“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!” ― Ted Grant
Dahican Beach is a stunning 7-kilometer stretch of white sand facing the Pacific Ocean. Its strong winds and high waves making it ideal for wind and board surfing, and is now a popular spot for skimboarding. It is a hidden paradise in Mati City, in the province of Davao Oriental.
The small municipality of Cagwait in Surigao del Sur has a hidden paradise to boast of and a festivity to crow about. Blessed with a horseshoe-shaped cove with a long stretch of fine powdered sand and surrounded by azure colors matching sky and sea, the White Beach (or Waikiki, as the famous American aviator Charles Lindbergh called it the first time he saw it) is a tourism potential once known only to its neighboring municipalities until now.
“Nature is man’s teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence”. ~Alfred Billings Street Languyon Bay, Baculin, Daanglungsod Baganga, Davao Oriental Jojie Alcantara, 2011
“Sometimes the course of our lives depends on what we do or don’t do in a few seconds, a heartbeat, when we either seize the opportunity, or just miss it. Miss the moment and you never get a chance again.” ― Aidan Chambers, Dying to Know You In my birthplace of Mati, Davao Oriental, lies Lawigan, a hidden coastal community dotted by rugged rock formations, mangroves and white sands interspersed with coconut trees and patches of civilization with huts built on shorelines. The road to Lawigan is quite narrow and perched on a precipice, before going down at sea level again. It was a very lovely day where I couldn’t get enough of its seascape glory. I took photos of its extended sandbar which you can walk for yards and yards out into sea. While the coast was calm and clear, farther ahead where mangroves are growing, the sea changes into a fury of white waves bashing into protective reef fringes, where the gulf meets the raging Pacific sea. Here, the fishing boats ply the …
Richard: “And me, I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for, ’cause it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something, and if you find that moment… it lasts forever…” The Beach (film, 2000), based on the book by Alex Garland. Richard is played by Leonardo DiCaprio. While the film was shot in Thailand, this piece of paradise I have captured is found in White Island, Camiguin here in Mindanao. It is merely a long strip of white sand bar nestled in the aquamarine beauty of the sea. At high tide, it gets knee-deep, and without shelter from the burning sun, it is best to keep re-applying sunblock from time to time. But yes, it is a paradise. View more about Camiguin here.