|Adirondack chairs on Inspiration Point, Hale Manna, Moalboal • for Oceana Philippines|
By now, I have had high fever during the night, unsure if I can shoot or function efficiently the next day. There's this really nice, huge room in Hale Manna with cool air conditioning and comfy beds but all I could do was cower under the blanket farthest from the air conditioner. The idea of taking the next day off crossed my mind but since this is an assignment and not a vacation, it was out of the question. To add to my misery, my trusty Nikon was, putting it mildly, feeling its age and acting wonky. Friends would often presume photo assignments are all fun and games. It can be fun alright but at the end of the day, you have to deliver regardless of whether you're feeling sick or uninspired, or heaven forbid, your equipment has gone bonkers.
|Hook and line fishing around Pescador island • Image for Oceana Philippines|
|Boys of summer • Panagsama Beach • Image for Oceana Philippines|
The sun was arcing steeply across the horizon when we got back to Club Serena for a late afternoon snack. Instead of waiting for the van to fetch us, we opted to walk on the beach back to Hale Manna. We missed the sunset the day before, we didn't want to miss it again today, our penultimate day on Moalboal. The low tide exposed a long stretch of reef littered with seagrass and sea urchins. The view of the sea at sunset from Hale Manna was in a word, stunning. Given an extra day or two, I could've put those red Adirondack chairs overlooking the sea to good use, either reading a book or writing one, painting the sunset, or composing a poem -- the scenery is just breathtaking. Yas Arquiza, Oceana Philippines' communications director, would later tell us that part of the resort is called Inspiration Point. What an inspiring spot indeed.
|Moalboal sun, sky, shallows, scenery • Image for Oceana Philippines|
|Day 4 Route Map by Oggie Ramos|
Info on Hale Manna: Address: Barangay Saavedra, Moalboal (about 2 1/2 hour drive from Cebu City) • Contact Becky Pestaño-Smith at (+63-032) 316-2603; (+63+922) 842-4939; email: email@example.com; visit www.halemanna.com
Read Part 3 of this series: Notes from Tañon Strait, Day 3: Cruising the Bojo River, Visiting Aloguinsan Farmhouse, and Finding Hale Manna