All posts filed under: Creativity

Philippine Legoland

Philippine Legoland in SM Lanang Davao In observance of Independence Day, a unique exhibit embraces the Department of Tourism’s slogan with a twist, “It’s More Fun in the Philippines with LEGO,” showing the beauty and diversity of the country through a display of the familiar bricks and colors that fascinate both young and old alike.

Cagwait’s White Beach

The small municipality of Cagwait in Surigao del Sur has a hidden paradise to boast of and a festivity to crow about. Blessed with a horseshoe-shaped cove with a long stretch of fine powdered sand and surrounded by azure colors matching sky and sea, the White Beach (or Waikiki, as the famous American aviator Charles Lindbergh called it the first time he saw it) is a tourism potential once known only to its neighboring municipalities until now.

Driftwood

“There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.” ~Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid Chanced upon this driftood washed ashore as I waited for my sunrise in Whitesand Beach, San Ignacio, Manay, Davao Oriental © Jojie Alcantara

Make adjustments

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ― E.M. Forster Experimenting with my macro shots of a flower smaller than my thumb, using natural light by the window.  I first planned on going out the garden and stooping down to capture the teeny flowers.  There was a drizzle though, so I didn’t go out.  Instead, I brought a few to my room and held it up the light between my thumb and forefinger. When things do not go as planned, we make adjustments, and move on. © Jojie Alcantara

Never stop yourself from living

“Life is painful and messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let themselves get lost, dropping into a wide open, huge abyss. But that’s why we have to keep trying. We have to push through all that hurts us, work past all our memories that are haunting us. Sometimes the things that hurt us are the things that make us strongest. A life without experience, in my opinion, is no life at all. And that’s why I tell everyone that, even when it hurts, never stop yourself from living.” ― Alysha Speer Learning from another woman’s survival, and getting inspired with her story of pain and determination. My prayers are with you.  Soar high, Robyn Lee. Fishermen captured at sunrise in Whitesand Beach, San Ignacio, Manay, Davao Oriental  © Jojie Alcantara

An interview on photography and living in Davao

PHWOW : Do you have any tips for travelers who visit Davao for the first time?

Me : Don’t hesitate to ask around. The guy beside you may have just gone through a unique Davao experience he can recommend. Read blogs. Many Davao bloggers give a lot of tips and places to discover. Mine is http://www.dabawenya.net.

The road ahead

“Find the joy. When you feel it, let it wash over you… take a moment to appreciate it. Be grateful for the people in your life, for waking up feeling good and pain free, and for the stretch of road ahead that’s so full of possibilities. When you encounter bumps, keep going and don’t look back.” ~ Katie Couric, broadcaster and author

Dawn walkers

“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.” ~ Charles de Lint Morning walk with the locals on the shore at daybreak.  There were actually around six of them, but the few remains to be a blur, as they walked towards and past me, oblivious of my gears and tripod. Times Beach, Davao City  © Jojie Alcantara 2012

The Wockeez Craze

JABBAWOCKEEZ in Abreeza Mall Davao, January 20, 2013 © Jojie Alcantara 2013 JABBAWOCKEEZ is an all-male, hip-hop dance crew who once auditioned and was eliminated in America’s Got Talent, but later emerged as America’s Best Dance Crew first season champion, bringing the underground dance culture mainstream, and to a new level of respect.

The Decisive Moment

“Photography is not like painting. There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.” ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of modern photojournalism, on his concept of “The Decisive Moment”

Badjao baby

This Badjao baby caught my eye as I walked carefully on wooden planks stretched across the waters within a cluster of houses built tightly and interconnected by footpaths. The family welcomed me into their community, even though I was a stranger in their eyes, just passing by to document their unique way of life. I took note of their smiling faces, houses on stilts, and their floating boats as vehicles.

Art of Seeing (2nd workshop poster)

“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 trains you to be a keen observer in life, sheds your inhibitions, teaches you to socialize better in your environment, and gives you faster motor reflexes. If practiced well, it turns your everyday snapshots into memorable art.

Change for the better

“Once I was looking through the kitchen window at dusk and I saw an old woman looking in. Suddenly the light changed and I realized that the old woman was myself.  You see, it all happens on the outside; inside one doesn’t change.” — Molly Keane

Keeping your balance

“The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley Boy balancing in a small banca (crude boat carved from a tree trunk) Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, captured in 2007 This reflecting image won in a photo competition a few years back. out ofThe Free Dictionary: From a given condition: came out of her trance. →