Monday, August 1, 2016

The Resort University

The Visayas State University is not new to me. I have been there many times in previous years and many employees there are my friends, back from our undergraduate years and others gained through work. I am already very familiar with its landscape, landmarks, structures and more. However, my trip there last week, Tuesday to Friday, seem to have been more meaningful. I might not be able to enumerate within my head the reasons, but the positive feelings and all things light and joyful are all gained from there, so i guess it was really a significant one.

We didn't sleep that Monday night in Manila, as we left 2:00am for a 4:30 am flight. We were a bit far from the airport, so we need some time allowance for any eventualities. It was just a 1hr-10min flight from Manila to Tacloban, and another 2 hours road trip to VSU, Baybay, Leyte. Yes we will pass by Tacloban, a just recently famous city because of the vast destruction caused by typhoon Yolanda. That was November 2013, and not much destruction are still visible now.


 wrong side of the sunrise

the real sunrise side

The sunrise on the plane could be a wonderful one, but we were sitting on the wrong side. I wish i had envisioned it, to have chosen the left position. Fortunately, the plane turned left on the way to the landing approach. Sunrise was still lovely but i had a very short chance to take photos, and the sun was already high up on the horizon.

 small islands can be seen on the nearby waters

the landscape of Leyte with patches of communities

The VSU campus is bound on one side by this mountain and on the other side by the sea. Forestry students have easier access on resources for learning. That also goes to students taking up Biology, Taxonomy and systematics. Wider areas are devoted to fields for agricultural and animal researches. The faculty have enough housing facilities inside the campus for their families.

I didn't show the actual academic campus as it is wide and full of buildings. The above is just the end at the north side with a few houses. 

tall trees and coconuts are planted all throughout the VSU grounds

 the sea in front of VSU is a declared marine sanctuary

 three big islands are on the horizon, one is Cebu and the other is the Camotes Island

The big talisay trees are dotted with epiphytes most notable are endemic orchids

a close-up shot shows a clump of flowering Bulbophyllum  and a lot of endemic Dendrobium orchids

 students just linger near the seashore to discuss assignments or just have fun during breaks

 This is one of the most beautiful sites i saw there, tying a hammock between two trees either leisurely or an easy corner to read a book.

 some pairs also just sit there on the expanse of the shore

 a panoramic shot of that expanse is truly inviting

sunsets are wonderful too

a very beautiful tree art form with the sunset background

another sunset before we left 

We reviewed and evaluated some research projects there. We also visited a nearby people's organization, which is the recipient of one abaca twining machine. People are accommodating and we finished our schedules on time. We also had enough spare time to meet and visit old friends, where their actual experiences during Yolanda were relayed to us.  There was also an ongoing garden show, and a friend gladly toured us. 

It is not surprising to hear that the university will be called The Resort University. Amenities and structures to effect such a name are already being done. There are actually special events already being held there for a fee, and income from such events will augment the universities resources. Students enrolled in courses related to hotels, restaurants and tourism will have good training on these grounds. More power to you Visayas State University.

27 comments:

  1. Great series, my favorite are the first sky photos.
    Greetings from Germany

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    1. Thanks Mascha for dropping by, have a nice week.

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  2. WOW What a fabulous place to visit. Love the shots from the place adn the shadow of the palm tree i=on the grass.

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    1. Oh yes Margaret, even the biodiversity and orchid collectors will have a nice time here looking at them in natural habitat. Thanks for visiting. Enjoy your week.

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  3. I did no traveling when I was growing up in the PI so the entire archipelago is in my bucket list.

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    1. OH Maria, you should hurry up to do so, as they might not be as beautiful in the future, we cannot assure you that! It is true for most of us here not to be travelling a lot in the country, and we tend to see places geographically far from us. Do you know that my town, Mabini, is a resort area? It is also famous for diving competitions and i met 2 blogger friends there because of diving. But i confess i do not know much about my town. It is just fortunate that my work privileged us to see the whole country, and these days promo fares in airlines also allows more citizens to see other places.

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    1. Thanks Tanya, i hope you drop by again.

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  5. Paradise comes really close as a description when I watch these. Truly great photos, especially those out of the plane and the beach. Thank you for linking up with "Through My Lens".

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Oh you are so kind Mersad. I know you are just making me feel great with my photos, although i will still be eating a lot of salt before my photos get slightly near yours. Your shots are real inspirations, i hope i have gears as intensive as yours, and have the knowledge and creativity of Mersad, haha. Thank you so much.

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  6. Great series of photos, I should like to be in that hammock...

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    1. Oh yes Judy, if only i have some more time there, i also would love to sample being in that hammock.

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  7. Can any other university compete with the surroundings of here? Just stunning.

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    1. haha maybe none in the country, as this is the only university enclosed by the mountain and the sea in such close embrace.

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  8. Hello, I love this resort university. It looks like a lovely place to study. I would enjoy reading and laying in a hammock. I love the trees and views of the sea. Gorgeous sky shots and photos. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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    1. I agree with you Eileen, but if i were there i might not be able to attend my subjects on time, haha! In 1990 when i first went there, the trees are still small and buildings are still few, so it is a bit lovelier now.

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  9. A wonderful place for a university!

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  10. Beautiful post....thank you!
    The last two photos are fabulous!

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  11. What a beautiful campus. You are so lucky to be there. Your images show what a wonderful place it is.
    JM, Illinois-U.S.A

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    1. I've been there a few times in the past, but this time it seems more beautiful. I will show more of the campus in next post. Thanks for coming JM.

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  12. What a beautiful place to study and to enjoy nature... Really lovely shits Andrea... Michelle

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  13. That looks absolutely wonderful!

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  14. Nice images - it looks like a wonderful place.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  15. Somehow I missed this post. What an amazing place. I could do with moving there for a couple of years!

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  16. Hmmm, looks like I went to the wrong university...
    Amazing to have its own sea-front, isn't it?

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