Monday, 26 November 2012

Deceptive beauty ... Two interesting Facebook postings by photography hobbyist Artem Andaya of Jose Panganiban, CamNorte, these pictures could easily mislead anybody. They are shots taken from the mountaintop of Baranggay Osmena on the outskirts of the poblacion (above picture) and from Calogcog heights (top picture). Above picture is that of the nostalgic Calambayungan Island that figured prominently during the heyday of the iron mines at Larap, host to the pelletizing plant that processed iron ores before being shipped to Japan during the 60s and 70s. Top picture is that of the section of the poblacion where the church and the town hall sit together, as if propping up the bay waters of Mambulao Bay from collapsing. Truly it is beauty from afar that could easily awe anybody. But come near to the bay water at the bayside just next to the seat of the JP municipal government and you will be aghast to discover for yourself that the bluish water your seeing from the breezy mountaintops is actually one that is now being choked to death by pollution – mud, gold mining wastes, silt and community. At low tide, the beachside behind the town hall is a beach bitched by mud – you won’t find what used to be fine sand that was this shoreline’s hallmark some three decades ago. Instead, you will need to scrape the surface with your toes to reveal the dying grains of sand underneath. MWBuzz predicts that this decline of the bay and its beach to their eventual death would continue for as long as gold operations right on the bay waters are allowed, tolerated or simply ignored- by whom? It’s everybody’s guess. – MWBuzz text by A P HERNANDEZ

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