“It was sunsets that taught me that beauty sometimes only lasts for a couple of moments, and it was sunrise that showed me that all it takes is patience to experience it all over again…” – a.j. lawless Advertisements
“To take photographs,” Cartier-Bresson once said, “is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in the face of fleeing reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”
Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival 2015
Selfie with the streetdancing performers
“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” – Oscar Wilde
“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.” ― Osho
Portraits of Hope: Catching Moments of Inspiration and Courage from Kids of Hope
A photo exhibit by Rhonson Ng and Jojie Alcantara
in celebration of World Cancer Day 2015 and International Childhood Cancer Day, from February 4-15, 2015.
“But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” ~ William Butler Yeats
“I believe in the city as a natural human environment, but we must humanize it. It’s art that will re-define public space in the 21st Century. We can make our cities diverse, inspirational places by putting art, dance and performance in all its forms into the matrix of street life.” ~ Antony Gormley
“Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow’” – Mary Anne Radmacher
Basic Photography Workshop (by Canon DHub) with photojournalist Jojie Alcantara Abreeza Mall, 2nd Floor Corporate Center Saturday, March 22, 2014, 1-5pm Limited registration at 1pm
D’ Japanese Tunnel in Davao After World War II, the legend of the Yamashita treasure seduced many treasure hunters to Davao, particularly in Mintal, Tugbok District (now declared as the Japanese Heritage Site of the City), where hiding places for the war loots were supposedly buried deep underground within numerous foxholes and crisscrossing tunnels built by soldiers and prisoners of war.
“Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year—the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer.” ― Peggy Toney Horton
In this special Holiday Season, I am sharing the joys of Christmas all the way from my beloved Davao City
“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 most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” ~ Albert Einstein
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Kadayawan sa Dabaw, Davao City, Philippines © Jojie Alcantara I am lucky to have spanned more than a decade of covering Mindanao’s most colorful and biggest festival in the islands. Through my work in the media as a TV anchor, columnist and photographer, I have been able to document more than a bird’s eye view of the dazzling pomp and spectacle that is Davao’s Kadayawan Festival, which earned its prestige as one of the most beautiful ethnic celebrations in the country.
“I owned the world that hour as I rode over it. free of the earth, free of the mountains, free of the clouds, but how inseparably I was bound to them.” ~ Charles Lindbergh
SM Lanang Premier Musical Fountain My beloved Davao City © Jojie Alcantara 2013 This night shot was for an advertorial in Philippine Airlines’ inflight Mabuhay Magazine. I was commissioned by SM Malls to do the layout spread for the international magazine. The Fountain Court is a two-level strip of fine dining restaurants with a spectacular view of this 122-meter musical fountain, the first of its kind in Davao and Mindanao and the longest in the country. It stages a Waterworks Show, a water and light show that runs daily at the Fountain Court and has become the mall’s regular attraction. At night, friends and families come over to hang out in the breezy garden area and watch the dancing fountain play every hour. Children scoot around dancing with the music while older ones just chill out by the stairs which double as viewing seats. Most of them whip out cellphones and cameras for colorful shots of the amazing spectacle which, according to my Mom whom I often bring here, makes one forget the stress of …