“Ten tiny little fingers that always want to play, That never stop exploring the wonder of today. Ten tiny little fingers that from the very start, Will reach out for tomorrow yet always hold your heart.” — Author Unknown My daughter, Kameron (one year and eight months old) People’s Park, Davao City Jojie Alcantara
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the places and moments that take our breath away.” ~Patricia Schultz, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die Bayon Temple, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia Photography by Jojie Alcantara
During a week of stay in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2011), I woke up each dawn for two days just to capture its beautiful red sunrise from the Tonle Sap River by the Sisowath Quay, which was near my hotel.
“ “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” ~ Mother Teresa
“Many of us probably would be better fishermen if we did not spend so much time watching and waiting for the world to become perfect.” ~ Norman Maclean Fishermen at sea, captured on board a chopper over Legazpi City © Jojie Alcantara
“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” ~ James Matthew Barrie
“Do not be afraid to shine, This world needs what you have to give. Open up the areas of your being; Expose them to yourself – to others. You are valuable. You are unique. You have much to give. Do not be afraid to give it.” Excerpt from the poem, “Risk” By Fran Watson, 1987 This photo of a skimboarder in Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Oriental was published in SeAir’s InFlight Magazine as one of the top ten hot destinations to visit the Philippines in 2011
“Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ~Joshua J. Marine Dahican surfing, Mati, Davao Oriental Photography, Jojie Alcantara * * * *
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore Manila Bay Sunset, Philippines 2010 © Jojie Alcantara
Mana Davao Davao may be illuminated to the brim with Pasko Fiesta celebrations around town, thanks to the projects of the city government and supporting sectors, but there is one special area that stands out during this holiday season. Mana Davao (or Mana Davao Casa de Artes y Antiguos), a high end antique shop along Bajada highway, is a tourist landmark for several years now. The vibrant and stunning, festive montage it produces every year never fails to draw crowds every Christmas (not to mention the traffic it happily causes in the highway). Thousands of lights are set up in fantastic production, drawing excited people like moths to a flame. This year, MANA totally sets a higher standard of creative accomplishment with the spectacular Christmas tableau (I suspect it’s a “Going Green” theme) that lights up everyone’s faces, kids and adults alike. Never mind the electric bill afterwards. The people behind Mana know they deserve a spotlight in Davao’s history for making Dabawenyos proud. More of my Mana images here
Mana Davao (or Mana Davao Casa de Artes y Antiguos), a high end antique shop along Bajada highway, is a tourist landmark for several years now. The vibrant and stunning, festive montage it produces every year never fails to draw crowds every Christmas (not to mention the traffic it happily causes in the highway). Thousands of lights are set up in fantastic production, drawing excited people like moths to a flame. Here is my tribute to Mana Davao, along with one of my favorite childhood song.
As a proud Dabawenya, I went around to shoot the spectacular lights and festive atmosphere in my city through the annual Pasko Fiesta sa Davao, thanks to the city government and supporting sectors. Throughout December, certain roads are blocked to accommodate makeshift stalls and eateries, for fun walks and activities in the evenings. It does cause traffic in most areas for public transports, and commuting may be a bit difficult. Then again, rain or shine, people were everywhere. Sharing with you scenes I captured one drizzling evening from People’s Park to San Pedro Street. Davao may be quieter during this season but we make up for it through bright lights and cheerful sprits. More of my Christmas captures here
For Manong Insoy (seated, front), a tricycle driver based in Sped School, Bangkal, sharing the Christmas spirit is taking time out to install special lights on his public vehicle, even when his passengers felt like they were being transported by a vibrant UFO on the road. His was the only colorfully lighted unit in the waiting line, and he is quite proud of it. Photo by Jojie Alcantara
MAJESTIC TOOG: PHILIPPINE’S TALLEST LIVING CHRISTMAS TREE For Gil Andipa, a Manobo native who works for the Department of Natural Resources (DENR), climbing trees was a part of his life since childhood. He possesses skills that allow him to scale trees and work on grafting and collecting samples. But he has injured a rib or two from falls when he was younger. On Sept. 28 of this year, he got involved in a project which was enthusiastically started by the citizens of Alegria, a small barangay in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur. He was paid to scale the tallest tree in town to install Christmas lights, twice, because no one would dare. Not only was it a tall order, pardon the pun, but a huge amount of electric lights must be acquired to illuminate a living Christmas tree at night. Read my full story here
SENSORY OVERLOAD. What you see is a normal sight in highways and remote provincial roads. Jeepneys carry more than they can handle, and passengers do not mind the precarious positions they find themselves in, as long as they get to their destinations. (photo published in newspaper)
“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” – Groucho Marx Note: This digital photo, along with my other files of aerial shoot Boracay in 2010 would be wiped out during the flash flood (June 29, 2011) that damaged our home, my external hard drive, and my personal mementos, including my baby albums and old photos of which I have no copies left (film). Then again, life goes on. And I am still smiling. But I need to visit Boracay again. To view my lost Boracay files, click here.