Saturday, January 12, 2013

Saturday Photo Hunt: The city where you live

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I thought of taking some highlights seen around the little city. A little bit of history of where the name Calamba came from.

A statue of the woman carrying the earthen ware at the rotunda

From the city's history, during the Spanish times, a newly transferred Guardia Civil  was making his way around the town proper and chanced upon a woman carrying an earthen pot/stove  (kalan-banga) on her head as she made her way back home. The Guadia Civil asked the woman what was the name of the area in Spanish and unfortunately, due to those moments of getting lost in translation, the woman thought he was asking her what was she carrying so she replied "kalan-banga," and hastily left the man. So in time, kalan-banga became Calamba. I will have to re-shoot this statue from the pedestrian overpass to get more features in.

A panoramic view of Dr. Jose Rizal's house & wide backyard from the old town plaza

View from across the street, Our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal's house 
After the WWII, the house was rebuilt using the former designs of the house. This was now turned into a national museum. Dr. Jose Rizal's  poem "Mi Ultimo Adios" ("My Last Farewell) can be seen hanging on the gallery wall in embossed letters for all visitors to read. It gave me goosebumps after reading it. 
From the new municipal plaza a statue of Dr. Jose Rizal
I'm not sure how tall was this new statue erected at the last centennial birthday of Dr. Jose Rizal, Again, I seemed to have problems getting features when I shoot statues Tsk. Any tips?


  1. Very interesting ! I really enjoyed to see other bloggers towns !

  2. This makes a great tour of your town. It looks much warmer there than here.

    1. So far this month, I'm enjoying the cool temperature and it's windy (at times) but yeah, I believe compared to Jack and Jill's hometown, it's warm by their standards. :D

  3. Hi Raine, I enjoyed learning about the history on your town and how its name came to be. The statues are very cool looking. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Have a wonderful week.

    1. You're welcome, Kathy. :D I'm glad you've enjoyed it. Have a great week ahead too!


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