Empire State Building

The tower was lit green in honor of the New York Restoration Project.

Empire State Building

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “TRIO.”

Right after work on Friday, November 20th, I dropped by Macy’s Herald Square to pick up my online order. While waiting at the Pick Up Counter, I was surprised by “Ms. G! I know it’s you who ordered this.” It was Yvette, my former high school student who now works at Macy’s. What are the odds of meeting someone you know in an island that serves approximately 4 million people on a typical weekday? Believe. 

As I egressed through the store’s 34th St. exit, I was mesmerized by the Empire State Building’s green tower light. Amidst the hustle and bustle of rush hour, I could not help but pause, admire, and capture the view using my iPhone. 

The Empire State Building is New York City’s emblem as the ‘seat of empire,’ heart of the wealthiest American City, and beacon of colors of America’s melting pot.

SEAT OF EMPIRE: New York has been notably known as the Empire State. What could be a more fitting symbol of this nickname than the Empire Sate Building? The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets.

HEART OF THE CITY. The Empire State Building’s 86th and 102nd floor observatories provide breathtaking 360° views of New York City and beyond. Hence, the building is also known as the heart of The City of New York – ‘the most American of all the country’s cities’ and deemed as the largest and wealthiest American City for the past two centuries.

TOWER OF LIGHTS. The international icon of the New York Skyline, the Empire State Building’s Tower of Lights has maintained a unique and symbolic lighting displays, since 1976, to recognize various occasions and organizations throughout the year. I’d like to view the Tower of Lights as a cultural symbol – a beacon of colors – with New York City being the most ethnically diverse urban center in the country. The tower’s colors could mean a call to action, a celebration, or thanksgiving for both residents and visitors alike, in this concrete jungle of a city that is widely recognized as America’s melting pot.

Views of New York City from the Empire State Building's 86th Floor Observatory

 

Which Three Concepts Does New York City’s Empire State Building Symbolize?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Your Days are Numbered.”

‘Madrid’ by Genesis T. Geraldino

Chance

by Marites Avisado-Responte

We are racing against it
Or following behind it
Sometimes, our fingers barely touching it
Or, our arms writhing against it
Against the starlight, when moonlit
is waxing and waning to welcome the daylight
We are there, with bowed heads, teeth grit
How come, we simply lose it to the wind?
How come, we choose to let it go?

“For each day is but a numbered chance.” ~ theinflectionpoint.net

Chance

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Dinagat’s Summer Sunset as captured by my sister-in-law, Maria Susan Geraldino-Geotina.

By Mayette Timblaco-Geraldino

I have always been fascinated by Dinagat Islands. Dinagat fascinates me not only because I’m married to a ‘lumad’ Dinagatnon, but more so because of its mystique, breathtaking islets, white beaches, blue-green seas, beautiful sunsets, and friendly people.

Unfiltered sunset colors of Mauswagon, Dinagat captured by Joyce Geraldino Geotina.

My nephew, Paulie, enjoying his summer vacation in Kapakyan, Dinagat Islands.

My nephew, Paulie, enjoying his summer vacation in Kapakyan, Dinagat Islands.

One of my husband’s fond childhood memories is his family’s fish pen or ‘bungsod’ in Tagbuyakhaw that teemed with fresh and prized variety of fishes. Add to that the sorts of shellfish, crustaceans, and seaweed that delight his family’s dinner table. He loves to recall how the fresh breeze in the family’s rice farm in Malandog always lulls him to sleep in a hammock . He always speak of his hometown with pride and longing ….

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Fish pen or ‘bungsod’ in Dinagat Islands, captured by my sister-in-law, Gina Geraldino.

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The family’s rice farm in Malandog, Dinagat Islands as captured by sister-in-law, Ann Geraldino.

During college days, my friend, Zilda, used to regale me with stories of the island’s amazing rock formation, white powdery sand of Bitaog Beach, fresh water stream that defies gravity, and its unexplored caves adorned by stalactites and stalagmites.

And yes, “Who has not heard of the enigmatic Philippine Benevolent Missionary Association (PBMA) founded by the highly revered supreme leader Ruben Edera Ecleo, Sr?” was her standard closing statement, in dialect.

R. Ecleo Shrine in San Jose, Dinagat (Screengrabbed from the Internet)

Dinagat Island's amazing rock formation and islets captured by sister-in-law, Nian Geraldino.

It’s also compelling to hear the elders’ voices inflect as they whisper about the trove of Yamashita treasures that are said to be left hidden by the Japanese soldiers in the caves’ caverns and in the huge rocks’ nooks and crevices, during World War II.

It’s a historical fact that Dinagat, according to US Gen. Douglas MacArthur, was one of “three island-sentinels guarding the (southern) Philippines from the enemies in the Pacific.”

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Rock formation along the San Jose-Loreto route in Dinagat Islands by Nian Geraldino.

Bitaog Beach by Jannice Olarte Geraldino.

Dinagat islands was also featured in the National Geographic due to its newly discovered  unique species of tarsier, a big-eyed nocturnal animal about the size of an adult man’s hand, which is described as ” bigger in size, has darker hair and has stubbier fingers and toes.”

These newly discovered unique breed of primates, says the Biodiversity Institute of the University of Kansas, will “no doubt attract attention as an adorably cute new ecotourism focal point.”

   Dinagat Tarsier as featured in the National Geographic @ voices.nationalgeographic.com


Isn’t Dinagat Islands fascinating? My hubby, fondly called Tata by family and friends, definitely thinks so and invites everyone to visit the place he calls ‘home.’ 

Manong Crispin, caretaker of the family’s coconut farm in Kapakyan, Dinagat Islands.

Where ‘home’ is the fascinating Dinagat Islands…