Would like to start a thread here to gather more information about this region of the Philippines
Most foreign visitors to this region end up mostly either in Cebu, Mactan Island, Boracay or Bohol.
Crossing Bridges 7 will be doing a trip that is gping to cover alot of lesser known and lesser published places.
The FPPF has sent us some info, we will also be googling and researching ......
Please , if you have been to a few or all of the areas listed in the itinerary below, could you help share this information ?
November 18 (Thursday):WHOLE DAY - Arrival of delegates in Cebu/pickup from Airport/shuttle to Hotel/Registration and Room allocations
7:00pm - Welcome Dinner
November 19 (Friday):
7:00 am – Assemble at Capitol, Escario Entrance then depart for Compostela
7:45 am – Arrive in Compostela in front of Municipal Hall for breakfast with
cultural presentation. Compostela is a 4th class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines.
9:00 am - Depart for Danao. Danao City is well-known for its gun industry. The industry started around 1905-1906. When World War II came, the Danao gunsmiths went underground, joined the guerrilla movement or were inducted into the USAFFE. Their main task was to re-chamber the Japanese Arisaka rifles to fit the US .30 caliber round or to keep the original Japanese rifle in good service. The industry went on, still underground. In the 1960s, the term paltik was given to the homemade (and illegal) guns. In the early 1990s the industry was legalized by the government, with the creation of two organizations of local gunsmiths. The organization now left with proper permit is Workers League of Danao Multi-purpose Cooperative (World MPC), in Dungguan, Danao City.
9:20 am – Arrive in Danao Fishing Port
10:00 am – Depart for Carmen
10:20 am – Arrive at Our Lady of Manaog Shrine.
11:20 am – Depart for Sogod
11:50 am – Arrive in Sogod, Borussia, then proceed to Alegre Resort for lunch with
cultural presentation. Alegre Beach Resort is set amidst 7 hectares of lush tropical gardens. Alegre is known for its natural beauty and quiet luxury.
1:30 pm – Depart for Borbon
2:00 pm – Arrive in Borbon
3:00 pm – Depart for Tabogon
3:30 pm – Arrive in Tabogon, cultural presentation, snacks
4:30 pm – Depart for Daanbantayan
5:45 pm – Arrive in Daanbantayan, church visit then municipal building
6:45 pm – Depart for Medellin
7:15 pm – Arrive in Medellin Hideaway, dinner, cultural presentation
8:30 pm – Depart for check in at resorts
November 20 (Saturday):
8:30 am - Breakfast in San Remigio Beach Resort, cultural presentation
10:15 am – Depart for Hagnaya Wharf
10:45 am – Arrive at Hagnaya Wharf and board boat for Santa Fe. Santa Fe is a 5th class municipality on Bantayan Island. The main Bantayan Island is about 7 miles wide by 10 miles long. About 20 of its islets stretch for another 5 miles long with some being accessible by foot from the main island at low tide. It is considered as Cebu’s fishing ground where shiploads and boatloads of fish are transported daily to Cebu City and Negros. Tons of guinamos (salted fish) and buwad (dried fish) are delivered to Cebu City and Cadiz, Negros for further distribution to as far as Mindanao and Manila. Equally important is the thriving poultry industry with hundreds of thousands of chicken eggs produced daily.
12:30 pm – Arrive at Santa Fe Wharf and transfer boat for Ogtong Beach Resort
1:00 pm - Arrive at Ogtong Beach, lunch, cultural presentation
2:30 pm - Depart for Madridejos. Madridejos is a 4th class municipality in the province of Cebu. It is one of the three municipalities that make up the island of Bantayan.
3:15 pm – Arrive at Lambayan Farm then proceed to Kota Park, cultural presentation
4:45 pm - Depart for Bantayan.
5:15 pm – Arrive at Bantayan, dinner at plaza, cultural presentation
7:00 pm – Depart for check in at resorts
November 21 (Sunday):
6:30 am – Breakfast at resort
7:45 am – Proceed to Santa Fe Catholic Church for those who will attend mass
9:15 am – Depart for Santa Fe Wharf
10:00 am – Depart Santa Fe wharf
11:30 am – Arrive at Hagnaya wharf
11:45 am – Depart for Bogo.
12:00 Noon – Arrive at Bogo plaza, cultural presentation, lunch
2:00 pm – Depart for Catmon.
3:15 pm – Arrive at Catmon, Las Flores, cultural presentation
4:30 pm – Depart Catmon for Liloan
6:00 pm – Arrive in Liloan, cultural show
7:30 pm – Depart for Cebu City
8:30 pm – Arrive in Cebu , dinner
November 22 (Monday)
4:00 am – Check out of hotel
4:30 am – Bus departs for Toledo City
6:00 am – Arrival in Toledo City
6:00 – 6:30 Breakfast in Toledo
Toledo lies on Tanon Strait across from Negros Island and the city of San Carlos. It is home to the Philippines' largest copper mine, owned by Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation. Toledo is connected to Cebu City by two stretches of road that crosses the rugged spine of the island: the Naga-Uling Road and the alternate Manipis Road. A ferry runs between San Carlos and Toledo. During harvest season, migrant sugar workers from Cebu Island travel from Toledo to San Carlos to work in the sugar fields of Negros. A small seaport provides Toledo with commercial inter-island service.
7:00 am – Boat leaves Toledo for San Carlos City
9:00 am – Boat arrives in San Carlos
9:30 – 11:30 am – Shoot Body Painting
12:00 NOON - Lunch
2:30pm - Depart for Bacolod via Don Salvador Benedicto
- Shoot along the way
4:00 pm - Arrive in Bacolod City
4:30 pm - Proceed to the Ruins. The Ruins in Talisay City, Negros Occidental is what remained of the grand mansion that Don Mariano Lacson built, following the death of his first wife, Maria Braga. The mansion was reduced to its skeletal frame when in the early part of World War 2, the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE), guerilla fighters during the Japanese occupation, set the mansion ablaze so it will not be used as headquarters by the Japanese forces.
4:30 – 6:00 - Shoot RUINS w/Masskara Dancers.
6:30 - Check in at East View Hotel
7:30 - Dinner at Manokan Country
November 23 (Tuesday):
5:30 am – Take off from hotel for Silay City
6:00 am – Shoot Silay market
7:00 am – Proceed to Balay Negrense for Breakfast. Have requested Silay rondalla with dancers in Maria Clara/native costumes as entertainment and photo op.
8:00 am – Shoot old houses, cathedral, plaza of Silay
9:00 am – Proceed to Hacienda Adela. Will set up **** fighting, tuba gathering, cane harvesting with carabaw and cart
11:00 am – Leave Silay and proceed to lunch
2:30 pm – Take boat going to Iloilo
3:30 pm – Arrival in Iloilo
4:00 pm - Proceed to Freedom grandstand
4:30 pm - Tribe performance of Dinagyang & Kasadyahan
6:30 pm – back to hotel
November 24 (Wednesday):
7:00 -9:15am - To San Joaquin
9:15 -10:00am - Shoot San Joaquin church
10:00 -10:15am - To Campo santo (cemetery)
10:15 -11:00am - Shoot Campo Santo (old cemetery)
11:00 -11:30am - To Miag-ao. Lunch
12:30 - 1:15pm - Shoot Miag-ao church
1:15 - 1:45 pm - To Indagan
1:45 - 2:45 pm - Shoot community of Hablon weavers
2:45 - 3:15pm - Back to Miag-ao
3:15 - 4:30pm - To Guimbal - Shoot Guimbal Church or Tigbauan church
4:30 -5:00pm - To Iloilo City Amigo hotel
5:00 -6:00pm - Preparation for Dinner
6:00 -9:00pm - Culminating dinner
6:00 am – Check out of hotel
8:00 am – Flight out of Iloilo to Cebu (Cebu Pacific) or to Manila
8:40 am – Arrive in Cebu
Participants can then depart Cebu on their own schedule.
Introduction of Plot
Crossing Bridges is an annual photography trip aimed at fostering relationships with photographers and admin/mods from around the various online Photo Forums in Asia.
2010 is the 7th edition of this gathering.
Participating photography forums are
Singapore - Clubsnap.com
Malaysia - Photomalaysia.com
Indonesia - Fotografer.net
Vietnam - Photo.vn
Philippines - Photoworldmanila.com (FPPF)
These 5 forums host a combined community of more than 500,000 photography enthusiasts from around the region. More forums over the next few years will be joining this bridge-building , community enhancement activity
Crossing Bridges began in 2004 and is organized on a rotation basis by each country each year
2004 - Central Java, Indonesia
2005 - Hong Kong and Macau
2006 - Hanoi and Sapa, Vietnam
2007 - Semporna East Malaysia
2008 - Siem Reap and Angkor Wat Cambodia
2009 - Padang West Sumatra, Indonesia
2010 - Western Visayas, Philippines
What do we do during these trips?
We go out daily shooting at various places but more importantly:
1. photographers and admin/mods from different countries/forums get to know one another better
2. total photography immersion ..... every year, we eat, sleep and errhmm... everything photography
3. we learn about the different cultures, habits, shooting styles of different countries
4. there will be a photo sharing session or two