Mayon Magayon At Sunrise

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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!

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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.

It's An Exhibit for the Graphically-Inclined...

It had been a long wait for me to finally have my first ever solo exhibition of works…some commissioned jobs I did were shown in expos, conventions in a national level..I even had an exhibit at the MOA Convention Center as part of an International Convention years back…I have been joining group exhibits since 2010…My photography had been published in both newspapers, tabloids and magazines both locally & internationally…I have conducted workshops and have been invited on speaking engagements all around the Philippines…I have an ongoing workshop series who’s primary aim is to spread the Love for Photography for 5 years now and still going…

My show is called “Dose Na Grafika”(Twelve Graphic Works) because its a cross between photography and painting…it’s digital art on canvas! A blend of the Old & The New…two kinds of media made into one.

DOSE NA GRAFIKA(TWELVE GRAPHIC WORKS) will run from May 12-31, 2014 at the Albay Capitol Atrium Art Gallery, Albay Capitol Bldg., Old Albay Dist., Legazpi City. Exhibit Opens on May 12, 2014 with Cocktails at 6pm.

I would like to thank Apo Gonzales and the whole ABEX Group for believing me and giving me the opportunity to showcase my work. To friends who helped unconditionally, Doc Molly Del Rosario, Arch. Gerard Caceres and Family, Atty. Yami Balayo and a sleu of others who are always there to support me. To Kreate Digital Photo, thanks for co-sponsoring the canvas printing of my works…and to Yami¬†Furniture, for the frames of the canvases. Without you guys, this wouldn’t have been possible!

As my curator tells me, this is the first time that this kind of exhibit is gonna happen in Bicol or probably the whole Philippines…for me, I just want you to see what I do whether am the first or not.

This is an exhibit for the Graphically-Inclined!