Bulusan Church, a dying heritage?


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Photo Shoot Day 3


March 12

The last day of the thrill. By this time, I had a privilege to spend lunch with the bishop of the diocese, Bp. Arturo M. Bastes, S.V.D., Coadjutor Bishop of Sorsogon, along with some other priests. I also visited major seminary, home of the clergy, and minor seminary. The minor and major seminaries are my mother schools.   

Photobucket(From Left) Rev. Frs. Romy Dimaano, Alex Zamora, Henry Diesta, Bishop Arturo M. Bastes, Lito Fuentes, Msgr. Angel Dy.

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Photobucket(Left) Rev. Fr. Ramil Enteria (Right) Rev. Frs. Rowan Gramonte and Vernon Zulueta

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Major Seminary (College)

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College formators: Frs. Ramil and Henry

PhotobucketCollege seminarians having an end-year evaluation. This is the last activity before they are sent to the parishes for summer apostolate. 

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Home of the Clergy

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Minor Seminary (High school) 

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Rev. Fr. Joseph Erestain, currently the OIC Rector of high school. He finished his studies in Rome.

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PhotobucketHigh School Staff: Ma’ams Nikky, Gina, and Lorna

Photo Shoot Day 2


March 11

For thrill seekers and mountaineers, here’s something for you to explore! Why not trek a river and picnic at Bayugin Falls? A 20-minute tricycle ride from the town of Bulusan to Brgy. San Francisco. Then, a 20-minute walk to the falls culminates the hiking. The path was mossy and slippery. A steeply descent to the falls made my knees shake! Haha!!! If you have watched Kingkong, the location looks like its setting.

One hour of shooting. Then, a rain threat made us get back to the base site. There had no cottages to shelter my DSLR. Hehe!!! Along with me, by the way, were Baoy, a local ally, and Anthony, a boy tour guide. 

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Baoy

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In the afternoon, Baoy and I had a little “spirit.” I got drunk, but still shot the bell fry. I climbed its roof top. Hehe! What if I fell, huh!…Scary… Just look at the photos below how tall it is!

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Photo Shoot Day 1


March 10

I bought a big lobster only for Php 400.00 ($8.1). It weighed 1.4 kls. Not bad.

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In the evening, I had my cousin cook simmered it in coconut milk along with unripened jackfruit. Muy delicioso! I spent my dinner at the beach along with my cousins and their families. Hhhmm… I partnered it with grilled fish and pork chop!

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A superb night, huh!

Summer 2009: Hongkong or homebound?


January this year… my friend, an aspiring commercial model, and I agreed to spend a vacation in Hongkong, crossing through Macau and Singapore. We already paid our airfare. Unfortunately, her mom did not permit her for the travel. So, I found it also uncomfortable to travel alone. Well… the airfare was non-transferable, non-refundable. It was already forfeited!… The schedule was supposed to be on March 4-13.

Hmm…Maybe we lost some bucks… But I gained another heartwarming vacation when I visited Sorsogon City then.

So here we go!

As soon as I arrived, I paid homage to Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. My grandfather-priest, Rev. Fr. Lolito Fuentes, was then celebrating the morning daily mass. As far as I am aware, he was tasked to have the cathedral and the convent reconstructed. After the mass, breakfast followed, together with Rev. Frs. Treb Futol and Rowan Gramonte.

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Trivia: my deceased father’s name was Pablo and his birthday falls on June 28. The feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul is on June 29. Maybe my granny named him after St. Paul, Spanish of Paul… And!!! My name is Paul!!! But I am not junior, huh! Haha… Hmm, so no wonder my heart is close to this diocese!

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Calling all Sorsogon devotees both local and abroad, your diocesan center of praise is in need of financial support. It is almost more than a year and the buildings are not even half-finished.

Come again and follow my trail from March 10 to 13.

The grandeur of nature


It has been my passion to explore the nature’s beauty in my hometown. Last summer, I conquered the lone San Bernandino Island, locally known as Parola (lighthouse), along the Pacific Ocean. I also visited the site of “Spirit Warriors” local movie. It was a whole day trip. I took with me my sister, cousins, and some local tripulante (boat men). With us was the Lantuag (hiker) team, amateur local mountaineers.  

It was an excursion. We’re packed with full meal, fish and pork for grilling, brandy and beer. It was a great fun! Have a peek of some of my collections.