While I was in Cebu, I submitted an entry for a photo contest, using my now defunct point and shoot sony digicam! There were a lot of people that joined, as it is the case here in Manila, there are many photography enthusiast in Cebu. My concept was promoting the province not through the eyes of a local but from someone who was from the outside. Even if I have relatives in Cebu, I grew up in Manila and this is my first time here in the Queen City. The contest was modest. No big prizes to be won. It aims to promote awareness among its workers of the beauty that the province possess. Aside from photographs, the poster must contain a title and a caption that should explain why Cebu is a place that must be visited. Instead of quoting from someone, I created a draft poem and I had my friend Pepe finish and translate in Spanish. I then included the Spanish poem in my little project.
En la hermosura de las playas
En las gorjeas de los pájaros
Cantando a las iglesias —
Fachadas de un pasado lindo
He encontrado una isla más vieja
Que el capitolio de nacimiento.
Me has robado el corazón
El pensamiento y el sueño,
Has despertado completamente
la mente que falta la comprensión
Y apreciación hacia la historia verdadera
De las cosas que has inculcado al viajero en mi.
¡Gracias, muchas gracias!
¡Patria de los misioneros!
¡Patria de los héroes y religiosos!
Nunca te olvidaré
Mientras sigo andando, soñando,
Nunca más estará vencido el sueño
Para alcanzarte una vez más
Y otra vez para acariciar la hermosura
de la patria chica que es tú