Year: 2012

Featured in LA Times and Chicago Tribune Langkawi Malaysia_by Jojie Alcantara for Getty

Langkawi featured in papers

My aerial images featured in both LA Times and Chicago Tribune for Getty Images, 2012.

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Jojie alcantara at sunrise in Tawi Tawi © Karlos Manlupig

Embrace the unknown

“Too many of us are hung up on what we don’t have, can’t have, or won’t ever have. We spend too much energy being down, when we could use that same energy – if not less of it – doing, or at least trying to do, some of the things we really want to do.” ~ Terry McMillan, From Disappearing Acts

When life is breathtaking

“In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away.” ~Shing Xiong Sunbather at Puca Beach, Boracay, Philippines  2006 Update:  Out of all the islands in the world, Travel+Leisure Magazine chose to name Boracay as its Best Overall Island of 2012. Located in Malay, Aklan, Western Visayas, Boracay is just seven kilometers long, and less than a kilometer wide at its narrowest point – a postcard-sized tropical paradise. (source)

Life is a daring adventure

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller Skimboarder in Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental during the 12th Sambuokan Festival 2012 © Jojie Alcantara Mati is known for its long, gorgeous coastlines of white sand beaches and sparkling blue waters perfect for surfing. View more photos here

Never stop being a kid

“Never stop being a kid. Never stop feeling and seeing and being excited with great things like air and engines and sounds of sunlight within you. Wear your little mask if you must to protect you from the world but if you let that kid disappear you are grown up and you are dead.” ~ Richard Bach, ‘Nothing by Chance,’ 1963. Demo paramotor gliding in Dahican, Mati City during the 12th Sambuokan Festival View more photos of Sambuokan Festival here

Rise above your challenges

“Man must rise above the Earth — to the top of the atmosphere and beyond — for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives”. ~ Socrates Demo sailing in Baywalk, Mati City during the 12th Sambuokan Festival In my younger years, I led a sheltered life. I was afraid of venturing out on my own, of taking risks.  At a major turning point in my life, in defiance of betrayal, pain, depression and anger combined, I gathered my wits together and went out of my domesticated box. Stretching my worn out limbs, I started to conquer my fears, one by one.  It included fear of rejection, of commitment, failure, and stark fear of heights. I came out a new, daring person –the process was never easy– and I never looked back. Today,  I specialize in aerial photography, among other things.  One day soon, I shall tell you how I confronted it dramatically. View more photos of Sambuokan Festival here

Nurture young dreams

“There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.” ~ Jonas Salk A young skimboarder dreams big in the skimboarding competition held in Dahican Beach, Mati City during the 12th Sambuokan Festival Mati is known for its long, gorgeous coastlines of white sand beaches and sparkling blue waters perfect for surfing. View more photos here

Guangzhou’s Cirque du China

I am a long time fan of the Cirque du Soleil.  I collected every CD of their performances since the 90s. Years passed and this Canadian world class act finally invaded Las Vegas, came to Southeast Asia, and even performed in Manila. I never got to see them yet. However, in 2008, I had a wonderful opportunity of watching Chime-long International Circus in Guangzhou, China. It was breathtaking.  While Cirque du Soleil  concentrated on human performances, China’s pride has man and beast performing harmoniously together (think White Tiger with performers), and it always brings a full house everyday in Chime-long Resort.  As the world’s largest permanent circus, founded in 2000, with more than 8000 seats in the circus stadium, the circus performers are a merry mix of colorful races plus a horde of talented animals.  The spectacle equals one fantastic show combining the best international circus acts. Read my article about the “world’s largest permanent circus” or view my photo gallery. Related links you may want to view :  White Tiger of Guangzhou

Me in goth mode by Rhonson Ng

Playing Walking Dead

THE HAUNTING AT THE GAP FARM RESORT © Jojie Alcantara (Oct 2012) A fun horror-themed shoot at Davao’s GAP Farm Resort, famous for its statues of Philippine mythical creatures, so we added our own. Thanks to models and friends who joined our October theme.  Every Halloween season of the year (though I would rather prefer the Asian “All Souls’ Day” observation every Nov. 1), I always go out for a haunting shoot.  Kudos to our game models and makeup artist. This time however, I asked my fellow photographers to join the fun like I did. Interestingly, an observer commented he saw a “face” in one of my photos, and went on to enlighten me about his remark: “Enlarged and viewed it full screen. A figure of a man with hair parted in the middle (very slightly to the left) became clear. If this is the same GAP farm I have seen before, I can venture an explanation. The place is very near the diversion road. The thoroughfare was not used much during the martial law …

Be the lotus flower

“From within the lotus flower grows, up through the mud and the muck bypassing all that threatens to taint its emerging beauty and glory. Then it springs forth without spot or stain opening to the world around it to become a new light unto all that lay their eye upon it. This is the lotus flower and it comes from within you, it is the flower of the Buddha, your inner Buddha.” –Venerable Retsuzen Shikata 2011 “The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering. … The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. … Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and …

Coming home

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” ~ Maya Angelou Though I love this image in its vivid sunrise colors, I wanted to see its impact in black and white this time.  I like the outcome because the absence of color made the scene even more dramatic.

Darn It, I won

Announcement On BetterPhoto.com – 10/2/2012 Photographer Jojie F. Alcantara of Davao, Davao del Sur, has won Second Place for August in the prestigious photography contest sponsored by BetterPhoto.com, the site’s founder, Jim Miotke, announced Tuesday. More than 10600 entries were submitted to the online photography contest, which attracted contestants from around the world and featured 10 separate categories. Alcantara’s stunning image, “Darn It”, garnered top honors after being submitted in the Monthly Theme category. All of the winning images can be viewed at BetterPhoto.com’s contest page: http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/winners/1208.asp The contest is conducted each month. Categories include Nature and Landscapes, Animals, People, Elements of Design, Digital Darkroom, Travel and Place, Flowers, Details and Macro, Catch-All, and Monthly Theme. Judging is performed by a panel of professional photographers. Besides its free, popular photo contest, BetterPhoto.com also offers a variety of services: digital camera reviews, online photo courses, free newsletters, a discussion forum, Web sites for photographers, question-and-answer section, how-to articles, photo galleries, and more.

Find your challenge

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt, The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt My self portrait (with tripod and timer one very windy morning) at Times Beach, Matina in Davao City. Note the high tide and angry rush of waves at the distance. ~ Jojie Alcantara, 2012

Remember that you are needed

“Remember that you are needed. There is at least one important work to be done that will not be done unless you do it.” ~Catherine Pulsifer My favorite pastime in my province is to catch the sunrise as well as the fisherfolks during early morning routine of helping boatmen with their catch. Dahican beach, Mati, Davao Oriental

Promise Yourself

Promise Yourself To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud …

Finding beauty and mystery

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” ― Albert Einstein The setting for this beautiful sunset was in a wonderful resort which is now closed. To view more of my photos about the place, click here

Reload 025: Hand in Hand (Ma Li and Zhai Xiaowei with missing limbs)

RELOAD,  REFRESH, RESTART  025 –  It’s what we do in our computers.  So with life, we take a break.  If all else fails, reformat. Sit back, relax and enjoy my favorite video reposts. 🙂 What makes you ponder right after watching this beautiful piece of art, is that you will begin to run out of excuses on why you can’t pursue your own dreams and succeed. From a CCTV Dance Contest emerged a stunning performance by two persons with disabilities, Ma Li and Zhai Xiaowei, whose loss of limbs from separate car accidents didn’t stop them from shining.  She was a promising ballerina and he was a cyclist for the national special Olympics. She invited him to be her dance partner.  He has never danced before.  The training was very tough.  In 2007  they won the Silver Medal in China’s national dance competition — out of 7,000 competitors. Find their story here or anywhere on the net. But first, watch their moving and winning performance.

Jojie Alcantara in Bravo Filipino! photo exhibit, Manila 2010

My Fine Art Photography

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Reload 024: The Festival I dream of visiting

RELOAD,  REFRESH, RESTART  024 –  It’s what we do in our computers.  So with life, we take a break.  If all else fails, reformat. Sit back, relax and enjoy my favorite video reposts. 🙂 Here is a glimpse of the festival I long dream of visiting and documenting. I strongly suggest you view this on your largest screen scale, because video was done creatively and beautifully in spectacular colors by Good Line. Go, India.

Follow your calling

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. ” ― Oprah Winfrey