Almost Zen

“Because I had time, I decided to enter. It was my first time there and I found it quite beautiful, albeit a bit crowded because there were a lot of people due to the free entrance.”

Free View of Flora and Fauna

The government decided to repurpose the old Agriculture and Commerce Building, which was built in 1940. Its designer was Filipino architect Antonio Toledo, who incorporated a neoclassical look to the building. Sometime after WW2, it housed the Tourism department and was its previous occupant until it was given to the museum folks.

Orange Soldiers of Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago was also a casualty of the Battle of Manila. It was finally turned over to the Philippine Government in 1946 and then recognized as the Shrine of Freedom in 1950. Currently, the fort is managed by the Intramuros Administration.

One of the Lesser Known Parks

As I turned the corner, I saw the sign. It was great to see green space in the heart of an urban complex. From where I stood, I could already see where the park started—and ended! While I was gladdened by the sight, it also confounded me. “This is it? This is all of it?!”

Giving to the Dams

Countless towering trees serve as silent sentinels of the placid water. Unfortunately, their numbers decreased due to erosion caused climate change. That is why the MWSS has created a reforestation program called “Plant for Life”, which aims to have 50,000 saplings cover the denuded areas in the watershed in 2016.

The Nameless Nymph

I have heard of national hero and poet Francisco Balagtas mention that Laguna de Bay has nymphs in one of his poems, which I still could not find. But I have yet to come across anything that says that Pasig River has even one nymph.

A Museum Disguised As A Garden | Pinto Art Museum

Artwork greeted us as got through the door, as well as birds and flowers. Despite the heat, the garden looked good. There was also a chapel! That gave me a feast of religious art sans the usual grand stained glass windows.

Exiting the Northern Maze | Birthday Commutrip

The Pahingahan Cave was good. It would’ve been great had been drenched in rain water because it would have the rocks and walls would have a sheen to them. It got its name because it was a resting spot for the guerrilla forces that were on run from the Spaniards.

You are Now God. Congratulations! | Daily Prompt: Everything Changes

Walking down the street, you encounter a folded piece of paper on the sidewalk. You pick it up and read it and immediately, your life has changed. Describe this experience. “You are now God. Congratulations!” My first thoughts are this is just a dumb joke and this is too impo—I can’t finish the word. I…

Save 651 Trees in Naga City

My family just heard the news tonight. Naga City, Camarines Sur was in the limelight, even for a short while. The video showed a road that both my parents are familiar with. My mother lived there for a while. My father passed through it many times. They are more than familiar with the sight of…