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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…

Behold the pristine beauty of Siargao Island, Philippines

Photos by Dupz Escatron Ravelo

Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte, also dubbed as the surfing mecca and game fishing hotspot in the Philippines, is nature at its best. It is home to picture-perfect stretches of soft white sand beaches, clear blue sea, cool pristine water, amazing sunsets, and beautiful people. Its pollution-free air brings tranquility to any weary traveler.

Siargao Island


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My Winter Oasis

Photo by Dupz Ravelo

by Marietta Geraldino

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: Oasis.” 

Deep freeze, calls for layers
In the cold, my teeth chatter
Bone chilling wind makes me shiver
A frozen reminder that it’s winter…
To your white pebble beach, my memory escapes.

Winter blast, whipping wind
Claws the skin, so unkind!
Icy walkways test the patience
A frosty token of winter’s presence…
To your warm sea breeze, my consciousness flies.

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And What A Month It Has Been: A Milestone Report

Photos: "Faces of Bonok-Bonok Festival" by Dupz Escatron Ravelo

The Inflection Point is officially one month old and has published 30 articles, so far. What is most interesting is that out of the  more than 157 million blogs around the world, some 2.2K readers spread across 29 countries have read, liked, shared or commented on our articles.

Based on the 3 pm WordPress Stats, 74% of the readers come from the United States, 18% are from the Philippines and the remaining 8% come from 27 countries – with Canada, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Hongkong, Singapore and Germany rounding up to the top 10 share of readership.Redership

Data analytics from the Inflection Point, the magazine’s Facebook page, revealed more insights as to the readers’ gender and age range, as follows: 67% of the fans are women and 54% of the readers are within the age range of 25-54 years old.

The best day of viewership was on December 14th with 271 views. Outlined below are the ‘most liked’, ‘all time top rated’, and ‘mostly viewed’ posts.


Top 5 Posts “Most Liked” by WordPress Bloggers

  1. Love Unspoken (n= 20)
  2. A Vow of Love and Friendship; When We Have Nobody But You (n=7)
  3. Of Contradictions; Wanderlust; Flowers; FDAII’s Oil Painting Gallery (n=6)
  4. Winter Morning; Silence (n=5)
  5. God is Raining on You Son; Remembrances (n=4)

All Time Top 10 Rated Posts

  1. A Vow of Love and Friendship
  2. Of Mothers and Air Traffic Controllers
  3. A Student’s Christmas Gift to Her AP Statistics Teacher
  4. Wanderlust
  5. I Give My All
  6. A Parenthesis in Eternity
  7. The “You” Who’s Within
  8. God is Raining on You, Son!
  9. Winter Morning; FDA IIs Oil Painting Gallery
  10. Of Contradictions

 Top 10 Mostly Viewed Posts

  1. Of Mothers and Air Traffic Controllers
  2. A Vow of Love and Friendship
  3. A Parenthesis in Eternity
  4. The “You” Who’s Within
  5. Of Contradictions
  6. Random Thoughts at Ungodly Hours
  7. A Student’s Christmas Gift to Her AP Statistics Teacher
  8. I Give My All
  9. When We Have Nobody But You
  10. The Autumn Wind/ Of Life and Loving

This is how our December 30th viewership looks like, based on the WordPress Statistics at 3 pm.

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This milestone would have not been possible if not for the trust and support of the hardworking and passionate bloggers and friends who have provided The Inflection Point with some great essays, poems, photographs, videos, and visual arts, during the magazine’s infancy stage.

Foremost, The Inflection Point owes its online presence to all of its readers who found time to read the articles and visit the blog site, regularly.

Thank you everyone for a momentous 2014. Let us look forward to a prosperous 2015 – with all of its wondrous episodes of inflection points.

Mayette Timblaco Geraldino
The Inflection Point, Publisher and Founding Editor


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Snippets of Information About Bonok-Bonok

“Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw” is Surigao City’s festival of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and serves as a reflection of the city’s rich cultural heritage. It is held every September 9th, the eve of Surigao City’s Feast for San Nicolas de Tolentino.

Donned in colorful attire, dancers chant “Viva Señor San Nicolas de Tolentino… Viva!” as an expression of  gratitude to the Almighty for good health and abundant harvest, through the intercession of the City’s patron saint.

“Bonok-bonok”  and “Maradjaw Karadjaw,” are the Surigaonon dialects for “heavy downpour” and “All the Very Best.”  This is so since heavy rains ensure a bountiful harvest of rice, root crops and fruits – the staple food for Surigaonons.

Surigao City, popularly known as the City of Island Adventures, is the capital of Surigao del Norte, a province located at the Northeastern region of Mindanao in the Philippines.

Source: Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival: Official FB Fan Page