“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
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” ~ Anne Lamott
“You are always rich when you can see and feel the beauty of this world” – Aine Belton Continue reading
“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
“The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience Continue reading
“Most ancient monuments have suffered similar fates over time: they have been toppled by earthquakes, quarried for stone, and despoiled by human hands. Some have been reclaimed by the grasping fingers of the jungle, buried beneath the silt and mud of wandering rivers, or engulfed by desert sands. Yet many of them still endure, visible symbols of man’s greatest successes against the inexorable, corroding powers of time and nature.” – excerpt from Amazeing Art: Wonders of the Ancient World Continue reading
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn. Continue reading
“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.” ― Joan Miró Continue reading
“No matter how much crap you gotta plow through to stay alive as a photographer, no matter how many bad assignments, bad days, bad clients, snotty subjects, obnoxious handlers, wigged-out art directors, technical disasters, failures of the mind, body, and will, all the shouldas, couldas, and wouldas that befuddle our brains and creep into our dreams, always remember to make room to shoot what you love. It’s the only way to keep your heart beating as a photographer.”
― Joe McNally, The Moment It Clicks: Photography Secrets from One of the World’s Top Shooters
I love aerial photography
Me captured by my sidekick Ronald inside a Cessna
Thank you for all the warm birthday greetings.
Davor, the Sperm Whale
Truly an animal of extremes, this cetacean has the largest brain and the longest intestine on the planet. DAVOR, the sperm whale that first beached on the shores of Gov. Generoso on June 2010 was approximately 53 feet in length, the 7th in terms of size in the World List (the largest on record is 59 feet and died in 1937). This gentle giant’s remains which took years to assemble and transport, finally found a resting place in a new state of the art museum built by Davao Oriental Provincial Governor Cora Malanyaon (who also coined its name).
Serving as a memorial and a symbol of the rich biodiversity of our seas, DAVOR’s immense skeletal display (almost complete except for the teeth, one fin and an eardrum) will be open to the public on January 8, 2014 in Subangan Davao Oriental Provincial Museum, Mati City.
I am just very happy to be invited to shoot the museum first before its grand opening this week.
Photos of me shooting were taken by best friend Sesil. Please view my own photos in my other blog Subangan Davao Oriental Provincial Museum
“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning Continue reading
“Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year—the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer.” ― Peggy Toney Horton Continue reading
“There is a place of perfect peace in each one of us that nothing can harm or disturb. It is waiting for you in this very moment.” ~ Christopher Foster, The Happy Seeker
“There are no shadows in darkness. Shadows are created by light, and only exist in the presence of light. Refusing to acknowledge our shadow leads us to deny the presence of light in us.” ― Franco Santoro
Davao’s Simple Christmas Spirit
In this special Holiday Season, I am sharing the joys of Christmas all the way from my beloved Davao City. I am hoping this will bring to fellow Dabawenyos the nostalgia, happiness and pride I showed my childhood classmate, Agnes, together with bestfriend Sesil, when they accompanied me around town capturing the lights in the streets. We are helping Nhess heal and recover from an emotional trauma in Tacloban (she worked in a hotel where several of her staff died in the recent typhoon tragedy), and is now relocating back to Davao.
One wonderful Sunday I thought of cheering them up by surprising them with the simple spirit that makes us proudly Dabawenyos (people from Davao), happy to be living in a ‘no-risk (911 and Task Force), no-smoking, no-liquor, no-speeding, no-fireworks, no-kidding (cctvs in the streets)’ city, despite the silent but meaningful Christmases we share every year. As soon as the lights went on around the park and in the trees, the amazement on their faces was priceless.
Happy Holidays with love and joy from Davao City!
All photos taken along San Pedro Cathedral, Osmena Park, our bedazzled City Hall and Rizal Park last Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013)
“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt Continue reading
“This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind… let it be something good.” ~ Author unknown Continue reading
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” ~ Albert Einstein
“My soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
Survival after the storm
“Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things – with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope.” ~ Corazon Aquino
We, the Filipino people, embrace the gift of hope and overwhelming support from all over the world. Your openhearted assistance and extended hands mean so much to a struggling nation eager to rise up again from the odds. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. May God bless us all.