Old Gui-ob Ruins in Camiguin

Ancient Guiob Ruins in Camiguin © Jojie Alcantara

Ancient Guiob Ruins in Camiguin © Jojie Alcantara

“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

Make room for what you love

Jojie Alcantara loves aerial photography

I love aerial photography

“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.

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Davor, the Sperm Whale

Subangan Davao Oriental Provincial Museum   © Jojie Alcantara

Me in Subangan Davao Oriental Provincial Museum

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).

Subangan Davao Oriental Provincial Museum   © Jojie Alcantara

Me in Subangan Davao Oriental Provincial Museum

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.

Subangan Davao Oriental Provincial Museum   © Jojie Alcantara

Me and Davor in Subangan Davao Oriental Provincial Museum

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

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On success and happiness

Dahican Beach, Mati  © Jojie Alcantara

Dahican Beach, Mati © Jojie Alcantara

“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”
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Davao’s Simple Christmas Spirit

Christmas in Rizal Park, Davao City  © Jojie Alcantara

Christmas in Rizal Park, Davao City © Jojie Alcantara

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.

Me and buddies Sesil and Agnes at the park
Me and buddies Sesil and Agnes at the park

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.

Buddies Sesil and Agnes at the Rizal Park  © Jojie Alcantara

Buddies Sesil and Agnes at the Rizal Park © Jojie Alcantara

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)

Davao City Hall at Christmas   © Jojie Alcantara

Davao City Hall at Christmas © Jojie Alcantara

Seize the day

Sunrise in Dahican  © Jojie Alcantara 2013

Sunrise in Dahican © Jojie Alcantara 2013

“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

Thank you from the Filipino people

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.

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