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Coron, Palawan

About three weeks ago, my friends and I went to Coron, Palawan for some out of town adventure. We arrived at the dive resort at mid day then went to try the salt water hot spring. The hot water plus the salt in it said to be good for the skin. I don’t really mind that, what was important to me back then was to get out of my daily routine which is waking up early for work and then going home tired. One unforgettable experience was the shipwrecks. I also have managed to dive under water for a photo shoot.This ship wrecks were used to be Japanese war ships destroyed by Americans fleets during the World War II.The sceneries are fantastic. White san beaches, virgin islands, mangrove forests and coral mountains. I didn’t realize I like nature until then.The people are very nice. The dive shop owner happened to be from my school so got along easily and offered us a place for Karaoke and Tequila.

Solar Eclipse 2009

July 22, 2009, I woke up early in the morning to join a group of astronomers in observing the longest solar eclipse of our lifetime. 14.62 degrees latitude, 121.10 longitude is the location of the site where we took photos of Luna passing in front of Sol.The group is consist of member of the University if the Philippines Astronomical Society and some Instructor at the Astronomy department of Rizal Technological university. We photos of the eclipse using Bamm Gabriana’s 10” MEADE reflector together with point and shoot digital cameras. We used combinations of 4 solar filters including red and yellow eyepiece filters to get this results. We can only see partial solar eclipse from Manila, this is why most of the professional astronomers in the Philippines flew to China to get a chance to take a shot of the longest total solar eclipse.I took this photo @ exactly 9:44 AM Manila time which is one minute after the Maximum occultation. I also took a photo of the final egress just seconds befo…