Saturday, April 24, 2010

Win 5k: Philstar

Win 5k: Philstar
http://www.philstar.com/microsite/ilovephilippinesyear3/home.html
http://www.philstar.com/microsite/ilovephilippinesyear3/ilovenature.html








1.The I Love Nature photo contest is open to all interested
participants residing in the Philippines.

2. Participants may use any digital camera. An entry must be an original
work and free from copyright, must have been taken between July 2009 to
July 2010, have not been published or exhibited in any printed or online media
prior to the contest and have not previously won in any photo competition.
philstar.com has the right to approve or reject a submitted entry.

3. In submitting the entry, photo must be sent to marketing@philstar.com
in jpeg format, not exceeding maximum resolution of 6 megapixels, minimum 180 dpi.
Subject line of email must read ILoveNature photo contest entry.
Maximum of 3 entries may be submitted by a participant.

The following info should be indicated: TITLE of entry, Date &
location picture was taken, Full name of participant,
Address and Mobile number. Entry description with minimum of 50 words shall be included.

4. No manipulation beyond color correction, conversion to black &
white, brightness and contrast will be allowed.

5. Criteria for judging:

    • Creativity and Originality 50%

    • Message Impact 50%

6. The judges' decision is final.

7. Submission of entries is from April 5 to July 31, 2010 at 5p.m.
Grand prize winners of I Love Nature photo contest will be announced during judging
ceremony of “The Pinas Expedition! Lakbay Dagat, Lupa at Himpapawid”
photography contest which will be streamed live at www.philstar.com on August 22, 2010.

8. Winners will be notified via email on how to claim the prize.

9. Relatives of philstar.com, Arya Residences, ArthaLand, justgo.ph,
and Zest Air employees to the second degree of consanguinity and affinity are
disqualified from joining the contest.

10. All entries become the property of philstar.com, which will have the right to
exhibit or publish the images for promotional purposes, indicating/acknowledging the photographer.
philstar.com may display the prints in a public venue, or publish them for the purpose
of promoting philstar.com’s I Love Philippines contest, without any financial
compensation to the photographers.

See Sample Entry: http://www.philstar.com/microsite/ilovephilippinesyear3/home.html

Posted by Villamor A. Cando
Holy Week 'Penitence' at Mt. Pulag
April 3, 2010

Straddling the Cordillera mountains, Mt Pulag at 3 kilometers 

above sea level, is the highest peak in Luzon. 
And without any mountain climbing experience, whatsoever,
I led my family to an 'expedition' -- a sort of 'penitence' to 'conquer' 
the peak of Mt. Pulag.
After being awed by the giant beastly beauty of Ambuklao Dam

along the way, we trekked the 8km Ambangeg trail.
The scent of the pine forest, cool shades of the mossy
forest and the fantastic wavy grasslands dotted with millions
of incredible dwarf bamboos  serve to soothe our aching muscles.
The view at the peak of Mt. Pulag can only be described as heavenly!

--with freezing temperatures in the midst of summer as
priceless yet free bonanza on the side! Really, I love the Philippines!


Posted by Villamor A. Cando
Holy Week 'Penitence' at Mt. Pulag
April 3, 2010

Straddling the Cordillera mountains, Mt Pulag at 3 kilometers

above sea level, is the highest peak in Luzon. And without
any mountain climbing experience, whatsoever, I led my family
to an 'expedition' -- a sort of 'penitence' to 'conquer' the peak 
of Mt. Pulag.
After being awed by the giant beastly beauty of Ambuklao

Dam along the way, we trekked the 8km Ambangeg trail.
The scent of the pine forest, cool shades of the mossy forest
and the fantastic wavy grasslands dotted with millions
of incredible dwarf bamboos  serve to 
soothe our aching muscles.
The view at the peak of Mt. Pulag can only be described

as heavenly!--with freezing temperatures in the midst 
of summer as priceless yet free bonanza on the side! Really, 
I love the Philippines!


Posted by Jeofrey Lata
Beach of the North
April 02, 2010
Patar Beach, Bolinao, Pangasinan

Its one of the best beach ive been, i love everything about the place, 


the whitest sand, the cold blue water,
the big waves, the little nice nipa cottages, the people..
..Oh my, i feel inlove with this Beach.


Posted by Abigail G. Cagadas
"Stacked Up Coffins"
December 26, 2009
Sagada Mt. Province

One of the beauty Sagada has to offer---The Lumiang Burial Cave.

The feeling was so different when I, together with my family came 
across with the Burial cave during our Christmas travel at Sagada Mt.
province. I was really curious about those piled up coffins in the cave,
all I knew is that it's some kind of local customs of the place
(and I'm right about that) although I was'n able to find out the
exact reason for this. At first, I found it very spooky most especially
that during that moment, the place was full of fogs and darkness 
was to come but eventually after some time, I realized that it 
was amazing- everything in it! It has mysteries covered up which 
makes me find it as something really interesting. I believe that 
there are reasons behind why there is such.


Posted by Rachel Mary Anne A. Basas
My CamSur Escapade: The Challenge of Mount Isarog
February 11, 2010
Mount Isarog, Camarines Sur, Philippines

The title says it all: I had an escape from my everyday life as a studious

and hardworking 3rd year college student when the United Nations 
Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines organized a three-day

retreat to Camarines Sur. As I was just an intern there, I didn't expect 
to be invited. But the Country Director was very generous and 
he invited me.

We went to CamSur Watersports Complex. The watersports there 

were extreme enough for me. I didn't know that there was something 
extremer than that until we went to Mount Isarog to trek, plant saplings,
and do the amazing race--UNDP style.

Trekking the mountain sure is a lot of fun if you have companions with you.

Every step unfolds many of nature's wonders: falls, rocks, trees, woods, 
insects, rivers, and many others. When we stumbled upon this towering 

and steep treehouse, I instantly knew what our 2nd challenge was; 
and that is to rappel from that height to the ground. However,
there is but one problem: I am afraid of heights!

Twenty minutes was enough for me to sulk and fear. 

My teammates were waiting for me. 
I nervously climbed the stairs and when I reached the top,
I wanted to back-out already. 
But the assurances of my teammates and friends made me strong 
to face my fear. After all, I know I would still be alive.
They are waiting for me down there. And the ropes are very thick.
There's nothing that could go wrong. And indeed nothing went wrong! 
My first jump was the last thing that made me nervous. After that,
I felt the strength of the ropes and instantly
became comfortable with the experience despite 
the fact that I am too many feet away from the ground.

I landed safely! And the most important of it was,

I conquered my fear of heights! To God be the glory!


Posted by Joy Mesina-Bahia
Title of entry: "A Peek Into The Old Times"
Date & location: April 11, 2010 at Las Casas Filipinas, Bataan

It was amazing to have discovered Las Casas Filipinas in Bataan.

Upon entry to the compound, you are instantly brought to a quiet
and calm ambiance and make you feel you are really in the old times.
Each stucture is accurately reconstructed to make it look as it would
have back then. The effort exerted in making sure that every 
detail is parallel to the theme--structure, accessories, finishing,

etc., is something to be truly admired!


Posted by Marvenson Zapata


Galera in October
October 30, 2009 in Puerto Galera

I never understood love at first sight until I visited Puerto Galera.

The beach is pristine and the locals are the most friendly people I
have ever met. Galera's underwater is a park. 
You would not like to get out of the ocean once you see it.
Grab your friends. Get out of your house. Go there and be amazed.



Posted by Raquel Y. Verder
Title of Entry: The Giants of the North
Date & Location: November 28, 2009, Banqui Windmills, Ilocos Norte

Last November 2009 me and my friends had a chance to visit &

try what Ilocos can offer to tourists, and it doesn't dissapoint us because 
it was an awesome sight. Bangui Windmills also known as Northwind
Bangui Bay Project built by Northwind Development Corporation mainly
to provide power to the surrounding villages . It was installed along the
shore to optimize the full benefit of the winds.  Surely, there are a lot of
places here in the Philippines which are worth exploring and we'll never 
seize to visit each one of them...


Posted by Rowena B. Relivo

Title:  SAMSON of the North
Date: November 30, 2009
Location: Currimao Rock Formations (Ilocos Norte)

Our barkada visited Ilocos Norte last November.  One of the best place

there is the Currimao Rock Formations. All we can do is to sigh on the
beauty of this place.  We were amazed on how these giant rocks
formed in span of time.  Surely, any SAMSON or even Delilah would 
love to visit this wonderful place.



Posted by Emee Len Baloy
 
THE BEAUTY OF NATURE
coron, palawan. july 22,2009

you can see this scenery when you hike to mt. tapyas.
seeing nature like this really makes me so happy. 
it is something you cannot buy with your money. 
let's save it and protect it.

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