Bangui | Windmills

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    Bangui, Ilocos Norte. Full of promises. From undeveloped coastal area to vast verdant farmlands. Simple and happy folks inhabited the humble locality. Until, fifteen windmills were constructed along the seashore of the rich Bangui bay. Then five more were added recently.


    But do we really have something to owe with these gigantic fans? No profound one. Not anything deep but superficial famousness. A big change. Urban dudes are now talking about Beng-gi. Well, that’s how would they pronounced the pungent Bang-gi. Gross! But denser than this includes lot of complaints.

    Reports show that the building of these windmills had cut the coins of the fishermen. That windmill must be that sharp, steel cutter huh! Seriously, the catches of fishermen significantly dropped. Scientifically, I don’t know the explanation of this. But it is believed that the movement of the enormous fans of the windmills drives away the fishes. Too sad.

    In as much as the work of these fishermen is concerned, these windmills at least welcomed some jobs. Don’t rejoice, it’s only a job. A job with no opportunity at all. No future. Coming up with cafeterias, coffee shops and restaurants nearby is one. Wait. Are you thinking? How would these businesses profit much? Tourists only come and go. They don’t stay at the place for hours. They are only after the pictures. Documentations.

    How about the selling of souvenirs? Still not a good idea. One shop would be enough. People cannot just have a stand in a certain area and just wait and wait. In one week, you could only sell five? To ten stuffs, I'm pretty sure. Not productive.

    Indeed potentials and other attributes of the town are overpowered or worst, disbanded by these fans. There’s a portion of the bay before that is patronized because of the magical stones, I mean stunning pebbles, that is opulently distributed in the place. But now? All gone. Like bubbles that burst in a matter of time.


    Bangui does have a lot to offer. Natural resources such as falls, rivers and spring had been overlooked. The not established names of these just got worst, as I have said, had been overshadowed by these big fat fans.

    Benefits. People think. People thought. That. That there are benefits of the folks living in the town, but actually… nothing. No thing. Even a lowered electric bill? No. Cannot be felt at all. And what’s the purpose of having a good source of electricity if wires and lines in the municipality are not organized, not managed well. When typhoon comes, it takes about 3 days that they can put back the current. No good service.

    Woooh! A lot. Of complaints.


    The above photos showcase the two sides of Bangui. When you are at the Bangui Viewdeck, a sort of a lookout of the whole town, you can view these majestic fans. Indeed, they are eye-catching. From toddlers peeping at the window of cars to foreigners holding a Canon to shot that picturesque scene. These Windmills are what they are into. This view on the left is always preferred by lot. Yes, a lot. But there are few who opt for the right view. You're right. It's on the right and it is right. Correctooooow! Magnificentooooow! And I am one of these few who chooses the very natural in this world. Ricefields. Mountains. Greeneries.

    36 comments:

    Elisabeth Hirsch said...

    These are amazing! Do you ever take pictures for book covers? I'm thinking about self-publishing a book about my son who died. Your pictures are sooo gorgeous I can't pull my eyes from them!!!

    P. S. I love your blog so much I wanted to give you an award. Come on over to this link to pick it up ;)

    http://ecwrites.blogspot.com/2011/02/versatile-i-love-something-heart-felt.html

    Vhincci Subia said...

    Actually I haven't took some for book covers but why not if there's an opportunity...

    Wow! Thank you for your comment. Thank you for the award too. Much appreciated. :)

    I'm new in blogging. I'm new in photography. This would be of great help, a great start! Really thank you Elisa. :)

    Kim, USA said...

    Yes this place is so pretty and a very good photo too. Anyhow, what I understand with this huge mill, it produce electric power. And if this windmills are located in a certain hometown it is supposed to have a good electricity, where then the electricity or power goes? Hmmm I hope hinde sa bulsa nang mga politiko dyan!

    Vhincci Subia said...

    As I am oriented about it... as what has been told to me... the power produced by these windmills are sold to energy providing corporations, either national or local ones, such as MERALCO, INEC and the like. The share of the town on the payment of these corporations amounts only to what is agreed upon to be a rental or hiring fee of the land where these windmills are occupying. Yes, they are publicizing that these windmills can provide energy to the whole of Luzon, but this is with due pay also from us who are consuming electricity. So basically, the windmills are situated only in the town, hiring the space it occupied, taking advantage of the quantity of wind the place has to offer. And this charge on the space is only what the town can get from it. The gain, profit is still held by the builders or whoever the owner of these, which is still unknown to me.

    As to the first two photos, it came really nice because it was shot on a beautiful day. The town is known to have a windy and rainy weather along with neighbors Pagudpud and Cagayan. I hope you've heard or at at least you know these places. They are shot in a same day, same place, same ground. All I have to do is to turn my head on the left which views the windmills and on the right viewing the vast farmland. While the last photo was taken already as you go down to the area, just near the ricefileds, in a calm afternoon, where the sun prepares to set in the west...

    robkaskaian said...

    thanks for sharing these photos. I miss Bangui...so much! There's no place like home talaga. :(

    Vhincci Subia said...

    I agree Rob! There's no place like home talaga!:)

    Anyway, how's ur decision on your future? Staying for good or going home in the Phils? :)

    Elisabeth Hirsch said...

    Here's the link for that award ;)

    http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/Elisabeth83/Theversatileblogger.jpg

    How much would you charge for a cover picture?

    Vhincci Subia said...

    Elisa. Are you really serious about that cover picture? Because I am really a neophyte in photography. And it would be my first time. Anyway, what kind of picture would you want to have or avail? :)

    Thank you again for the award...

    robkaskaian said...

    Gusto kong umuwi, if everything will turn to my favor,

    Im not losing hope naman, if im going to study here, It seems like im going to start over again, too many pre-requisite courses/subjects before i can take the BSN program. WAste of time, effort and money.

    God is good.

    Vhincci Subia said...

    Rob. If I were you, uuwi ako. Sayang din ung almost 4 years na pag-aaral...

    It's true, a waste of time if u will start all over again...

    robkaskaian said...

    yup, uuwi ako for the sake of my future...

    letseng curriculum naman kasi yan eh.
    hindi na ako regular, i'll do tuturial sessions na :) a lot of money, but i'll take that risk.

    Vhincci Subia said...

    Actually that curriculum has been one of our topics in our seminar in nursing because our 4 years of studying here in the country only equate 2 years in the states, or other countries such as canada... the reason is that we only have 6 grades in the elementary...

    eileeninmd said...

    You have a wonderful blog, I love your photos. Very well done!

    Leetah East said...

    Gorgeous photos! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Following you back.

    Leetah East

    LV said...

    Thank you for a great post on the windmills. Loved hearing the story behind them. You are doing a great job with your blog.

    emmanuelmateo said...

    wow.talagang ifiniture ang Bangui.wen napintas talaga idjay..nanayunan sa jay Windmills'n.

    Vhincci Subia said...

    Eileen. Thank you! I also love your nature photos... :)

    Vhincci Subia said...

    Leetah. Thank you for the visit! But it seems that your name doesn't appear on my list of followers...

    Vhincci Subia said...

    Wow! Thank you LV! Your comment really means a lot... :)

    Vhincci Subia said...

    Emmanuel. Yes ah, maganda talaga ang Bangui... Well, I must say, the whole of Ilocos Norte. Each town has it attributes to showcase... We must really be proud to be an Ilocano... :)

    Elisabeth Hirsch said...

    I'm still trying to think of a perfect picture. It's so hard. I wonder if I could e-mail you a couple entries so you could get an idea as to what I'm looking for? The title is, "The Golden Sky," but the cover would need to embody the fact that my son died and a healing strength came after his death.

    Your pictures are amazing! I really think they'd make a gorgeous cover.

    Vhincci Subia said...

    Elisa. Yes, you can e-mail some photos for some ideas. Ok, I will think of a good picture cover with your title. I guess, the story would cause relief and enlighten the minds of the readers, so are you looking exactly of an ispirational photo cover? Thank you. :)

    Elisabeth Hirsch said...

    What's a good e-mail to send this to?

    Vhincci Subia said...

    Ok, you can just send this to zcienznihv@gmail.com
    Thank you. :)

    Mahon said...

    Very interesting post, i liked to read ! :))

    Bye**

    youth_in_asia said...

    Nice! I love the way you framed the first shot of the wind turbines. Beautiful location.

    Vhincci Subia said...

    Thank you Mahon... :)

    Vhincci Subia said...

    Also, thank you Jon! :)

    Christian Lucas Sangoyo said...

    Maybe you can help promote Bangui's other assets through your blog. I know I would love to see the other side of Bangui. =)

    Christian | Lakad Pilipinas
    http://lakad-pilipinas.blogspot.com

    adyen said...

    hi there. what camera do you use? :)

    Vhincci Subia said...

    Christian. That would be great! But promoting the other assets of Bangui takes a lot of time. I have to travel mountains and walk long trails. Right now, I am busy with my studies. So hopefully I can feature it this summer or not next year...

    Thank you for the visit. Really appreciate it... :)

    Vhincci Subia said...

    Hello Adyen! All I can say, I didn't used a DSLR for these photos... Thank you for visiting...

    Debbie Smith said...

    Some amazing shots!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Debbie's Travels

    Vhincci Subia said...

    Thank you Debbie... :)

    john marc allen reyes said...

    YOUR NOT RIGHT ON SOME OF YOUR INFOS, IT'S JUST YOUR OPINION, SO PLS DO NOT OVER DO IT.
    BUT ANYWAY YOU ARE ENTITLED WITH YOUR OWN OPINION..

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