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Håfa Adai, Guam!



By Jojie Alcantara
(Text and photos by Jojie A., Ros Razon)

In the center of international headlines lately is Guam, a popular tropical destination for Asian and European tourists. This tiny speck of island is the largest in size (214 square miles), and the most inhabited of the Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific – home to a populace of peace loving people.

Storm advisory and other misgivings aside, we flew from Manila to Guam via Cebu Pacific Airlines, our host to the VISMIN familiarization tour as invited by the Guam Visitors’ Bureau (GVB). After more than a 3-hour flight (Guam being 2 hours ahead of the Philippines), we descended on the unincorporated United States territory underneath heavy clouds. It was raining in Guam when we touched down, but somehow it didn’t dampen our spirits.

The island of Guam is like a breath of fresh air, as unpolluted as the lush environment it is nestled in, with wide traffic-free roads and structures built far apart from one another. Downtown, however, a long line of contemporary, posh buildings is stamped with glittery brand names. As modern as it looks, the atmosphere has an old world charm reminiscent of our provincial regions.

The Chamorro people are the indigenous people of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Guam’s modern Chamorro society is multi-ethnic. More than 160,000 inhabitants — composed of Chamorros, Filipinos, Pacific Islanders, Caucasians and other Asians — are US citizens enjoying economic opportunities than other Micronesians, but with limited rights. Guam became a US territory in 1898, but not a State, and therefore could not vote for the President, unless they move to the mainland.

The native Chamorro from the Austronesian language is mainly influenced by the Spanish language but because of trade relations and settlers, includes many Filipino vernaculars that enabled us to grasp some familiar terms.

The most popular phrase is “Håfa Adai” (pronounced “HALF A DAY”), which means “hello” or “what’s up?” in Chamorro. Everyone we met warmly greeted us with smiles. With an even-toned tan most non-tropical inhabitants would envy, these Americans have that extra warm, hospitable traits we are familiar with – observing Catholic feasts and the Station of the Cross, and villages celebrating big fiestas and welcoming everyone to abundant food preparations.

We were billeted in the Sheraton Laguna Resort which offers a gorgeous view of the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean. From my balcony I could see two family pools and the shallow end of the deep blue sea. An islet in the middle of a cove is surrounded by swimmers in kayaks, jetskis or floating tubes, basking in gloomy skies that were threatening to erupt in a downpour any moment.

For a pea-size presence in the map, which affords one to travel around the scenic coastline within a day, there are plenty of fun activities to do in Guam. It is an adventure port for those physically fit to run, swim, surf, dive down significant World War wrecks, parasail and paraglide, play golf or go “boonie stomping” (a fun term for trail hiking). Take a half day’s river boat cruise adventure to the Valley of the Latte to learn more about the ancient Chamorro culture.

For the laidback visitors interested in history and sightseeing, one can opt for a central island tour like Fort Santa Agueda, Basilica and other old Spanish structures, Plaza de Espana, Latte Freedom Park, War Museum and Memorials, and Two Lovers Point, a huge monument depicting a tragic folklore of star-crossed lovers from two warring tribes whose fate ended in a jump off a 378-foot-high cliff below the ocean. This romantic notion may have invigorated the island to be an ideal wedding destination, as it opens it arms to couples of any race or gender.

Filipinos may also favor visiting an obelisk monument to Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, bearing an inscription, “Magellan landed here”, which was in 1521, before he sailed to our country and died in a battle. The St. Pedro Calungsod memorial shrine also stands in commemoration of the Filipino saint’s martyrdom. An interesting note is that of our revolutionary leader Apolinario Mabini, the “Brains of the Philippine Revolution,” who was deported to Guam and was given a commemorative statue on behalf of the Filipino community for his few years of exile here with other leaders.

Our afternoons were left to shopping, which is the most delightful attraction of all. Guam is indeed a tax-free spending paradise. There seems no end to the shopping outlets to choose from — the upscale Tumon Sands Plaza (think Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Cartier, Bulgari, etc.), Guam Premier Outlets and Ross Lots for Less, DFS Galleria, Macy’s, T-Galleria, and even the smaller ABC convenience stores reveal interesting finds. Most of us could not get enough of the clearance sale and discounts and went back to the outlets right after dinner! K-Mart and Micronesia Mall are two of the biggest stores in the island worth a stopover for half a day. Interestingly, while I got my hands on a few US products, they were also selling many Philippine goods.

Meanwhile, night spots were laidback as we rounded up a few bars (namely Live House and Porky’s) on a quiet, drizzling Sunday night. If you want big entertainment, the Sand Castle Las Vegas Style Magic Show offers dazzling illusions complete with showgirls and white tigers. In its opposite scale, there’s TaoTao Tasi Beach Dinner Show overlooking the beach in Tumon, as you dine on BBQ buffet. Watch the amazing, unique cultural performance of fire dancers, beautiful songs, and hula dances on a grand scale. Our food trip in Churrasco Brazilian Salad Bar & BBQ filled us with unforgiving portions of yummy meat and calories. GVB and Pacific Star Resort treated us to fine dining over the juiciest prime steak imaginable in Manhattan Steak House.

“The Jewel of Micronesia” is one of its monikers, as apt as “Where America’s Day Begins”, being the first territory to touch the sun’s morning rays. Sadly, the few days of rain didn’t give me a chance to shoot this sunrise nor its famous sunset. As I watched in awe at the biggest cultural show, the Tao Tao Tasi, consisting of young men, women and children performing a fluid dance with soulful music that evokes peace and calm with smiles on their faces, I could not help but shed a little sentimental tear for these people whose pride is undeterred as they continue to fight to keep the Chamorro culture and Håfa Adai spirit alive.

Cebu Pacific Air flies between Manila and Guam three times weekly at the lowest year-round fares. The latest seat sales may be found on Cebu Pacific Air’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. Check updates from the Guam Visitors Bureau at www.guamvisitorsbureau.com or www.visitguam.com.

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(Jojie Alcantara is a long time photojournalist, workshop speaker, blogger, and social media influencer based in Davao City. Proudly writing for SunStar Davao for more than two decades, in this nest she has grown to become an avid traveler and photographer. Email at jojiealcantara@gmail.com or visit her blog kodakerdabawenya.com.)

Zamboanga © Jojie Alcantara

Zamboanga: ‘Asia’s Latin City’

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” ~ Iain Thomas

Paseo del Mar at sunset © Jojie Alcantara

Paseo del Mar at sunset © Jojie Alcantara

I visited Zamboanga before and after a rebel siege in the city two years ago that left a portion of the central town bruised and battered, and kept many wary visitors away and in fear. Despite a peaceful and meaningful celebration of Hermosa Festival last year where balikbayans came home to join in support and unity, foreign travel advisories stayed adamant.

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Paseo del Mar at sunset © Jojie Alcantara

Paseo del Mar at sunset © Jojie Alcantara

I expected to focus on remnants of a combat zone (portion of an abandoned village was to be kept intact as a shrine), but there were other things that captivated me more.

Sta. Cruz Pink Sand Beach, Zamboanga © Jojie Alcantara

Sta. Cruz Pink Sand Beach, Zamboanga © Jojie Alcantara

Laughter of kids at Paseo del Mar, a beautiful boulevard along the bay. Seeing hope in people’s eyes. Early morning breakfast of delicious satti. Haggling at the barter trade compound for the cheapest Malaysian goods. Capturing birds in flight at the lagoon. Quiet walks at Pasonanca Park. Throwing coins at badjao kids in the boulevard. Yummy treat of the popular knickerbocker. Locals sitting on the park benches just to watch the sun set each night. Island hopping in Sta. Cruz. Heritage tours of museums, Fort Pilar Shrine and visiting the Yakan weaving community. Eating the sumptuous curacha (lobster crab) with bare, sticky hands.

Sta. Cruz Pink Sand Beach, Zamboanga © Jojie Alcantara

Sta. Cruz Pink Sand Beach, Zamboanga © Jojie Alcantara

Everywhere you go are posted streamers and signs that say “No Te Vayas de Zamboanga,” a plea in the Spanish language which means “Don’t go or leave Zamboanga” It comes from a popular song composed years ago by Juan Cuadrado Sr., a Spaniard who decided to stay and marry a Zamboanguena lass after the Spanish troops left the islands. When the crisis struck the city two years ago, it became a meaningful phrase to encourage visitors and even locals to come and stay in Zamboanga. Residents speak Chavacano, a simplified dialect very much influenced by the Spanish occupation in the 1600s.

Badjoas in  Zamboanga © Jojie Alcantara

Badjoas in Zamboanga © Jojie Alcantara

In every aftermath of a tragedy I visit, I marvel at the resilience of my people, whose will to survive remains intact even after it has been deeply scarred. They are determined to move on, so must we. Let tourism flourish again.

Regatta de Zamboanga © Jojie Alcantara

Regatta de Zamboanga © Jojie Alcantara

This beautiful city nicknamed “Asia’s Latin City” (Ciudad Latina de Asia) for its most Hispanic influence in culture has been slowly but firmly getting up on its feet, and I will be there to cheer it on.

Thanks to Cebu Pacific Air and Department of Tourism (DOT) 9 and 11 for flying me in during the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival last year.

China : Beijing Olympics Water Cube

Water Cube in Beijing, China © Jojie Alcantara

Water Cube in Beijing, China © Jojie Alcantara

The Water Cube in Beijing, China
National Aquatic Centre for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China

The Beijing National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, was
built alongside Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) in the Olympic
Green for the swimming competitions of the 2008 Summer Olympics.  Despite
its nickname, the building is not an actual cube, but a cuboid (a
rectangular box).

The “Water Cube” was built in accordance with a water-saving design
concept to be a gigantic green architectural wonder. It cost £75 million
(10.2 billion yuan).

Its design was initiated by a team effort: the Chinese partners felt a
square was more symbolic to Chinese culture and its relationship to the
Bird’s Nest stadium, while the Sydney based partners came up with the
idea of covering the ‘cube’ with bubbles, symbolizing water.

Water Cube in Beijing, China © Jojie Alcantara

Water Cube in Beijing, China © Jojie Alcantara

Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya © Jojie Alcantara

Thailand: Kingdom of Ayutthaya (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

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Text and photos by Jojie Alcantara (published in SunStar Davao, April 2014)

“The ruins of the historic city of Ayutthaya have been listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, a monumental site of outstanding value to humanity.”

The historic City of Ayutthaya (1351-1767), was the second capital of a flourishing Siamese Kingdom (Thailand’s old name). For 417 years from the 14th to the 18th centuries, it grew to be one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan urban areas and a most important center of global diplomacy and commerce during its time. It was said to be beautiful, luxurious and fabulous… think wild Paris of ancient history.

Decapitated buddha statues in Wat Chai Wattanaram, Ayutthaya © Jojie Alcantara

Decapitated buddha statues in Wat Chai Wattanaram, Ayutthaya © Jojie Alcantara

Ayutthaya was strategically located on an island in the midst of three rivers connecting to the sea. Based on ancient maps and historical records, the prosperous kingdom was laid out according to a systematic and rigid city planning grid consisting of roads, canals, and moats around its principal structures. It had a technologically advanced hydraulic system for water management which was unique in the world. It developed into a major rice farming area. Located upstream at the head of the Gulf of Siam, it protected the city from failed attacks of seafaring warships and seasonal flooding. Eventually, it gave in to persistent invasion from the Burmese armies.

Selfie in Ayutthaya © Jojie Alcantara

Selfie in Ayutthaya © Jojie Alcantara

The city was finally burned down by the Burmese army in 1767 forcing the inhabitants to abandon their homes. Art treasures, libraries of literature and archives of historical records were almost totally destroyed. Most of its statues were decapitated, leaving headless Buddha statues everywhere. What remained of its former glory were ruins of the royal palace. At present, it is located in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, the central provincial capital.

Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya © Jojie Alcantara

Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya © Jojie Alcantara

Today, the Kingdom of Ayutthaya is now regarded as one of the most impressive archaeological ruins in history, characterized by the remnants of massive prangs (towers) and vast Buddhist monasteries in splendid architecture, attesting to its excellent period of impressive and original Central-Thai art and cultural development.

Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya © Jojie Alcantara

Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya © Jojie Alcantara

Due to its history as a previous capital of Thailand with a close connection to Europe by its Kings (33 kings of 5 different dynasties, to be exact) through signed treaties between Siam and other nations, the palaces have its distinct European influence. In those days, any traveler would come all the way to visit Ayutthaya first to see Siam for trading between European merchants and Asian traders.

Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya © Jojie Alcantara

Once a powerful global center of politics, economics, religion and economic trade and an important connecting point between the East and the West, the former capital is now managed as a historical park.  The ruins of the historic city of Ayutthaya have been listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, a monumental site of outstanding value to humanity. The total area of the World Heritage property is 289 hectares. Today, visitors come in droves to explore its mystery and experience the serenity and deep history found within these immense walls.

Wat Chai Wattanaram © Jojie Alcantara

Wat Chai Wattanaram © Jojie Alcantara

A Master Plan to commit legal protection for its protection, restoration and development has been established. A budget for the conservation of the Historic City of Ayutthaya is allocated by the government, private sector, and heritage conservation groups. New regulations for control of construction within the ancient property’s extended boundaries are being tasked to ensure that the values of the once splendid city are protected.

 Wat Mahathat © Jojie Alcantara

Wat Mahathat © Jojie Alcantara

A day tour to the legendary city from Bangkok only takes less than an hour, and is a must visit destination during your stay, particularly for photographers and artists looking for inspiration from ancient legacies of mankind. Look for the most iconic image in Wat Mahathat, that of the Head of Buddha which is embedded and entwined in a vine overgrowth of a mammoth banyan tree, cradling it protectively and sacredly from further harm and vandalism. Pay proper respects while doing your selfie, but brace yourself for goose pimples as well.

Wat Mahathat ‘s Head of Buddha icon © Jojie Alcantara

Wat Mahathat ‘s Head of Buddha icon © Jojie Alcantara

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Published article in SunStar Davao by Jojie Alcantara April 21, 2014