Up to the Sapat and Sulbec mountains

Fresh from a thirst-quenching afternoon up in Pasuquin… still in a state of exhilaration while typing.

As the boys locomoted straight down the Sapat-Sulbec mountainside, looking like jackhammers on an extremely-rugged-but-much-less-pristine terrain, with telltale signs of previous mining activities, though now fairly reforested with pine trees, I  did a mini hike, at some point reveled in time alone, sucking in the milieu of placidity, musing on nature’s artistry and playing with my D90.

GreeneryMountain Bikers

{The LEAD boys with Jack, Luis, Edzel, Rey and the rest of the Batibol Bikers}

Wooden BridgeLost in the sky

After the rains, it was difficult capturing the Estancia Sexy Beach, which frustratingly got lost in the cloudy pale blue skies. Lotus stance on a bedrock, sedating cool breeze, chirping bird sounds, the scent of pine — just fleeting, unphotographable moments in between shots…

PineRestLocal GuideBrandon's Tire

Stoked Rey Retuta of Batibols Bikers on LEAD Movement’s upcycled drift trike.

{Another one of LEAD’s DIY projects.}

Yellow FlowersSantanBamboo BridgePink RoseFully PackedMountain BikesRoadside Barbecue Vendor

{Cheap thrill – Pasuquin’s roadside Josie Barbeque, 6-peso BBQ in yummy honeyed pepper sauce devoid of ketchup.}

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Davila Mangrove Cleanup with MMSU students

Teacher Herdy asked Eugene if I wanted to join his MMSU  Batac students for a National Service Training Program Civil Welfare Training Service (NSTP CWTS) cleanup activity in Davila, Pasuquin. I wasn’t able to go the first time, but last Saturday, I made sure I would be one of the volunteers. I’m happy that there are more people who are taking notice of the importance of our mangrove ecosystems. We need to take good care of these natural structures for sustainable coastal and marine resources and protection against typhoons and soil erosion. Let us not choke up our mangroves with plastics and other pollutants, neither cut off the mangrove trees.

Mangrove propagules.

Huwag i-bonsai!

The distinct finger-like roots of mangrove trees.

Fish habitat.

Mangroves are crucial to fight tsunamis.

Kudos to the MMSU Batac BS Computer Science and BS Math student volunteers and their class adviser.

More threats to the mangroves.

Making sure the garbage goes to the city landfill.

Si Manong naman. Nagmukha akong Senadora with verbal diarrhea after seeing the minibus driver empty the back luggage compartment of the garbage bags full of plastic trash the kids initially loaded. And where? Naku po! At the end of the narrow road leading to the highway. Pina-load ko nga uli.

Thank  you to the Barangay Davila Officialdom headed by Barangay Captain Agoo.
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