Month: December 2011

Christmas after the storm

Christmas after the storm (Dec. 2011) A lone parol (Christmas star) hooked to a bamboo pole stands tall on the bridge overlooking the scenario that Typhoon Sendong brought havoc in Iligan last Dec, 16, 2011.  In a backdrop of uprooted trees and the other bridge that fell, an attempt of reviving the Christmas spirit still brings Iliganons hope after the storm.

Shoot for hope

SHOOT FOR HOPE, DEC. 30, 2011 AT THE MARCO POLO HOTEL Six Davao photographers unite for a day in voluntary efforts to raise funds for Typhoon Sendong victims in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro cities. Learn techniques from the guys who have the experience and skills in different fields of photography, while your support goes to families in need this Holiday Season.

Morning after

Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning. ~ Barbara Kingsolver It was day 2 of my stay in Cagayan de Oro, where I wanted to document images of hope from the Typhoon Sendong natural disaster in both CDO and neighboring Iligan, which occurred on Dec. 16 of 2011.

Reload 006: Kinoko moves

RELOAD,  REFRESH, RESTART  006 –  It’s what we do in our computers.  If all else fails, REFORMAT.  It’s what we do in our computers.  If all else fails, REFORMAT.  It’s the same with life.  We get out and take a walk, recharge, take the garbage out, breathe fresh air, take a pee, give somebody a smile, take a vacation.  Whatever happens though, we must come back to earth. My favorite professional dance group, the Strange Kinoko Dance Co., still has its magic touch!

Mati's Sambuokan Festival by Jojie Alcantara

Pinoy Fiestas

This photo had the title “Dance Until Sunset”, my entry for the national competition of  the Express Your Art Photo Contest III: Experience Fiesta by Thunderbird Resorts Asia in 2011.  The Grand Prize won P250,000.00.  Finalist entries of 50 among thousands who joined were impressive, showing you how colorful and imaginative the Philippine festivals truly are.  So I am happy to have won a consolation prize. 🙂

Rainbow after a 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 Am still here in Cagayan de Oro (CDO) City where the recent typhoon (Sendong) that devastated both areas in CDO and Iligan claimed hundreds of lives and hundreds more missing.  It is almost Christmas, yet I’ve decided to hitch with a friend who handles corporate public affairs of their big establishment, and set to deliver thousands of bottled water in both locations.

Finding silence

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence.  See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” ~ Mother Teresa Early morning sunrise shoot at Magsaysay Park.  This is the slum area and it gets quite dirty at midday. 

Reload 003: Strange Footworks

RELOAD,  REFRESH, RESTART  003 –  It’s what we do in our computers.  If all else fails, REFORMAT.  It’s what we do in our computers.  If all else fails, REFORMAT.  It’s the same with life.  We get out and take a walk, recharge, take the garbage out, breathe fresh air, take a pee, give somebody a smile, take a vacation.  Whatever happens though, we must come back to earth. My favorite professional dance group, the Strange Kinoko Dance Co., is at it again.  I mean, I am a dance choreographer since high school, but I could never come up with such uninhibited and brilliantly awkward contemporary dance they do in such high spirits.  Have a wonderful day today!

Home for Christmas

Christmas… that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance — a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved. ~Augusta E. Rundel

Reload 002: Sung-bong Choi

RELOAD,  REFRESH, RESTART  002 –  It’s what we do in our computers.  If all else fails, REFORMAT.  It’s the same with life.  We get out and take a break, recharge, take the garbage out, breathe fresh air, take a pee, give somebody a smile.  Whatever happens though, we must come back to earth. Sometimes, a beautiful story comes along to steal our hearts. Give this a few minutes of your time. It brought me uncontrollable tears of joy.

Underground river

UPDATE January 28, 2012: Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) is now officially confirmed as one of the New7Wonders of Nature! The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List for being the only national park in the country with a thick tropical forest cover within the city. Its unique merits have also earned itself a nomination in the New Seven Wonders of Nature, and the Philippines’ pride and bet.