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 Some of these photos are unpublished; some have already been featured in this blog, magazines and even books.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!

9 Replies to “POSTCARDS FROM CATEEL”

  1. 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.

    1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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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