It’s been a couple of days since I returned from Singapore. Last weekend was spent working for the Travel Photography Talk for Sony Singapore’s Sony Digital Workshop. I and my friend and co-facilitator for Backpack Photography, Oggie was there to give a talk about Travel Photography and introduce the wonderful island of Batanes to the people of Singapore. It was quite a new experience talking to a mostly foreign audience at the Singapore’s Arts House (formerly the Old Parliament). It was a learning experience as well that we had to make some adjustments on our presentation for the 2nd day of our talk.
After my somewhat slow-paced and laid-back 3-months stay in El Nido Palawan, I found myself back in Manila early March and it’s been a crazy month of going back and fort at the airport to fetch and send off relatives, once in a blue moon visits of my sisters from USA and Canada and my uncles and aunts since I arrived. In between, there were some preparations I had to do for my talk for Eagle Creek which concluded last March 21 and now for Backpack Photography’s talk at the Singapore Arts House for Sony Digital Workshops. I’m really thankful for the opportunities available to share my passion for photography and at the same time spend some quality moments with family.
Whether you’re using a DSLR, Mirrorless Camera, Point and shoot or your mobile device, this talk is meant to maximize the camera you use with concepts and insights to help you bring great and memorable Travel Photos. Travel Preppers: Travel Photography is brought to you by Eagle Creek Philippines.
Venue: 3rd Floor, ROX Bonifacio High Street
Date: March 21, 2013
RSVP: Aica Dañas at 0917.554.2422
Makati’s Caracol is the city’s Mardi Gras which aims to celebrate love and awareness for Mother Nature. Most of the costumes revolve on earth themes like animals, underwater creatures and reptiles. It’s been years since I last saw this celebration which usually was held on the third week of January coinciding with other Sto Nino festivals. Now it was held on the third week of February 2012. It’s not the grandest of festivals but the effort in terms of costume design and make up is commendable. In this series of photos, the spotlight is on the Make Up artist and custome designers working behind the scenes to make the performers as presentable, photogenic and in-character with their performance.
Good bye 2011! It has been a good year but 2012 holds a lot of promise. The recent holiday season, we had a lot of foreign relatives visitng our humble home in the Philippines, it was fitting that I stay in the metro but it was a fun staycation. I decided to welcome the new year in Makati for their Magical! Musical! New Year’s Countdown 2011. it’s the second time for me to welcome the new year here but it was a lot better, organized and more extravagant. The stage and the lighting was awesome, I was also able to catch The Dawn’s pumped up performance and the fireworks, the whole 15 minutes of was magnificent. A great way to enter the new year. Sharing here soem photos from that night.
SMUGs Metro Manila had another meet last Friday December 2, 2011 and it was our last meet for the year. It was an exciting evening at the cozy Wabi-sabi Restaurant at The Collective in Makati as we had a guest speaker and mini photo contest for the evening. Speaking that evening is one of the Canon Ambassadors, Edwin Martinez as he shares some of his knowledge on Landscape Photogtaphy. He also brought in some prizes courtesy of Canon Philippines for the winners of our photo contest.
The SMUGs Metro Manila had it’s first Photo Walk in Taal Town, Batangas. It’s been two years since I last went to Taal Town. While it is declared as a Heritage Town, two years ago I was disheartened on how it was neglected – the Taal Basilica was dilapidated, the stream along the Sta Lucia Well was flowing with trash and the streets were dirty. Returning with a group of fellow photographers through Smugs Metro Manila, I found renewed hope for this town. The Basilica is being renovated with freshly painted walls, the streets a lot cleaner and alas! The Sta Lucia Well is free of garbage. I also noticed there were a number of tourist coming and going wherein before I think we were the few who was there. Who ever the people in charge of restoring the grandeur of the town, I must commend them.