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

Head of the Sandstone Buddha

One particular sandstone head fell into the roots of a banyan tree they call a Bodhi Tree, considered sacred and symbolic to Buddhism. Over the years, this head became miraculously embedded in the tangled overgrowth, which created a stunning and powerful imagery to what the historic war represented.

Wat Mahathat

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

Climbing the top

“I’ve learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” ~ Andy Rooney

Going places

“There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” ― Erin Hanson

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!

  • THE SCENE STEALER.

    'Kodaker' was our funny old slang for a photographer back when it was the popular brand.

    I am a proud Filipina from Davao City (Dabawenya). I write a column for two newspapers, shoot and write for travel magazines, blogs, 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 retro memorabilia. 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.

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    My cover photo in Philippine Airlines' Mabuhay Magazine (May 2011 issue): aerial shot of an active Mt. Mayon in Legazpi, Albay Province from a helicopter. The volcano is known not only for its volatile beauty but also for its near perfect cone. #VisitPhilippines2015 #itsmorefuninthephilippines The stunning cascades of Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel,  Davao Oriental before it was hit by Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) few years back. Today, it has recovered from damages and has restored much of its grandeur. The guy in red is my habalhabal (motorcycle) driver making wee wee. Just like going back to nature. :D One of my favorites...Pakfry Tuna special at Palovince Place here in Davao. Lami kaayo! Simbang Gabi at Shrine Hills Matina, Davao City ©Jojie Alcantara Simbang Gabi,  Davao City © Jojie Alcantara 2011
One of my past published photos in newspapers and magazines. The Misa de Gallo or Simbang Gabi ("Night Mass") in Filipino is one of the most popular and longest Filipino Christmas traditions we hold until the present. It is a nine-day dawn ritual of novena of Masses in Catholic churches that starts on December 16, considered a public devotion to obtain special graces and an opportunity of showing your faith to God. It is believed that upon completion of the nine Masses, a devotee’s special wish will be granted.

In Davao, the tradition is even more significant because we do not celebrate Christmas in a loud way. This season is a special moment for families and loved ones to gather together and celebrate the nativity of Jesus as we give thanks to blessings received the whole year round. It is not only a season for gift giving, but a renewal of faith as well. A BEGGAR'S PRAYER © Jojie Alcantara 2011
The Misa de Gallo ("Rooster's Mass") in Spanish and Simbang Gabi ("Night Mass") in Filipino is one of the most popular and longest Filipino traditions we hold until the present. It is a nine-day dawn ritual of novena of Masses in Catholic churches that starts on December 16.

This important Christmas tradition is considered a public devotion to obtain special graces and an opportunity of showing your faith to God. It is believed that upon completion of the nine Masses, a devotee’s special wish will be granted.

Today, the spirit of the Simbang Gabi is still being preserved despite modernization of the tradition. In Davao, the tradition is even more significant because we do not celebrate Christmas in a loud way. This season is a special moment for families and loved ones to gather together and celebrate the nativity of Jesus as we give thanks to blessings received the whole year round. As I went around early dawn years back,  I captured this beggar in a most humbling pose. It is not only a season for gift giving, but a renewal of faith as well.