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A humbling feeling, The Slums in Philippines

With all the things going on in the world, when you look at a picture like this, some of us will be thankful for what we have. Who knows just how stable these are. Even the smallest thing, like praying for these people will help. Don’t think you can’t make a difference, everyone has the freedom to help out. Hope you’re all having a blessed day!

Lake Lanao

Lake Lanao or Ranaw is a large lake in the Philippines, located in Lanao del Sur province in the country’s southern island of Mindanao. With a surface area of 340 km². (131 square miles), it is the largest lake in Mindanao, and the second largest lake in the Philippines and counted as one of the 15 ancient lakes in the world. The lake was formed by the tectonic-volcanic damming of a basin between two mountain ranges and the collapse of a large volcano. It has a maximum depth of 112 meters, and a mean depth of 60.3 meters. The basin is shallowest towards the north and gets progressively deeper towards the south. The lake is fed by four rivers. Its only outlet is the Agus River, which flows southwest into Iligan Bay via two channels, one over the Maria Cristina Falls and the other over the Linamon Falls. A hydroelectric plant installed on the Lanao Lake and Agus River system generates 70% of the electricity used by the people of Mindanao.

Lake Lanao view

A Maranao myth describes the formation of the lake. It is said that a group of angels under the command of Gabriel removed the vast population of Mantapoli to prevent the world from tipping over. The hole that was left was filled with water and threatened to drown the rest of the world. In response, the angels enlisted the help of the Four Winds to gouge out an outlet. The hole became Lake Lanao and the outlet became the Agus river.

What would you do to pursue your crush?

Back in the day, or it even happens in this modern time, boys would bring their barkada(gang) and “Harana” which means to serenade in order to impress their crush. This is a way of respectful courting for it also attracts and tells the lady’s parents how serious he is of courting her, for he would go through the whole phase of visiting her and singing to her. This is the old fashioned filipino way of asking out.