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Welcome/Tuloy po kayo

 

 

Greetings of Peace!

Thank you for your visit.

The site records my thoughts about certain social issues, interesting people and general subjects of interest to me.  Please feel free to share me your own thoughts on any of the published articles here. 

With my personal regards and best wishes.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                  Rene “RC” Catacutan                                                                            Filipino Citizen-Taxpayer

 

Representative images of my home country Philippines

 

 Geographical location of the Philippines

 

 

 

Map of the Philippines

 

 

 

 The national flag of the Philippines

 

 

 

 

  The official seal of the Republic of the Philippines

 

 

 

 

 Home to 94 million predominantly but not exclusively Catholic Filipinos

 

 

 

 

Home to the original “People Power Revolution” which inspired pro democracy movements and social revolutions in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East

 

 

 

 

Home to democracy icon and former Philippine president Corazon “Cory” Aquino

 

 

 

 Home to titlists and winners of international beauty pageants

 

 

 

 

Home to Manny Pacquiao, the world’s best pound for pound boxer of all time

 

 

 

 Vanishing breed of traditional rice farmer

 

 

 

 The iconic public utility vehicle called “jeepney

 

 

 

 

The 2,000-year old  “Banaue Rice Terraces” in the Province of Ifugao carved by ancient Filipinos.  Declared by the UNESCO as a  “World Heritage Site,” it is generally considered as the “Eight Wonder of the World.”

 

 

 

The Boracay island in the Province of Aklan — world famous for its pristine white-sand beaches, calm and clear water, and healthy natural reef appealing to snorkelers and divers.

 

 

 

Canadian Elsie Fajardo (originally from Aliaga, Nueva Ecija, Philippines) enjoying a dip at Subic Bay in Zambales province.

 

 

 

Manila Bay business and commercial district at night

 

 

 

Image from Tubattaha natural reef in the island province of Palawan.  Declared a “World Heritage Site” by the UNESCO, the reef is a haven for divers and marine biologists.

 

 

 

A reenactment of The Crucifixion during the Catholic lenten season.

 

 

 

The picturesque and active Taal volcano in the province of Batangas, as viewed from Tagaytay City, Cavite province. 

 

 

 

  

Canadian Elsie Fajardo at a ridge in Tagaytay City overlooking Taal volcano and lake.

 

 

 

The El Nido beach resort in the province of Cavite, only one of the many beautiful beach resorts dotting the 7,100 islands of the Philippines.

 

 

 

The central business and commercial district of Makati City at night.

 

 

 

The picturesque and active Mayon volcano in the province of Albay — famous for its near perfect cone shape. 

 

 

 

The Underground River in the island province of Palawan. 

 

 

 

Rizal National Park (also known as “Luneta Park“), a sprawling multi theme park in Manila named after the national hero Dr. Jose Rizal.

 

 

 

Singkil, a colorful and graceful Royal Muslim Dance in southern Philippines.

 

 

 

Canadian Elsie Fajardo dancing the Tinikling (the national dance of the Philippines) with cultural performers.

 

 

 

“Close encounter” with the annual migration of Butanding (whale shark), the largest living fish species, in the coastal town of Donsol, Sorsogon province, from November to May.

 

 

 

Ati-atihan, a religious cum mardi gras festival which originated in the province of Aklan and is held annually in January in honor of The Santo Niño (The Infant Jesus). 

 

 

 

Pagsanjan Falls in the province of Laguna where “shooting the rapids” is a popular adventure among local and foreign tourists.

 

 

 

Burnham Park, a man made leisure pond and park in the northern mountain resort city of Baguio. 

 

 

 

Canadian Elsie Fajardo at Burnham Park   

 

 

 

Chocolate Hills in the province of Bohol where the Tarsier (the smallest primate in the world, measuring 4-5 inches) can also be found. 

 

 

 

    

Surfing destination in the island of Siargao, Surigao del Norte province.

 

 

 

 

A gate at the ruins of the Spanish era Fort Santiago in the “walled city of Intramuros” in Manila.      

 

 

 

Ocean Adventure Park, Southeast Asia’s only open marine park, at the Subic Freeport Zone in Olongapo City.     

 

 

 

Canadian Elsie Fajardo at the Club Morocco in Subic, Zambales province.

 

 

 

 Image of Hundred Islands in the province of Pangasinan, a favorite summer destination among local tourists.

 

 

 

Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan City, which is also referred to as the “City of Majestic Falls” because of the presence of more than 20 waterfalls in the city.

 

 

 

Sunset at the Manila Bay along the Roxas Boulevard baywalk strip, a favorite spectacle among couples, strollers and joggers. 

 

 

 

Colorful sea-going vessels called Vinta in Southern Philippines. 

 

 

 

    

Image of Christmas in the Philippines — the longest (September to early January the following year) and the most colorful Christmas season in the world.