An interview on photography and living in Davao

  PHWOW :  Do you have any tips for travelers who visit Davao for the first time? Me : Don’t hesitate to ask around. The guy beside you may have just gone through… Continue reading

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My Fine Art Photography

Welcome to my world of art, travel, writing and photography. Just sharing my passion in a positive way and hoping it will inspire you to follow your dreams too.

There may be a reason why you stumbled upon my page today.

Boredom is one good guess, but let’s think positive and uplifting, shall we? Welcome to my (almost) daily blog of personal images matched with inspirational quotes.  My photography is simple in composition, more… Continue reading

Imagine, create, deliver

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way.  Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some… Continue reading

Majestic Mayon

Mayon Volcano is the Philippines’ most active stratovolcano, considered to be a perfectly formed volcano for its symmetrical cone. It rises at 2,463 m (8,081 ft) and is the central feature of the… Continue reading

Lotus in morning mist

  The lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. At night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again.… Continue reading

Heart-shaped lake

There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue those. Fly free. Don’t let fear of what may happen hold you back… Continue reading

Mountain magic

“Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can’t, cannot. Belief triggers the power to do.” ― David J. Schwartz, Magic Of Thinking Big The sight of a mountain… Continue reading

Kingdom of Ayutthaya (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

The Historic City of Ayutthaya (1351-1767), was the second capital of a flourishing Siamese Kingdom. From the 14th to the 18th centuries, it grew to be one of the world’s largest and most… Continue reading

Street kids

“But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” ~ William Butler Yeats

Fish Sanctuary in Panabo

“Kadagatan sa Panabo.” A family picks shells along the coastline of Cagangohan Fish Sanctuary in Panabo City, which is part of the Davao Gulf, and one of the priority areas for marine biodiversity… Continue reading

Return to paradise

Hagonoy, Britania Islands, Surigao del Sur © Jojie Alcantara Bed rest from cough and colds. Lost my cellphone in between island trips. Strangely, it didn’t matter to me. I was back in paradise.… Continue reading

Advice from a sea turtle

Advice from a Sea Turtle Swim with the current Be a good navigator Stay calm under pressure Be well-traveled Think long term Age gracefully Spend time at the beach!

Kembali by nature

“And the turtles, of course… all the turtles are free, as turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.” Dr. Seuss

Visit Davao now

“I believe in the city as a natural human environment, but we must humanize it. It’s art that will re-define public space in the 21st Century. We can make our cities diverse, inspirational… Continue reading

Pink Sand Beach of Zamboanga

The beautiful but endangered Organ Pipe Coral (Tubipora musica) on the Great Sta. Cruz Island in Zamboanga is bright red in color and naturally pulverized among its fine powdered white sands, turning its… Continue reading

Bird watching in Zamboanga

“You have to believe in happiness, or happiness never comes … Ah, that’s the reason a bird can sing — On his darkest day he believes in spring.” – Douglas Malloch

Stars on the sea

“Memory is very important, the memory of each photo taken, flowing at the same speed as the event. During the work, you have to be sure that you haven’t left any holes, that… Continue reading

In black and white

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!” ― Ted Grant

Creative selfie

“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all… Continue reading

Life is like a boat

“We are all rowing a boat of fate The waves keep on comin’ and we can’t escape But if we ever get lost on our way The waves would guide you through another… Continue reading

That undiscovered paradise

“In still moments by the sea life seems large-drawn and simple. It is there we can see into ourselves.” ― Rolf Edberg

Blue

“I spent uncounted hours sitting at the bow looking at the water and the sky, studying each wave, different from the last, seeing how it caught the light, the air, the wind; watching… Continue reading

Poetry of the sea

“The winds, the sea, and the moving tides are what they are. If there is wonder and beauty and majesty in them, science will discover these qualities… If there is poetry in my… Continue reading

Deep blue wonder

“It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a… Continue reading

Nature’s masterpiece

“Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

  • THE SCENE STEALER.

    'Kodaker' was our funny old slang for a photographer back when it was the popular brand. I actually do workshops for Canon. : )

    A proud Filipina from Davao City (Dabawenya) I write a column for two newspapers. I shoot and write for travel magazines, and other commissioned projects. My crazy adventures turned me into a photographer. I am also a nutcase artist who paints and draws caricatures.

    As a solo traveler, I have strange habits of hoarding funny signs, Asian horror films, weird artifacts and 80s memorabilia (MJ is my pop idol). This blog is the Scene Stealer, because I quietly capture candid scenes of humanity and surreal visions of nature (living in a magical world despite hard times).

    As a photojournalist, I love aerial, travel and culture in exploring destinations. Now a semi-retired TV host, I endorse products on the side and do charity works. This blog features my artistic journey, with inspirational quotes. My published articles are in another blog.

    All photos are mine unless otherwise stated. I only wish for respect, permission and courtesy in photo credits. Thank you.

    www.about.me/jojiealcantara

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    Dream Big

    Sabang, Puerto Princesa

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    "I would rather die on my feet with honor than live on bended knees with shame,"Ninoy Aquino to tribunal. The Assassination of Benigno Aquino Jr. on Sky's History Channel now. @skycableph @Skyserves Watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Movie on Sky's Cinema. Still cracks me up until now. @skycableph @Skyserves Watching The Sound of Music on Sky's HBO Signature now. Remake has replaced the classic Julie Andrews with Carrie Underwood. @skycableph Love this woman and her gift! Thanksss! By @denglovesdog "Do you have this? I got it for you!" Dabawenyas have a good sense of humor. We are also fond of seafood, with all year round fresh, abundant, delicious supply. Have a wonderful day! Ulam? Pasalubong. Love you, celebrity friend, Arlene Cunanan @arl618! #Kadayawan #Davao