Seize the opportunity

Fisherman casts his net by Jojie Alcantara
Fisherman casts his net by Jojie Alcantara

“Sometimes the course of our lives depends on what we do or don’t do in a few seconds, a heartbeat, when we either seize the opportunity, or just miss it. Miss the moment and you never get a chance again.” ― Aidan Chambers, Dying to Know You

In my birthplace of Mati, Davao Oriental, lies Lawigan, a hidden coastal community dotted by rugged rock formations, mangroves and white sands interspersed with coconut trees and patches of civilization with huts built on shorelines.  The road to Lawigan is quite narrow and perched on a precipice, before going down at sea level again.

Kids frolic in Lawigan beach by Jojie Alcantara
Kids frolic in Lawigan beach by Jojie Alcantara

It was a very lovely day where I couldn’t get enough of its seascape glory. I took photos of its extended sandbar which you can walk for yards and yards out into sea.

Jojie Alcantara on the remote beach of Lawigan, Mati
Me on the remote beach of Lawigan, Mati (by Mark Limbaga)

While the coast was calm and clear, farther ahead where mangroves are growing, the sea changes into a fury of white waves bashing into protective reef fringes, where the gulf meets the raging Pacific sea. Here, the fishing boats ply the outer area where waters are deep and aquatic life is in abundance.

Jojie Alcantara capturing fisherman throwing his net
Me capturing the fisherman throwing his net

I asked a fisherman to throw his net into the sea, with me bobbing in the waters and capturing the moment, even when the sun was bearing down on me. Kids kept me company as they happily jumped from the boat.

(an excerpt from my published article, Secrets of Lawigan)

Secrets of Lawigan by Jojie Alcantara
Secrets of Lawigan by Jojie Alcantara

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8 Comments

  1. Great Piece – wow its so pretty there.. I thought of you the other day hen I did my piece on timimg – there is a video of photographs taken at the exact right second. This one with the net would be [perfect for that too 🙂

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