Panas Falls in New Corella

Panas Falls Inland Resort   © Jojie Alcantara

Panas Falls Inland Resort © Jojie Alcantara

“Landscapes of great wonder and beauty lie under our feet and all around us. They are discovered in tunnels in the ground, the heart of flowers, the hollows of trees, fresh-water ponds, seaweed jungles between tides, and even drops of water. Life in these hidden worlds is more startling in reality than anything we can imagine. How could this earth of ours, which is only a speck in the heavens, have so much variety of life, so many curious and exciting creatures?” ― Walt Disney Company Continue reading

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

Art of Street Photography Workshop

street photography poster of Jojie Alcantara
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“The question is not what you look at but what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Street photography is the most challenging form of discipline because it is spontaneous, unpredictable, and a reflection of lifestyle and culture, good and bad. The documentation of candid moments in public trains you to be a keen observer, sheds your inhibitions, teaches you to socialize better, and gives you faster motor reflexes. It is good training to spot decisive moments that separates ordinary snapshots into memorable art.

In 1997, street photography in Indonesia started my journey to photojournalism, eventually pushing me to explore portrait, landscape and travel which is part of the field I specialize in. Come take a walk with me for one day, as I share how I observe, compose and capture scenes in a different, thought provoking perspective.
(~Jojie A.)

Jojie Alcantara is a writer and multi-awarded photographer who maintains a column in SunStar Davao, Manila Bulletin, is a chief photographer of M Magazine and contributes to other international publications. She maintains blogs, and to date has more than 18k followers on Facebook.  She is a solo traveler and loves to shoot from the hip a lot.

Learn more about your photographer here.

Limited slots only. Please contact organizer Jocelyn Nefiel 09192002246

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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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Journey of life

Ta Phrom, Siem Reap, Cambodia   © Jojie Alcantara

Ta Phrom, Siem Reap, Cambodia © Jojie Alcantara

“It’s funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope. This is a design of God that I appreciate and cherish.”
― Steve Maraboli, “Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience”

In photo: Former Dept. of Tourism (DOT) Region XI Director Arturo Boncato now the Asst. Secretary (Asec) of DOT Philippines, captured in Ta Phrom ruins, Siem Reap, Cambodia in 2011

Oh the places you will go!

Skimboarder at sunrise in Mati  © Jojie Alcantara 2013

Skimboarder at sunrise in Mati © Jojie Alcantara 2013

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

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Light a small world

Skimboarders at sunrise in Mati, Davao Oriental  © Jojie Alcantara 2013

Skimboarders at sunrise in Mati, Davao Oriental.  Tiltshifting.
© Jojie Alcantara 2013

“No matter how small we are or what color we might be; Like a small candle, we all can produce the same light. Spread light with your thoughts, words and actions. It’s a dark world… and you are here to create light.”

Tiltshift photography is what I use to create an illusion of miniature models from large-sized subjects in my photographs. I also refer to them as diorama. With selective focusing, shallow depth of field, and brightly saturated colors, your mind is tricked into thinking you are looking at small scale subjects.

Below is an image of me as I shot the young skimboarders at sunrise. (not a tiltshift)

Skimboarders at sunrise with Jojie

Skimboarders at sunrise with Jojie


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Sleeping Dinosaur at Sunrise

Sunrise and the Sleeping Dinosaur © Jojie Alcantara 2013

Sunrise and the Sleeping Dinosaur © Jojie Alcantara 2013 (click large)

When you visit Davao City and have enough time for a sudden road trip, try Mati City (3 hours away by private vehicle), my place of birth. Endowed with one of the longest and most beautiful white coastlines in Mindanao, Mati involves zigzagging through well-paved roads that snake up and down a cliff (locally called ‘Badas’) overlooking the deep blue sea. Continue reading