There are two ways to view the sunrise from the highest point. If you climb Mount Apo, or if you ride on an airplane.
If you haven’t yet seen or experience a sunrise from above the clouds, take the first flight back to Davao before the break of dawn, which I love to do. It’s a breathtaking experience.
Here are images I took from the left aisle window of the Cebu Pacific plane last December. I used my handy point and shoot camera to capture the swift changes of colors in the sky, from muted blues to warm yellows, vivid reds and oranges, casting surreal rays over the highest peaks in the land.
Photos were captured between 5:30 a.m. to 6:17 a.m, by my Panasonic Lumix cam.
Here is the view of a cloudless Mount Apo in the morning, serving as a majestic background to the international airport.
And here is the old Davao airport, still beautiful in its lonely, abandoned state. I captured this shot a few years ago when we did a prenuptial shoot for their wedding. It just so happened the groom is a pilot, else it would be difficult to ask permit to access the interiors.
The author is a multi-awarded photographer, journalist, and artist whose works are featured in tourism campaigns (It’s More Fun in the Philippines), covers and spreads of books and international magazines. A long time columnist of SunStar Davao, she is a frequent traveler in search of inspirational heartwarming stories of human interest. She is also an influencer and motivational speaker who gives photography workshops in universities and organizations. A former TV personality, she has done several print and TV commercials, event hosting and speaking engagements. In 2013, she has received an award from the City Government of Davao for her significant contribution in the social media. She was one of the speakers in Photo World Asia 2017. A web designer/blogger since the 90s, she has seen the evolution of the internet and social media transition from the perspective of a traditional media person.