Full Moon in Sorsogon City

In the early March of 2018, I decided to test my Note8 camera if it will capture the full moon. There’s no special setting at all.

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Gabarda Building

Gabarda Building along Rizal St. It’s one of the relatively old buildings in Centro. circa Nov’2010.

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SNHS Ball Ground, January 2013

On January 2013, my wife and and myself dropped by SNHS (Sorsogon National High School) to meet our former teachers. Most of them are now head teachers and located on the same office, at the ground floor of the main building. After visiting them, we went around and took some pictures.

I was disappointed to see that the track is gone. When I was in my elementary days, I could still remember athletes running around the 400-m track. It was during our time in SNHS when they reduced it to 300m track oval because the school added more schools and eating up the oval. Back in the late 80s/early 90s, there’s 1 volleyball court, a Sepak Takraw court (became the girl’s volleyball court), a basketball court, a softball/baseball diamond that would pop out during intramural and a soccer field.

Before the Sepak Takraw court was moved infront of the main building, we would play on the ball ground. And our 15-m run would be around the oval – normally, we could finish 4 laps around the oval.

I could still remember Mr. Gojar coaching his volleyball team how to do the spike. On my first year, he had to rebuild the SNHS volleyball team; on my 4th year, the same team was smashing through the different provincial teams. Mr. Gojar would inspire me to do better in Sepak Takraw every year.

One time, it was raining hard and there were flashes of lightning. But this didn’t deter the soccer team to practice; I still remember, the team captain was named Pulo from Brgy. Binincahan. During this practice, a lightning hit the area near the foot of the soccer goal – everyone ran out of the field. It’s one of those experiences that one couldn’t forget, and could still remember sitting beside the window and not paying attention (soccer is one of my fave sport in high school).

And by the time we graduated, the track wasn’t the original 400m track anymore. We also planted Indian Mango trees on the side.

Here are some pictures, circa Jan’13.

Escudero Building

Escudero Bldg. – We stayed here on our 1st year, before we went to the new (we were the 1st batch) JICA bldg. On the left is a new building (perhaps late 90s). I remember this is Luzon Tip’s office, but not sure if still is. In the foreground is the open basketball court.

The original volleyball courts, are now occupied by a new bungalow. The last time I heard, it’s the Luzon Tip’s office. During my time, the school mag’s office was beside the current principal’s office in the main building.

The basketball court is still there, but the board is now replaced with fiber glass. I can only remember a wooden board during my time in high school. I can still remember the players outside Sorsogon playing barefooted; and I thought it was only an urban legend. Games would go on even during torrential rains. It really didn’t occur to me to play basketball. But it was very popular during my time, and I won’t be surprised if still is. There were a few violent incidents due to huge ego of the losing teams; in one incident, we were in school when we heard shouts and people were running away from the court. Our room was located in the New Building then.

The other side of the basketball court just beside the main entrance. The building on the background is New Building (or at least, what’s what the author remembers).

The other side of the basketball court just beside the main entrance. The building on the background is New Building (or at least, what’s what the author remembers).

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Talabong sa Barayong c1’2015

Those living in the cities, they don’t have the luxury of watching birds frolicking nearby. But if you grow up in the province like me, it’s always a pleasure to see birds around, especially the big ones. And I grew up looking at the Talabong landing on the field and looking for its prey (I really don’t have any idea what it is, and I doubt it’s earthworm). And in some cases, I would encounter them standing on the back of a carabao just like in the nursery books I grew up with.

While documenting different places in the city, I chanced to encounter a few of them in Brgy. Barayong.

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Sorsogon Pili Nuts at Landers

My wife dragged me to Landers Pasig last night. They just opened barely a month ago, I think. While going through their shelves, I found lili products where the peanuts are.

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Banking in Sorsogon City – Development Bank of the Philippines

DBP – Sorsogon Branch, Burgos St. corner Rizal St. at Brgy. Talisay. circa Nov’2011, For the longest time, original branch is located in Quinto Complex on the same barangay.

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China vows to finish PNR South project before 2022

China has promised to finish the Philippine National Railway’s (PNR) south railway rehabilitation and restoration project before President Duterte’s term expires in 2022, Malacañang said on Monday.

A North bound PNR train crossing Gen. Santos Ave. in Brgy. Bicutan.

Presidential Spokesman Harry L. Roque Jr. said the assurance was made by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua during their meeting two weeks ago.

“I’ve talked to the ambassador of China and he told me that the term [of President Duterte] will not be finished without the revival of the south railway,” Roque said at a news conference in Camarines Sur.

He added the construction of the PNR’s South Line Manila to Legazpi City in Bicol has been awarded to China.

“So be patient, the south railway will be finished, and even the President had said he will not leave without fulfilling this promise,” Roque said.

The revival of the PNR’s south railway stretching from Paco, Manila, to Matnog, Sorsogon, will be funded by a loan from China reportedly worth P175 billion payable in 20 years at 2-percent interest per annum.

The South Line is one of the flagship projects under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.

The 683-kilometer South Line will have nine train stations in Paco, FTI, Los Baños, Lucena City, Gumaca, Pili/Naga, Legazpi/Camalig, Sorsogon City and Matnog.

Meanwhile, Roque welcomed the signing of a loan agreement with Japan worth P51.3 billion for the construction of the initial phase of flagship subway system project.

“We are moving a step closer to having our first subway system that would help alleviate traffic congestion in Metro Manila,” Roque said.

He added the construction of the 36-kilometer subway will begin next year and is expected to be completed by 2025.

“The subway will begin partial operations by 2020. Once completed, the subway will have 16 stations and will run from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City up to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport,” Roque said.

Note: Original article is from Business Mirror

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