Regatta de Zamboanga is a colorful banca race (carera de vintas) depicting colorful sails designed by the fishermen themselves and proudly displayed during the competition.
“I spent uncounted hours sitting at the bow looking at the water and the sky, studying each wave, different from the last, seeing how it caught the light, the air, the wind; watching patterns, the sweep of it all, and letting it take me. The sea.”- Gary Paulsen, Caught by the Sea
“The winds, the sea, and the moving tides are what they are. If there is wonder and beauty and majesty in them, science will discover these qualities… If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.” ― Rachel Carson
“It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.” ― Rachel Carson, The Sea Around Us
“It is raining and you can hear the pattern of the drops. You can hear it with your ears, or you can hear it out of that deep silence. If you hear it with complete silence of the mind, then the beauty of it is such that cannot be put into words or onto canvas, because that beauty is something beyond self-expression.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
“We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.” ~ Aristotle Onassis Just before dawn in Whitesand Beach San Ignacio, Manay, Davao Oriental © Jojie Alcantara
“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. →
“When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself.” ~ Chief Tecumseh Shawnee These locals run out to help boats coming in at dawn. In return, they get a few rewarded fish for breakfast from grateful fishermen. Shouldn’t humanity be as simple as this?
“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.
“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” ― Brian Tracy Typical early morning scene in the coastal village of Dahican in Mati, Davao Oriental Locals wait for the boats to come back and help fishermen unload their catch, and being rewarded by an early meal. © Jojie Alcantara
“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.” ~ Dalai Lama Spending five straight days in the quaint town of Cagwait, Surigao del Sur was a wonderful discovery, back in 2008. The first time I went there was in 2003 when I marveled at how white their beach was and how blue the coastal waters were. But the best discovery was the sunrise.
The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple. ~ Doris Janzen Longacre Fish cages in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, captured in 2007 This image won in a photo competition a few years back.
“Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be. Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar, and you’ll live as you’ve never lived before.” ~ Erich Fromm Chasing sunrises are like chasing dreams. You have to persevere in order to catch them. So I wake up at 4am hoping today is the best capture of golden colors and hues imaginable. I have captured many sunrises in all forms, and each one was different from the last. I never say, “this was the same as last time” but instead focus on how I can tackle it from a different angle. How I can make it distinct from all the sunrise photos we view on the web daily. Most times, my best sunrise shot is my latest. But in order to achieve the capture you want, you have to persist and perfect it. It’s all in the mindset. It starts with a dream that comes …
Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. ~ Earl Nightingale Captured in 2006, in my journey to Iloilo (with famous photographers Rhonson Ng, Manny and Boboy Librodo) More images in my gallery of Unseen Iloilo
“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas.
“Don’t stop yourself from enjoying the now because of an imagined tomorrow or a remembered yesterday. Take a look at how you’re stopping yourself from being happy. It’s all up to you, no buts (or because) about it.” ~ Marie T. Russell
“Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
“When we protect the places where the processes of life can flourish, we strengthen not only the future of medicine, agriculture and industry, but also the essential conditions for peace and prosperity.” ~ Harrison Ford This tropical paradise is where I was born. View more of its beauty here.
“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” ~Rachel Carson
“The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.” ~John Burroughs Skimboarder starts off fresh at sunrise in Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Oriental. The long beach strip, once unknown, is now haven for skimboarders and surfers. Sunrise in this area most often looks like this on a glorious day. View images of sunrise in Dahican here
“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.” ~ John F. Kennedy Boracay Helicopter Tours, Philippines (2010) Photography, Jojie Alcantara Update: This image made it to the cover of Silkair, the inflight magazine of Silkwinds (Regional Wing of Singapore Airlines) this month of April 2014! Click for details