“A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” – Henry David Thoreau Sunrise in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato © Jojie Alcantara At a cool elevation of 1000m above sea level, Lake Sebu is a dream destination for photographers and artists. When you are looking for serenity, solitude and peace of mind, this location is a good choice to recharge an aching, wandering soul. Come visit the Philippines. Explore Mindanao.
“Nature provides great stress relief by enabling us to remove ourselves from the things that cause us stress in the first place. So if you’re struggling with depression or anxiety, visit a forest and focus your senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch on our natural surroundings.” -author unknown
You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.” – Charlie Chaplin
“I go to nature to be soothed, healed and have my senses put in order.” – John Burroughs
There are beautiful places in these islands that I do not particularly want to share, and have been hesitant to do so. These are serene spots you just want to preserve and protect yet at the same time you want others to feel what you went through.
“Sometimes you just got to take time to recharge. The world can wait.”
“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and sometimes in the middle of nowhere you find yourself.”
I seek the light in every dark situation, and wait for better things to come.
– Jojie Alcantara, on life and photography
On an assignment for a photo shoot for another coffee table book and went back home happy after so much vitamin sea and grounding with Mother Nature.
“Actually, life is beautiful and I have time.”
Boracay sunset taken just before the pandemic, December 2019
Sunrise self portrait with timer (Bango Beach, Caraga, Davao Oriental)
There is so much healing going on inside of you. Treat yourself kindly. ©Jojie Alcantara, 2019 (Photo shoot for Hotel Soffia Boracay, my model is the head chef )
Forever that excited girl who acts like a kid when skies transform into pretty colors and that golden ball dips and winks in the horizon. I forget everything else. 📷 My pic taken by Chef Ann Austria [ Sunset, Boracay 12.13.2019 ]
Not everyone was privileged to see another sunrise like you did, so before you start complaining; remember that the breath of life, is not for sale.
“If you’re having a bad day, catch a wave.” ~ Frosty Hesson
“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too.” Vincent Van Gogh This is my childhood beach, back in our ancestral home where we live so close to the sea, we smell of salt and ocean all day long.. © Jojie Alcantara Ferrando Whitesand Beach, San Ignacio Manay, Davao Oriental In photo swimming : Kuya Meric Yumang * * * *
This Centennial Dao Tree in Brgy. Magdug, Governor Generoso of Davao Oriental stands over 260 feet tall with massive branches — quite an imposing 300-year old character by the highway.
On July 7, 2007, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan became one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and an even more famous tourist destination than when it was first shown in the movie Indiana Jones. Dating back to the first century AD, its design achievement reflects the advance civilization of the Nabataeans who perfectly carved their city in the rock mountains. The Treasury (Al Khazna) is the first stunning structure upon entering Petra. This masterpiece stands 150 feet tall and 100 feet wide. Petra is famously referred to as a “rose-red” city, but its reddish hue comes in the late afternoon. In midday, the monuments appear pinkish or yellowish depending on sunlight. ©Jojie Alcantara 2017
Halong City in Quang Ninh Province of Vietnam is a quiet but blossoming town right in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay. Quite laid back from other touristy cities, the roads are wide and without traffic (maybe peak season is different). Apart from popular Ha Long Bay cruises, it also offers beach activities, nature treks, local food and night markets. Divided into two main areas: there is Hon Gai on the other side of the bridge where local life, culture and food can be experienced. These are Vietnamese girls in traditional dress called “ao dai”, in a backdrop of Ha Long Bay. Bai Chay is the central tourist area on the other side where Ha Long Bay is filled with luxury cruises or traditional junk boat tours. Other options are: an artificial beach, restaurants, cafes and varying structures from high end resorts to boutique hotels lined along the bay. © Jojie Alcantara This January, Vietnam was the host country of the 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2019. Held in Ha Long, …
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.” ~Albert Einstein