Keep moving forward

 Manay, Davao Oriental © Jojie Alcantara 2013

Manay, Davao Oriental © Jojie Alcantara 2013

 “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” ― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

When I am down, and my grumpy self surfaces due to several reasons — period, boredom, depression, low self esteem or just being flat broke — I take time out to travel on a short or long trip, and let myself be engulfed by the sheer beauty of the world around me that we often fail to acknowledge or even notice.

If I keep moving forward, my worries are left behind.

Seascape of my ancestral place in Manay, Davao Oriental © Jojie Alcantara 2013

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Dahican

Panggoy playing with Dahican waves

Panggoy playing with Dahican waves

Panggoy skimboarding in Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental © Jojie Alcantara

Mati is known for its long, gorgeous coastline of creamy sand and sparkling blue waters perfect for surfing and beach activities. It is now a popular destination among beach lovers. The blueness of the Pacific sea in these parts of my birthplace makes it one of the most beautiful beaches you can ever find in the islands of Mindanao. Even at sundown, when waves are high and playful, you see skimboarders dotting the shores of this long sandy strip. Man is not the only one entranced by this paradise. Playful dolphins swim by, a couple of manatees (dugong) frolic close to the shore, and turtles lay their eggs in the deep powdery sands.

This is Dahican.

 

D’ Japanese Tunnel in Davao

D’ Japanese Tunnel in Davao © Jojie Alcantara

D’ Japanese Tunnel in Davao © Jojie Alcantara

D’ Japanese Tunnel in Davao

After World War II, the legend of the Yamashita treasure seduced many treasure hunters to Davao, particularly in Mintal, Tugbok District (now declared as the Japanese Heritage Site of the City), where hiding places for the war loots were supposedly buried deep underground within numerous foxholes and crisscrossing tunnels built by soldiers and prisoners of war. Continue reading

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”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning Continue reading