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    Default Western Visayas Philippines - Crossing Bridges 7

    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 ?


    DAY 1
    November 18 (Thursday):WHOLE DAY - Arrival of delegates in Cebu/pickup from Airport/shuttle to Hotel/Registration and Room allocations

    7:00pm - Welcome Dinner

    DAY 2
    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


    DAY 3

    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

    DAY 4

    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

    Day 5
    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

    DAY 6
    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

    DAY 7
    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

    DAY 8
    November 25
    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.


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    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
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    Default Re: Western Visayas Philippines - Crossing Bridges 7

    most of the guys will be extending their stay for another 3-4 days and coming back home on 28 or 29 Nov

    What else can we do or shoot on these days ?

    Any good places to try local food ?

    What are the customs and traditions like?

    etc etc

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    Default Re: Western Visayas Philippines - Crossing Bridges 7

    From Conan: Quote: "Ahhh, Silay... haven't been there in years. The old houses with their art deco / hispanic architecture are a tourist draw there. The surrounding countryside is also made up of vast sugarcane fields - very interesting landscapes. If you happen to come during harvest season, you can take shots of the plantation workers and the massive trucks hauling sugarcane to the refineries. Aside from this there's some good trekking as well - ask the guides about the Patag Forest Reserve - it's got dozens of waterfalls, the easiest being a 40-minute trek "
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    Default Re: Western Visayas Philippines - Crossing Bridges 7

    From another CS'er on San Carlos

    Bodypainting festival
    http://www.sancarloscity.org/nui
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    http://iguide.travel/Western_Visayas#

    Here is the map...now I know there's so many island surrounding Cebu...

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    Carcar City, Cebu after-trip extension

    Carcar is located approximately 40 km south of Cebu City. It is bounded on the north by San Fernando; on the south by Sibonga; on the west by Barili and Aloguinsan; and on the east by the Bohol Strait. It has a land area of approximately 116.22 km˛.
    The land is generally level with less than 18% slope composing of 78.7% of the total land area. Areas with slopes ranging from 18 to 50% cover 19.3% of the total land area and those over 50% slope comprise approximately 1.9%. The highest recorded elevation is a little over 660 meters above sea level, located within the barangay of Napo.
    The wet season occurs during the months of May to October and the dry season, from January to May.
    Tourist Trail

    The Heritage City of Cebu, Carcar is home to various Spanish to American period structures. The Carcar plaza alone hosts several Heritage structures, the Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria dominates the area. Within the complex various structures stand. Walking towards Sta. Catalina street one will surely be astonished with the quaint houses and their distinctive architectural details.
    A visit to Carcar wouldn't be complete without sampling its mouth-watering delights. Surrounding the Rotunda and in the public market one will find the famous Carcar chicharon, lechon, ampao, bucarillo, gogorias and puso are just.


    Carcar Museum

    “Ampao” – local rice crispies

    Carcar City Rotunda and Carcar Church

    “PUSO” – our local rice which is cooked(by steaming) in coconut leaves that are formed into diamond shaped hearts , hence the name Puso, which means heart in the vernacular.

    The largest shoe on Cebu, made by the Carcar City shoemakers, symbolizing one of their local crafts, and a “lechon” – roast pig, which the city is widely known for.

    “Chicharon” – one of the delicacies Carcar City is known for, fried pork rinds.

    “Balay na Tisa” – One of citiy’s Heritage Houses
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    Default Re: Western Visayas Philippines - Crossing Bridges 7

    You guys should seriously consider going to nearby Bohol (only an hour's ferry ride from Cebu). It's rich in cultural heritage sites, beautiful sceneries and white sand beaches.

    :Later,

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    Default Re: Western Visayas Philippines - Crossing Bridges 7

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinoy View Post
    You guys should seriously consider going to nearby Bohol (only an hour's ferry ride from Cebu). It's rich in cultural heritage sites, beautiful sceneries and white sand beaches.

    :Later,

    the whole team is extending by 3 to 4 days after the official trip, so Bohol is definitely a possibility........... i have dived there before but never really discovered its cultural treasures yet

    thanks for the heads up !!
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    Default Re: Western Visayas Philippines - Crossing Bridges 7

    From a recce and observation trip in June/July here are some samples of what to expect in the Western Visayas......... apologies for the poor photography but I hope it will give you an idea of the beauty and culture of the area

    The Iloilo Photographic Society is very active in Iloilo


    Part of the Iloilo Photographic Society and members of the FPPF welcoming you guys to visit their beauty island


    The cultural heritage architecture , many from the colonial Spanish era is nothing short of stunning


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    Default Re: Western Visayas Philippines - Crossing Bridges 7

    Their (fighting )cocks are big and strong



    The locals are kool and very friendly


    The food is mainly from the sea with lots of greens...... BUT it is not too spicy.... so you will need to bring your own chili padi and sambal if you need some 'fire' in your food


    The guys at San Carlos showing you one of the activities
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    Why don't you try a ferry ride to Olango Island Bird Sanctuary, only 20 min from Mactan Cebu

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    Body painting which we will be shooting



    Carlo from Iloilo Photographic Society (love his t-shirt)


    Icky Salazar from Cebu Photo Works (Love his t-shirt too)


    Lobby of one of the hotels we will be staying in.... brand new
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    Default Re: Western Visayas Philippines - Crossing Bridges 7

    Quote Originally Posted by maldito View Post
    Why don't you try a ferry ride to Olango Island Bird Sanctuary, only 20 min from Mactan Cebu
    thanks for the feedback.... will long teles >200mm be needed here ?

    We are all staying for EXTRA 3-4 days after the event ends to shoot places that are not on the itinerary
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    Default Re: Western Visayas Philippines - Crossing Bridges 7

    Just take a guess which candidate won the recent local municipal elections for this area ?



    This just about says it all


    LOTS of colonial era residences
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    interesting.. sad that i cant go again this time due to work..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    thanks for the feedback.... will long teles >200mm be needed here ?

    We are all staying for EXTRA 3-4 days after the event ends to shoot places that are not on the itinerary
    Yes, you can bring the longest lens that you have. The best time to go there is during low tide when foods are abundant for the migrating birds. Book a tour guide, he should know what's best for your needs.

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    May I suggest also the The Miraculous Virgin Mary Of Simala, Cebu. Its around 1.5 hr drive from Cebu City

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    Default Re: Western Visayas Philippines - Crossing Bridges 7

    The inside of churches are stunning


    Just so many smiles and happy people everywhere


    Joking around has gotten so serious that local authorities need to remind them not to crack certain jokes at airports ha ha


    Just a snapshot but skies there were great when I was there
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    Default Re: Western Visayas Philippines - Crossing Bridges 7

    1 slot has opened up due to a withdrawal....... poor guy has to stay back and settle housing matters with HDB and the bank

    Let me know asap, thank you
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    you could try malapascua island or camotes island

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