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The rugged seascape off Ticao Island

A man and a boy enjoying the wide expanse of sea and sky littered with virginal islets

A man and a boy enjoying the wide expanse of sea and sky littered with virginal islets

A crack in one of the cliffs may be another cave

A crack in one of the cliffs may be another cave

Traversing the sea between Pilar, Sorsogon and Masbate on a pumpboat instead of a fastcraft has its own rewards: on a fine day, the rugged coastlines of Ticao and its many islets offer clear views of stunning visuals. Wild seascapes that just overwhelm the senses.

Soaring and sharp ridges dotted with vegetation clinging on the sheer rockface can give a sense of awe. A pale yellow limestone cliff rising up from the waters is a wonder. There are several cracks on these rock walls and many caves can be seen, its gaping maw sending a spine tingling sensation of the hidden creatures, real or imagined, that it might harbor.

Hidden coves tempt a would be sun worshipper to spend a few hours in its white sandy beach accessible only through a motorized banca and give a sense of privacy to the visitor. And what about the wide expanse of blue sea and sky strewn with virginal islets that form a jaw-dropping scenery that stuns the senses? Smell and taste the saltiness of the air. Feast at the visual splendor. Hear the waves lapping wildly at the sandy shore or waves crashing and breaking on a rock. Feel the fresh and clean air touching your entire being and imprinting on your mind forever.

Then the humming sound of the motor driving the pumpboat shatters your imagination and bring you back to reality as the vessel approaches the urban landscape of Masbate City.

Stunning seascapes greet the traveler as one journeys between Pilar and Masbate. The massive island at the background is Ticao

Stunning seascapes greet the traveler as one journeys between Pilar and Masbate. The massive island at the background is Ticao.

The yellowish limestone face contrasts greatly with the vegetation at the background.

The yellowish limestone face contrasts greatly with the vegetation at the background.

Just one of several caves that can be found

Just one of several caves that can be found

Vegetation that grows at a very steep incline, almost 90 degrees of a rock face

Cycads and other vegetation grows at a very steep incline, almost 90 degrees off a rock face

A secluded white sand beach in one of the islets that dot the sea.

A secluded white sand beach in one of the islets that dot the sea.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

I’m open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

20 Comments

  1. norahd
    October 10, 2008 @ 7:41

    Hello Estan! Gee! What can I say? I’m dumbfounded, really wonderful. You successfully put me in your shoes… it is as if I was there- seeing, feeling and experiencing the entire trip.

    Thanks a lot..

  2. donG hO
    October 11, 2008 @ 9:16

    galing talaga! pwede ka na bang magbigay ng photo workshop? more on traveling and photography siguro.

  3. estan
    October 11, 2008 @ 11:51

    norahd, thanx.

    dong, hmmm, okay lang sa akin kahit informal lang. kahit over coffee 🙂

  4. tutubi
    October 12, 2008 @ 11:28

    sama ako dyan 😛

  5. Sidney
    October 12, 2008 @ 20:06

    Yes… it is very beautiful there… alas I didn’t took such stunning pictures of Ticao Island.
    By the way… I am blogging again… couldn’t do without it anymore 😉

  6. lagalog
    October 13, 2008 @ 14:24

    stunning indeed bai, especially that shot of ticao island bathed by streaming sunlight.

  7. Ferdz
    October 15, 2008 @ 0:05

    Stunning! I love the first two especially the second one with the streaming light. Galing!

  8. allan
    October 15, 2008 @ 9:39

    the first image is really stunning! great work on the composition bro. ang ganda ng lugar!

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    October 21, 2008 @ 14:47

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  10. estan
    October 21, 2008 @ 15:45

    sidney, yep, its good that your back and i like your recent series!

    lagalog, ferdz, allan, thanx 😀

  11. Arnold
    October 22, 2008 @ 23:00

    Hi, Estan, regarding the first photo ba.. Did you use a filter or what? Any flash?

    Hehe.

  12. estan
    October 22, 2008 @ 23:29

    nold, i think i just used a neutral polarizer for this one. flash won’t do because of the wide area.

  13. Arnold
    October 22, 2008 @ 23:49

    Okay, nice man gud kaau ang colors, balanced, especially between the sea and sky..

  14. gonli
    October 24, 2008 @ 6:34

    There reallhy is so much to explore in our country. Even what seems to be ordinary can be extraordinary when seen at a different angle. Great work! When you do have a photoshop and lecture series, please let me know. Sama rin ako! :o)

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  16. nELsOn pU 2
    August 23, 2009 @ 16:31

    sir, i grabbed some photos to use in my project..
    asking permission to include the image in my
    power point presentation..
    thankz!(^^,)

  17. nELsOn pU 2
    August 23, 2009 @ 16:31

    sir, i grabbed some pictures to use in my project..
    asking permission to include the image in my
    power point presentation..
    thankz!(^^,)

  18. estan
    August 26, 2009 @ 13:26

    okay, don’t forget the credit

  19. pinoy boy
    January 31, 2011 @ 0:58

    stumbled upon your blog while researching about masbate! nice photos, estan!

  20. estan
    January 31, 2011 @ 20:43

    @pinoy boy, thanx pre 🙂

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