Last month, I got the chance to meet Ashton Troy again. I still couldn’t believe time went by in a flash! He was just a tiny 2-month old bundle of joy when I saw him first! He turned 2 last September 18th and I’m very happy to share with all of you some photos I took during his Pocoyo-themed birthday party here in Davao. Troy got a humongous birthday cake! I guess that’s the least you could get when your mom’s a cake artist!
Friday, October 24, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Here are some photos from Audwin Liam’s christening a month ago. This was my second time working for the couple. The first was a similar celebration but for their firstborn’s. The ceremony was held at the St. Paul Parish. Food and drinks followed at the Apo View Hotel.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Last Thursday, I got the chance to do an engagement session with TJ and Mathet at the Yuhico Orchid Garden. It has been over a year since the last time (also the first time) I set foot on this 6 hectare-farm of native and hybrid orchids. Yuhico does not only house orchids and the like, but also has facilities and amenities for business functions and gatherings.
One of the things I enjoy the most in having this kind of job is getting the opportunity to go to beautiful places I've never been to. This will not be the last time I'll be visiting Yuhico since the wedding in December will be held here.
I hope you enjoy browsing through the photos! Shot them in between takes. I'll be writing a different post on the engagement session soon.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Effortless, clean portraits outside in natural sunlight will always be my favorite. I have been a worshiper of natural light since the day I knew photography.
la lumiere du soleil
/French/ sunshine, sunlight
Lately, I’ve been doing some ESL work online so I’m just elated as a happy bee as I stole a day off from work to have this photoshoot with Jen. With the help of my sister who did her makeup and a few extra hands, I finally got to have some decent photos I can update this blog with. It has been a while since the last time I used my camera (a Canon Digital Rebel XT) in a photoshoot and I’m just so glad it has not given up on me yet! Also, this was Jen’s first photoshoot ever but I'm so pleased with how the photos turned out! Thank you, Jen!
Friday, September 26, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
I know this one's long overdue, but at least before the year ends. We caught a chance to take a side trip to Manila after 4 days of exploring Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte October of last year. This was Miles' first ever visit to Manila but not for me and Charrie. Thanks to the hospitality and generosity of my very good friend Jake, we never had to worry about getting lost in the busiest city in the country.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Now, I’m finally down to my last two posts on the 29th Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival. In this post are some photos I took at the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (Street Dancing). This is certainly the shortest post of all my Kadayawan entries. Covering this event is definitely my least favorite. Not because the event lacked festivity, but simply because I am not an aggressive type of photographer. Adding to the fact that it was a totally piping hot day, this year’s security measures were heightened. You cannot simply get close to the performers unlike the past years. You move an inch and you’d be reprimanded to back off. We had to transfer to the spot where the performers prepared for their first showdown and had the chance to move around and take photos freely because the area was less guarded.
Monday, September 1, 2014
This was my first time witnessing Hiyas sa Kadayawan since my family moved here in 1994. I wouldn't have traded my comfort zone if not only for my friend's request to document this year's festival. However, at the end of the day (or week), I'm glad to have gone out out to witness and celebrate our indigenous people’s culture and traditions. Kadayawan not only gave me the chance to collect good photographs (I’d like to think that) to update my blog with, but also it made an educated member of the society. I must say that for each time I went to a Kadayawan event, I would go home learning a thing or two– from simply knowing the names of different tribes of Davao to being aware of some issues that these tribes are facing.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
The Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students are showcasing over 200 Chinese and Western paintings on porcelain plates, a teapot set and scrolls at the Atrium, SM Lanang Premier. The exhibition of traditional Chinese arts is being held in celebration of the Chinese-Autumn Festival. It is co-presented by Dynamic Youth, Inc., the Davao-Chinese Cultural Foundation, Park Inn by Radisson and Air 21. The exhibit was launched yesterday and will be running until the 14th of September.
Subang Sinugdan, popularly the Davao River Festival took place last August 15, 2014 in celebration of the 29th Kadayawan Festival. The fluvial parade kicked off from Bankerohan River and ended at the Tiongko Field where Panagtagbo, Tribal Confluence Celebration followed.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Big win for the Ata Manobo tribe as they top the first ever Tribal Games (Lumadnong Dula) Davao. They garnered a total of 145 points and proclaimed over-all team champion last August 14, 2014 at the People’s Park in Davao City. The win’s even sweeter for the Ata Monobo tribe as they take home with them a good sum of Php 50, 000 and a trophy. The great triumph also belongs to the Davao City Sports and Development Office which spearheaded the tribal sports festival.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Hello again, everyone! To those following my blog for a while, you’d remember in my last post that I only saw half of the preliminary competition of Sayaw Mindanaw. So, I actually have pretty lame excuses for that. It eventually got a little awkward and lonely at the same time covering the event all by myself and since they had to pause for lunch I opted going back home for it because to eat alone in public is even lonelier!
Culture meets dance and vice versa as twenty five (25) participating dance and theatre ensembles converged last August 13, 2014 at Davao City Recreation Center for Sayaw Mindanaw 2014 Preliminary Competition .
“A dance can only be truly called indigenous when not shared to other people, thus the “indigenous-based” term for Sayaw Mindanaw”, said Kadayawan organizer and academician, Ed Acaylar during the event.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine who works at the Apo View Hotel requested me to take photos of the events during the 29th Kadayawan Festival. The Kadayawan Festival is an annual festival here in Davao City which name is derived from the friendly greeting "Madayaw", from the Dabawenyo word "dayaw", meaning good, valuable, superior or beautiful. The festival is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living. (Wikipedia)
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
A few months back, I was commissioned by Vikings Luxury Buffet for their Father’s Day and Independence Day promos. I was asked to start at 3 in the afternoon (buffet lunch is until 2:30 PM) and had to shoot 20 delightfully presented food items within a couple of hours since the restaurant opens again for dinner at 5:30. It was really tough for me especially because it was my first time to accept a “food photography” job. Although, I’d normally take a photo of every pretty looking food my eyes lay on. But food photography on a serious note, requires a great skill. You have to make sure that the lighting is good so the food appears real and freshly made in the photos, and you have to seriously mind about what perspective to use, plus you have to give attention to the details of the food, say the cut of the meat, and so on and so forth.