Fear Factor: Palawan’s Tamilok

Instagramming the Tamilok  © Jojie Alcantara

Eating the Tamilok for my instagram?

Perhaps it was the rainy season that drove me crazily to do it, but I felt the revolting prospect was worth the dare. My host brought me to Kinabuch Bar & Grill, a popular restaurant providing food, music and entertainment in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Among its most sought after delicacies are the crocodile sisig and the Tamilok for pulutan with beer. Continue reading

Enchanting Khai Nai Island

Khai Nai Island, Phuket  © Jojie Alcantara

Khai Nai Island, Phuket © Jojie Alcantara

“But I try to steal other moments. Sometimes I get up very early in the morning and enjoy a quiet house and cup of tea before the craziness begins. Other times, I’ll take a quick walk on the beach. You can find peace in a few minutes.” ~ Cindy Crawford Continue reading

Here kitty, kitty

Jojie Alcantara in Tiger Kingdom

Jojie Alcantara in Tiger Kingdom (click to view large)

“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.” ~ Judy Blume, author Continue reading

Fish cage harvest

Fish cage harvest © Jojie Alcantara

Fish cage harvest © Jojie Alcantara

Fish harvest hauling from sea cage
Photo shoot for Alsons Aquaculture Corporation
Malalag Bay, Davao del Sur © Jojie Alcantara

In order to get this shot, I waited for the guys to haul in the net before the fishes (milkfish, by the way) start leaping in a frenzy.  I captured shots while standing over a slippery roof on their small boat.  My companions took photos of me, will post it here — all in a day’s work. :-)

Kids of Hope

Jojie bonding with Rickylyn an amputee from cancer

A special moment with cheerful Rickylyn, a pretty teenage amputee from cancer, captured by my childhood friend Sesil, who accompanied me.

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

House of Hope of the Davao Children's Cancer Fund Inc.

House of Hope of the Davao Children’s Cancer Fund Inc.

This is a memorable visit to the House of Hope of the Davao Children’s Cancer Fund Inc. Spending another quiet and fun time with these precious kids along with good friends. I thank my dear friends enormously for their support in my small projects.

House of Hope of the Davao Children's Cancer Fund Inc  © Rhonson Ng

House of Hope | Davao Children’s Cancer Fund Inc.

I will be posting my portraits for a coming photo exhibit this month. Proceeds of donations will go to their medication, while I will not be selling my blowup prints, because these will go to their parents after the exhibit.

Jojie with the Kids of Hope cancer patients and founder Dr. Mae Dolendo

Me with the Kids of Hope cancer patients and founder Dr. Mae Dolendo

Visit http://www.kidsofhope.org/ for more info


Kadayawan sa Davao Festival 2013

Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival 2012  © Jojie Alcantara

Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival 2012 © Jojie Alcantara

Kadayawan sa Dabaw, Davao City, Philippines
© Jojie Alcantara

I am lucky to have spanned more than a decade of covering Mindanao’s most colorful and biggest festival in the islands. Through my work in the media as a TV anchor, columnist and photographer, I have been able to document more than a bird’s eye view of the dazzling pomp and spectacle that is Davao’s Kadayawan Festival, which earned its prestige as one of the most beautiful ethnic celebrations in the country. Continue reading

SM’s Musical Fountain

Fountain at SM Lanang Davao  © Jojie Alcantara

SM Lanang Premier Musical Fountain
My beloved Davao City © Jojie Alcantara 2013

This night shot was for an advertorial in Philippine Airlines’ inflight Mabuhay Magazine.  I was commissioned by SM Malls to do the layout spread for the international magazine.

The Fountain Court is a two-level strip of fine dining restaurants with a spectacular view of this 122-meter musical fountain, the first of its kind in Davao and Mindanao and the longest in the country. It stages a Waterworks Show, a water and light show that runs daily at the Fountain Court and has become the mall’s regular attraction.

At night, friends and families come over to hang out in the breezy garden area and watch the dancing fountain play every hour.  Children scoot around dancing with the music while older ones just chill out by the stairs which double as viewing seats.  Most of them whip out cellphones and cameras for colorful shots of the amazing spectacle which, according to my Mom whom I often bring here, makes one forget the stress of the day. :-)

Bruno Mars: Proud to be Filipino


The Man of Mars, celebrity performer Bruno Mars, declares himself proud to be a Filipino when he performed in a concert in Cebu a year back.  Filmed poignantly from the point of view of his family who flew in from Hawaii for a reunion after so many years, it gives you an idea of how celebrities live in a bubble with tight schedules  away from loved ones.  Still, this is a wonderful moment for all of them. Continue reading

Listen to the rain

Talikud Island by Jojie Alcantara

Talikud Island by Jojie Alcantara (click for large view)

“It is raining and you can hear the pattern of the drops. You can hear it with your ears, or you can hear it out of that deep silence. If you hear it with complete silence of the mind, then the beauty of it is such that cannot be put into words or onto canvas, because that beauty is something beyond self-expression.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti Continue reading