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

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

Let it glow

“That’s why we seize the moment try to freeze it and own it, squeeze it and hold it…’Cause we consider these minutes golden” ~ Eminem

Sky is the limit

“Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail,… Continue reading

Live your life

“There is only one important point you must keep in your mind and let it be your guide. No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this… Continue reading

Big dreams

“No matter how small you start, always dream big.” ― Stephen Richards

Into the light

“We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness”. – Anonymous

My aerial photo on Silkwinds cover

This is my cover photo of aerial Boracay waters in April 2014 issue of Silkwinds, the inflight magazine of SilkAir (Regional Wing of Singapore Airlines). I shot the fishermen and boat from a… Continue reading

Window of opportunity

“Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow’” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Keep moving forward

 “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were… Continue reading

Rise to the challenge

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” ― Jon Kabat-Zinn Sunrise in Dahican beach, Mati City, Davao Oriental  © Jojie Alcantara

  • 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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    The Chapel of St.Joseph the Worker (Chapel of the Angry Christ) was built inside the Victorias Milling Compound by the family to serve the spiritual needs of its employees.  The avante garde at first caused controversy because the artists created a different depiction of Christ and Filipinized the saints with brown skinned colors and costumes. Today it is regarded as a pioneer in Philippine religious icon art. Visit Victorias, Negros Occidental. Casa Mariquit is a 200-year old house surrounded by banyan trees built for Mariquit Javellana Lopez by her father Ramon Javellana when she eloped with Fernando Lopez at 16. Fernando Lopez became a Senator and Vice President of the Philippines. Open for a "look but don't touch" tour inside, look for caretaker Bonbon. From Bacolod to Iloilo food trip... talaba po kayo diyan?? Me and my editor @saestremera and a couple of photobombers in a boat bound for Iloilo