Ramblings

Northern Luzon Project: Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

The Northern Luzon series is a photo essay of scenes I experienced while doing a 3-month project for an NGO. The project requires me to travel to several towns in Northern Luzon to document various disaster-preparedness projects. Okay, so I'll start this off with a highly debatable opinion: Vigan has lost its authenticity. For those …

Northern Luzon Project: Vintar, Ilocos Norte

The Northern Luzon series is a photo essay of scenes I experienced while doing a 3-month project for an NGO. The project requires me to travel to several towns in Northern Luzon to document various disaster-preparedness projects. The laid-back municipality of Vintar, a first class and the largest municipality in the province of Ilocos Norte, …

Relief Operations in Barangay Loakan and Itogon

Oct 13 and 14 relief operations to Barangay (village) Loakan and Itogon in Benguet, two of the areas affected by landslides caused by typhoon Ompong. Several deaths were recorded during the landslide, most of which were residents in the largely mining community. The relief operation was carried out by Cordillera Disaster Response and Development Services …

CSG Sunday Walk July 2017

After more than two years I finally got to shoot in the streets of Cebu City again. Organized by the Cebu Shooter's Guild, the walk started early on a Sunday morning hoping to catch some activity at the church that was the walk's last stop. Below are some of the photos I took during the …

Another yearly tradition done: Christmas night photowalk 2014

It's that time of the year again when, no matter how hard I resist, the streets become alive and sing that song only walkers can hear. For the past 4 years I made it a point to do a night photowalk in Colon street where the annual night bazaar is held. I almost didn't make …

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2014 – Liloan, Cebu

Last October 11 my photography club, the Cebu Shooters Guild, once again led one of the walks for this year's Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk. The initial plan was to hold the walk at Bantayan island, with the aim of  documenting and sharing to the world the situation of island almost a year after it was …

Wanderlust series – Panay

**For more than 10 years, I was lucky enough to have a job that not only required me to travel but paid for all my expenses as well. It was only years later, when I decided to return to Cebu and settle down for good, that I came to appreciate the wealth of knowledge and …

My HDR experiments

Over the years I have been experimenting with different kinds of HDR processing techniques using both open source and propriety software. From pure to pseudo HDR, I was searching for the right process for me, one that would be a right blend of artistic and realistic HDR. Until now I still haven't come up with …

Wanderlust series – Lingayen

**For more than 10 years, I was lucky enough to have a job that not only required me to travel but paid for all my expenses as well. It was only years later, when I decided to return to Cebu and settle down for good, that I came to appreciate the wealth of knowledge and …

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2014

For the 4th time in a row my photography club will be leading another worldwide photowalk. This year’s Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk led by Cebu Shooters Guild aims to document and share to the world the current situation of Bantayan Island almost a year after it was hit hard by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). The walkers will …

Bon Odori Japanese Summer Festival 2014

The Bon Odori festival, a first for Cebu, aims to promote cultural exchange between children of Japan and the Philippines. Held on August 8 and 9 at the Aboitiz Sports Field in Mandaue, the festival showcased different events such as a Cosplay contest, portable shrine, Shinurogudansu, Yukata, and a fireworks display. There were also several …

The dance

there’s this cadence in my head that resonates in abandon free, joyful, without a care not for wars nor the lusty screams of those whose silence was broken whose chains of the strongest steel lay shattered, like windows unable to bear light’s glare this cadence this mocking beat that which makes my feet tap lulled …

My obsession with the blue hour

The blue hour is the period of twilight each morning and evening when the sun is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. This effect is caused by the relative diffusability of short blue wavelengths of light versus the longer red wavelengths. During the blue …

Summer Madness 2014, Argao Cebu

Last May, I was invited to tag along as the official photographer of one of the DJs during the Summer Madness 2014, an electronic music festival held at the southern Cebu town of Argao. The aim of the festival is to promote the tourism industry of Argao, a town often overlooked by tourists who are …

Lakbayan: All the places in the Philippines that I’ve been to

Life will always be a mess. The goal is not to correct it but to organize that mess. Ever since I decided to drop out of college my goal has always been to make my life an organized mess. On a certain level, I knew that my whimsical nature is the cause for my determined …

Me and Pepsi Paloma

Recently, one of the leading newspapers in the Philippines published an article about an old rape case. Though I wonder what the motivation is behind the resurfacing of this case, it also reminded me of the song Spolarium by the Eraserheads, its purported reference to the Pepsi Paloma rape case, and its subsequent whitewashing that …

Do poets dream?

do poets dream an immortal’s dream? when words flourish tumbling beautifully; when endless lines betray confusion; when doubts linger in every penstroke; do poets dream forever amidst all these? do poets weep in blissful sorrow? when the past leaps unmercifully arrogant; when the future beckons in lasting temptations; when the present mocks a coward’s facade; …

Deirdre

it seems inevitable. death like the reddest of rose petals slowly fading as sure as the setting of a raging sun. longing for freedom, for an escape the self-made miser’s cage. binding gripping like talons screaming contorted lips trying to break free. lying helpless reaching unseeing crowds flitting through time and space. desolation. fear rampaging …

Hues

she, for whom a pedestal was built, for the known and unknown, that which gathers the laments of lovers. she, for whom light was meant to falter in yet glorify at once, she is this and that, yet never these. she, for whom thousands marched unflinching, where every laden step speaks of faith, that which …

Not as we

She doesn’t have any plans for her future, nor does she want to make any. She lives by the moment, dictated by the circumstance. She hates her awareness of time, yet concedes to its constancy. She doesn’t subscribe to any ideology; she doesn’t believe in society. She doesn’t believe in the gods of any religion, …