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 it this year as I was caught in horrible traffic plus it was raining, but the song of the streets was irresistible. Here are some of the photos I took, click on the arrows at the bottom right corner to see the other photos.
Gear: Nikon D90, Nikkor 10-24mm, Tamron 17-50, Fancier monopod, Benro tripod.


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 hit hard by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Unfortunately, we had to change the venue due to bad weather conditions that made crossing to the island very risky. We held the walk at Liloan instead, just an hour away form Cebu City, as it is one of the fast-growing municipalities in Cebu that is still caught between the old provincial lifestyle and pull of modern living.
Here are some of the images I took during the walk.


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 focus on 2 things, the recovery and development done so far as well as what more needs to be done.
This will be an overnight trip as the island is quite far from the city where most walkers will be coming from, we will be providing a place for you to stay. In this way, we will have more time to enjoy the walk without worrying about catching the last ferry trip back to the mainland.

If you want to join this walk, you may register here.

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 stalls selling everything from food, both Filipino and Japanese, to handicrafts that tell of the Japanese culture. All revenue of the event will be donated to victims of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) as well as the earthquake in Bohol.

I went to the event mainly to shoot the fireworks display, but as I roamed around I began to appreciate the essence of the event. The Bon Odori, in particular, was exciting not just for those who participated in the dance but for people in the sidelines, like me, as well. I was tempted to join in on the dance, which promised an entire year full of blessing, but it was hard to dance along while carrying all my photography gear. Oh well, maybe next time. 🙂

Here are some photos I took of the event. I did not shoot any cosplayer because it was already night and a single flash setup won’t do any justice to their intricate costumes.

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 by its deceptive rythm

daring to dance anew

in carefree abandon

with hope that’s long faded

and love thought forgotten



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 “hour” (typically the period is about 40 minutes in length), red light passes straight into space while blue light is scattered in the atmosphere and therefore reaches the earth’s surface. Because of the quality of the light, this period is treasured by artists. Photographers call it sweet light. (Wikipedia)

My obsession with the blue hour started when I saw the works of Yen Baet, a Filipina photographer based in the UK who won the annual National Geographic worldwide photo contest. Since then, I have been trying to chase the blue light every time I go on trips. Below are some of my photos of the blue hour taken in the last 3 years.

Blue hour

Parklane Hotel's Hunat Sugbo: Tri-Bantayan Edition

Last May 3, Parklane Hotel Cebu held its second edition of the Hunat Sugbo triathlon series. Dubbed Tri-Bantayan, it was held at Bantayan Island with the aim of donating the proceeds of the race to the victims of typhoon Yolanda there. I was there as part of the media staff representing, Cebu’s biggest and most active online community.
Here are some photos I took of the event as well as some taken during the media appreciation day where we were given a tour of the sights around the island courtesy of the owner of Bantayan Island Nature Park and Resort.

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 mostly going to Oslob to swim with whale sharks.
Here are some of my photos of the event, as well as the morning after where we were treated to a feast of seafood as well as awesome landscapes in Argao. Visit their Facebook page for more information.