Thursday, May 26, 2011

Macajalar Bay: Rainbow and Sunset After the Rain


The first trip to the beach of my 9-month old baby Marley was spoiled not only by an afternoon drizzle but also by her on-and-off fever which we attributed to her teething. We were at the Apple Tree Resort and Hotel in Opol Misamis Oriental, about 10 kilometers away from the City of Cagayan de Oro. The rain slowed down later and my wife Malou, our 3-year old daughter Maya and my mother trooped down to the beach. Poor little Marley had to stay inside the room with her Yaya since she felt weak and sleepy all the time.

The rain completely stopped at past 5 PM, after Malou, Maya and my mother finished swimming. While they are freshening up in our room, I went back to the beach and was delighted to see the sun finally peeking out of the clouds.

In a little while, Macajalar Bay is filled with the sun's warm and golden glow.


Complementing this glorious sight after the rain is a rainbow which appeared on the eastern side.



Skimboarding is also quite popular in Opol, eventhough the waves are not that big.   




I lingered on the beach long enough to catch the sun starting to descend, slowly revealing the beauty of Macajalar Bay's sunset.


Macajalar Bay is actually shared by twelve municipalites of Misamis Oriental. It stretches from Laguindingan in the west up to Balingasag in the east.


It is sad to note that behind the beautiful sunset is actually a bay gasping for breath. Macajalar Bay's splendor is being threatened by rapid economic growth, urbanization and industrialization. Toxic waste and other pollutants being discharged to the sea poisoned its once-abundant marine life and fishermen are now coming home with empty nets.


I hope proper intervention would be done by the authorities to save Macajalar Bay. When I was still a little kid, our family would often come here to have our picnic. Now that I have my own family, I would love to see my children still enjoy its blue waters and appreciate the beauty of its sunset.

19 comments :

  1. I love it! Are you a professional photographer? I love the different atmosphere of the beach. You really captured it with much beauty.

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  2. beautiful shots and well captured earl! it's like i am taking a sunset walk with you.

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  3. like the shots pre! whats your camera?

    at na-miss ko mag skimboard dahil sa post na ito. i wasnt able to go to opol kasi and ride the skimboard kasi when i visited CDO.

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  4. Beautiful photos! :) Would like to visit this place.

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  5. Hope immediate intervention is carried out before it becomes another Manila Bay.

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  6. @cdomap: i'm just a hobbyist still learning the ropes of photography. thanks for appreciating my pics.

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  7. @batang byahera: a big thanks! i really thought i wouldn't be able to shoot the sunset because of the rain that afternoon.fortunately the skies cleared just in time.

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  8. journeyingjames: thanks brod! i used nikon d3000 for these shots. i enjoyed watching those kids gliding over the waves with their plywood skimboards. i would love to learn this sport kaya lang walang dagat dito sa amin sa bukidnon.

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  9. @neldeleon: thanks! this place is just a jeepney ride away from cagayan de oro city.

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  10. claire: sana nga...striking a balance between economic growth and environmental concern is a challenge not just for the authorities but also for every ordinary citizen.

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  11. I love sunsets! These are magnificent pictures.

    I feel sad when our beautiful beaches are being destroyed by urbanization...

    I wrote about some beaches I went to in my blog, and yeah, I noticed that some locals living on the islands are responsible for the garbage too. They don't care much about the environment.

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  12. I agree earl with the improper discharging of waste to the macajalar bay. Opol beach is our hang out during my college days.:-).

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  13. Yes, Asin's concerns aired years ago in their "Masdan Mo (Ang Kapaligiran" is very much evident nowadays. I too, am concerned on the plight of our once beautiful beaches being turned into "bitches" by the unscrupulous ones in the guise of development. Thanks for this nice post in your excellent blog.

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  14. I agreed with you Edsan Filipino should control development of our natural resources because we have to save for our next generation.

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  15. We must care for iyr natur in order to mantain the beauty of our in its eco-turism destination.

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  16. Nice shots! and I love the beach. Wish to have my own capture also at that place. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Nice images. It was enchanting and it gives a great review on the place. It was reall a professional taking photos.

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  18. i haven't been to this bay. I still got plenty of reasons to visit cdo and nearby provinces. :)
    very nice sunset shots so love it!

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  19. @adventurousfeet: the beach here is not really impressive.the sunset is truly captivating, though.

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