Cateel, as you know it, was hard-hit by Typhoon Pablo last December of 2012. It was the most devastating calamity that flattened the whole town and spared nothing including the many beautiful natural wonders we have there. Like our very homes destroyed completely by the ravaging typhoon, these natural attractions are like our own homes where we find joy and pride everytime we visit there. Thus, our great sadness seeing them in awful state. But a year after that dreadful catastrophe, these natural wonders are getting back to their beautiful shape like our people there getting back to their feet – this time with a great promise of become more beautiful, more enticing.
Last holidays, I spend my whole two weeks break there celebrating the Christmas and New Year with my family and friends. Like an old practice, vacationing there is never complete without roaming around visiting the places I grown up loving with. And the best way to make love with these magnificent places is though my lenses – frozen and cherished!
HERE ARE SOME OF THE PLACES THAT RECONNECTED ME THERE AGAIN.
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 Some of these photos are unpublished; some have already been featured in this blog, magazines and even books.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.
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!