Sitio Graje Antipolo, Medelian, Cebu

Trip to Graje

The official definition of “Siti0” is:  A territorial enclave that forms part of a barangay, the location of which may be distant from the center of the barangay itself. In other words a very tiny community. Known by my wife’s family as “Graje” and it is the home of most of the relatives on my wife’s mother’s side. Anyway March 19th was a day spent in Graje and many photos taken. I find the people here to be extremely friendly I feel at home here and liked by everyone. Yesterday evening I had a change to meet the Graje Barangay Captain in the home of my wife’s auntie.

You have to negotiate a rock climb just to venture further into this community. I did it a few times in my Ford Escape which was 4×4 but the little car would never make it.

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A barangay (Filipino: baranggay, [bara?’gaj]) is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward. Barangays are further subdivided into smaller areas called Puroks (English: Zone). A sitio is a territorial enclave inside a barangay, especially in rural areas. Municipalities and cities are composed of barangays. In place names barangay is sometimes abbreviated as “Brgy.” or “Bgy.”. As of December 31, 2006 there are a total of 41,995 barangays throughout the Philippines. Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org
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The reason we were her in the firsts place is that her cousin is the Fiesta Queen and My wife has a speech to give and she and I will present the the first runner up at the ceremonies. The Mayor of Medellin the nearest City to Graje of whom I met late last year will present to the queen, but my wife and I will be prominently displayed on the same state, so I think this is quite an honor.

I will let the photos tell the story from here, I can last a lot longer in any one place if I have my camera with me and almost constantly shooting photos of everything and anything. Photographers do this to capture that one great photo. In other words if you are going to take a picture of a child don’t just take one photo take 20 then pick the best of that 20 for display. Often the camera is set to multiple exposures meaning when I press the button as long as I hold it down it keeps taking pictures in rapid fire mode. I often go with my camera a table top tripod and a regular full length tripod for available light photos. Some of the photos below are available light which means taken without flash.

The festivities have been postponed until March 20th due to heavy rain

(Remember you can click on any image here to see a larger version and right click it to save a copy)

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