Wednesday, December 3, 2008

i am filipino - sunset in boracay island

as the sun goes down, people in Boracay flock to the beach shore to catch its most thrilling moment. to see the beautiful sunset.as i show you the photos, let me also share to you sir Alexander Lacson's poem "I am Filipino". he is the author of the book "12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Our Country". he emailed me this poem last November after i featured him here in my blog and i told him that i'll be posting it here.I am Filipino. I am a child of the One God who is the Creator of all that is in our world and the universe. I am as perfect and as beautiful as my Creator planned and wanted me to be, for my God created me in His image, out of His perfect love.I am Filipino. I am a beloved child of God, like everyone else in our world, and no less than the stars above and anyone else below. As such, I have equal right and claim to all the beauty and bounty that God provided in my country and in the world.

I am Filipino. My Creator planted and destined me for a specific spot on earth, where the sun always shines beautifully, in an archipelago of 7,107 wonderful islands, which the whole world calls the “Pearl of the Orient”. Pilipinas is the land and the country God gave to me and my people. This is the birthplace of my race. This is the home of the Filipino.I am Filipino. The beauty and richness of my country lured many mighty powers of the world to invade our shores. So today, my blood is a mixture of the best and the finest of the west and the east. My mind is an heir to all the great thoughts of the west, and the great virtues of the east. My heart beats the romanticism of the west and the passion of the east.I am Filipino. Today, my country is home to many tongues and cultures, to many colors and faiths. Today, my country is a haven to all types of peoples who come from various corners of the earth, who try to live with each other, in an atmosphere of liberty and harmony.I am Filipino. My Creator destined me to belong to a smaller part of humanity – the Filipino family. I am therefore a brethren, a kapatid, to anyone and everyone who is Filipino, whoever and wherever he or she may be in our world.I am Filipino. You will know me by the word “po” in my sentences. You will know my children by their “mano po”, our tradition of children paying respect and honor to their parents and elders. You will know me by my sunny smile that is always on my face. You will know me by the warmth of my hospitality. But most important of all, you will know me by my loving and caring heart when you are in need of my help, even if you are a stranger.I am Filipino. I am part of the family of humanity. I am therefore a brethren to all the men and women of our world. I am a kapatid of all Christians, of all Muslims, of all Jews, of all Buddhists, of all Hindus, and all other peoples whose faiths lie somewhere else.I am Filipino. I am who I am today because of the role God wants me to play.

I am Filipino. My Creator made me exactly the way I am, so I can sow God’s seeds of love in many parts of the world, so I can help humankind live more harmoniously as one family, so I can help the world become a better place for all humanity.I am Filipino. As a beloved child of God like everyone else, my Creator has a beautiful story for me and my people. And the story we see today is but a fleeting portion of that beautiful story that has yet to fully unfold before the eyes of the world.I am Filipino. God planted seeds of beauty and greatness in me, for He truly wants me to great and beautiful, for God truly wants me to add more beauty and greatness to our world.I am Filipino. God wants me to be the best person I can ever be. He truly wants me to be as successful and as prosperous and happy as I can ever imagine. And He has equipped me, within me and around me, with all the essentials I need to attain all these so I could become the person God wants me to be.I am Filipino. I am a faithful child of God. And truly, the world has yet to see the full measure of the beauty and greatness of the Filipino. For truly, the world has yet to see what God can do for a child faithfully committed to Him.I am Filipino. I am born of freedom in a free country. I dedicate my freedom to ensuring that my children and country shall always remain free. I shall use my freedom to make other peoples in my country and in the world gain their own freedom.I am Filipino. I am born of love, out of God’s immeasurable love, in a country that needs a lot of love, and in a world that could only become beautiful with a lot of it. Love is the reason for my being. It is what my Creator wants me to bring into this world, so love shall be who I am.I am Filipino. As a child of God, I am here, all too willing to lend my life, to help build a better country for my Filipino family, and a better world for all humanity. I am Filipino.you can check out my online interview of sir Alexander Lacson here. thanks sir Alex.

70 comments:

kegler747 said...

Di ka lang traveler-photographer... isa ka rin makata (although it was taken from another person eh pwede na rin) ;) hehehe

How can you go wrong sa sunset sa isang very beautiful beach... Magnificent shots!

Aracir said...

gulay, ang ganda!! kaya naman pala maraming pumupunta diyan.

Rio said...

yehey...first 5 ako...balik ako mamay a para mag comment....sobrang ganda ng mga kuha.....

the donG said...

>kegler, hehehe... pasalamat nga talaga kay sir alex. kasi ako ang taong hindi marunong gumawa ng poem. kaya sa pictures na lang dinaan.

salamat. salamat.

>aracir, ganda talaga ang sunset doon.

>hi doc rio, ayan. naka top three ka! hehehe... salamat sa pagdaan.

Helena de Tróia said...

The poem is so beautiful!..it made me cry...and the sky was magic that day! thanks for sharing.

Vic said...

wow! mabuhay ang mga PINOY! :)
your photos are as lovely as ever! :)

REDLAN said...

i love the sunset. the sunset plus the poem... perfect combination.

Borneo Falcon said...

You sound patriotic here. Nice photos as usual.

luna miranda said...

i could almost hear the applause at the end of your post. a perfect poem to complement these spectacular shots. kulang na lang music.:D

SandyCarlson said...

That really was thrilling! Thanks for taking us to the beach with you.

aiLee920 said...

i really love this post... i love all the photographs you took....

dylan dimaubusan said...

Man! Wow! I mean, you're..I, ..

(speechless)

Oh well..

dylan dimaubusan said...

bestest post I enjoyed so far.

seriously.

I think that's enough. kundi baka di na naman ako maubusan at mpahaba lang ang sasabihin ko.

bid yan said...

w-o-w. just can't help make wow a three-syllable word. hehe. fantastic. what can i say. quite a talent we have there. pahingi nmn po. hehe.. galing tlga. if i were to rate, 20/10.. hekhek

Mike Avenue said...

Utang na loob ko sa iyo ang paggala ko.
Salamat sa magagandang larawang ito.
At sa magagandang tula!

ALiNe said...

Nice ng clouds!

alicesg said...

Amazing photos of sunset. They are so beautiful and well capture. I like the poem. Filipinos are very friendly people.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Dark beauty!

Lawstude said...

there are really thousands of reasons why we should be proud to be Filipinos and you just featured two of them - the sunset on a great beach and a poem by a great person. great job bro.

by the way, may comment sa blog ko coming from MEL, para sa yo yata yun kasi he called me DONG HO. it is my pleasure bro to have my blog mistaken as yours hehehe. ingat lagi sa biyahe.

KOSTAS said...

Marvellous blog with most excellent photos!
Congratulations

Photo Cache said...

absolutely perfect post. my heart swells with emotion.

gillboard said...

nice cloud formations!!! di ko alam, pero para sakin, nakakarelax makapanuod ng cloud formations!!!

Bry said...

THE DONG... THE DONG... THE DONG...

sana makapagtravel ako kasama ang kaibigan kong si mel at ikaw.

kasalukuyan akong nagsasanay sa potograpiya at sana maturuan mo kami at mapicturan din! hehehe

kau ni mel ang photographer at model na lang muna ako!!!

pangarap ko rin ang mga ginagawa mo! hehehe

sunset talaga ang pinaka-paborito ng mga artist :)

nice

Maya said...

i can't stop rescrolling the photos and nagging hubby to look at them.They are beautiful as the poem.

Mys Lyke Meeh said...

oh myyyy...am soooooo lovin' the pictureeee......soooooo beautiful,

and u captured it soo well.... especially sunset---w

Superb !!!! wow--I am impressed!

Hilda said...

Haaay, sobrang ganda! I can't decide whether I like golden or pink sunsets more — they're both gorgeous! Hindi talaga ako nagsasawa sa mga sunset, tunay at sa pictures. Galing!

the donG said...

>hi helena, thanks a lot. i noticed that your post also features a sunset.

>hi vic, thanks! mabuhay ang mga matitinong pinoy.

>redlan, thank you. thank you. i owe this poem to sir alex.

>borneo, thanks. yes, we really need to be patriotic.

>hi luna, maraming salamat. hehehe... anong music kaya mababagay dito?

>hi sandy, thanks!

>hi ailee, thanks.

>dylan, salamat. natatawa nga ako sa apelyido mo sa blog.

>hi bid yan, t-h-a-n-k-y-o-u! ayan binalik ko na sa yo. hehehe... it's nice to know that you're back. dropping by your blog later.

>mike, that poem is from sir alex and i really thank him for sharing it to me.

>hi aline, nice because clouds are naturally formed.

>hi alicesg, thanks. many say that and i definitely agree. specially when you go the rural areas.

>phivos, dark yet the golden suin shines.

>oman, salamat bro. kaya pasalamat talaga ako kay sir alex kasi pinadala pa nya sa akin ito.

hahaha... paano na lang pagmagkasabay pa tayo magfeature ng nueva vizcaya at aurora. maguguluhan na sila.

>kostas, thank you very much.

>photo cache, thank you very much. i owe that to sir alex.

>gillboard, dami ngang namamangha sa clouds. maybe because they are naturally beautiful.

>bry, hahaha... kumakanta ka ba? salamat. sige one time sama namin kayo. kaya lang hindi yata ako ang taong pwedeng mag advise kasi hindi pa naman ako gumagamit ng dslr. kaya malamang pareho tayong matututo kay mel.

>hi maya, thanks a lot! i really appreciate that. i owe this poem to sir alex.

just inform me when you'll be coming to the philippines.

>hi myslykmeh, thank you. thank you. sunset are naturally beautiful. so i owe all this to sir alex and God for the beautiful sunset.

>hi hilda, same here. i too like both pink and golden sunset. it proves how great our God is. thanks!

sheng said...

i love the sunset in boracay, yes, very very nice, but we had been told that the best sunset in boracay was in puka beach, did you go there too? we had some nice shots of puka beach and its sunset...

uncleawang said...

Hi,
I'm glad that you drop by my blog,Thank You very for your comment.
I view every post & photos you done.Wow!!!that was beautiful,amazing view and places,I love it and Thanks for sharing.

KRIS JASPER said...

oh em gee! 2 of my favourite subjects... body of water and clouds...

Beautiful.

sigh...............

Dennis Villegas said...

Lovely fantastic pictures, Dong..I also loved the poem...very patriotic.Thanks for sharing!

EM said...

Ang gaganda!! I was mesmerized beyond description. All I can see are beautiful cloud formations and behind it is the sun singing his last serenade. And I think I just saw heaven.

ang galing Dong! the best!

MeL said...

Hello Dong! Sa wakas napagtanto ko na rin na magkaibang tao si Lawstude at ikaw. lol. Nalito kasi ako, nag comment ako kay lawstude taos nag comment ka bigla sa blog ko. Salamat at napadpad ako dito! Woohoo!

Ang ganda ng mga litrato mo. Wala pa akong slr kaya minamabuti kong pagpraktisan na lang ang aking mumunting camera. Nakarating na rin ako dyan at sobrang ganda nga ng sunset dyan. Gaya ng sabi ni Bry, sana dumating ang araw na magkita-kita tayo at makuhanan mo kaming litrato. lol.

MeL said...

Reg pala dun sa Capones/Anawangin adventure namin, di kami nag-hike sa bundok. Hanggang akyat lang kami dun sa mala-higanteng bato nila. Di nga kami nakarating sa lighthouse kasi high tide daw at maalon nung pumunta kami. :)

aquamarine said...

pahabol po ng comment..dami commitments the past few days, i cudn't even update my site..anyway,hands up na talaga ako sa'yo.sobrang galing mo talaga!perfect in everything!do you hold seminar on photography and blogging?count me in,hehe!
God bless!

the donG said...

>hi sheng, that's something i dont know. could have chosen one of the sunset there at puka beach. next time. at least now i know. thanks.

>uncleawang, thank you too for dropping by my blog. im also enjoying your photos.

>jasper, hoping to see bodies of water in your posts. hehehe... kung meron lalo na kayo at winter na dyan.

>dennis, thank you. thanks to sir alex for the poem here.

>hi em, thanks a lot! i too am always fascinated with the clouds during sunset.

>mel, hehehe... kasi best travel blog bud ko talaga yan si lawstude kaya kung minsan mapapansin mo na pareho yung post namin. una kaming nagjoint post nung sa capones. abangan mo yung nueva vizcaya, nueva ecija and aurora joint posts namin.

sige invite namin kayo one time. ihanda nyo lang sarili nyo kasi usually biglaan mga lakad namin. hehehe... nung nasa capones kami hindi rin namin napuntahan yung side ng lighthouse. sinubukan naming maghanap ng ibang daan papunta doon ng hindi nakabangka pero hindi kami nagtagumpay. pero enjoy pa rin dahil naakyat naman namin ang isang side nito.

salamat sa pagdaan. keep in touch lagi sa mga byahe.

>hi aquamarine, maraming salamat. naku hindi ko pa magagawa yon unless point and shoot ang gamit mo. pinaplano ko na ang travel bloggers seminar. malamang february next year.

Victor Kiu said...

Nice Sunset man!!! I love your photos so much. What Camera model you are using??

suituapui said...

Hello. Paying u a return courtesy visit, thanks for dropping by my blog. I love the Philippines. Went there on my honeymoon - 1981 to Manila and Baguio. Love the place, the people and the music... I do hope to go again one day.

PUSANG-gala said...

the clouds are so prominent in the dusk sky......and I notice that the sea is more turbulent too during this time of the year. Then again, just like any good photographer, you were able to capture the drama of it all.....

my gulch said...

this series is a feast to the eyes and sunset/silouette lover like me. yea, how can you go wrong witht the sunset? galing.

Rio said...

bumalik para magsabing two thumbs up...galing..=}

Friendz said...

hey its amazing to see such wounder full nature lover... your photos are as lovely

Sidney said...

That is my favorite set of pictures you did from Boracay... this is just breathtaking ... BEAUTIFUL !

Mitz said...

excellent photos dong :)

Aethen said...

best post I ever read that made me cry. Waah, Kuya dong, you are the best. perfect blending of pictures and words that will make one proud of being Filipino and a son of God.

this post deserves a standing oblation.

Please allow me kuya dong to use and share this post of yours in our trainings and workshops in TOSP (will use this when the theme is set for it).

Padayon! I enjoyed my every visit here. :D

L.Reis said...

...I looked and I looked...that sky is surely a pray to life...I forced myself to find "the best" one...and finally I decided, that number eight (from top) is my favourite...it doesn't really matter, because they all have the strenght of pure beauty!!!

Josh of Arabia said...

ANOTHER BREATH-TAKING MASTERPIECES OF OUR VERI OWN WONDER BRO, U GOT HERE DONG, U NEVER FAILED TO MESMERIZED US!...

INTERESTINGLY, THAT MAKABAYAN POEM FROM SIR LACSON DOES HELP SELL OUR COUNTRY'S PRIDE ALL THE MORE!

MORE POWER!!MORE OF YOUR GREAT ARTS TO COME!

Hi! I'm Grace said...

A hug for you, Dong. :)

Chyng said...

I am a Filipino too! Proud to be one. Ang ganda ng Bora, wala sila niyan!

Unbelievable yung shots!

Really, with Alex Santos. Lakas ng charisma ng tao na yan. Very pleasant. I laso read 12 Little Things...

Pietro said...

Amazing sunset photos, Dong.
I like the text, too. Your conclusive words are excellent.

Shobe (from vanny's blog) said...

wow. now you made me regret leaving philippines. the last time i went to bora is two years ago. =(

Share my point of view... said...

Lovely poem and lovely sunsets.

Helena Paixão said...

Incredible collection of awesome photos!

Blue Rose said...

what a beautiful sunset! perfect match sa poem. i love it.

Tink *~*~* said...

You have beautiful beaches and beautiful sunsets. I kept paging through the photos sayin, "That's my favorite.... no wait, THAT's may favorite.... ah this one, THIS one IS MY FAVORITE!" :D

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

~~m$. DoNNA~~ said...

hi!! gandang tanghali.. may tagged ako sayo :D

since mahilig ka sa pictures
ngayon pic mo naman :)

acey said...

this is a peaceful side of bora. nice series, kuya dong! :D

The_Light's_Herald said...

i am a filipino... that is the title of a poem that we memorized in high school.


your cloud pictures - it looks that the clouds where exploding!


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mimi said...

ang ganda!!!! ang galing ng pagkacapture...

Raft3r said...

i am a flipino - another reason to be proud
panalo na naman si pacman
yahoo

happy sunday, dong

dodong flores said...

Hi, donG hO. Excellent series of photos in this particular post. I love the poem too...

beero said...

ganda ng poem at ng ideya na pagsamahin ang poem at ang bora in one entry. it's because bora is one beach that filipinos should be proud of. hehe

Eki Akhwan said...

I like the photos in this post and the prose you wrote. Very moving.

Ferdz said...

Boracay is one of the place here in the country that has the best sunset views. very explosive colors Dom. Silhouettes of people are also a great addition

seno said...

Dropping by, just wanna say a very nice blog. Are you photographer? Or, did you edit the photos with photo editor and add some effect? The photos are very cute.

Joy said...

Boracay's sunset is truly beautiful!

I'm so jealous! I can't wait to have coconuts. We don't get them here.

Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comments.

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Shawie said...

gezzzzz, those shots make me chill:) they're superb! I never get tired viewing your photography:)

paoruiz said...

These photos have nice silhouettes. =) Great captures. =)

tr3nta said...

I've done spectacular photos here... bravo...

LonelyTravelogue said...

The sunset was so dramatic, as always hehe... parang a war has just ended with the dark clouds covering the sun waving goodbye...

By the way i got that book din and i bought another one pa nga to give as a present =)

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