I have always been amazed at the beauty of the skies from the Philippines. My first year I spent in the Philippines, living and loving in a light polluted city, where the stars were bright but were without a doubt unseen.
For awhile I dated someone from Agusan Del Sur, in a region by the sea where the time never managed to heed the idea of modernization. Life in this sleepy little place was so laid back I barely understood its meaning. Not only was I mesmerized by the white sand beaches, but also by the towering cliffs and the unique champagne shaped rocks that jutted from the calm waters of this little piece of heaven.
My first night I retired to the 2nd story front porch of the native home I was staying in and there I saw something that has forever stuck in my mind. Before me was an amphitheater of the most stunning night sky that I’ve ever seen in my entire life. The stars mimicked 1000’s of light bulbs that shown as if they were on display, bright, proud and beautiful beyond any words I could ever find.
I have always been hypnotized by the night sky, even as a child, but in the Philippines the skies light up like nothing I’ve ever seen. Even my trips to Upper New York State during the summers could not hold a candle to the skies of Agusan or anywhere else I’ve been in the Philippines. As a child me and my sister would drag the mattress out to the front yard and watch the stars as the world hurried by at a blistering pace. Then, and now, I have always fancied “Orion The Warrior” and in the crystal skies of the Philippines it seamlessly finds his way to my eyes, invoking family memories as if time stood still.
For the star gazer in all of us, the beauty of the 7,100 islands of the Philippines lies in nature and at nightfall, the beauty of the universe is a canvas that stands before us to watch, see, study sometimes pray, maybe hope and even bring some of us to a unique state of peace. On your next trip to the Philippines, or your first for that fact, always keep an eye on the beauty that Mother Nature herself gave this unique country, but never forget to look up and see something just as beautiful in the night sky.
‘Starry Starry Night’ is a favorite oldies song of the people of the Philippines. Though many do not understand its true meaning, I have to believe that the beauty of the night skies here are simply one of the reason that the song has gained popularity over the years.
Vincent van Gogh painted the infamous “Starry Starry Night” painting in 1889 in the province of Saint-Remy-de-Provence in France, but I can attest to the beauty of the province of Agusan and many others throughout Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon.
Here in the Philippines it doesn’t take an insane painter from long ago or for that fact it doesn’t even take a telescope, as the universe is so bright and beautiful in the skies, that only a person who is observant needs to just look up and see for themselves a unique world which stands before us all.
In closing I’ll give us all a little quote from Oscar Wilde himself, one which finds us all in the same boat, yet some are in that boat for a purpose……
Oscar Wilde said: “We Are All in the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars”.