POSTCARDS FROM CATEEL

Madayaw na adlaw!  Today I will hark back good old memories about my hometown of Cateel through the vivid snapshots I compiled from my frequent trips to my birthplace long before it is ravaged by Super Typhoon Pablo. Some of these photos are unpublished; some have already been featured in this blog, magazines and even books. These are my personal treasures I inherited from home. These are the reasons why I have been very proud of my roots, my ancestors and my people. These made me who I am today – a proud son of Cateel. Now struggling to move forward and get back to its old stunning shape, these photos will now be priceless reminders of what my hometown used to be – a quaint coastal town blessed with amazing works of Mother Nature.

…these  are postcards from Cateel from The Travel Teller, to you.

Sunrise in Cateel

Good Morning Cateel!

Cateel Bay facing the Great Pacific Ocean

Cateel Bay facing the Great Pacific Ocean

Fishing as a Source of Livging

Fishing as a Source of Living

The Raging Waves of the Pacific

The Raging Waves of the Pacific

Sunrise, Oh Sunrise!

Sunrise, Oh Sunrise!

ALIWAGWAG FALLS, the highest waterfalls in the Philippines

ALIWAGWAG FALLS, the highest waterfalls in the Philippines

The Tallest Monument of Jose Rizal in the whole Davao region can be found in Cateel.

The tallest Monument of Jose Rizal in Davao Region can be found in Cateel.

The Acacia Trees of Macahigad

The Acacia Trees of Macahigad

The vast ricefields of Cateel

The vast ricefields of Cateel

The Untainted Splendor of Mainit's Danog Falls

The Untainted Splendor of Mainit’s Danog Falls

San Antonio - Baybay Creamsand Longbeach

San Antonio – Baybay Creamsand Longbeach

The enticing allure of Mahoc Beach

The enticing allure of Mahoc Beach

Tres Marias Falls (Mantunao Eco-Park)

Tres Marias Falls (Mantunao Eco-Park)

Taytayan's Mantunao Cave

Taytayan’s Mantunao Cave

Interesting Rock Formation at Mahoc Beach

Interesting Rock Formation at Mahoc Beach

Wild Mushrooms at Aliwagwag Falls

Wild Mushrooms at Aliwagwag Falls

The clean and green Cateel River

The clean and green Cateel River

Cateel Centennial Park glitters at Christmas

Cateel Centennial Park glitters at Christmas

Cateel's Undisturbed Natural Forest

Cateel’s Undisturbed Natural Forest

Baybay Beach, the Kind of Beach you want to bask around.

Baybay Beach, the Kind of Beach you want to bask around.

The facade of St. James the Apostle Church

The facade of St. James the Apostle Church

Inside St. James the Apostle Church

Inside St. James the Apostle Church

The serene Mainit River

The serene Mainit River

The Waves of Mahan-ob Beach

The Waves of Mahan-ob Beach

Sunset at Baldo Beach

Sunset at Baldo Beach

Polka Dot Crabs called Kambering

Polka Dot Crabs called Kambering

Sa Kabukiran

Sa Kabukiran

Mulle De Santa Filomena

Mulle De Santa Filomena

...from Sister's Beach with ♥!

…from Sister’s Beach with ♥!

Playful Kids at Santa Fe Beach

Playful Kids at Santa Fe Beach

Kutoo Festival Dancers

Kutoo Festival Dancers

Tab-anay and Kalamasi Thorns. Cateeleños know their connection.

Tab-anay and Kalamasi Thorns. Cateeleños know their connection.

This how how we define festive booth during fiestas and special occasions

This is how we define festive booth during fiestas and special occasions

MOTOR: Cateel's main mode of local transportation.

MOTOR: Cateel’s main mode of local transportation.

Jose Rizal and the century-old Acacia Tree.

Jose Rizal and the century-old Acacia Tree.

The charming replica of Aliwagwag Falls at Cateel Centennial Park

The charming replica of Aliwagwag Falls at Cateel Centennial Park

RIZAL STREET at night. This is where I grew up.

RIZAL STREET at night. This is where I grew up.

Araw ng Cateel's Mutya ng Cateel

Mutya ng Cateel Beauties

The Sea of Drift Woods on Rainy Days

The Sea of Drift Woods on Rainy Days

Little Cateelenos

Little Cateelenos

Rizal at twilight

Rizal at twilight

St. James the Apostle Church

St. James the Apostle Church

Santa Filomena Beach

Santa Filomena Beach

Paksiwng Ratrat (Palakang Bukid)

Paksiwng Ratrat (Palakang Bukid)

Sawugnun, a native fish favorite among locals

Sawugnun, a native fish favorite among locals

Waiting for Sunrise

A little girl awaits for Sunrise

Happy New Year

Happy New Year Cateel

Glowing Sky Lanterns

Glowing Sky Lanterns

The Travel Teller is a proud son of Cateel.

The Travel Teller is a proud son of Cateel.

The Travel Teller for CATEEL.

The Travel Teller for CATEEL.

Deep in my heart, there is so much hope that one day, in the not so distant future, Cateel will rise again regaining her beauty, repossessing her glory. I know one day, I would be blogging again about my birthplace featuring the new face of Cateel – more beautiful, more picturesque and more enticing than these photographs from home.

This is OLAN FERNANDEZ EMBOSCADO, son of Floriano Castro Emboscado and Leopolda Losentes Fernandez, both proud Cateelenos – sharing these photographs from home to you!

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  1. Great shot! I like of Baybay beach, the reflection is awesome. And the sunset photo also is great!

  2. Esther C. Marchand says:

    A beautiful tribute of our dear hometown, Olan! These pictures, it once was, so surreal in its beauty. We took it for granted while we are in it and the realization that’s it’s gone made us want to be in it again. I hope this time around all will do their best to protect what people are doing to beautify our Cateel and what mother nature will nurture. Yes, it will take time and effort from everyone but overtime our town will rise again. Keep the focus and the goals alive… for Cateel and Cateelenos.

    • wow! super. hope these are restored after the ravaging

    • Hello Tita Esther. It’s nice to hear from you again. Been quite awhile since the last time we corresponded each other. 🙂 Thanks for your comment. I know, like everyone who hails from Cateel, we all pray and hope that in the not so far future, our hometown will come back to its beautiful shape or even better than what it lost. 🙂 Yes, it will take time but I guess it’s worth the wait. 🙂 I am looking forward for her REBIRTH. 🙂 These photos will serve as memoirs of our yesteryear and guide to bring back her beauty, the sooner, the better. 🙂 God bless us all Tita Esther. 🙂

  3. Imelda Rodriguez says:

    Ang ganda grabe!!! I cannot believe it was devastated by a typhoon.
    Salamat sa postcards. How I wish I can see Cateel for the real thing.
    You are so blessed to belong to ths place!

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