Kulimlim sa Pola

Kulimlim sa Pola

It has been more than I year when I went to Pola, Oriental Mindoro for an outreach project courtesy of Alay Buhay Community Development Foundation and Atrades, Inc.  It was a gloomy and rainy afternoon when we arrived in Pola and went straight ahead to another barangay, whose name, I already forgot.

We had to cross the mouth of the estuary which is around 6-8 feet deep, and in a very small boat good only for 2 persons.  We were 4 including the boatman.  It was not an exaggeration when the boatman advised us not to make any extra move for the water was barely 2 inches away from the rim.  This was a grueling experience for me because I was still nurturing a fear of sailing after a boat accident in Tuburan near Pagadian City in 2005 (which I, literally, never told my mother about), and in 2007, when I sailed from Corcuera Island to Banton Island in Romblon amidst a stormy weather and 2-3 meter waves.

Save for the calm sea, the receding tide, and our just-in-time arrival at the take-off point, which was just right after a strong rain.  Thank, God, we were able to cross the river in just a little more than 5 minutes.

There was nothing spectacular seascape that day due to a gloomy weather, but just the same, a photographer will always be a photographer.  After the drizzle, the water has receded and there were already some gleaners on the beach, a cloudy and gray sky, a few boats, but these, I thought, will do. Gloomy weather will be great for monochrome.

This was shot in color but converted to black and white.


  1. great pic ding. i'm from neighboring naujan you know. heheheh.

  2. good to hear that, Buraot! hehe.

  3. Wow! parang name ko! Paula! :-D


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