I love Plantation Bay in Mactan, Cebu. This seaside resort and spa allows me to relax and commune with my Muses. When I'm there I feel refreshed, regenerated.
When I was last there, Manny Gonzalez (Founder and CEO of Plantation Bay and my cousin) gifted with two handsome coffee table books, Tales of Plantation Bay and The Many Moods of Plantation Bay.
Both books have gorgeous pictures taken at the resort. The first one, Tales of Plantation Bay. include anecdotes related to the resort. The second, The Many Moods of Plantation Bay, include poems by Manny Gonzalez.
Here are some pages with the writings. These poems are my Manny Gonzalez.
PAST IS THE ONLY TENSE OF HAPPY
Is the only tense of happy
we never have to leave.
Just a frame for frozen moments,
a web of images we weave.
is a shortened season
that drifts upon us during night,
to wake the earth and grow new leaves,
and bathe our fertile fields with light.
Swept on swiftly by a nameless current,
we hasten through the splendor of the trees
and somehow never recognize the moment
But what is past becomes for always,
Which makes sufficient reason
To take my happiness from remembered days
From when was my Moment,
And You were my Season.
is the grey, grim
we have dreaded -
tinted with silent
for pains past but no less
lovely in our hearts -
as even now the gentle, soft caress
of virgin wonder fast departs
and leaves us, wiser,
in the dark.
The top picture was taken at Plantation Bay. It shows l-r: Chona Bernad, Terry Manguerra, Cecilia Brainard, and Chinggay Utzurrum.
The next picture shows me with Manny Gonzalez.
The rest are pictures of pages from The Many Moods of Plantation Bay.
A Weekend Retreat at the Plantation Bay (Cecilia has many pictures of Plantation Bay in this link)
Barcelona by Bar, by Manny Gonzalez
The Sensual Pleasures of Bordeaux
Manny Gonzalez Reviews Paris Restaurants