The little city with big developments, Singapore, is always an interesting to visit. I’m always looking forward too new sites and structures I would see whenever I’m there. But last April’s visit was more of a job since for the first time I was able to talk about Photography and the Philippines to a foreign audience. It was an enriching experience to say the least. We did allot a day to explore what’s new in Singapore since my last visit like the Supertrees at the Gardens by the Bay and the Helix Bridge.
This year, I also decided to watch the Aliwan Festival in Manila. Even if I’m not a fan of festival crowds, it’s a great way to touch base with some of my friends again who were out there to shoot.
Back in Busuanga
It was six years ago when I last went to Coron so I was excited to see the place again. The town itself has seen some major developments that I almost didn’t recognise the place. But the good thing is, the Coron islands, the sea, the lakes and its corals stay in good condition as ever. This time I also had a chance to spend some time in Culion, admiring the town history and structures, then explore a few outlying areas like the Beach of Lele and the high wall of mangroves in Cabulihan.
It’s just sad to hear that the recent typhoon Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan) made some extensive damage to Coron as well. The cross at Mt Tapyas, I’ve heard toppled down. Culion Island got some major damage on important historical markers and was able to restore energy after 2 weeks. I hope the towns and the people recovers soon.
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.