Thursday, October 29, 2009

Santa Cruz of Cagayan De Oro

I had the chance to visit some points of interest in Cagayan De Oro City just this Sunday past. I was with a group of bloggers who went for a city tour after attending the 3rd Mindanao Bloggers Summit which happened the day before. Among the first stops was CDO's catholic cathedral, more formally known as St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral, the seat of the Archdiocese of Cagayan De Oro. The cathedral was originally built in 1845 but was destroyed during World War II a hundred years later. It was rebuilt in 1946.

The photo above shows the Santa Cruz (Holy Cross) located right at the facade of the cathedral. This wooden cross was erected in 1888 by the Augustinian Recollects.

The structure behind it is its modern cousin :-)

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Took this photo one late afternoon on September 30, 2009, while I was just outside the national high school campus of Koronadal City in the Philippines. This and the sudden gust of strong, wet winds and a power outage moments later, sent people into a mild panic.

The paranoia is forgiven. Four days prior to this, typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) had just swept the island of Luzon and ravaged Metro Manila and nearby areas with the country's worst flooding catastrophe in 40 years; and weather people had just tracked another super-typhoon (Pepeng/Parma) brewing east of northern Mindanao.