Saturday, February 08, 2014

Roxas Boulevard and Manila Bay

Roxas Boulevard in Manila is famous because of a nice view of the sunset over Manila Bay everyday. I got the first 3 photos from the fb wall of Dr. Aileen Baviera, an academic from UP, posted today. Nice views from a chopper.

The Manila Yacht Club. Eileen was riding the 2nd chopper of the Philippine Navy.

The Navy headquarters at Manila Bay. It's small, and I think it's ugly too, compared to the many structures and buildings along the boulevard facing Manila Bay. There is a plan to lease or privatize this area, good move. The Navy can have a big space in Cavite, say at Sangley Point. Government can use the money, privatization proceeds, to modernize the AFP without raising taxes.

The 3 photos I took last August 26, 2013. I was on top of a pedestrian overpass at Roxas Blvd., not far from Luneta.

Nice, cool, windy day at Manila Bay.

There was a typhoon a few days before that, the waves brought tons of debris and solid wastes from the coastal areas of Cavite and Bataan. Some people are able to get some valuable things from those solid waste.

See also, Philippine International Convention Center, December 18, 2012

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Mt. Pulag Climb, January 2014

We climbed Mt. Pulag, the Philippines' 2nd highest mountain at 2,922 meters above sea level, last January 31, descended February 01, 2014. Same group, Congress Mountaineers, we first climbed the mountain in January 1994 or exactly 20 years ago. This time, some of us brought their kids.

It was my 3rd climb in this mountain. 1st time in 1994 with same group, 2nd time in 2002 with NEDA group. Very clear that my legs, lungs and body are indeed older than the 1st and 2nd time I climbed it.

From Baguio City, before we reached the PAWB/DENR registration and seminar station, we passed by Ambuklao Dam, Benguet. This hydro-power plant is owned by SN-Aboitiz.

Among the "orig climbers" in January 1994. Iya Tiu, standing in orange shirt front row, was only 6 years old then. Now she is 26. How time flies...

The girls...

The boys...

The kids, second generation of climbers...