The Mangyan Photographs of Jose Raymond Panaligan


Admiring “Bogsie’s” work at Cambodia during the Angkor Wat Photo Festival —  these are images of the Mangyan tribe that he took from the 90’s till present.  His use of film and his transition to digital medium shows his versatility as a photographer.   Continue reading

Blogfest 2.0 Captures

Mae Paner, the brilliant mind behind the fictional character we call Juana Change.  She is a media advertiser by profession, an activist, and a national symbol of Philippine Politics (juana change).  She was just one of the exceptional figures who came to attend and speak at the Blogfest 2.0 in General Santos City.Juana Change with the Fab Brothers Orman and Avel.

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Follow the Model with Ms. J and Nigel Barker’s Photography

I was surprised to hear Ms. J speak.  He was soft-spoken, down-to-earth, and very grounded.  The advices he shared were mostly all about how to take advantage by being creative with yourself…  His book is easy to read, narrative in style, and actually very personal.  In it, were revelations of his own hopes, dreams, fears and struggles.  Ms. J shares one important thing.  Good character is a very good foundation to succeed.

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PC just got sexy

My trusty lappy is on its way to retirement.  The battery just failed and I managed to add more injury by breaking the power button.  Since February, I’ve been looking for an apt replacement.  Because I’m always traveling to do shoots, I’m mainly rooting for something light and thin without having to look geeky.  Something my make-up artist friend would look at and appreciate.  Well, I may drive a truck– but I’m still a girl.

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Let’s SPIT!


I am on my way to Manila when I learned that SPIT performed in Davao without me knowing.  Waaah! So I checked their schedule and I dragged Cathara to hexagon Lounge to watch SPIT with me. I just have to see it.

SPIT (Silly People’s Improv Theater) is the first (and I think, only) IMPROV group in the Philippines.  The group was organized by Gabe Mercado ( the ok-ka-ba-tyan?-commecial-guy of Yakult) after G. Mercado trained with Paul Sills at Wisconsin Theater Games Center.  Paul Sills is the founder of Chicago’s legendary “Second City”.  Paul Sill’s mother, Viola Spolin, was the first to author a book on Improv theater techniques, and she trained under “Play Therapy” Theorist, Neva Boyd.

For those of you who are used  to watching stand-up comedies where comedians would deliver prep lines, SPIT’s performance will definitely come as a breath of fresh air.  Watching SPIT is like watching your funniest best friend bantering at the school corridors, acting crazy while you are laughing at the jokes delivered in great timing and accent. Continue reading

Turtle’s Nest

 everyone, meet my good friend, dan…
endearingly called Monet by his family.
He is married to a lovely woman named, Kit.

I was in Cebu to attend and take photos of my friend’s wedding.  It has been more than two years since I’ve been in Cebu.  I remember I was there while I was still pregnant with Kira.  I was with BWL then, we went to see the furnitures and other export stuff Cebu was offering.  I spent my birthday in Cebu as well…well — Karen’s bday…My birthday was the 5th, flew to Cebu on the 6th — Karen’s bday is the day after mine.  She visited me and brought me brownies ^.^

But enough of memories…and needless to say, I stayed in Karen’s apartment.  It was cleaner than I expected.  The last she said her apartment was dirty, I scoffed it off only to step in and find hills of junk food foils and laundry inside the room. No! It was not dirty at all… it was downright filthy! sheesh!

Her apartment room is still cluttered and a little messy.  Smaller than her first…makes it difficult for her to create hills of laundry.  And, as weird as she is, she decided her bed is unnecessary–and thus she decided to take it out of her room.  When I arrived, I saw her bed, propped up outside her apartment door, waiting to used. Don’t ask me why –she is just like that.

For our first dinner together, my friend, Dan (the groom) invited us to turtle’s nest.  We were kinda arguing whether to step out and eat or just starve our way to sleep.  We were feeling lazy  –plus the book, Malictionary, was keeping us company.  If you haven’t heard of that book, google it.  Or better yet, buy one…It is one of those books that tells you tons of information you will not use.  Like, do you know the “Bababa ba?” is a complete sentence using only two letters — ahhh…see what I mean? Little snippets of entertaining but impractical information.  Coolness ^.^

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Zabadini Escapade

Apparently, everyone has heard of Zabadini except for me.  It was my first time in the persian restaurant and I instantly fell in love with the ambiance.  I love that we can sit on the carpet, play with the pillows and even eat on a low table as if we are cozily hanging out at home.  The restaurant manager told us that Zabadini means “Core of Goodness”…oh goody goody good.

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Tagum Photo Safari

Upon entering Tagum, you will notice palm trees magnificently planted on the side of the road.  Tagum has been crowned Palm City of the Philippines.

Tagum City is more than a city known for its paved roads.  With 14 Festivals a year, it is surely becoming famous for its events and festivities.  Davao Bloggers was fortunate enough to be invited in the 1st Official Tagum Photo Safari last January 16-17.  I was excited to be with other Tagum photographers as the City’s PIO Edwin L. toured us around the precious nooks and spots of Tagum City.

Not far, you will see a wooden dock where boats are available to take you on a 30km cruise to see the river stretch and the wildlife it carries.  On this stretch, soft-shell crab hatcheries and restaurants are available to provide meals and rest huts. Continue reading