All posts tagged: Bislig

Kid dives in Hinatuan Enchanted River © Jojie Alcantara

Secrets of a once enchanted river

Years ago in 2003, we shot Hinatuan’s Enchanted River on our film camera. I wrote about it in the local paper, and eventually in Mabuhay Magazine, Manila Bulletin and other publications.

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Reach out to an angel

“When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts.” ― Mary Baker Eddy, Poems by Mary Baker Eddy

Live in the present

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.” ~ Henry David Thoreau I captured Hagonoy Island on a perfectly beautiful day.  The next day, however, cast a different light due to low tropical depression.  Storm clouds were approaching as we left paradise.  Standing there resolute, while gray skies spread gloom over the heavens, the island stood majestically amidst raging waters, knowing that storms may pass, but it will remain…surviving.  It was even more beautiful when we left it. Read my published article here or view more photos in my gallery.

Keeping paradise

“Paradise was always over there, a day’s sail away. But it’s a funny thing, escapism. You can go far and wide and you can keep moving on and on through places and years, but you never escape your own life. I, finally, knew where my life belonged. Home.” ~ J. Maarten Troost, Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu I love island shots, especially when the weather is perfectly right, sky is cool blue, waters are clearer, bluer, and that islet in front of you just screams to be walked upon.  But I have had island shots where skies darken of impending storms and the mood is even greater.  Wherever you go, what seems to be paradise is what you perceive in your mind and heart at that moment. If  you are curious about this beautiful piece of gem in the sea, read my article here, published today. You can also view more in the gallery.  

Follow your art

“When I was a child my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll be the pope.’ Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.” ― Pablo Picasso Fishcages of Bislig City (I shot this on a late afternoon from a hill, click photo for bigger view ) I used to be a dancer who ended up as a writer who ended up as a painter who ended up as a photographer. I was bursting with so many dreams that a few times I sacrificed most to focus on a few.  Whatever we do in life, let’s strive to leave a positive mark and believe that our small role in society can make a difference. Bislig is the capital of Surigao del Sur, and is laden with beautiful natural attractions like Tinuyan Falls (Mindanao’s little Niagara), Lake 77 and Hagonoy Island. View more photos in my gallery.