Thursday, June 19, 2014

Galleria Taal: Philippines' First Vintage Camera Museum

Galleria Taal

Galleria Taal is the Philippines' first ever vintage camera museum located in the historic heritage town of Taal, Batangas. This treasure trove of glass, metal and film serves as a testament to one collector's love for mastering light and preserving memories. Find out more on my blog post below:

On cobble stone road, in a sleepy little town that time forgot, sits an ark. It is predominantly made of stately hard wood (as all arks should) but also carries sturdy stone in its body, fit for any flood of water or heat that seeks to destroy its precious cargo. Although it does not carry a menagerie of animals like the proverbial ark of Noah, what it does carry is a collection of vintage cameras that are in danger of being washed away in the deluge that is the new age of digital photography.

I see the Gallera Taal as exactly what was described above. An 'ark' that wants to preserve what has been made to preserve. Here in this wood and stone ancestral house lies a treasure of precious metal camera bodies, multicolored glass lenses that sparkle brighter than the stars, and even gold and silver body plates attached to the even more precious optical system housed within.

Now aside from all the fluff that I have written above (I wanted to pay homage to this wonderful shrine of light) the Galleria Taal is 'the first and foremost vintage camera museum in the Philippines that houses Mr. Manny Inumerables (I'm pretty sure his family name says something about his collection. Endless!) collection of rare cameras from the late 1800's to the 1900's'.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Baguio: Oh My Gulay! One of the City's Best Vegetarian Restaurants

Oh My Gulay 

The Oh My Gulay restaurant at the Victor Oteyza Community Art Space (VOCAS) is one of Baguio City's well known secrets. This quirky little vegetarian restaurant will amaze you with its healthy food and fantastical interior design. 

One would never have imagined that a quirky vegetarian restaurant housed in a humongous cavern with ponds, wooden huts and even a frickin' boat would be located 5 story's above the busiest road in Baguio City. If this description fails to give you an idea about what the place looks like, think: tree house on top a building in downtown Baguio. A tree house with really really good food. Really really good vegetarian organic food for that matter.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Baguio: Mt. Pulag, Climbing My First Mountain

Mt. Pulag, Climbing My First Mountain

Climbing Mt. Pulag in Bokod, Benguet in mid May this year served as my 'introduction' into the interesting world of mountain climbing. Read more about my experience in the blog post below. 

The sunrise over Mt. Pulag in Bokod, Benguet. Sadly, no sea of clouds, but still an awesome view!
Ever since I can remember, I've always wanted to climb a mountain. Sure, I've hiked up a few mountains here and there once-upon-a-time in a land far, far away... But by climbing I mean actually hiking up a steep incline with a ton of stuff strapped to your back, making camp and cooking your own food, enduring the rain and freezing cold at night and then finally being able to actually see the sun rise over a place first, with your own two eyes. This is exactly the type of 'mountain climbing' I experienced when I climbed Mt. Pulag, My First Mountain in mid May this year.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Bataan: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

A heritage resort full of old Spanish houses in Bagac, Bataan. 

Casa Meycauayan. One of my favorite pictures of the heritage houses. The sculptures of children playing in the lawn truly complete this house. This house was originally built in 1913 and was initially in San Fernando Pampanga.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a town that time forgot. It truly is, in a sense, a throwback to a time when the Spanish influence was very much the norm in our little Pearl of the Orient. This heritage resort located in Bagac, Bataan patterns itself after Spanish towns of old and reminds us of a time where sprawling cobble stone streets, gas lamps and old stone and wooden houses were a common sight in the Philippines.