BEACH SOUL #1
I created this work sometime in October of last year after I stayed in Siargao for a few weeks. This piece went on a journey of its own and turned out to be even profoundly meaningful in December.
Siargao is one of the best islands in Asia, not exclusively being the Surf Capital of the Philippines, it’s home to genuine Filipino hospitality, of such countless energetic minds, incredible food, unique nature spots, an extraordinary culture! It’s easy to know why many souls have fallen in love and moved to the island. Very much like most, I didn’t know then that I would contemplate staying, however I did.
Its breathtaking waves pulled me in mesmerized, its energy mysteriously one that made me feel at home at once. I like to roam with my bicycle on its challenging roads and embrace its daily surprises. Far from my city life, the island gifted me with adventure and realized a love so deep for nature, a less complex and tranquil life.
Recently, however, the island has been struck by the strongest typhoon I’ve ever experienced in my entire life. My newly-found paradise is now destroyed and struggling to recover. I went for the adventure and it has given me one that I thought I’ll never survive, but I did and I will return one day soon. For now, I’ll continue to share stories and ways to help rebuild this beautiful island for it to welcome and inspire further, help the people that showed kindness and animals that brought warmth. I have hope that it’s only the beginning of something even more beautiful for the ones who call it home.
About the series
The “Beach Soul” series expresses my deep love for the beach and begins with three pieces reflecting my most beloved islands in the Philippines: Palawan, Boracay, and Siargao.
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