Photograpinoy When imagination strikes Thu, 17 May 2012 15:07:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Love your enemies… Sat, 03 Dec 2011 06:43:47 +0000    Read More ...]]> Who say’s you can’t love your enemies?

I got the chance to peek a very uncanny  show of care. I witnessed my mom’s dog “Oni” breastfeeding an orphan kitten named “Bianca” here in Mintal. Truly love transcends culture, race and in this case breed 🙂

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God commands us to love.

Here are some key Scriptures (Bible verses) on loving your enemies:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another (John 13:34).

But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-28).

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse (Romans 12:14).

We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it (1 Corinthians 4:12).

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:17-21).

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing (1 Peter 3:9).

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble (1 John 2:9-10).

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Fireworks Photography Tutorial Mon, 28 Nov 2011 13:39:34 +0000    Read More ...]]> Fireworks Photography Tips

New Year is fast approaching. I bet most photographers are looking to forward to capturing that fountain-shaped colors unless otherwise you’re from Davao City where Firecrackers and fireworks are banned. But don’t fret Davaoenos, you are very much welcome to come here in Tagum City to witness one of the best firework shows in the country.

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Miego’s 1st Birthday Sat, 26 Nov 2011 10:37:01 +0000    Read More ...]]> Miego’s 1st Birthday at Miko’s Brew Tagum City yesterday night.

Such a very challenging lighting inside the hall since it was taken during evening. I had my ISO at 2,500 to compensate for the lack of light. Good thing there’s Lightroom to modify White Balance. No flash. I need to have one…ehem.. That goes to my wife. Got it be? 🙂

My apologies, the images are quite pixelized after I uploaded them to youtube.

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Singapore, Singapore! Fri, 25 Nov 2011 09:27:18 +0000    Read More ...]]> Much has been said already on my past blog about this tiny great nation during my first visit in Singapore way back in 2008. Last August was my second time but I brought with me my family. Actually, our travel was part of my gift to my wife and son since they are both celebrating their birthdays on August.

Needless to say, photography was also one of the reasons why I yielded to my wife’s request. 🙂

I went there expecting good Nightscape Photography in Marina Bay Area which Singapore is known for and these were my shots…

Just want to repost my past blog on our first trip to singapore…

Singapore and Philippines at a glance
Feb 5, 2008

Just recently, our company treated us to an all expense paid Asian trip to Malaysia and Singapore. It took 2 airplanes to lift some 120 plus medical representatives and office-based colleagues for a 6-day “drug pushing” holiday. It served as an incentive for hitting our 2007 sales target-the first in the last 6 years (Afoohh). Sacrifice and resilience had been compensated at last. Thank you PFIZER!

Though cruising through our Asian neighbours nowadays is like buying a high-end cellphone so to speak, the idea of being acquainted to a different culture thrills me the most. Btw, it’s my first time to have my passport stamped. 🙂

True indeed, Malaysia and Singapore have overrun us socio-economically. Take Singapore as a reference, it’s just .2% relative the Philippine’s land mass or just twice the area of Samal Island yet it’s Asia’s 3rd richest nation or shall I say tiny island nation in terms of Gross National Product ( GNP). Philippines, with all its very rich Natural Resources lags at #11. It’s foreign reserves surplus is 147 Billion US dollars, more than enough to pay our Foreign debts in a day. Exceptionally overwhelming…

Make no mistake about my loyalty as a Filipino patriot but I just can’t understand why a tiny nation like Singapore who buys their drinking water in other countries and a population of less than 5 million stands like a Giant in World economy. Perhaps, it’s their culture, their colonizers, their attitude as a race or maybe it’s on their committed and incorruptible leaders. I salute their valiant leader- Lee Kuan Yew.

Hope. The Philippines , with all her riches has it and must have it. My mind keeps on drifting to a great country that once was, where we stood as the 2nd richest country in Asia next to Japan, where the exchange rate of the Peso to a US dollar is 1=1. The Formula: Discipline+Godly Attitude +Leaders with integrity.

For now, I can only imagine…

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Japan Trip Part 1 – Kyoto Sat, 19 Nov 2011 02:36:48 +0000    Read More ...]]>

Last June 2011, I was given a golden opportunity together with my family to go to the Land of the Rising Sun-Japan. In retrospect, my twin brother Richard passed an examination for a Masteral Program at the International University of Japan taking up International Development. IUJ, as they often call it, is a melting pot of sort for scholars and economists alike coming from different nations representing their respective government agencies. My bro works at NEDA in Cagayan de Oro City as a senior economic development specialist.

Moving on, Richard opened a way for us through his scholarship grant to visit the 2nd richest country in the world which apparently is one of the world’s most expensive. My sister Jenni and cousin Annalyn and her son Anton went to visit my brother earlier last March during Japan’s winter season. Their pictures during their vacation somehow enticed me to consider going there but because of budgetary and time constraints notwithstanding the visa processing, approval from my employer for a long vacation, I was kinda apprehensive.

Nonetheless, God made a way for me to celebrate my birthday overseas. It was also in concurrence with Richard’s graduation. My brother sent an invitation last April. My company issued car was already due for replacement and sold it on May. My wife got a very low fare price from Cebu Pacific for Cebu–Osaka-Cebu flight ( P20,000 only for the 3 of us) and we got our visa in 3 days. My office eventually approved my vacation leave.

Then off we went last June 21. Our 4 hour flight initially led us to Osaka before going to Ancient Kyoto.

Kyoto is the oldest city in Japan. >>> to be continued…

World class Davao del Norte Sports Complex Groundbreaking Ceremony Tue, 15 Nov 2011 13:22:40 +0000    Read More ...]]> Tagum City’s plans and developments never cease to amaze me. Just before the soft opening of the Iconic New Tagum City Hall this 3rd week of December, an architectural marvel will once again be witnessed by the people of Davao and Tagum which commenced last November 12, 2011 with the groundbreaking ceremony of the soon to be world-class Sports Complex.

Allow me to share with you an article from Philippine Information Agency / Mindanao Insider:


DavNor Sports complex to rise at par with standards

by Jean Duron-Abangan

DAVAO DEL NORTE, Nov. 12 (PIA) — Davao del Norte Provincial Gov. Rodolfo P. Del Rosario believes that the Provincial Sports Complex will rise through construction works at par with standards though the project bid is P7 million lesser than the original estimated cost.

During the groundbreaking ceremony Friday, del Rosario bared the original construction cost at P250 million but the winning bidder took the project in a turn-key arrangement at P243 million.

“We develop the specs and the design of the sports complex. The specs come from our engineering department,” he said in pointing out that the contractor, Young Builders Corp., would just have to construct the sports facility based on specifications set by the provincial government.

Young Builders Corp. has a track record of turn-key arrangement in constructing the Tagbilaran City Hall and Quirino Gen. Hospital in Bohol. It constructs buildings first before it gets paid.

Set to get done on Dec. 12, 2012, the Davao del Norte Sports Complex would have a main grandstand of 1,712 square meters with approximately 3,000 seating capacity.

It will also have an oval track of 8-lane running tracks, outdoor playing courts, olympic size swimming pool with a warm-up pool.

Its roads and drainages including its electrical works are set to get done at par with standards of a sports complex capable of holding national and even international sports events.

Meanwhile, Del Rosario has also seen substantial economic benefits which can be drawn out of operating the sports complex.

Once ready to host a Palarong Pambansa, the sports complex would be further developed through funds from the national government which usually allots budget for sprucing up of sports facilities in the Palarong Pambansa site.

Del Rosario also wants a commercial complex to rise that would add up to avenues of generating economic enterprises within the 11-hectare sports complex area.

Though athletes are free to use the facilities within the sports complex, he expects fees to be charged for public use especially of the swimming pool.

On the other hand, Tagum City Mayor Rey T. Uy is pleased with the construction of Davao del Norte Sports Complex as this would primarily benefit Tagum City.

He is looking at the prospect of more people coming into Tagum City, creating more income in terms of transportation and sales receipts.

Tagum City can also share with the mileage that the provincial government would get out of holding big sports events at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex.

However, he suggested that sports/ athelete associations be involved in the management and maintenance of sports facilities within the complex.

“Politico mi. Usahay dili ta makabalibad.(We are politicians, we sometimes can’t say no) ,” he said. )(PIA-11/ Jean D Abangan)


Davao’s Kadayawan Festival Sun, 13 Nov 2011 03:11:30 +0000    Read More ...]]> Once a year, Davao celebrates its own festival for the bountiful harvest christened by our oldies as “KADAYAWAN”. It was derived from the word “Madayaw” of the Mandaya tribe which connotes a pleasant and warm greetings. It also suggests something good, precious, gainful and beautiful. These are all being manifested with the influx of tons of loads of fruits, grains and vegetables in the city during this time of the year. My personal fave Durian is like sands on the shore so to speak if you visit the perennial melting spots of Durian stores such as in Magsaysay Park.

Kadayawan is being celebrated every 3rd week of August dubbed by most as the King of all Festivals. I’m pretty sure my friends from Cebu ( Sinulog), Bacolod ( Maskara ), Baguio ( Panagbenga) and among others will most likely rebut on my claim yet I think they will agree that we have the King of all Harvests.

So much for the trivia. Anyway the festivity was in concurrence with the Photo Congress held at NCCC where top photographers and videographers converged and showed their wares as much as they shared their wisdom to us hobbyist photographers. After the lectures, I was brought into reality that I’m still by far a neophyte in Photography. Nevertheless it exhibited some signs that we have what it takes to be good photographers.

To culminate the event, we had a photo shoot during the actual Indak- indak sa Kadalanan and these were my shots.

For more about Kadayawan and Davao, please visit their official website at

Davao is world’s 87th top city Sat, 12 Nov 2011 09:44:24 +0000    Read More ...]]> This is yet another citation worthy of pride among Davaoenos! Kudos to the catalysts of progress! Mabuhay Davao!

DAVAO — The only Philippines city included in the Top 100, Davao City placed 87th in the list of fastest-growing cities and urban areas in the world.

Web-based research group City Mayors Foundation published on its website at a listing of 200 cities around the world that were ranked based on assumed annual growth rates.
Based on the latest listings, Davao City has a projected average annual growth of 2.53 percent during the 15-year period.

The City Mayors Foundation, which is based in London, United Kingdom and Freiburg, Germany, said the annual growth rates assumption is based on past growth, decline and forecasts by international and national statistics organizations for the period 2006-2010.

The research group was established in 2003 and has become one of the most-trusted sources of research data on performances of cities and its leaders.

Jakarta, Indonesia ranked 47th and topped among cities and urban areas in the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean). Its projected annual growth rate is 3.03 percent during the same period.It is followed by two more Indonesian cities Palembang and Bandung, which ranked 50th and 55th, respectively.Palembang registered a projected average annual growth rate of 2.94 percent, while Bandung had 2.90 percent.Yangon in Myanmar ranked 95th, with 2.46 projected average annual growth rate.

Metro Manila in the Philippines ranked 190th, with a projected annual growth rate of 1.5 percent.
“It is good that Davao has been recognized for its development,” Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said.
She said despite this recognition, the city must still sustain its robust economy. Duterte called on Dabawenyos to cooperate in sustaining the city’s growth.City Information Office acting chief Bong Aportadera said the recognition will help boost Davao City’s niche as one of the country’s top investment destinations.

“It is a proof that a strong leadership produces great result. There is nowhere to go but up,” Aportadera said. (Source: Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)

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Manny Pacquiao vs Manuel Marquez Replay here. Round 1 to Round 12 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 14:50:08 +0000 Watch the Replay on the link provided. ( )


I’ve always been a big fan of Manny Pacquiao. Since he had his 1st Professional bout and up to now, I always make sure to watch his fights! Itaas ang ating Bandila Manny!

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Laag sa Surigao del Sur! Fri, 11 Nov 2011 14:01:58 +0000    Read More ...]]>

It’ s been a little over 8 months since me and my family went to visit Surigao del Sur yet the experience and adventures sit vividly in my mind. It was Jojie Alcatara’s photoblog which convinced us to try an off-town photo shoot, just a month after I bought my DSLR camera. My job entails a lot of driving and traveling is somehow complementary- secondary in nature. Most oftentimes I get fascinated with nature and landscapes as I passed by them. And so when the opportunity has presented itself, it was a no brainier to go to a place where at least 3 amazing tourist spots are homogeneously located – namely Enchanted River, Tinuy-an Falls and The Britania Islets.

True enough it was a photographer’s delight. I even realized that more than my camera’s shutter clicks, the trip showed me that God indeed has endowed upon us the vastness of His wondrous works and how relevant they are in blessing our soul.

To know more about our visit to Surigao del Sur, please visit my wife’s blog site HERE.

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