Posts Tagged ‘Zambales’


Dried Cocos, Grasses, Husks, Shells as Christmas Decors

December 18, 2019

In front of the Municipality of Castillejos, Zambales is a public park where creatively and meticolously designed Christmas tree decors and Belen (Holy Family) are displayed. Fourteen villages or barangays are in competition and vying to win the best-designed  decor as part of the town’s Christmas celebrations. They were required to use nothing but dried coconut shells, grasses, coco husks, dried leaves, and other recycled materials. Here are some of them:

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Manny Pacquiao_One Black Saturday On the Way to Zambales

April 27, 2014

A few days back during the Holy Week, on our way to Zambales, we saw Manny Pacquiao
Not in person though. Kundi isang HIGANTE!!!

Pacquiao Gigante

Said to have started during the Spanish regime, “higantes was influenced by the Mexican art form of paper-mache brought by the Spanish priests to the Philippines. The body of the traditional higante are made of bamboo and colorful cloth and its faces of paper mache.” [Source: Wikipedia] The Higantes Festival was the idea of Angono, Rizal artist Perdigon Vocalan. He was the father of Rembrandt, my former student at the UP Film Center and videographer for several of my advocacy projects.

Pacquiao Gigante2

That’s MANNY PACQUIAO, ang Pambansang Kamao. However, as “higante” you won’t be able to see his deadly fists. Higantes are made of paper mache, bamboo and colorful cloth. Recently, iron wires are being used.


“Happy People”_ Day 03

August 17, 2013

It’s Day 03 of the shoot for the docu on Down Syndrome that we started shooting last Thursday with interviews of nearly 10 Moms including a Lola of Children with Down Syndome. We reached Subic rather late in the afternoon on our first day last Thursday, while last night’s shooting ended at nearly 9 pm. Anyhow, questions for interviewees next week — to a geneticist and Down Syndrome President– poured out from my head the other night. A sped teacher from the public school where we held the interview yesterday morning was also held. It wasn’t originally intended to but since we are in a sped setup I took the opportunity to interview the teacher at Kalalaki School in Zambales.

Our working title is “Happy People,” Children with Down Syndrome being lovable and seemingly a happy lot. Well, that I personally experienced and remember when I was doing Alyana, my first film on sped children, when so suddenly from nowhere, while awaiting for Ms. Therese Macapagal in Cupertino to ask for permission to shoot there, a child with Down Syndrome approached me and stroked my hair as if she knew me from long time back. It happened to be my first time to set foot there. That was in 2006.


Back from Zamba

March 15, 2013

Returned yesterday from shooting for an AVP in Castillejos, Zambales – hometown of President Ramon Magsaysay. I found from the collection of my brother the first day of issue of Ramon Magsaysay Death Commemoration printed in 1957. I’ll most probably donate it to the Museum. Stayed there for 4 nights, 5 days.

Started assembling the shots…Learned about the place, met good people out there. Generally, a rural area but being developed to serve the people especially in high places. An improved, and quite developed areas are in the making.