Posts Tagged ‘post a day’


Weekly Photo Challenge: New_Guyabano Seed Sprout

January 5, 2015

When I first saw the seed sprouted, I did not recognize it: the form, the shape; even the leaves were unrecognizable. They were something quite new to me. I have never seen them before, the reason why I was prompted to take the shots below:

Guyabano 1

I have forgotten that I sowed some seeds of what we call here in the Philippines as “guyabano,” “soursop” or “custard apple” in English; guanábana in Spanish, “graviola” in Portuguese, “pawpaw” in Brazil and “corossol” in French. I then recalled enjoying its juicy and sweet taste the reason why I kept the seeds and sowed them one day. Every Wednesday when I go to Baclaran on its flea market day, I always see guyabano leaves being sold, and I wondered why because I never used to see them before.

Guyabano 2

I am not aware of the fruit’s medicinal qualities except for the vitamins that it provides just like any other fruit. Only today when I surfed about it that I came to know about its anti-cancer capabilities and other qualities. As an alternative, herbal plants are becoming more popular, it is no wonder that they are sold together with its fruit now. Its scientific name is annona muricata. [To read more about it and to see how it looks like, please click: Guyabano Health Benefits]


Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

June 15, 2013





Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture / Bit from Luzon

April 27, 2013

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Art and Culture always go together. An artist — whatever he may be: painter, sculptor, writer, musician, singer, film maker is at all times — through his art — the preserver of culture or of the society that he is a part of. Whatever he creates will reflect such culture on the subjects that he chooses. Nemesio Miranda Jr. is one of the Filipino artists who greatly help up to now in preserving the traditions and practices, and cultural legends of his town, Angono in Rizal. Considered an art village, the place breathes art where many known visual artists or musicians lived and continues to produce artists. Angono in fact boasts of two National Artists: Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Lucio San Pedro; both celebrate their Centennial Year this 2013.

Now, let me take you to another part of the country in Bagac, Bataan where Las Casas de Acuzar is located. I have earlier posted some architectural treasures there. Below is a photo that depicts a traditional game called “Luksong-Baka”, literally meaning: “Jumping Over the Cow.”

Luksong Baka

“Luksong-Baka” [Jumping Over the Cow], a game I used to play immortalized in stone; AJ bullies the player

At about 6 pm., cultural performances were presented through singing of Philippine folk songs and through traditional dances by the enthusiastic youth living in the area.

Cultural Performance2

We went on Black Saturday so rightfully in time for Easter they presented an Easter presentation for us

Cultural Perf_Singkil

End part of Singkil, a popular Muslim dance in the Philippines

Note: Both Angono in Rizal, and Bagac in Bataan are located in Luzon, Philippines.


Daily Prompt: The Critical Eye / On Humming the Same Tune

April 22, 2013

This blogsite is a journal of my activities, journeys and experiences, so I oftentimes write about my independent film advocacies and related stuff, as well as my experiences: a) with people — friends and [quite seldom, foes alike to vent  out nega feelings; b] my journey to places through photos, and notes on things that I enjoyed seeing or have learned about; c) plants and animals, especially those that I am “guarding” such as the miracle fruit tree, the calamansi or Philippine lemon, and the Christmas berry plant, others call the money plant; lastly, the pets we are keeping such as Pitz, a hybrid Japanese Spitz / Philippine askal, and Oliver, our supposedly white cat who these days come home always grey after his night fights.

Pitz_4 months later_Nov '12


Oliver Sleeps

Oliver Asleep

I find myself returning back and forth on the above subjects. Thanks to wordpress photo challenges and daily writing prompts such as this one, they at least gets punctuated, and have a respite. So as not to look that repetitive, I pingback on the already written topic to serve as corroborative notes if I need to refer to the same subject again [As sample, click on the highlighted words above]. Well, probably because like music it is just like humming the same tune…only with some variations.

Money Plant

Money Plant

Like music, I write about experiences that has beginning and must end; about people I say hi’s and goodbyes; dreams and wishes; places and things that marked in my memory; animals and plants that I’ve seen growing and dying. Like music, the mood and melody of what I write about reflects my sentiments and feelings — be they excitement on a blooming calamansi and money plant flowers, sadness on seeing my pets unplayful or sick; upset in not accomplishing a target schedule; sarcasm in meeting narrow-minded, if not egoistic individuals; triumph in finishing a difficult film project that successfully overcome hurdles, etc.


Weekly Photo Challenge: UP the Victoria Peak

April 19, 2013

It was somewhat gloomy when we went up the Victoria Peak, the highest in Hong Kong Island sometime in February. Though quite windy, streak of sun rays managed to peek through the grey clouds. Despite difficulty in taking photos, the few photos below would always remind me of the breathtaking view from up there with the misty clouds. We took the Peak Tram to reach the place. [Pls. click on the photo to better enjoy the sight.]

Victoria Peak 10

Victoria Peak 8

Victoria Peak 4a


Daily Prompt: Why do I blog

April 17, 2013

Honestly, I was just prodded into blogging by friends who believed that my film advocacy activity should be recorded and blog about, and to easily track down the movement of my film docu going around the country for awareness campaign of Autism Society Philippines. It took me a year or two before I was finally convinced that I should start blogging. Actually, what held me back was simply lack of confidence in writing using a language I am not used to speak.

Overcoming the writing fear, I started blogging to have a journal or a record of my film activities. It soon became a habit difficult to break, and the content evolved to include my woes, fears, hopes, my joy… My blog soon included historical notes during a travel, and photos that I took in my journey. Realizing that writing often help improve my skill, more so gain confidence from it, I continued to blog …. With the writing and photo challenges WordPress pose to the circle, I have more reason to pursue the blogging activity… Making cyber friends in the process, enjoying reading and wallowing into their experiences, and seeing their perspectives through the photos they share are bonuses I never actually thought I’d earn as well in the beginning.


Daily Prompt: The Satisfaction of a [Wish] List

April 15, 2013

I surely have a list – a to-do or a wish list- which shall give me not only satisfaction if ever I manage to do any of them but JOY unexplainable…

I am referring to films on Sped Children and PWDs that I have been dreaming, wishing, praying and aiming to do:

1) The CPs [Cerebral Palsied]
3) Dyslexia
4) Down Syndrome
5) Global Delay

If GOD wills, I know I will. That I know… for everything that I want to do happens only in God’s time.