All posts tagged: South Cotabato

Keep the faith

“Keep the faith. The most amazing things in life tend to happen right at the moment you’re about to give up hope. ” ~ unknown

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Take me to a quiet place

” With earth under our backs, cradled in a forest glade. There we will point out the things we see – and acknowledge those things we do not. In solitude, we take in the wisdom offered in each other, and take in the hum of the forest.” — Phoebe Wahl

A view of paradise

“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.” ― Edward Abbey

Floating house, Lake Sebu © Jojie Alcantara

A lifetime’s worth

“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” ~ David Attenborough

Close to nature

“If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet A young student is heading for school early morning from a floating village where tilapia farming is a livelihood and boats are the main transport in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato ATIONCrunchbase: ATION is a company. →

Lake Sebu at daybreak

“That time of day when the sun hasn’t come up yet, but you can already feel it coming. It’s an elusive warmth, like a subtle promise whispered in your ear and you can go on with your day knowing you’ve been given another chance to get it right.” ― Cassia Leo, Relentless

Sunrise in Lake Sebu

Lake Sebu at sunrise from my cottage balcony © Jojie Alcantara 2013 For 3 days, I was blessed with evenings of full moon and glorious sunrises from my cottage by the lake in Mountain Lake Eco Resort. I was doing a photography workshop with kids as a project of Save the Children Organization in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. For years I have visited Lake Sebu and never tired of staying in this place.  It is a dream destination for photographers at a cool elevation of 1000m above sea level.  I have documented the dreamweavers, lakes and beautiful falls, witnessed festivals and have seen my child subjects grow up and mature. I have published features, created posters and brochures, and have even seen my T’boli images on sign posts and restaurant menus!  The serenity of the developing place has never ceased to amaze me until now. Its beauty simply keeps calling you to come back.  And I always do. View my photo gallery of Lake Sebu here

Heavenly Lilies

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” ― Masaru Emoto, The Secret Life of Water

Keeping your balance

“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. →

Lake Sebu Seven Falls Panorama by Jojie Alcantara

Nature’s palette

“Landscapes of great wonder and beauty lie under our feet and all around us. They are discovered in tunnels in the ground, the heart of flowers, the hollows of trees, fresh-water ponds, seaweed jungles between tides, and even drops of water. Life in these hidden worlds is more startling in reality than anything we can imagine. How could this earth of ours, which is only a speck in the heavens, have so much variety of life, so many curious and exciting creatures?” ~ Walt Disney Company Seven Falls Number 2, the highest and most popular in the seven falls of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato This particular image is composed of three photos stitched together for a panoramic vista, which does not give justice to its immense beauty which is in reality, enchanting, serene and magical. PHOTOGRAPHY TIP: When creating panoramic shots, try to shoot several images in portrait mode, and not always in landscape (horizontal) mode. Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, one of the top tourism destinations of Region 12, is famous for its three …

The Dreamweaver

In this weaving house built for them, the gentle and colorful T’boli (ti bo lee) women weave the most sought after beautiful t’nalak (woven abaca fibers in radiant colors). The cloth, culled from tie-dyed abaca fibers of distinct red and black tones, originates from the roots and leaves of trees. Then comes the arduous process of days to weeks of stripping, boiling, soaking, drying, rubbing with wax and shells to produce the final fabric of such intense, lasting colors.

Nurturing childhood

“Children the world over have a right to a childhood filled with beauty, joy, adventure, and companionship. They will grow toward ecological literacy if the soil they are nurtured in is rich with experience, love, and good examples.” ~ Alan Dyer, “A Sense of Adventure” Captured in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato one early morning in 2007 with a Canon 350D, my very first dslr camera