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Avilon Zoo Eagle

Avilon Zoo Eagle
Made by jovijovijovi
Avilon Zoo Montalban, Rizal, Philippines December 30, 2008 While in our long Christmas holiday in 2008, I had a feeling of unproductiveness especially in terms of my photography. I pushed for a photo-op and we were able to sneak a trip to Avilon Zoo a couple of days before New Year. There were no clear maps or drawings on how to get to the zoo. I found instructions with landmarks noted from the internet and those were the best we guide we could find. The map supplied by Avilon was misleading as everything seemed near when in fact they were kilometers away! The traffic was heavy and the roads were small going through Montalban on our way to the zoo. Rough roads/trails met us next and after more than an hour from metro manila, we finally reached Avilon Zoo! Avilon Zoo is (as far as I know) the most complete and world-class (the closest we have) zoo that is open to the public here in the Philippines. There are probably other private zoos of filthy rich families or politicians that can match Avilon but comparing open-to-the-public zoos alone, no one can match Avilon. Avilon zoo has over 500 species of animals placed strategically in the 3,000 square meter area of the zoo. The roads and walkways were wide and very park-like in nature (similar to zoos in other countries). Though the zoo still lacked enough signs and maybe a free map at least, the organization was much better than the other zoos I have been in here in the Philippines. 500 species though is a bit misleading as most of the 500 are birds or fishes and most of them look pretty much the same. We did not get a tour guide for our group (since we were also going to take time shooting), and I found that there were not much information written on the cages and pens. I believe that to better appreciate a zoo tour (or any other tour), one should be supplied lots of stories and information. Avilon Zoo, though being the best the Philippines has to offer at this time, still has the potential to be much better. They seem to be cutting back on manpower (maybe because of the lack of income/funds) so many areas were not so tidy and the aura and color of the animals seemed dull, unhealthy and unloved. We noticed though that the birds and other animals earning income (by charging to have photos taken with them) were better taken care of and had a healthier look to them. The strength and wealth of a nation can be judged by many things (roads, parks, quality of food, presence of an ocean park, etc) and one of those things are the condition and the beauty of their zoos. Our best zoo is not even government assisted/funded and still far from the zoos of other nations. With a better government (less corruption, more development and better roads to the zoo at least) and proper assistance/funding, Avilon Zoo can become world class and can definitely be something we Filipinos can be proud of.

Avilon Zoo Monkey

Avilon Zoo Monkey
Made by jovijovijovi
Avilon Zoo Montalban, Rizal, Philippines December 30, 2008 While in our long Christmas holiday in 2008, I had a feeling of unproductiveness especially in terms of my photography. I pushed for a photo-op and we were able to sneak a trip to Avilon Zoo a couple of days before New Year. There were no clear maps or drawings on how to get to the zoo. I found instructions with landmarks noted from the internet and those were the best we guide we could find. The map supplied by Avilon was misleading as everything seemed near when in fact they were kilometers away! The traffic was heavy and the roads were small going through Montalban on our way to the zoo. Rough roads/trails met us next and after more than an hour from metro manila, we finally reached Avilon Zoo! Avilon Zoo is (as far as I know) the most complete and world-class (the closest we have) zoo that is open to the public here in the Philippines. There are probably other private zoos of filthy rich families or politicians that can match Avilon but comparing open-to-the-public zoos alone, no one can match Avilon. Avilon zoo has over 500 species of animals placed strategically in the 3,000 square meter area of the zoo. The roads and walkways were wide and very park-like in nature (similar to zoos in other countries). Though the zoo still lacked enough signs and maybe a free map at least, the organization was much better than the other zoos I have been in here in the Philippines. 500 species though is a bit misleading as most of the 500 are birds or fishes and most of them look pretty much the same. We did not get a tour guide for our group (since we were also going to take time shooting), and I found that there were not much information written on the cages and pens. I believe that to better appreciate a zoo tour (or any other tour), one should be supplied lots of stories and information. Avilon Zoo, though being the best the Philippines has to offer at this time, still has the potential to be much better. They seem to be cutting back on manpower (maybe because of the lack of income/funds) so many areas were not so tidy and the aura and color of the animals seemed dull, unhealthy and unloved. We noticed though that the birds and other animals earning income (by charging to have photos taken with them) were better taken care of and had a healthier look to them. The strength and wealth of a nation can be judged by many things (roads, parks, quality of food, presence of an ocean park, etc) and one of those things are the condition and the beauty of their zoos. Our best zoo is not even government assisted/funded and still far from the zoos of other nations. With a better government (less corruption, more development and better roads to the zoo at least) and proper assistance/funding, Avilon Zoo can become world class and can definitely be something we Filipinos can be proud of.

Avilon Zoo Big Cat Mammal

Avilon Zoo Big Cat Mammal
Made by jovijovijovi
Avilon Zoo Montalban, Rizal, Philippines December 30, 2008 While in our long Christmas holiday in 2008, I had a feeling of unproductiveness especially in terms of my photography. I pushed for a photo-op and we were able to sneak a trip to Avilon Zoo a couple of days before New Year. There were no clear maps or drawings on how to get to the zoo. I found instructions with landmarks noted from the internet and those were the best we guide we could find. The map supplied by Avilon was misleading as everything seemed near when in fact they were kilometers away! The traffic was heavy and the roads were small going through Montalban on our way to the zoo. Rough roads/trails met us next and after more than an hour from metro manila, we finally reached Avilon Zoo! Avilon Zoo is (as far as I know) the most complete and world-class (the closest we have) zoo that is open to the public here in the Philippines. There are probably other private zoos of filthy rich families or politicians that can match Avilon but comparing open-to-the-public zoos alone, no one can match Avilon. Avilon zoo has over 500 species of animals placed strategically in the 3,000 square meter area of the zoo. The roads and walkways were wide and very park-like in nature (similar to zoos in other countries). Though the zoo still lacked enough signs and maybe a free map at least, the organization was much better than the other zoos I have been in here in the Philippines. 500 species though is a bit misleading as most of the 500 are birds or fishes and most of them look pretty much the same. We did not get a tour guide for our group (since we were also going to take time shooting), and I found that there were not much information written on the cages and pens. I believe that to better appreciate a zoo tour (or any other tour), one should be supplied lots of stories and information. Avilon Zoo, though being the best the Philippines has to offer at this time, still has the potential to be much better. They seem to be cutting back on manpower (maybe because of the lack of income/funds) so many areas were not so tidy and the aura and color of the animals seemed dull, unhealthy and unloved. We noticed though that the birds and other animals earning income (by charging to have photos taken with them) were better taken care of and had a healthier look to them. The strength and wealth of a nation can be judged by many things (roads, parks, quality of food, presence of an ocean park, etc) and one of those things are the condition and the beauty of their zoos. Our best zoo is not even government assisted/funded and still far from the zoos of other nations. With a better government (less corruption, more development and better roads to the zoo at least) and proper assistance/funding, Avilon Zoo can become world class and can definitely be something we Filipinos can be proud of.

Avilon Zoo Birds

Avilon Zoo Birds
Made by jovijovijovi
Avilon Zoo Montalban, Rizal, Philippines December 30, 2008 While in our long Christmas holiday in 2008, I had a feeling of unproductiveness especially in terms of my photography. I pushed for a photo-op and we were able to sneak a trip to Avilon Zoo a couple of days before New Year. There were no clear maps or drawings on how to get to the zoo. I found instructions with landmarks noted from the internet and those were the best we guide we could find. The map supplied by Avilon was misleading as everything seemed near when in fact they were kilometers away! The traffic was heavy and the roads were small going through Montalban on our way to the zoo. Rough roads/trails met us next and after more than an hour from metro manila, we finally reached Avilon Zoo! Avilon Zoo is (as far as I know) the most complete and world-class (the closest we have) zoo that is open to the public here in the Philippines. There are probably other private zoos of filthy rich families or politicians that can match Avilon but comparing open-to-the-public zoos alone, no one can match Avilon. Avilon zoo has over 500 species of animals placed strategically in the 3,000 square meter area of the zoo. The roads and walkways were wide and very park-like in nature (similar to zoos in other countries). Though the zoo still lacked enough signs and maybe a free map at least, the organization was much better than the other zoos I have been in here in the Philippines. 500 species though is a bit misleading as most of the 500 are birds or fishes and most of them look pretty much the same. We did not get a tour guide for our group (since we were also going to take time shooting), and I found that there were not much information written on the cages and pens. I believe that to better appreciate a zoo tour (or any other tour), one should be supplied lots of stories and information. Avilon Zoo, though being the best the Philippines has to offer at this time, still has the potential to be much better. They seem to be cutting back on manpower (maybe because of the lack of income/funds) so many areas were not so tidy and the aura and color of the animals seemed dull, unhealthy and unloved. We noticed though that the birds and other animals earning income (by charging to have photos taken with them) were better taken care of and had a healthier look to them. The strength and wealth of a nation can be judged by many things (roads, parks, quality of food, presence of an ocean park, etc) and one of those things are the condition and the beauty of their zoos. Our best zoo is not even government assisted/funded and still far from the zoos of other nations. With a better government (less corruption, more development and better roads to the zoo at least) and proper assistance/funding, Avilon Zoo can become world class and can definitely be something we Filipinos can be proud of.

Avilon Zoo Duck

Avilon Zoo Duck
Made by jovijovijovi
Avilon Zoo Montalban, Rizal, Philippines December 30, 2008 While in our long Christmas holiday in 2008, I had a feeling of unproductiveness especially in terms of my photography. I pushed for a photo-op and we were able to sneak a trip to Avilon Zoo a couple of days before New Year. There were no clear maps or drawings on how to get to the zoo. I found instructions with landmarks noted from the internet and those were the best we guide we could find. The map supplied by Avilon was misleading as everything seemed near when in fact they were kilometers away! The traffic was heavy and the roads were small going through Montalban on our way to the zoo. Rough roads/trails met us next and after more than an hour from metro manila, we finally reached Avilon Zoo! Avilon Zoo is (as far as I know) the most complete and world-class (the closest we have) zoo that is open to the public here in the Philippines. There are probably other private zoos of filthy rich families or politicians that can match Avilon but comparing open-to-the-public zoos alone, no one can match Avilon. Avilon zoo has over 500 species of animals placed strategically in the 3,000 square meter area of the zoo. The roads and walkways were wide and very park-like in nature (similar to zoos in other countries). Though the zoo still lacked enough signs and maybe a free map at least, the organization was much better than the other zoos I have been in here in the Philippines. 500 species though is a bit misleading as most of the 500 are birds or fishes and most of them look pretty much the same. We did not get a tour guide for our group (since we were also going to take time shooting), and I found that there were not much information written on the cages and pens. I believe that to better appreciate a zoo tour (or any other tour), one should be supplied lots of stories and information. Avilon Zoo, though being the best the Philippines has to offer at this time, still has the potential to be much better. They seem to be cutting back on manpower (maybe because of the lack of income/funds) so many areas were not so tidy and the aura and color of the animals seemed dull, unhealthy and unloved. We noticed though that the birds and other animals earning income (by charging to have photos taken with them) were better taken care of and had a healthier look to them. The strength and wealth of a nation can be judged by many things (roads, parks, quality of food, presence of an ocean park, etc) and one of those things are the condition and the beauty of their zoos. Our best zoo is not even government assisted/funded and still far from the zoos of other nations. With a better government (less corruption, more development and better roads to the zoo at least) and proper assistance/funding, Avilon Zoo can become world class and can definitely be something we Filipinos can be proud of.

rica

rica
Made by .emong
Rica Bolipata-Santos is a Filipino award-winning author and English Professor at the Ateneo de Manila University. Her first book Love, Desire, Marriage, Etc. won the 7th Madrigal-Gonzalez best first book award. She lives in Marikina with her husband Dino and their three kids Teodoro, Marty and Ani. She will have a book launch of her second book, Lost and Found and other essays on July 30 at the Rizal Library Concourse in Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Timberland Sports and Nature Club Montalban, Rizal

Montalban

Montalban
Made by yourdoku
This is a solvable sudoku made with the characters of Montalban city from Rizal in Philippines. View montalbandoku or make your own design at yourdoku.com

Waiting for our ride back to the dam

Waiting for our ride back to the dam
Made by joanneQEscober (tacit requiem)
Before we got to this part of Wawa, we had to take a 45 minute walk... So we decided to ride a balsa (sort of a boat made of bamboo tied together) back to the dam. It was a tiring walk but its worth it. The place was just beautiful!

Droplets

Droplets
Made by popsy ramon (bzOFFmostOFtheTIME)
The almost forgotten one. We have 2 seasons in The Philippines... WET and DRY. Took this shot after the rain. From my archive... =============================== Thanks everyone for your support. It's encouraging.

All Hail Panthera Tigris!

All Hail Panthera Tigris!
Made by kilmerpeterson
I'm really fascinated with tigers. Ang laki nila at ang ganda ganda ng kulay nila. Ang saya sigurong magkaroon ng alagang tigre. Tapos ilalagay ko sa aquarium para di na lumaki masyado.

Solitaire

Solitaire
Made by kilmerpeterson
The orangutan at the Avilon Zoo. The thing that i noticed sa Avilon, is that lahat ng hayop dun mukhang masaya na andun sila. Parang kahit buksan mo yung kulungan, di pa rin sila aalis.

Orchid

Orchid
Made by popsy ramon (bzOFFmostOFtheTIME)
As shot.. Just used CNX2 to input metadata. No pushing whatsoever. From my archive. ============================== Have a great weekend everyone. Thanks for your time and support.

Puma's Merienda

Puma's Merienda
Made by kilmerpeterson
A jaguar at the Avilon Zoo in Montalban having an afternoon snack. Iba talaga mga jaguar dito, usually merienda ng mga jaguar kape at pandesal. Or skyflakes.

Wawa Dam

Wawa Dam
Made by davedeluria
Me and my photo buddies took a trip to Wawa Dam. Wawa Dam used to be the main source of water for Manila until it was supplanted by the Angat Dam.

Wawa Dam

Wawa Dam
Made by davedeluria
Me and my photo buddies took a trip to Wawa Dam. Wawa Dam used to be the main source of water for Manila until it was supplanted by the Angat Dam.

Rippling Duck

Rippling Duck
Made by kilmerpeterson
One of the first shots that I took at the Avilon Zoo. Bad trip umulan. Dapat pag inulan ka puwede ka bumalik the next day. I want my P208.00 back!

The Moon

The Moon
Made by popsy ramon (bzOFFmostOFtheTIME)
Chasing the moon beam... before the rain. ============================== Thanks for your support , comments, faves. Whatever it is, I'm grateful.

Philippine Eagle

Philippine Eagle
Made by Eric Gozar
A monkey eating Philippine Eagle. Shot taken at Montalban Zoo, Phils. Indigenous to the Philippines only. Rare, endangered specie.

Mitigating measure

Mitigating measure
Made by charles_hesed
these flares prevent deadly methane gas from escaping into the atmosphere. and in return we earn revenue from carbon credits :)

dry riverbed...

dry riverbed...
Made by jessie raga
normally flooded during rainy season but usually dry on summer. This is the fourth stream or river I crossed in this trail.



Nearest places of interest:

DONA NEMESIA SUBDIVISION
Litex Village
Pamayanan ng Tagumpay
eastwind homes subdivision, montalban rizal
  kASiglahan Village San Jose Rodriguez Rizal
Kasiglahan Village
Villa Ana Maria Subdivision
forest lawn memorial cemetery

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