The port city of Ormoc is the largest city in Leyte and the second largest in Eastern Visayas. It’s landscape of gentle plains and low rolling terrains is home to probably one of the world’s sweetest pineapples – Ormoc’s queens pineapple. There are more than 500 hectares of agricultural land and at least 210 hectares are devoted to pineapple plantations. In our stay in Ormoc, we drove one early morning to visit one of these plantations to get a glimpse of how the city’s prime crop are harvested.
Lounging in the waters. A cover study I shot at Sabin Resort in Ormoc.
The scorching heat of summer has placed its veil upon us puny humans. Lest no choice but to bow to its wavering heat and succumb us to unending sweat in the summer days. Thus our instincts dictates us to flee in comfort. Come beach and pool and wallow endlessly in its cool, calming waters. Alternately, voyage to higher altitudes where the breeze of the mountains still emanates a nurturing coolness. Yes, summer is here!
The Ronin returns after a brief respite.
As compensation of not writing for some time, let me recap in brief, highlights for the past few weeks:
Holy Week. For a change, I spent holy week in Manila. Instead of thinking I got left out of the vacationing crowd, I instead thought of it as rest from my vacation. The past few months was like a vacation for me and I guess it’s time to slow things down and see what has changed here. What did change? Holy week is not is used to be. Then, “all” establishments were closed during good friday, even the convenience stores, now some are open, the Video Stores are open to take advantage of crowd, internet Cafes are open to attend to those MMORPG gamers. Pasyon is still alive but now they have political undertones as well?! (talking about seperating the church from the state). Imagine those elderlies singing the pasyon in lyrics of protest against the upcoming VAT (Value added tax) increase. There’s TV. Cable has drastically changed holyweek as well. No regular channels, there’s always cable to turn to.
I spent half of my Valentines day on a plane. And 1/3 of the afternoon in Ormoc, Leyte. It was raining when we got there. I was with celebrity Richard Gomez along with other important people of the company. I was there to take some pics. Did I mention one of my photos was in the Philippine Star yesterday? Not a big deal since I don’t have a credit there. Anyways, Lucy Torres was supposed to coma along as well as she was originally from Ormoc, but she was currently in Cebu that time. Anyways it was nice and short ceremony, too bad I wasn’t able to go around the place as it looks very interesting from up there. Maybe sometime in the future. It was already late when we got back to Manila.