Thursday, January 17, 2013


  It's been more than a year now that I'm working as a sculptor on the Pueblo de Panay Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at Dinginan, Roxas City.  Ever since, I've spent most of my time on the site from sunup to sundown everyday, seven days a week. The project site is a 20 - 25 minutes hike uphill on a steep rugged road.
   It's quit a tiring walk but at the end you'll be rewarded with a  breathtaking view of the city at the North and a lush green mountains at the south. From the east pivoting to the West is a nirvanah, where the sky meets the sea on the horizon - such is the idiom of Pueblo de Panay. 

               The heart of the City as viewed from the 10th storey of the Pueblo de Panay Shrine.                                                          

   I usually go to work as early as 6:00 o'clock in the morning to avoid the hot sunlight as I walk up to the job site. I pass through the Cagay-Sibaguan highway entrance of PdP since it is the nearest route.

   Along the way I can't help but notice these beautiful wild flowers and interesting animals around. Sometimes I would even bring my daughter with me whenever she don't have a class and we take  pictures of these beautiful creatures.

 Everyday is a different day and I've gathered a lot of different stories along the way as I walk. Everyday is a serendipity walk.

A Dog-faced water snake ( Vis.- Tangkig).Early in the morning
some of this snakes bask under the sun on rock boulders along
the side of the creek near the Cagay-Sibaguan entrance road of 
 Pueblo de Panay.

Sign of Life


    Poop of an Asian Civet Cat. Apology to those who are taking their meals. This picture is a solid proof that an Asian Civet Cat  ( Vis. - Singarong) inhabits the place. They have a habit of disposing their excreta in one and the same place and whenever they are far from this place and they feel the urge to do so they would plug their anal vent with a grass pellet until they reach their toilet. This Cat chooses the center of the road.The orange color indicates that its last meal is a wild papaya fruit.

      Looking back at our photo collections, it gives me a thought that many of us in our everyday
life see these things but fail to look at them. Sometimes we don't even care for them and worst we don't even know that we don't knew that they exist. My daughter and I want to share  these photographs so we can all see how beautiful they are up close and creates in us a sense of appreciation in a much deeper way that would evolve a philosophy of respect and protection for these wildlife and their habitat.

   How utterly astounding then is the way the whole Pueblo de Panay Community's landscape is carefully planned to provide every element its own slice of the pie. How great is the amount of energies, money and massive machines are employed to move and remove earth and rocks and yet isolate (which may not be logical to some wealthy people) a fragile piece of land  - the Wild Reserve.

The Pueblo de Panay Pine tree forest

   In my own opinion ( not imposing), one of the ultimate barometers of Pueblo de Panay's success or failure is its commitment and dedication to the unbiased implementation of its corporate philosophy through a true Godly Spirit of service to mankind and the environment alike.

Devine Mercy Retreat House
Barangay Sibaguan, Roxas City
Viewed from the 10th storey of the Pueblo de Panay Shrine

    A community has two major players: man and the ecosystem. Among these two, the ecosystems role is absolute and precise:  to provide for man's needs . Whatever resources it has and how much it can provide, these are for the service of mankind. Even if at the end of division, the greater benifits goes to mankind.

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