BATANGAS | Sunrise in San Juan, Batangas
Chased By Storm Clouds In Laiya
Batangas as a province has a lot to offer to its visitors. A place down south from Manila, Batangas is a huge province, and the beach coastline of Laiya in San Juan Batangas is well thought of. But an effort it is, being too secluded perhaps, just getting the transportation to it is a challenge.
I've been to Batangas several times, but not on its famed beaches like the Laiya. This time though, I didn't come alone. I was tagging along with someones team building from the office. It pays to have a very friendly and likable disposition like mine, I get to be invited on parties like this even when I'm outside of the circle. Taking photos of people is taking hold of my brand of photography, perhaps one of the reason why I get invited a lot, I don't mind really. Like an opportunistic predator, team buildings and private parties is an easy and cheap ticket to go to places. More so because the expenses are shared by the team itself, there are even times that I only get to spend on my fare, all I have to do is take photos of everyone which I intended to do anyway.
It was an overnight trip, and a weekend to boot. We left late from our call center office in Ayala Avenue, Makati. This is one of those weekends where Manila is ragged by a tropical storm. We are getting used to the frequency of these heavy monsoon rains, it was not enough to dampen our spirits. We left for a bus that would take us to Batangas Super Station. It was a longer route, but we are moving as body of good 20 Pax of energetic call center agents out on a weekend. When in Batangas, we rented a jeep that would bring us all to a private resort in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas. Along the way, being chased by storm clouds and heavy rainfall in Manila, we where surprise to find Batangas in a tranquil state, grey cast and cloudy but no rain. We were fortunate.
The Photo above was shot in mid afternoon, while I was waiting for blue hour to behold Batangas sunset. Unfortunately, it rained just a few minutes after this and continued for most of the night.
I was in to capture a very good sunset, a photographer knows that a clear cast sky is actually a boring landscape photo. So even when it's grey and cloudy, as long as you get a break through in the horizon when the sun peaks, you get a good deal of a shot. Too bad though, it started rain on the late afternoon, just before the blue hour.
The team I was with is lead by a very close friend of mine, and I know every member so it was like I was with my own team. Feels good to be with a lot of people sometimes, I like it very much, I'm that kind of social animal.
I was eager to arrive, but the trip was tiresome and it took us 5 hours considering that we made a few stops for the overnight provisions. Coming from the concrete jungle that is Makati, the residential countryside of Batangas is a breath of fresh air, everyone on board the trip came from a night shift but we were awake all throughout.
Most of these photos posted here are captured on a sunrise. Determined not to be let down by the bad weather, I woke early well before the blue hour at sunrise. And lo, it was a sight to behold, it was an inspiring sunrise that promises a better view of Laiya Beach for me and for the team.
This is me sharing a few of the shots I took.
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