Pagadian City

Travels 222: Off-the-beaten tracks in Pagadian City, the sunrise bliss

Early morning, my alarm strikes 4.30 and I carried on, strapped my Travey and walk for a relaxing Saturday sunrise photoshoot with no less than an ace photographer and web developer, Ard Catalino. Ard, whose passion for on-line world and website development is instrumental in my procurement of my own domain name Journeys and Travels. We share the same passion for photography and this is our first morning photowalk together.

We met at Dunkin Pagadian and by 5.00am, we went directly to the Pagadian City Fishport where a good vantage point for sunrise shoots is. I saw fisherfolks and their children patiently waiting for the arrival of fishes from those caught off-shore. The fishport is located at Barangay San Pedro, a progressive coastal barangay in the City.

We chatted about our passion for photos when the sunrises and we were caught with our cameras (we are both Nikonistas). He brought his tripod, poor me, I did not brought mine but my strategy is to just walk a little while towards every direction, getting the pulse of the place, getting through the scene and shoot.

Afterwards, Ard showed me one secret I have to discover myself for the first time. There is an off-the-beaten tracks that connected the fishport to the airport and run parallel to the runway. I was excited to see it for myself since it will mean more chances to see great vistas and of course, share what I gained through which the lens of Travey captured. I was not disappointed because I am enthralled.

Both side of the track are fishponds and variety of mangroves that is perfect for early morning walk. It is not paved yet but that contributes to the excitement and thrill. The sound of the motorcycle wheels skidding on small stones made this photo opportunity more rural than what I perceived to be. In the edge of urbananism in the city, there is a rural oasis where one finds peaceful respite and walk. The bliss in the experience is in the makings of greatness out of ordinariness.

The great morning when we shared the same passion was capped with a hearty breakfast prepared by Ard’s wife who is a friend too. My first time to come and visited their humble home, my first time for a shared photowalk and my grateful SMS message to him was: this is just the beginning of something BIG! I am most proud of what my city, my life has for those who explored her.

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Travels 217: Virgin and unspoiled, Isla Puting Balas

I was at the sandbar one time when I was young and took a memory compiled years after, recalling how it was when I first went there with the neighbours and siblings as well as family. When my dear friend Paula Peralejo and Charlie Fernandez, both fellow travel bloggers toss the idea of us going to Isla Puting Balas after an early morning lake cruise at Lakewood, I was ecstatic and excited.

We went directly to San Pedro to get ourselves motorized Bangka. While we are at the port, Paula and I were reminding ourselves the experience of our common friend, JourneyingJames, who is a fellow blogger when he went to Isla Puting Balas and that instead of going to the right island; he was ushered to the fisherman’s village in White Beach. Paula kept reminding us that we must go to the right island and negotiated with the Bangka operator and with success. We boarded the motorized Bangka together with some local residents destined to the White Beach but we are going to the right island for Php 350 round-trip.

The way to the island was humid and under the noon sun, we are initially energy-drained. Both Charlie and Paula teased me on our way to the island since the expression of worry I had on my face when I saw the Bangka as if it is overloaded. Paula teases me further that I am scared to get my camera while both of them are busy taking photos of the stilt houses. I am actually scared of waters and the experience I had with James was a fresh memory.

In arriving at the Isla Puting Balas, I was not disappointed. My worries gone so like children, I, Charlie and Paula jumped off and took photos that will be one of the best I have of a sandbar. I am enthralled at the immense beauty of which that unfolds before me. I am with great enthusiasm to explore the sandbar, taking photos of every angle and gained fresh perspective of the beauty of nature and how my own city, have one beautiful, virgin and unspoiled destination so few have gone.

Charlie and Paula walking through and a sight so romantic

Isla Puting Balas off Pagadian City

Isla Puting Balas greatly is a beauty to behold through a camera, enjoyed through an innocent swim and left it as it was before one arrives. The beauty of it is that aside from it being a sandbar, it symbolizes the immense beauty of nature and how it can contribute to how diverse places in the country are and in Mindanao in particular.

Journeys and Travels with Paula Peralejo at Isla Puting Balas

The sun was high in the early afternoon, we bid adieu to Isla Puting Balas recharged and inspired. Nothwithstanding the humid sea breeze and the hot sun above us, we stood back at how beauty was captured, in our minds and hearts, forever locked and shared by the three of us.

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My City, My LIFE: The fountain of childishness

As with many fountains all over the country, may it be ordinary lighted fountains to the most outrageous dancing fountains; all are for every child and that child in us. As I was first seeing the fountain of Pagadian City as a spectator one Sunday night, I was amazed at how children, with their parents or siblings are anticipating the dancing fountain to show them how it is to appreciate the power of water and technology.

As I see it, based on what little I know about dancing fountain, what we have at the City Plaza is not technically a dancing fountain however since it has music, it seemingly dances with it, then it should be called one. It is proper to say, in my own opinion, that is a synchronized and programmed fountain that follows a similar patter with a background music to accompany it.

Dancing fountains that are truly dancing to the music were first found in the MSM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Those we find there are truly what we call dancing fountain in which the water as well as the mechanics of its operations are based entirely on the repertoire being prepared. It sounds impossible but it is doable. Similarly, the ones found in Dubai, at the front of the famous hotel is not a dancing fountain but combines both fire and water in which even with water streaming from its source, fire emerges from within and among them.

Anyways, what I have observed that Sunday night was amazing. As captured in the video, many in the audience were thrilled and awed at every spew of water to heights of how many meters above. The magic brought about by the lights on the fountain base is what makes it more enticing to the children and the child in us. Many were happy after a 30-minute show, which I suggest is too short but mostly are happy nonetheless. I am too.

This new addition to modernity in the City is one attraction that will bring in more guests and locals to converge to the City Plaza at night. As I was walking around the City Plaza, I wonder how this will be in the eyes of every child and the child in us. Truly, it will be one that draws us nearer to where our plaza is and where it can be in our hearts.

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