Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy 2009!

Wow. I can't even remember the last time I posted in here. Short of making excuses, allow me to say that I have been working on some "serious" project which took most of my time. One of my 2009 resolutions is to post more photos (at least before I leave for Europe on February).

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Most of the time I am out of town with only my camera to keep me company. Good thing the view is excellent and the weather (and lighting) is perfect most of the time. The photo above was taken from the Aeta village. It shows the first leg of the 4x4 drive en route to the jump-off of the mountain.

A little background: Mount Pinatubo exploded on 1991 - it was considered as one of the most violent explosions of the 21st century. It also made the Americans (finally) leave their military bases. Several years after, the Philippine tourism initiated a program to help the local community. They opened Mount Pinatubo for tourists - both local and foreigners. Today, tourism is one of the major industry in the Tarlac area (second only to producing sugar from sugar cane).

5 comments:

Hilda said...

Welcome back! Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year. Will you be leaving for good or just for a time?

Nice to see greenery there.

Ann Pablo said...

hilda,
can't leave the country for good. i love the philippines too much :).

nah, i'll be in europe to shoot some people and events. work, work, work.

i wish you a prosperous 2009!

metromanila said...

I am in love with this photograph. I have been pestering people about coming to Pinatubo ever since I saw some gorgeous photographs years ago. Since I haven't done any hiking of sorts at all I cannot dare coming to Pinatubo on my own.

Enjoy your trip!

Ann Pablo said...

metromanila,

There is no problem even if you are a hiking virgin. Mount Pinatubo is a minor climb. As long as you're legs and lungs are considerably fit, I'm sure you can handle it. You can check this if you wish to travel solo : http://tripinas.multiply.com/journal/item/9

Layrayski said...

What a beautiful landscape! Ever since I saw a photo of a Mt pinatubo hike I want to go there! Your photo makes my desire even stronger!