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The Before-and-After El Nido Photo-documentation Project – Rizal Street

Life in El Nido, Palawan, Photography By October 9, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 6 Comments

Many of the photos of Rizal Street that I have now are taken in 2012. In 2006, there wasn’t anything interesting much about this street that I did not take a lot of photos of it. Rizal Street is what visitors coming in from Puerto Princesa will take and see first when going into El Nido town.

Rizal Street, El Nido, Palawan

Now, as development moves from the poblacion towards Corong-Corong, more and more lodging and pension houses are being built along this street.

I have this grand plan of blogging about ALL the accommodations in El Nido town, including the ones in Brgy. Caalan and Brgy. Corong-corong, but this will not materialize, I suppose. There are now so many of them, from low to high budget, that I just did not get the time to cover them all.

I did try to start with the ones on Rizal Street, beginning with Viewdeck Cottages, but that blog will have to wait.

On Rizal Street, coming in from Corong-corong, these are what you will see:


Lualhati Cottages, Rizal Street, El Nido, Palawan


Cliffside Cottages, Rizal Street, El Nido, Palawan

Cliffside Cottages, Rizal Street, El Nido, Palawan


Sei Nazion Cottages, Rizal Street, El Nido, Palawan


The Before-and-After El Nido Photo-documentation Project – Calle Real

Life in El Nido, Palawan, Photography By October 8, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , 6 Comments

When I lived in El Nido in 2005-2006, I made it a point to take photos around town right before I left, using my point-and-shoot Pentax Optio WP. Just in case I didn’t get to come back ever again, I thought to myself. The photos around town that I managed to compile were not taken on the same days, so the quality of light was not the same all the time. I really did not have a system for that.

Though I was in and out of El Nido every year since then, I only stayed for a few days, a week or two at most. So when I came back to El Nido in 2012 to stay for a relatively longer period of time, I decided I was going to do the “Before and After” El Nido Photo-documentation Project.

This time I had a Nikon D90, with a wider lens that takes better photos through and through than my old camera.

It was some work. I transferred all my old snapshots onto my cellphone and went around town, taking photos, using the snapshots on my phone as a guide. The “After” photos should be taken at the same angle as the “Before” photos. I had about 75 photos in my phone. 75 photos that were NOT all replicated by the time I left again for Manila.

I had my daughter along so it was not a good idea to take her on photo walks with me. Even though El Nido town is very small, taking a three-year old with me to walk in the streets under the hot sun, was just not something that could be done. So I decided to take photos by areas, coming back to shoot on other days.

But September is not a month for consistent weather either. Some days, it rained all day. I spent a considerable amount of wasted time, just waiting for the rain to stop, or the sun to come out, or the perfect timing, or my daughter’s good mood. Sometimes I took photos from the wrong angle. And a number of times, I took the wrong photo altogether. Funny project I must say. But interesting. Interesting enough for me to do it regardless of varying circumstances.

Since I have been back in Manila, I have been going through all the photos I accumulated while I was in El Nido for 2 1/2 months. And there really were a lot.

Here are the first batch of photos. And hopefully, I can add a little story behind each every now and then. And hopefully, those little stories are near the truth, and not something I just made up.

For portrait shots, “Before (2006)” is on the left, and “After (2012)” is on the right. For landscape shots, “Before (2006)” is on top, and “After (2012)” is at the bottom.

El Nido Elementary School (A public school)

Public School Fence

We lived on a house located in Osmena St, at the back of, or can also be said as right next to the El Nido Resorts/Ten Knots office, depending on which street you are at; but in front of the El Nido Resorts office, across the street, is the El Nido public elementary school. Aside from the fact that the trees are, of course, bigger, they also have a new fence. I remember that afternoon when a helicopter landed right in the middle of that expansive grounds.


Ten Knots/El Nido Resorts office gate

White House Gate

Though the photo on the left (2006) was taken from inside the yard while the photo on the right (2012) was taken from the street, I just really liked how the gate has changed.


Ten Knots/El Nido Resorts office (also called the White House)

The White House

The White House

It used to be a two-storey white-washed building that we all called the “White House” simply because it was all white. Every time I think about the White House, I still think of the wrap-around porch, and how we used to hang out a lot there. The before and after photo is the left side the building. It is located at the corner of Calle Real and Osmena St. so I can take photos of its front and left sides.

The Intersection of Calle Real and Abdulla St.

Municipal Hall Corner

I remember standing at that corner, where Inggo store is, and taking that shot in 2006. It was March 2006 and the Palawan Cherry trees were in bloom. I loved those Palawan cherry blossoms.

Palawan Cherry

Palawan Cherry Blossoms


Marimegmeg Beach, El Nido, Palawan… on a GENER-ous Day

Life in El Nido, Palawan, Photography By August 21, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

The typhoon Gener was whipping the islands with non-stop heavy rains and winds, classes were suspended, and yet, one of our faculty members who had just arrived and had not been to the beach since, wanted to go to the beach. So we headed to the nearest pretty beach in Brgy. Corong-corong – a trike’s ride away out of town proper and a few minutes walk down a muddy path.

There are a few beach resorts on this strip of beach, right before travelers from Puerto Princesa arrive at the town proper of El Nido. Las Cabanas is one of them. In fact, there is a Las Cabanas signage right by the road. But for the most part, this beach is a private one, and you need to bring your own food or drinks or your beach mat.

We we’re blessed with a little bit of sun for some time, which allowed me to take the following photos.

El Nido, even in bad weather, is still breathtaking!





Chronicles: Sunset Fishing, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By April 1, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Two things:

1. Sunset Cruise
Offered by tour operators, it involves just chilling out on a boat in the middle of the sea, with a bottle or two of beer and some packed barbecue, while the sun sets in the background. Quite a normal activity one would say, except they add a twist by putting you on a small outrigger boat – with a bottle of San Miguel beer, dare I say.

I have never done this.

2. Fishing
I lived in El Nido without really going into the details of actual fishing. The most common I encountered was something they called kawil. “Teacher, nangawil kami,” is what my students used to tell me. It involved putting a bait on a hook and just waiting for the fish. The usual, except one had to catch the bait first, and they weren’t worms. During low tide, the sand and rocks get exposed and sea creatures would get trapped in holes in the sand or in spaces in between rocks.

During the months of February, March and April, the El Nido horizon would glow with a multitude of lights. One of the teachers even said it made her think Manila was just nearby as she had thought the lights were coming from Manila. The lights in truth came from the lights of fishermen catching squid.

If there was something I regretted not having done, despite the opportunities to, was go out with the fisher folks to catch squid, or at least watch them do it. The catch sadly did not reach the shores of the town, as they were sold right then and there to Taiwanese merchants aboard their own ships.

What I did do was go out with my friends Likha, Derick, and Eric, to fish as the sun was setting.

What we did first was catch an octopus stranded in little holes in the sand by leaving a trailing bait out on the beach.