SAYAW MINDANAW 2015: Mindanao’s Colorful Indigenous Dance Festival

An exceptional convergence of vibrant colors accompanied by rhythmic beats and graceful movements of different tribes of Mindanao were showcased in the recently concluded 30th Kadayawan sa Dabaw through the staging of Sayaw Mindanaw, an annual indigenous-based dance competition held in Davao City as part of the weeklong Kadayawan Festival celebration. For another year, I am so grateful to have witnessed such spectacular revelry.

DSC_0051Ten dance and theatre ensembles coming from different cities and towns in Mindanao converged at Davao City Recreation Center as finalists for the annual competition. Sayaw Mindanaw is regarded as one of the key events of the festival as it depicts the rich and vibrant culture and tradition of Mindanao portrayed though live indigenous music and theatrical dance narratives.

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Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (88) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (90) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (91) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (96) The staging of Sayaw Mindanaw every year as part of the Kadayawan Festival celebration is one great opportunity to better understand and appreciate Mindanao’s indigenous culture and traditions. Our diversity and multi-ethnicity make this island the most interesting cultural destination in the country.

GRAND WINNER – KADANAO DANCE THEATER COLLECTIVE

SAYAW MINDANAW 2015 WINNING PERFORMANCE KADANAO DANCE THEATER COLLECTIVE from BUTUAN CITY is Sayaw Mindanaw 2015’s Grand Winner. Sayaw Mindanaw is one of the highlights of Kadayawan Sa Dabaw Festival.#KadayawanFestival2015#ByahengMindanaw#SayawMindanaw2015

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SECOND PLACE – MADAYAW CULTURAL ENSEMBLE

SAYAW MINDANAW 2015 – MADAYAW CULTURAL ENSEMBLE (1ST RUNNER UP)SAYAW MINDANAW 2015 – FIRST RUNNER UP MADAYAW CULTURAL ENSEMBLE – DAVAO CITYSayaw Mindanaw is one of the highlights of Kadayawan Sa Dabaw Festival.#K2015 #Kadayawan2015 #KadayawanSaDabaw2015 #KadayawanFestival2015 #SayawMindanaw2015

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THIRD PLACE – KADANAO DANCE THEATER COLLECTIVE

SAYAW MINDANAW 2015 – KATHARA DANCE THEATER COLLECTIVE (2ND)SAYAW MINDANAW 2015 – SECOND RUNNER UPKATHARA DANCE THEATER COLLECTIVE – DAVAO CITYSayaw Mindanaw is one of the highlights of Kadayawan Sa Dabaw Festival.#K2015 #Kadayawan2015 #KadayawanSaDabaw2015 #KadayawanFestival2015 #SayawMindanaw2015

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BEST IN RESEARCH MATERIAL – PANTUYAN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL

TRIBUNG MANDAYA | SAYAW MINDANAW 2015SAYAW MINDANAW 2015 – PANTUYAN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL | TRIBUNG MANDAYAPantuyan National High School Dance Troupe of CARAGA, DAVAO ORIENTAL joined AGAIN this year’s SAYAW MINDANAW in celebration of Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2015 representing the MANDAYA Indigenous People of our beloved Province of Davao Orientall. The group ended with special citation as BEST IN RESEARCH MATERIAL.Congratulations guys and thank si much for bringing PRIDE and HONOR to our PROVINCE!!! Watch it on HD please!#K2015 #Kadayawan2015 #KadayawanSaDabaw2015 #KadayawanFestival2015 #SayawMindanaw2015

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WHERE TO FIND THE SIX NATIONAL HISTORICAL SITES IN DAVAO REGION

Did you know that are only six National Historical Markers installed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in Davao Region? These are buildings, monuments and special location that have historical significance not only in the region but the country as a whole.

DAVAO CITY NATIONAL HISTORICAL SITE
FOUR OF THE SIX NATIONAL HISTORICAL SITES IN DAVAO REGION

DAVAO PENAL COLONY
Panabo City
Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 1956

The Davao Penal Colony is the first penal settlement founded and organized under Filipino administration. The settlement, which originally had an area of approximately 30,000 hectares in the districts of Panabo and Tagum, Davao del Norte, was formally established on January 21, 1932.

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Davao Penal Colony | Photo by: Prison Watch

On December 20, 1941, the Japanese Imperial Forces attacked Davao and the colony was among the establishments taken over by the invading army. It was the biggest prison establishment in the country which was used by the Japanese invading army as their imperial garrison during World War II. After the liberation of the Philippines, a great deal of rebuilding and repair of the Davao Penal Colony had to be done because the war had almost completely destroyed the colony.

In 1956, Davao Penal Colony was the first historical site annotated by the National Historical Comminission of the Philippines as National Cultural Property inscribed with a national historical marker.

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PORT SANTA ANA
Santa Ana Avenue, Davao City
Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 2003

PORT STA. ANA DAVAO CITY
Port Santa Ana served as the main Port in Davao in the early 1900’s

Port Santa Ana now called Sta. Ana Wharf served as the main Port in Davao in the early 1900’s. It where the first wave of Japanese workers landed and served as agricultural workers spread in the different parts of the undivided Davao Province. These Japanese workers were instrumental in bringing about the development of Abaca industry not only in Davao City but the whole Davao Region.

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Port Sta. Ana today
PORT STA. ANA DAVAO CITY
Port Sta. Ana now handles mainly domestic and passenger vessels plying Davao City-Samal-Talikud Island routes

When the new and bigger Sasa Wharf was opened, shipping activities in Santa Ana Wharf slowly diminished especially when all bigger passenger and cargo ships started utilizing the main Sasa Wharf. Today It handles mainly domestic and passenger vessels plying Davao City-Samal-Talikud Island routes.

PORT STA. ANA MAGSAYSAY PARK DAVAO CITY
The NHCP inscribed marker is located inside Magsaysay PArk which used to be part of Port Sta. Ana.

Port Sta. Ana Pier is located within Davao Chinatown along Magsaysday Street. The National Historical Marker is located inside Magsaysay Park. The park used to be part of the huge Santa Ana Port.

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THE MONUMENT OF OHTA KYOZABURU
Mintal, Davao City
Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 2003

MONUMENT OF OHTA KYOZABURUOhta Kyuzaburu was a Japanese merchant from Kobe, Japan who came to the Philippines in the early 1900s to arrange for the importation of the job-seeking Japanese laborers and to act as the labor contractor for the labor-seeking abaca plantation owners. These Japanese laborers were imported into Davao in 1904-1905. Ohta permanently settled in Davao and established Ohta Development Company, the first abaca company by the Japanese in the Philippines. Ohta Kyuzaburu along with his compatriots were instrumental in bringing about the agricultural and economic development in the Davao Province.

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The Monument of Ohta Kyozaburu with the National Historical Marker is located in Mintal Elementary School.

After his death, an obelisk was built in 1926 to honor Ohta Kyozaburo’s greatest contribution to Davao Province. An inscription read “KS Ohta, who believed in Davao and helped I grow”. Mintal which became the settlement and trade center of Japanese in the early 1900’s was said to be the Little Tokyo in the Philippines.

MONUMENT OF OHTA KYOZABURU - DAVAO CITYThe Monument of Ohta Kyozaburu with the National Historical Marker is located in Mintal Elementary School.

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CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY
San Pedro Street, Davao City
Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 2012

CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY
CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY was built in 1926, 10 years before Davao became a Chartered City

The structure of the City Hall of Davao first took form in 1926, ten years before Davao became a chartered City in 1936. It was built as Municipal Hall of Davao with the enterprise of Architect Valencia and Engineer Santiago Artiaga along with the Davao Jaycees. In 1945 during the Liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese Forces, the City Hall of Davao was destroyed. It took 2 years to reconstruct the building until it was completely rebuilt back to its original form in 1947.

CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY
Taken during Davao Heritage Tour where The Teller Teller served as the Walking Tour Guide.
CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY
Inside Davao City Hall is this painting depicting the making of DAVAO CITY.

The CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY is located along San Pedro Street, the oldest commercial street of the City.

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CARAGA CHURCH
Poblacion, Caraga, Davao Oriental
Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 2012

San Salvador del Mundo Church - Caraga, Davao Oriental
This stone and wooden Caraga Church is built in 1877.

The San Salvador del Mundo Church is the parish church of Caraga, Davao Oriental. The town was established in 1861 making it one of the oldest towns in the province of Davao Oriental. When the Jesuits took charge of the spiritual administration of the town in 1871 from the Augustinian Recollects, a stone and wooden church was built in 1877 to serve as mission station of Spanish Missionaries in propagating Christianity in the eastern side of Mindanao. When it was completed in 1884, the church was dedicated to San Salvador del Mundo (Christ, the Saviour of the World).

San Salvador del Mundo Church - Caraga, Davao Oriental
Caraga Church’s wall made mostly of corals.
San Salvador del Mundo Church - Caraga, Davao Oriental
Caraga Church is the oldest church in the whole Davao Region.

In 2012, in time for the Caraga’s Parochial Fiesta, the San Salvador Del Mundo Church was declared a National Historic Site by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. The declaration was made 128 years after it was built in 1884, making it the first Church in Southern Mindanao declared a National Historical Site.

Untitled-1The San Salvador del Mundo Church of Caraga is situated in Caraga’s Poblacion.

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THE MONUMENT OF ANDRES BONIFACIO
Toril, Davao City

Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 2013

Bonifacio Monument in Davao City
Andres Bonifacio, the Father of Philippine Revolution

In celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of Philippine Revolution, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines turned over two bronze life-size monuments of Andres Bonifacio to the two most important cities in the country – one in Cebu City and another one in Davao City.

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The monument which was installed inside Toril Park in Toril, Davao City last December 4, 2013 as our country’s tribute to the Father of Philippine Revolution.

Andres Bonifacio founded and served as supreme leader of the Katipunan movement which sought the independence of the Philippines from the Spanish colonial rule. He was executed on May 10, 1897, along with his two brothers, in the mountains of Maragondon, Cavite. They were convicted of sedition and treason against the Aguinaldo government.

The essence of the installation of Bonifacio’s Monument outside of Manila is the nation’s tribute to Ka Andes who loved our country deeply and offered his life to build our nation. The monument which was installed inside Toril Park in Toril, Davao City last December 4, 2013 was unveiled by NHCP officials together with the Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and artist Juan Sajid Imao who made the statue.

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THERE YOU HAVE IT. The 6 National Historical Sites in Davao Region annotated by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. When you visit these places, find the marker and take a SELFIE. After all, these are National Cultural Properties of the Philippines. If you liked this post, pay attention to future posts as we will be doing a similar take but with the United Kingdom, Joseph Nahas will be contributing his perspective and specialized knowledge, expect some food for thought.

STAYCATION IN STYLE AT THE MARCO POLO DAVAO

When I got the invitation for the Food and Travel Bloggers’ Familiarization Tour tagged as “Heart of Davao”, I never wavered to say yes. Who am I to say no for a 4D/3N stay at Davao’s finest and most luxurious hotel – the Marco Polo Davao? Besides, it’s not only the Marco Polo that is part in itinerary. The world-class Pearl Farm Beach Resort and the Eden Nature Park and Resort are also on the list. Hence, this sounds one great staycation and the best time to revisit some of my favorite destinations in Davao.

Staycation In Style
Staycation In Style

Though I live in the city and I enjoy my pretty relaxing home here, staying in different hotels has been my favorite way of treating myself as self-reward. Long before the word staycation was created, I would call this “reward” as hotel hopping. Though I have stayed in different hotels in Davao, this stay at Marco Polo Davao would be my first. Thanks to this Heart of Davao Tour.

The Lobby Lounge
The Lobby Lounge

Two weeks before this tour, I was in my hometown of Cateel doing some laborious task. I got back in the city worn out, sunburns all over my body and with aching muscles. And luckily, this posh staycation was just so perfect. This is the kind of staycation I was looking forward to experience. So from my hometown, I traveled back to the big city and went straight to my luxurious 4D/3N pampering at the Marco Polo Davao.

Reception and Main Lobby
Reception and Main Lobby

Despite the rapid increase of new and posh hotels in the heart of the city and north bound of the Davao, The Marco Polo has exquisitely maintained its reputation as the most luxurious hotel in the City assuring its guests with its exceptional blend of Western comforts and Asian hospitality! Be it for business or for pleasure, Marco Polo Davao promises its guests to be a home away from home. Even for local Davaoeños seeking for weekend respite, staying at Marco Polo Hotel guarantees one amazing staycation.

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Nestled at the very heart of the city, Marco Polo Davao offers spacious 5-star accommodations that overlook the majestic Mount Apo and the tranquil Gulf of Davao.

The view of Samal Island and the Davao Gulf from the Marco Polo Davao
The view of Samal Island and the Davao Gulf from the Marco Polo Davao
The majestic Mount Apo on the other side.
The majestic Mount Apo on the other side.

As I entered, I immediately fell in love with my room. Indeed, size does matter and yes, this Deluxe Room where I was booked is so spacious for one person. Everything inside the room is a work of style – beautifully designed to complement such beautiful ambience. The bed is exceptionally comfortable I could stay there for the whole day. The pillows are so soft I cuddle them for hours. And just as I prayed, my room is at the 12th floor overlooking the gorgeous Samal Island. The view was just superb. The bed, the pillows, the cozy room, everything – they promised me for a sound sleep and an unforgettable stay.

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My Oh-So-Relaxing Room at the 12th Floor
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Hotel bathrooms like this are simply irresistible.
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How I love BUBBLE BATH! 🙂

But it wasn’t just the rooms of the Marco Polo Davao I adored most. Talk about food, they filled us with gastronomic experience I still crave until now. The hotel’s Café Marco serves a wide array of international buffet that delectably satisfied my palate. The selection and variety of food is good. They got good selection of Japanese, Italian, French, American and even Filipino cuisines that definitely delighted my cravings. I took my power breakfasts here for three days.

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Cafe Marco Serving International Buffet
Dessert for my Sweet Tooth
Dessert for my Sweet Tooth
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Power Breakfast

For Chinese Food lovers like me, Marco Polo’s Cantonese restaurant called Lotus Court is heaven. From the choices of delectable platter of Dimsum to the perfectly-cooked Yin-Yang Garoupa which is a Lotus Court signature dish, in-house made Tofu with Mixed Mushroom and Broccoli to famed Yang Chow Fried Rice – ahhhhh, Lotus Court is heaven on earth. And for a heavenly dessert, the Dark Chocolate-filled Buchi is a winner!

The Lotus Court
The Lotus Court
Dimsum Platter
Dimsum Platter

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Shredded Chicken
Shredded Chicken
Yin-Yang Garoupa
Yin-Yang Garoupa

For inter-continental ala carte cuisines, the Polo Bistro is a must try. This is only outdoor restaurant of the Marco Polo Davao and it provides an exquisite ambiance and superb food. I’m highly recommending the brandied pepper steak with herb for main course. Quite pricey but worth the money.

The Polo Bistro
The Polo Bistro

TMarco Polo Davao 4 TMarco Polo Davao 11 TMarco Polo Davao 29 TMarco Polo Davao 32 TMarco Polo Davao 46Marco Polo Davao arranges tour for their guests. In our part, we were treated an extraordinary Davao Tour which includes a visit to Davao Museum that houses Davao’s colorful past. We also had a day trip to the world-class Pearl Farm Beach Resort in the Island Garden City of Samal and a quick visit to Malagos Cheese House. They also included our trip to Eden Nature Park and Resort and the Philippine Eagle Center. These are the must-visit places when in the city and Marco Polo Davao proficiently arranges tours to these destinations. Though I’m from Davao and have been to these places, I never get tired visiting them.

The Pearl Farm Beach Resort
The Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Skycycle of Eden Nature Park and Resort
Skycycle of Eden Nature Park and Resort

After those fun-filled trips to Davao’s must see places, it was time for some pampering. Marco Polo Davao’s Lazuli Spa is expert to that. Being the best and most luxurious Spa in Davao, no one leaves the place without feeling the sense of Royalty. Inside, Lazuli Spa is an exquisite work of architecture that blends the elegance of Modern and Asian settings. Each room comes with complete amenities which include rain showers & steam room and each has separate toilet for total convenience and privacy.

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Lazuli Spa, the best and the most luxurious spa in Davao City

DCIM100GOPROLazuli Spa offers varied array of Spa treatments which absolutely meet the clients’ needs. Since I needed pampering from my two exhausted weeks of hard work, I chose the most relaxing two-hour aromatherapy massage. And just as they promised, the warm relaxing hands of the therapists and the relaxing ambience of the room soothed and reinvigorated me leaving in a state pure serenity and rejuvenation.

DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPROJust beside the Lazuli Spa is the Marco Polo Davao’s Fitness Center well equipped with cardiovascular and strength training equipment with well-trained fitness instructors. There is an aerobics room and sauna rooms for male and female. Though hotel guests have accessed to use all the facilities for free, I didn’t have the luxury of time sweating out here. But what I didn’t miss was taking a dip at the hotel’s pool. I have to admit it, it is just simply irresistible.

DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPROMarco Polo Davao is also just a stone-throw away from pasalubong centers, banks, schools, even shopping malls, government offices and churches. Everything is within reach making one’s stay, be it for business or simply just staycation, so worthwhile.

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Staying at the Marco Polo Davao gives me the opportunity to experience that glamour and that luxury that Marco Polo Hotels around the globe are known for. It was by far the best and most luxurious staycation I’ve had here in Davao City – pampering myself with the quality of hotel services only this type of hotel can offer. Given a great chance, I shall come back and stay again in this place I can now call – A True Gem in the Heart of the City! 

Given a great chance, I shall come back and stay again in this place I can now call – A True Gem in the Heart of the City!
Given a great chance, I shall come back and stay again in this place I can now call – A True Gem in the Heart of the City!

HOW TO GET THERE:

Marco Polo Davao is about 12 kilometers away from the Davao City International Aiprort. It is about 20-minute drive by car. You can arrange a hotel’s shuttle bus, which plies to and from the airport at a minimal fee.

MARCO POLO DAVAO
C.M. Recto Street
Davao City 8000, Philippines
Tel. (63 82) 221-0888
Fax. (63 82) 225-0111

SAYAW MINDANAW 2014: Appreciating Mindanao’s Indigenous Culture and Traditions

Twenty five participating dance and theatre ensembles converged at Davao City Recreation Center for the annual staging of Sayaw Mindanaw, an annual indigenous-based dance competition held in Davao City as part of the Kadayawan Festival celebration. It is considered as one of the important events of the festival as it depicts the rich and colorful culture and tradition of the Mindanao portrayed though live indigenous music and theatrical dance narratives.

SAYAW MINDANAWI had the opportunity to be seated at the front row witnessing a rare convergence of vibrant colors, rhythmic beats and graceful movements of different tribes in Mindanao. It is not just a competition but also a celebration and appreciation of Mindanao’s rich indigenous culture and traditions.

Sayaw MIndanaw 2014 80Sayaw Mindanaw is open to all dance groups of students, out of school youth and community based performers though out Mindanao. Entries should be of theatrical dance narratives narrating Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ epics, folklores and traditions.

Sayaw MIndanaw 2014 142 Sayaw MIndanaw 2014 143Out of the 25 participating entries vying for the qualifying round and the finals, Davao City’s Madayaw Dance Ensemble was adjudged as champion in this year’s Sayaw Mindanao competition. Second place went to the T’boli National High School Performing Arts from T’boli, South Cotabato and Liceo de Cagayan Folkloric Dance Troupe from Cagayan De Oro City bagged the third prize.

Sayaw MIndanaw 2014 122One of the entries of this year’s competition is the Caraga National High School Dance Troupe from Caraga, Davao Oriental where they portrayed indigenous Mandayan marriage ceremony. I was so proud to see them wearing proudly the vivid colors and performing lively the cultures of our Mandaya brothers and sisters from our Province. In the end, they bagged the special citation as Best in Indigenous Research Material.

100 CAPTURED MOMENTS AT SAYAW MINDANAW

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The staging of Sayaw Mindanaw every year as part of the Kadayawan Festival celebration is one great opportunity to better understand and appreciate Mindanao’s indigenous culture and traditions. Our diversity and multi-ethnicity make this island the most interesting cultural destination in the country.

The Travel Teller with the winning group - Davao City's Madayaw Dance Ensemble
The Travel Teller with the winning group – Davao City’s Madayaw Dance Ensemble
The Judges and Organizer of SAYAW MINDANAW 2014
The Judges and Organizer of SAYAW MINDANAW 2014
With my fellow MANDAYAS
With my fellow MANDAYAS
Mayor Alicia Mori of Caraga, Davao Oriental receiving the special citation for this year's Sayaw Mindanao, Best in Indigenous Material Research. Congrats Mayor and Caraga National High School Dance Troupe. #ProudMandaya
Mayor Alicia Mori of Caraga, Davao Oriental receiving the special citation for this year’s Sayaw Mindanao, Best in Indigenous Material Research. Congrats Mayor and Caraga National High School Dance Troupe. #ProudMandaya

Byaheng Mindanaw na!

PHOTOGRAPHS FROM HOME: A Year After The Great Storm

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.

Cateel 2013 Christmas (192)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.

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