Daily Archive: December 1, 2012

In my time

“Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.” ~Martin Buxbaum Old Bagobos in the highlands of Tudaya, Davao… Continue reading

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Lines of character

“Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character.” ~ Clarence Day Lumad portrait… Continue reading

  • 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.