Monday, January 19, 2015

Children of God, A Faith Renewed...And the Pope That Got Away

A child is lifted on the far side of the boulevard to welcome the final motorcade of Pope Francis, a sight that was constantly repeated in those few seconds as the Popemobile sped by. It was the last day of the papal visit, and my last chance to get up close for that once in a lifetime photograph...


The last five days with Pope Francis reignited a passion that has somewhat waned the past few years, but seeing him with the country's faithful, his deep compassion for the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda, and his sincere love for the Children of God reminded me once again of faith and trust. Add the "rock star" appeal of Pope Francis, and get ready to feel the "Pope Francis Effect"...

Monday, January 5, 2015

Close Encounters at Vigan's Baluarte

One more stop before the flight home...


Bengal tigers, spotted deer, miniature horses, and a smart parrot...up close at Vigan's famed Baluarte. A mini-zoo and park, the attraction is open to the public, with no admission charges. Inside the expansive park, prepare for close encounters with some of Baluarte's collection of exotic animals.
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