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

Finding your spirit

“Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be. Close your eyes… Continue reading

Badjaos of Zamboanga

The playful Badjao kids of Zamboanga will jump overboard and retrieve the coins you throw at sea with remarkable agility and ease in a matter of seconds, earning the nickname “sea gypsies” for… Continue reading

No Te Vayas de Zamboanga

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest… Continue reading

Perfectly worded

“If I waited for perfection… I would never write a word.” ~ Margaret Atwood

Finding Vivian Maier in me

Vivian Maier’s works are gaining recognition worldwide, yet the artist isn’t there anymore to accept or decline her fame. This very private person who grew old alone and died alone suddenly has her life exposed to the world, a past she so mysteriously guarded when she was still alive.

Nature brings solace

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God.  As long as this exists,… Continue reading

Boslon Islet

“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them.” ― John Ruskin

The Best of the Best Philippines Book

Launched on April 10 of this year at the Tapas Bar of the Makati Shangri-La Manila hotel, the first travel coffee table book of its kind with a quirky and confident title of The Best of the Best of the Philippines was recently unveiled to the public.

Sea of emotions

“When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon… 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 (Thailand’s old name). For 417 years from the 14th to the 18th centuries, it grew to be one… 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

  • 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. : )

    I am a proud Filipina from Davao City (Dabawenya). I write a column for two newspapers, 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 (have never moved on from MJ). 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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    Babae sa May Hagdan

    Finding Spirits

    Sta Maria, Davao Occidental

    Bird sanctuary

    Heart shaped-lake over Davao Region

    Beggar in the shadows

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    Happy Halloween! Fantasy themed shoot at the Gap Farm Resort from my cp. @carmiolivar transformed by @wyndell.samuya Portrait by @rhonson15 "Woman of Mandaya Tribe up in Sangab, Caraga, Davao Oriental." Me and pretty Singapore-based actress, commercial model and artist Arlene Cunanan @arl618 at Taboan, MTS #proudpinoy Happy Halloween! Fun shoot at The Gap Farm Resort, best location for any nature-themed photo shoot. Model @carmiolivar is transformed by makeup artist @wyndell.samuya Baby Erin. #rottie #dontbullymybreed #rottweiler #mustlovedogs Snaps from my cp: Halloween fun shoot at the Gap Resort. In photo: @carmiolivar, @misslitratista @escapemanila fantasy makeup by @wyndell.samuya