Wednesday, October 10, 2007

OA Palawan - Day 4: Going home

We tried shooting Lambingan bridge at sunrise. Again, no luck. after 30 minutes, the light rain became a downpour. But not after I shot some bluesy/stormy keepers I’m really happy about. As a welcome surprise, I got an overseas call from Donna (Samonte), one of my DPP buddies who was hiking the Grand Canyon by herself. 

The rains made me change my plans with regards to climbing Mt. Tapyas for a commanding view of Coron Bay. Even if the guys weren’t really hot about the idea, I was really set on it. But Mother Nature had other plans, so I decided to catch about two hours more of sleep. Then I wandered to the nearby Village CafĂ© and Lodge, owned by the sibling of Darayonan’s owner. With much time to spare, I made friends with Ma’am Letty (Fernandez) whom I find to be ma-kuwento and mabait, contrary to notions that she’s very, very strict.

After lunch, we decided to sneak in a little detour on our way to the Busuanga airport. The sun was more cooperative now so we had many stops along the way. Even made acquaintance with Estella, the owner of the souvenir shop just outside the airport.I  learned quite a lot from her, and as a token of her kindness, I got free kasuy sweets to take home. Wow, ang bait talaga ng mga taga-Coron. I wish I can visit again soon.

Just as expected, umaraw on our flight back home, with a glorious sunset in the horizon. My teammates were knocking themselves over, taking turns to get a better vantage point in the LET-19 seater plane but I resigned myself with just a few shots. God willing, I will go back to explore more of Palawan in the amihan season.


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