Mayon Magayon At Sunrise


T’was a holiday and I woke early since my alarm was scheduled for weekdays to set-off at exactly 5:05am and I had to drag my sorry ass butt off my bed after 30minutes of acrobatics before finally realizing I won’t be going back to sleep anymore. So I do the usual morning routines  before walking out into the early-day smell of fresh carabao poo in the air, when I noticed that the peak of Mayon was glaring at me on top of the roofs and trees in the neighborhood and that prodded me to go back into the house, get the mobile phone and set off to go to my fave spot on a field just beside the highway about 3 blocks from the house.

The grass in the field is still wet with dew and further in the horizon, you could still see a foggy mist slowly lifting from the ground. The shepherds were early because there were a few carabaos and cows already grazing and romping around the field with mountain peaks of Masaraga and the other one just across Polangui with barren of clouds against a clear blue sky on a Tuesday.

I looked for a spot to compose my shot trying to avoid the nearby houses and what not. The image above is the result of perfect timing at the right place.

I may have been born in Manila and raised in the second-half of my life here in Bicol but I might as well been born here all along. We are blessed with a Natural Wonder which is both beautiful and dangerous. And as friend of mine puts it, there are no two images of Mayon Volcano which are alike – I seriously believe that!

Come and visit, if you have time and experience this wonder by yourself.

Mayon Magayon!


Pa-Sine?Pa-Sit In! – Adapted Short Films In Local Dialects and other Artsy Stuff


I always wanted to become a Film Maker ever since I was a kid growing up with “The Electric Company”, “Sesame Street”, “The Six Million Dollar Man”, “Rocky”, “Star Wars”,  and all the TV Programs and Movies abundant during that era. During playtime, I would do monologues portraying scenes from “Super Friends”. “Star Trek”, or “Mighthor”; even doing impressions of characters from these shows which I guess helped in mastering the art of speaking in English until now. Further down the lane, I was supposed to take up Fine Arts in U.P. Major in Film in college, but ended up being an Architecture graduate from Bicol University since we moved here from Manila after I finished elementary schooling due to some family matters. Even in school, I pursued my love for the arts by joining acting clubs, directing school productions, even winning some competitions in the process. That’s how I love the Visual Arts!

Ever Since I swayed from traveling the Philippines with jobs from Advertising, Radio and TV Networks, the work experience made me want to share that knowledge to the new generation because I know for a fact that those in the academe lacked the industry knowledge. I tried to introduce my own way of teaching to these greenhorns and have been met with violent reactions and harsh protests. People have always been afraid to try anything new and feared the unknown, I just kept on going.

Onwards to the now! I have yet to conquer another institution and introduce my own brand of education – LEARNING BY DOING!

As part of their Finals requirement for their subject in MULTIMEDIA, I have asked these IT students to remake existing short films found on the web and re-shoot, re-edit and reproduce i on their own but with one twist – all dialogues will be in RINCONADA with English subtitles. Hence, “PaSine?PaSitIn!” was born which was coined from a famous Rinconada saying, “Pasini, Pasiton…Pakurukupsit, Paturuturayus!” It has a tentative Screening date on the 4th of March at the College of Eng’g AVR of CSPC Nabua and some plans to show it other venues for public consumption and maybe released as instructional materials for other schools and/or institutions to be used as reference. Big things always come from small ideas, and I Always think BIG!

Walk, Shoot, Eat…Repeat!

WEEKEND PHOTOWALKS2 The birth of #LPKR or Lakaw-Pitik-Kaon-Repeat was accidental when the confirmation for The 5th Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk came in late and I thought that we never got the cut. The idea for the event actually came into mind when I was searching for a new area to dig my photo bug teeth into…to distinguish it from other subjects that most snap shooters frolic into like portraiture, landscape, and or self-portraits. I wanted to do street photography in a different setting; some place where it’s spontaneous and unpredictable…somewhere that’s full of surprising events happening at a flick of a finger. The premise is to go around the marketplace, survey the immediate area, walk then shoot and when you find something that’s nice to eat or feel nibbling on, pay for it, eat and repeat it over again, We have been going around and have shot at four towns during their Market Days – Guinobatan, Tiwi, Bacacay and Sto. Domingo which mostly fell on a Sunday. Some places have their “Palengke Days” on a weekday, hence I might squeeze in these munisipyos during the summertime and hopefully be done before June of this year. #LPKR is a free event wherein camarederie, foodtrip and travel is yours to partake into. It’s an event where Club Hijab Albayano Photography Inc. get to hobnob with other photo enthusiasts without the usual hassle of technical issues and what-nots involved in photography. If you love travel, love taking photos even if its not a DSLR and don’t mind the smell of shrimp paste, dried fish, muddy areas and throngs of people where you brush elbows, tummies even sweaty shirts. If you are not at all picky about the places we go to, then you are free to join us on the next Market Walk at your local town and find an unexpected treasure or trinket or delicacy to satisfy your cravings.

My Apologies

Internet connectivity is now part of life’s essentials in any way possible. Since Typhoon Glenda tramped over the Bicol Region, particularly Albay and Sorsogon, all telecommunication companies became inaccessible for almost a month and everyone can attest to that devastation. Hence, it had been hard to reconnect to my followers…and just as everything was running smoothly, my 4yr old lcd monitor had conked out. This post is being done via a hand-me-down smartphone which I have not been able to pay in full yet, so please bear with me. For more up to date posts, you may follow,me on Instagram: @rasagrafikamanila or visit my facebook page 😊.