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This section is the domain of the Catacutan clan (and others), with core group in this small town of Apalit where this old house is situated.  Friends and relatives out there in cyberspace with roots here, you are welcome to navigate.

Imaged in 1964: old house in Apalit, Pampanga; meet our young aunts and uncles: Tito Rudy, Tita Elvie, Tito Gus and Caca (Aunt Alegria); little girl is cousin Ate Lelette.

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As a child, I've always been fascinated about the earth, how it looks like from up in the sky, and even from space.  We were content with pictures from books of specific places, and never on where we actually lived.  Maps were flat and lacked relief.  Thanks to Google Earth we can access any point on earth.  What follows is a series of photos of our town from various altitudes. Use your imagination to fill in the blanks.

This is the perspective from the International Space Station (ISS), and within the range of the Space Shuttle, about 350 km above.  Obviously the sea floor is not visible from there.  You can see a portion of the familiar outline of Luzon island.

Peering through the window of a jumbo jet (that's around 12 km altitude), one can see the thin serpentine course of the Pampanga river, with houses dotting its banks, and some green fields.

We now have a wider river if you imagine you're in a light aircraft, maybe with an altitude of 5 km.  The thin line in the middle is the North Luzon Expressway.

At an altitude of 1 km, the road network becomes more obvious and one can see where our houses are located, especially if you know that the white cross-shaped structure at the lower-left is St. Peter's Parish Catholic Church.

As of 2009, this is the closest to earth photo provided by Google Maps.

Come to think of it... it's really just a small world!  We only have one small planet; let's take care of it...