavez
Monthly Photo Contest Results:
1st Place – Orlee Ninon
2nd Place – Faith Ngo
3rd Place – Faith Ngo
4th Place – Jeff Dytuco
5th Place – Jom Jayo
PiPhol’s Choice – Orlee Ninon