Say hello to the Pacific.

October 27, 2011 § 2 Comments

An almost five-hour ride from Manila could bring you to the edge of the Philippines on the east: surf destination Baler, Aurora.

As soon as I stepped on the dirt road from the tricycle, I could see a hundred meters ahead the five-foot waves behind the Aliya Surf Resort reception area.

And what a sight do they have there!

The waves were and still are forcing me to take off my clothes, grab a board and paddle out! Good thing I remembered I wasn’t wearing my bikinis yet.

Baler wave set from Ayla Liberato on Vimeo.

This is what makes me come back to Baler more often as a surfing spot. The waves are less entropic and consequently, friendlier.

I wonder how sore my body will be after this weekend. I haven’t been on a surf board for months. I better get ready to drink gallons of seawater and get hella dark. Should be interesting how I perform at the competition this Sunday. Wish me luck! In case I can’t push myself up, I can always use it as a bodyboard, right?

Chill out.



Travel Factor conquers Sagada for the nth time

August 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Inspired to use my newest outdoor baby, a Lumix DMC-TS2, I tried documenting an adventure trip to Sagada hosted by Travel Factor. It is situated in the cold highlands known as the Mountain Province, north of Manila. Featured in this video are mostly roadway views to and from Banaue, the Banaue Rice Terraces, Kiltepan Viewpoint where the Cordillera Range can be seen, the road to and from Lake Danum, Echo Valley, and the Lumiang and Sumaguing Caves.

This is my first motion picture project and I used music from one of my recently discovered band favorites, Johnny Foreigner. The song “Our Bipolar Friends” just fits perfectly and rocks this nature trip all the more – one note that echoes on everything, it says.

So far, the camera has served me well except for the vertical magenta strips through harsh light sources. I’m still getting used to holding the camera still, zooming and panning as well as walking while recording so some parts may not go smoothly. I think I’ve also fast forwarded some segments too much that you can’t make anything out of the faces unless you hit pause. Anyway, I hope you guys like this.

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