[Sta Maria] Magnificent Sunset Over a Remote Barrio Called "Gusing"


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"Unspoiled, sincere, peaceful , surprising - this is the sunset over a remote barrio that is not easy to experience to sunsets seen in crowded beaches and touristy islands."

I have just visited a remote barangay of the historical town of Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur and did some tiring hike to steep trails to reach a waterfall. Spent much of our time, the darkness is coming in a rush. I just needed to hurry up to be safe. It was going dark and I am still at the remote barrios and it was about 15 minutes more before reaching the town center. It was not a regret, there I saw this magnificent sunset!

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What I love about exploring the remote barrios in our province and some adjacent provinces is the feeling of uncertainty. 

It is the uncertainty that gives you anxiety if what you are going to discover is of worth or not, good or bad, surprising or disgusting. That's the "thrill" and I am always looking after that thrill.

I exited the remote barrio of Babal-lasi-oan in the town of Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur and I have to pass several barangays more. At a barrio called "Gusing," my brother who was driving our motorbike was rushing to get rid of the dark along this remote barrios.

But the moment I saw this magnificent sunset I told him to stop to capture this moment in time - such a wonderful sunset in a barrio.


We are about to cross a river and there is no bridge here, in fact a bridge is under construction but the construction has been stopped due to lack of funds. No choice - cross the river!

The river remained calm as if it wants us to cross safely. Aside from that, the river gave us the best spot to appreciate this scene and it allowed the sky to reflect to it's calm waters for us to enjoy.

Unspoiled, sincere, peaceful , surprising - this is the sunset over a remote barrio that can hardly be felt to sunsets seen in crowded beaches and touristy islands.
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leira on February 26, 2012 at 10:57 PM said...

great post.. it was very informative and it was easily understood. this is really what blogging is all about sharing your life and letting your readers get to know you,
leira of pagaspas.com

Edmaration etc on February 26, 2012 at 11:26 PM said...

Thanks Leira! You're absolutely right!

ralph on February 27, 2012 at 12:51 AM said...

no other words... but simply breathtaking... pwede bang gawin kong background sa desktop... good shot, bro. Yahweh bless.
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Chilipina on February 27, 2012 at 12:56 AM said...

Panalo talaga photos mo Ed. :)

Edmaration etc on February 27, 2012 at 1:06 AM said...

@Ralph. Pwedeng pwede! Why not! Haha!

Edmaration etc on February 27, 2012 at 1:07 AM said...

@Chilipina, perfect timing lang kasi talaga! :))

athena on February 27, 2012 at 2:52 AM said...

wow. your images are always breathtaking.
you have some of the nicest landscape photos i've seen. :>

Edmaration etc on February 27, 2012 at 4:28 AM said...

Athena, ow wow thanks ;)

gagay on February 27, 2012 at 4:30 AM said...

i super like it - the way you captured it..hope i could maximize my cam and able to take as great as this photo..

Edmaration etc on February 27, 2012 at 4:47 AM said...

Gagay I believe you can! ;))

Gil Camporazo on February 27, 2012 at 7:11 AM said...

Everyone of us is unaware that this kind of phenomenon, the blood red sky is one of the signs of the times that the coming of the Lord is nigh at hand. As we it, we gape for awe. We're amazed and appreciative this magnificent sunset so to speak. This is not what my thoughts lead me to write on, but what the Bible speaks as the thought of the Lord. Thank you for capturing this for keepsake.

Simurgh on February 27, 2012 at 7:14 AM said...

The river is very still..
Reflecting the colors of the late afternoon sun!
What I like about rivers and shots like these is that you can feel the stillness of the place, and in by your self.. in can be deceptive as you know for a fact that the river itself if full of life..
flowing! :)

lakwatsero on February 27, 2012 at 7:54 AM said...

the sunset, afternoon sky, and river create a dramatic view that you have captured perfectly on both photos.

Edmaration etc on February 27, 2012 at 8:01 AM said...

@Sir Gil, Actually sir I am aware per Biblical basis and this is just ONE of the many signs of the end times :) A lot of Biblical prophecies are already appearing.

But for me, as long as we are "saved" by Jesus Christ already, there is nothing to worry because our salvation is in His hands. :)

Nortehanon on February 27, 2012 at 8:34 AM said...

Ah, the golden hour. There is always something about it that soothes the weary traveler's soul. This is why sunsets are among my favorite things to photograph.

Great going, Ed.

Miss N of
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Edmaration etc on February 27, 2012 at 8:55 AM said...

@Ms. N, yeah! Thanks a bunch. It is raelly relaxing.

michi on February 27, 2012 at 9:40 AM said...

lovely sunset photos. =) i'm not good in night photography.

kindlehearts.com on February 27, 2012 at 10:39 AM said...

I love the pictures so much.. fiery haha! I envy you of being able to roam around...! :D
- sionee

PIA NegOr on February 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM said...

We go out of the Philippines seeking majestic photos, when all the while they're just there right in our own backyard, or barrio!

Shelmar on February 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM said...

ganda nman ng views... gusto ko rin makita ung mga ganitong views in real... =)) enjoy.. - shiela

Blanca/BlancNotes on February 27, 2012 at 3:05 PM said...

WOW! That's all I can say! Breathtakingly beautiful photos.:)

Jenny O'Toole on February 27, 2012 at 6:49 PM said...

Amazing! So beautiful.

R.O.M.E.L.O. on February 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM said...

you are right, you snapped a couple of magnificent sunset pictures...

Kathy Ngo on February 27, 2012 at 8:42 PM said...

Whoa! Now that's a sunset! I actually said that out loud ha. WHOA!

ajpoliquit on February 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM said...

Wow, amazing sunset photos! You already, galing!

Stacy Liong on February 28, 2012 at 12:36 AM said...

Another great thing to do in sta. maria is to swim =)

missblogchic on February 28, 2012 at 1:47 PM said...

Very nice shots ;))

Mhe-anne Ojeda on February 28, 2012 at 1:51 PM said...

wow very nice sunset photography! what camera mode did you use? i have the sunset and dawn modes in my p & s Nikon camera but the reddish pinkish one i haven't had that! romantic!!great job.

pinaysolobackpacker on February 28, 2012 at 6:54 PM said...

ang sarap naman jan! parang gus2 ko puntahan. i skipped sta. maria last time kase inabutan na ako ng gabi sa kabilang town. kala ko nung una walang beach sa ilocos, dame pala. :) buti calm yung river pagtawid nyo at d kau napano.

Edmaration etc on February 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM said...

@Ate Gael, yup. the beach stretch in Ilocos Sur is way longer than La Union and Ilocos Norte :)

markpogi on February 28, 2012 at 7:23 PM said...

Wow! That's a magical sunset indeed. Please do share more. ^_^

Henry on February 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM said...

Fantastic Sunset shot and its reflection on the river. Great!


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OLANOLOGY on March 2, 2012 at 4:47 PM said...

SUNSETS ARE WINDOW OF HEAVENS Ed. :) Sunset chaser ako Ed. :) I haveplenty of collections. One day, i am goin to blog about it. :) HAHAHAYSSS... Sana mapuntahn ko din to. :

Edmaration etc on March 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM said...

Wow ang saya niyan Olan! Will be looking forward for that. I really loe sunsets a lot.

Chel on March 4, 2012 at 11:35 PM said...

Beautiful sunset! Really looks so peaceful and serene.

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