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Monday, December 15, 2014

Understanding The Path

The path is not we think that is easy. It purges you to become who you really are. Sometimes you think you are giving up. It crashes your heart and soul without realizing that in the end it brings the best and worst in you. You will meet a lot of people in the path. Some are supportive of you and some will rise above you. You do not know what would gonna happen as everything seem to tear you down. Sometimes you have wished it had never happened to you but there is no turning back..no you can't go back no matter how you wish for it. How you wish for those better days, and how you wish you are just in the banal position. You ask God for a help and hold for the truth of what you believe in, stand for the faith that has already been installed to you....how I wish this had never happened to me and one day how I wish I was still the same person as before..-but I guess I can no longer go back there. My own soul is tearing me apart...



Monday, December 8, 2014

I-Witness Docufest 2014

Over a week a go, I was invited to take some shots for GMA-7's I-Witness Docufest.  The event was held in SM Megamall at Cinema 9.  I won't elaborate about the whole scenario but the event is part of their 15 year anniversary presentation where some of their hosts took part of the said event.  Television personalities like Sandra Aguinaldo, Arnold Clavio, Jay Taruc, Kara David, Mariz Umali and Howie Severino were there to grace the celebration. After featuring some of the documentaries, there was a forum and it was followed by autograph signing.



It was indeed a great experience to see some of these hosts face to face and I get to interact with them once in a while as I took them photos.  I love documentary films especially if it was made by GMA-7.



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Higantes Festival 2014

Since 2012 I go to the coloful festivity of Higantes Festival, a much celebrated fiesta in Angono, Rizal popular for the Higantes parading on the streets.  It was my first time to go as early as 8 a.m. and they close the main street in Angono and from the high way I walked for over one kilometer to reach the market place.  I met a peer who waited me there for over an hour.

As expected the street was crowded as the locals watch the parade and some participate by throwing some water to the spectators. Well, I was quite wet but I prepared for it by wearing an ordinary shirt and a short pants intended for that event.




I end up in Wawa Park and was able to meet the mayor of the town, Mayor Calderon.  We had lunch before I parted way and go home at noon time.







Monday, November 24, 2014

What Cosplay Is All About


Just a few days before the cosplay shoot, I received a phone call from Shelai who is in charge of the said event. Since I was not busy for the past few days, I grabbed the stint, and seriously I never had an idea what a cosplay was all about.  I went to Taytay in the plaza where the location shoot was held.  There were around 9 participants on the said event and the competition is set on January 2015.

What is cosplay all about? According to Wikipedia, it is a portmanteu of costume play and is a performance art which the participants called a cosplayers wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character.

Most of the cosplayers are of younger generation as to what I have seen so far.  But according to some, it's not limited to those young ones as matured people can do the same.

It was fun seeing the cosplayers in their costume.  As a photographer myself, it's like fashion too but in this way I never had an experience shooting events like this.






Monday, November 17, 2014

True Self and False Self

Sometimes we fantasize ourselves as a person of what we are not. If only we can face the reality instead of illusion. Reality is the "now" of who we are..not based to someone that exist in our imagination. Fantasizing becomes an escape goat to reality. An outlet we project that sometimes is a circumstance that maybe we lack of...and in that way we are not being ourselves anymore and we are giving the power to our false self..we have to face and em-battle that person inside us if we really want to claim our true-self to reign..



Visiting San Ildefonso Parish Church in Tanay, Rizal


Finally I have come to visit San Ildefonso Parish Church known as Tanay Church to the locals of this town.  I’ve been in Tanay for the fifth time this year but unfortunately I never get the chance to drop by on this church built in 1773. Ever since I went to Tanay, never it happened before that I step foot on this church, although the thought of getting there has been planted already.
inside the church

The Nazarene

San Ildefonso Parish Churh was declared a National Culture Treasure by National Commission  for Culture and Arts.


It wasn’t busy day in this town as it happened to be Sunday.  Some people would remain in their house and some go to Savemore, it’s like a little mall that caters to the consumers  with its supermarket.
I went to some of the streets of this town and there were some booth exhibits outside the gate of Tanay Church selling native products.  It was my first time to stay in the main town starting from 12 noon till the evening.
bazaars

native products sold by the vendors

It was a sunny day that makes the sky in color blue which is great to take some walks across the plaza and the main streets of this town.
street vendor selling some bracelets, etc

the town plaza

Tanay has become my hub because it only takes an hour traveling time from Ortigas Extention in Cainta.
Mang Ogie performing hilot to a boy




Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Reason Why I Walk


There’s a reason why I prefer to walk

I walk because I want to understand

And I want to feel…

How hard it is to walk
many miles…

I want to walk that I know that when I reach the edge...


There’s a torch light up that awaits me there…..



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Love, Understanding, Compassion and Support

Love, understanding, compassion and support to those having personal issues on themselves. Putting yourself to someone's shoes. In that way, any person having personal issues let them realize deal with their own predicaments. Healing probably is not a choice..but it's a process. Unfortunately, NOT all the learning being taught can help them. Inspire them instead of just only by giving a mere learning sermons...

John



Monday, October 20, 2014

Forest Park Angono: Model Photo Shoot

I've been hearing a lot about the famous park in Rizal where visitors can enjoy the breeze of the nature and when you go up on top of the park is teeming with high rising trees and shrubs and overlooking view of Angono.  The Forest Park is located at San Isidro in Angono, approximately 20 minutes jeepney ride from Junction, Ortigas Extention, Cainta.

Last Thursday, I was invited to shoot some models whose theme was about Halloween and all the models wore in black suits.  We climbed to the top of the forest and I never thought there would be good location for some photo shoots like this.  I have been scouting a place for prenups and this is interesting to know that they are open for photo shoots without worrying to pay expensive fees unlike other location that is not open for location shoots for prenups unless you pay the amount for the photo shoots.

The model shoot in Forest Park started at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Finally I have visited this park that is just a few minutes ride from my house.







Thursday, October 9, 2014

Just Another Day in Tanay, Rizal

It’s quite a surprise visiting Tanay, Rizal for the fourth time this year.  This nearby town gives me mood being an alternative place to go aside from my bucket list.  My spiritual buddy who is an agnihotra practitioner is aligned with the nature the reason why he wanted to go to Tanay to see the falls and the cave I visited in the past travel destination.

We decided to meet up at Robinson’s Supermarket in Cainta as early as 7 a.m. but we were able to leave almost 10 a.m. after we took our breakfast at Jollibee inside the supermarket.  We took Tanay-bound jeep via Antipolo route.

After one and a half travel time, we reached the drop off point which is the market, where we rented a tricycle that will bring us to some of the tourist spots of Tanay.  Glenn, who is my spiritual buddy brought some foods for our picnic.


Our first itinerary was Calinawan Cave.  There was no tour guide unlike the last time I went to this place where Senz was one of the tour guides.  One of the locals by the name of Christopher who acted as our tour guide. The tour lasted about an hour as Glenn loves taking pictures for his art reference.  He loves the cave and enjoyed every moment of our adventure inside.
A stop over at the bridge. Glenn enjoys taking pictures of a river

Glenn poses with his celfone camera
A creative shot I did for Glenn inside the cave
Upper hole where the light passes through in the cave
Stairway to the upper level of the cave
Our second destination in our day tour was Daranak Falls.  We got the cottage for our picnic and had our late lunch there.  The last time I visited Daranak falls was 3 years ago when I did some photo shots of the falls. 
Daranak Falls
A friendly dragonfly
Creative shot I took photo of  Daranak Falls
It was weekdays the reason why it wasn’t crowded.  Only few people went swimming and that was the best time to take some pictures of the falls.  It rained shortly while we took some photos and after a few hours we decided to leave the place and instructed the driver to bring us to Parola Lighthouse which is located at the heart of Tanay town.
Preparing for the Agnihotra ritual
Parola Lighthouse during sunset
Actual agnihotra ritual
The Parola Lighthouse was our last itinerary.  Glenn had to prepare his agnihotra rituals just a few minutes before sunset.  I guess this is how agnihotra works.  It was timely when we reached the lighthouse so he had time to prepare the things used in his rituals.  It was three years ago the last time I went to Parola Lighthouse with my friend Jonathan together with our Daranak tour.


The whole tour lasted for about 9 hours starting from our meet up place to riding a van at the market.  Finally I got home by 8 in the evening.  The tour was very promising as this gave us the opportunity to energize ourselves from the healing essence of the nature that Tanay, Rizal can offer to its visitors, especially that Glenn and I are in the spiritual path.



Monday, September 29, 2014

Tanay, Rizal: Regina RICA Pilgrimage

Sunday is much fulfilling day when I decided to go to Tanay, Rizal to meet one of my friends, a travel blogger -Ann.  We met at the jeep terminal in the market and from there we planned our itinerary for the day.  We went to Sampaloc, Tanay.  I’m not familiar with the place so I let Ann decide where to go.

There’s a jeepney terminal for Sampaloc route and the fare is 28 pesos per person. Our first stop is Regina Rica Pilgrimage.  The jump off point is at the small terminal in Sampaloc where you can ride a tricycle for 20 pesos per person going to the pilgrimage site.

From the gate is a walking distance going to the shrine.  You can get a sneak preview of the shrine the moment you enter the gate as it can be viewed along way to the pilgrimage.
The trail to the iconic Shrine of Mama Mary
At the trail are some of the molding works of footsteps
The view of the chapel
Regina RICA stands for Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia.  This has quickly become a popular pilgrimage site in Tanay since it was established in 2009. For those spiritual seekers, it is a beautiful place to start to experience the divinity of God.  It is basically a place for prayers, meditation and pilgrimage.  
You can see some horses at the hill

The 71-foot iconic image
Some devotees and tourists going up to the shrine
The candle stand
Everyone is welcome and there is no entrance fee and since this is a sacred place, certain rules are being obeyed. Silence should always be observed at all times and respect by maintaining cleanliness in the area.  A dress code should be observed and any person should comply by not wearing any revealing upper garments and any shorts.  If a person did not know about the dress codes, they have stores inside the place that you can buy.
Pahuwayan sa Rica Columbary and Ossuary
One of the images at Pahuwayan

At the foothill of the iconic image
Regina RICA is a hill and the center piece is the 71-foot iconic statue of our Blessed Virgin Mary and child Jesus.  There are some Ilonggo words used as a guide for visitors like SULOD, in English means entrance or inside.  Well I can speak the native dialect Ilonggo that’s why I can understand some of these words.  SULOD is an entrance to the shrine.  Inside the statue is also a SULOD sanctuary of universal love and devotion.
Beneath this huge tree is Ann

It's me
On a hill is a chapel, the Pahuwayan Columbary and Ossuary, and some facilities like restaurant, candle stands, meditational garden, organic gardens flower gardens and a lot more that you can go as you walk along the hill.

PAHUWAYAN means a resting place.  Pahuwayan sa RICA Columbary and Ossuary is a burial niches where urns and bones are stored in this place.  It is nestled in the mountainside and at the end of the outer path is a passageway leading to the viewing deck where you can take the sight of waterfalls.
While we were still in the hill, the weather changed rapidly from sunny to cloudy, until a short rain fell. Although Ann had an umbrella, we were quite sprinkled by the rain but it did not stop us from taking some pictures.
Ann at the well

Pasilungan means shelter
We stayed over two hours in the sanctuary and decided to leave as we instructed the tricycle driver from the gate of the pilgrimage to take us to Sierra Madre Hotel and Resort in Tanay with its cool breeze and refreshing view of the mountains.