On March 12, 2010 I was informed by my Operations Chief ( Engr. Leo Ugto) that he would tag me along together with Maam Julie (our Admin Division Head) and Engr Tuquib ( PCO Coordinator) and of course my Kompare Allan on their travel Bagangga, Davao Oriental. Due to my eagerness to capture photos on my ancestral province I did not hesitate to join the group even without compensation as long as theres free food and accommodation.
We departed from Davao city around half past one which was originally 1:00 PM , thanks to Paquiao for he made the delayed arrival for some of our team.
Along the way to Mati, Davao Oriental( the Province Capital Town) we couldn’t help to stop for the scenic spots which the coastal road could offer,,, take some photos,,,, for some displays like the Canadian Rokies as they say and also another one forms like a sleeping dinosaur as you see a mountain range in the Pujada Bay area.
We arrived in Mati by 5:00 PM and we were joined with our office mates with another vehicle before proceeding to the Municipality of Bagangga which is our final destination but before we can leave , we have to wait for a few minutes for our pick-up truck got a problem with its starter but Allan managed the situation.
During our travel to Bagangaga from Mati, I transferred to sit at the back of the vehicle to capture scenic views , specially sunset of the area. On that ,we passed by the Municipality of Taragona which a beautiful scenic view on its mountain and coastal road that displays mountain ranges that could hypnotize any mountaineer by heart with the back draft of white beach with big waves at the bottom. I also got some beautiful cloud formations combined with mountain view in this town.
After Taragona, we passed Manay and had a couple of sunset shots then Caraga and by 8:30PM we arrived in Bagangga and we head directly to the house of our officemate who just passed away recently to pay tribute ..........
After having dinner ,, we were directed to proceed to a local Lodging house where we are goin to spend the rest of the night and wake up the next morning for the burial ceremony and then had an office related meeting afterwards.
In the place where we stay for the night , we the boys ( we are separated with our female companions) manage to have a social drink of Gilbeys which was offered by our companions from Manay and Caraga area and that social drink turned out to be long discussion of jokes and personal experiences and we went to bed very early for tomorrow.
Early in the morning I guess I haven’t sleep that night , he he he ,, we were waked –up by our chief by adjusting the air condition to coldest range,,,,,and we were forced to woke –up.....
After few minutes we got down and proceed to our companions house (Rene Baga, different from last night) for he offered that we would have breakfast there. While waitin for breakfast,,Allan and I manage to take a look at their beach front to capture sunrise photos for I was anticipating that Bagangga is facing the Pacific so the sun would rise from the sea.
On the beach front my eyes was stunned by what I saw,, I saw a huge set of waves which reminds me of my surfboards . I mean the waves are awesome big around 6-7 feet and favourable to a goofy like me,,,,,and promised myself to bring my surfboards when I get back on this area. In short I took some beach photos and sunrise photos then head back to our breakfast area.
After breakfast , we go back to our hotel then prepared ourselves to the burial ceremony of Rolando “Boloy” Baluyot our office’s In-Charge on that Municipality.
After the burial , we had lunch at Baluyot Family residence and had our management meeting there then head back to Davao city on that same Day.
Our trip to Bagangga is a beautiful experience for me for it allows us to bond as office mates in that short time and had better understanding to our individuality, and on the other side it exposes me and photographed to the scenic views that Davao Oriental could offer where you don’t need to spend huge amount just to experience this beautiful creations and all you need is travel time and proper timing......