Ruby Tuesday#88 Football Day

The Philippines' Azkal football team made the game more popular than ever. It was no surprise then when I get to a football tournament to see several football games being played simultaneously in several age brackets.

I had most fun watching the kids play than their older counterparts. While their older counterparts are more skilled with faster speed, the kids' enthusiasm and determination in playing the game made the games more interesting to watch. Here's one kid who got good kick form..

foo,Davao City

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Ruby Tuesday#87 Weekend Run

We woke up early for this early run. One of our friends was going to do the 10 kilometer weekend run. It was her first time so we wanted to give her some support and at the same time, shoot some photos. The run wasfor the benefit of the autistic children.


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To Pack Or Not To Pack

I'll be traveling in a few days and am busy with packing. Am not sure if I should bring the camera tripod. I wouldn't worry much about it if a friend did not postpone his trip with us. For some health reasons though, he had to cancel and now, I have this problem. Am quite sure that we'll be having some night shots. Probably, some firework shots too but my baggage is already heavy. The tripod is not lightweight. If only I have someone who could bring the tripod for me hehehe! For now, I haven't decided yet if I should pack or not to pack the camera tripod. I'll sleep on it for now.


PhotoHunt#127 Silhouette

The silhouette of two of my co-photographers during our sunrise photoshoot first week of this month. We wanted to try the silhouette shot so they volunteered to be our models.

Davao City,Sta. Ana Wharf

And me, modelling too...LOL!

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Jennifer Lopez As Idol Judge

I consider Jennifer Lopez as one of the most multi-talented Hollywood celebrity. She is one of those people who can do anything if she sets her heart on it. I find that quite admirable. So, I was pretty curious how she would be as one of the American Idol judges. I was expecting that she'd be really strict but curiously, she is not. She may not mince words in doing the critique to the participants but she delivers them sensibly and gently that you know that she understands them. In fact, Randy Jackson can be now the one who's doing a bit of a Simon Cowell thing in the show.


Waiting For My Canon Freebie

It has been six months since I bought my Canon EOS550D. At that time, there were freebies that went along with my DSLR camera. A 4 gigabyte SD memory card, one camera bag, a Canon photography book and a crumpler. I already got the first three items but the crumpler, I think, it has been all crumpled down in some memory file of Canon. I have been doing follow-ups thru calls and email but their last reply was the crumpler's still out of stock. I wonder, where will my crumpler come from because it surely is taking such a long time to arrive.


Litratong Pinoy#126 Ito(This)

This is Gen. A new acquaintance that became our photoshoot model last Sunday. Gen is pretty and she looks a lot like celebrities Isabel Oli and Gretchen Barreto. For now, we are just happy that she started modeling with us. We are so lucky, right?

Ito si Gen. Bagong kakilala na naging modelo sa paglilitrato namin noong nakaraang linggo. Maganda si Gen at marami siyang kahawig na artista gaya ni Isabel Oli at Gretchen Barreto. Sa ngayon, masaya kaming sa amin siya nag-umpisang mag-modelo. Ang swerte namin, ano po?



Ruby Tuesday#86 Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day, everybody! May we spread love not only today but always.

Valentine's Day


Beyond Basics 2 Photography Workshop

WORKSHOP RATE: 3,800 2-day workshop
# of participants: 25 maximum
LOCATION: Peoples park (for approval)
DATE: March 19-20,2011
TIME: 8.30 am - beyond c:

Inclusive of:
1. meal and snacks
2. certificate
3. workshop kit / module
4. photo contest
5. photo exhibit (yung mga entries for photo contest exhibit natin sa bro's brew)
6. Privilege to be a member of Fotospeakmedia Davao Photography Group

Workshop overview:
1. Correct metering, white balance, exposure bracketing and more...
2. Practical Lighting Techniques
3. Ambient light shooting
4. Learn Trouble shooting
5. Strobe Lighting techniques
6. Practical Indoor/Outdoor shooting

7. Outdoor Portraiture
a. Determine the correct angle and pose
b. Learn how to add flash fill light
c. Learn how to control the background

8. Night Photo shoot
9. Photo contest and critiques
10. Photo Exhibit

2. Electronic Flash / Tripod (optional)
3. Wireless trigger / Off camera Flash cord(optional)
4.Laptop (optional)

about the speaker:

Mr. Jomel Gregorio
De La Salle St. Benilde Multimedia Arts Professor
TESDA accredited Certficate # 091306028054 – National Certificate II
Beyond Basic 1 / Travel on Location Davao photography Workshop

Jomel Gregorio is a destination photojournalist, travel photographer and a contemporary artist based Manila, Philippines. He is known for his unique photojournalistic and relaxed portraits using imaginative concepts.He has always been fascinated and passionate about visual arts, especially the connection between art and photography. Started his photography career in 2003 as a part-time job, and went full time in 2006. He reinvented “Tintography,” an alternative process and age-old method of painting over pictures, and his work was featured in IBC 13 and ABS-CBN in 2008.

Jomel’s work also has been featured in US and UK wedding blogs, including Rocknroll Bride ‘UK, Boho Weddings ‘UK, Love Olio USA, Bubbly, Bride USA, and Hotoccasions Philippines.

Lately, he’s been expanding his horizon by trying his hand on magazine work. He currently shoots for Asian Traveler Magazine, a Manila-based travel publication, which has brought him to cities around Asia as well as restaurants and other often high-end establishments in Manila. He not only shoots exotic destinations, but also ventured into food, commercial establishments, and residential subjects. He took up this project as a venue for practicing what he preaches in the classroom.


Sunday Stealing#79

Today we ripped off a blogger named Rol Hirst at the blog Sunset Over Slawit. We've ripped from him once before. He states that he doesn't remember where he stole it. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!
Sunday Stealing: The Sunset Meme

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. What is your favorite Mexican dish?

2. When you were a kid, did you get started on your homework right away after school, or did you procrastinate?
I usually started early. There were even times that I like reading in advance.

3. What is your favorite store for home furnishings?
Ikea but I can't afford it so I made do with what's available and cheap but nice.

4. When you were young, did you like school lunches?
Oh yes..my mother cooked them and she always cooked well.

5. Is religion a crutch?
Depending on how a person take it on.

6. In your region, what is the “big” high school sport?
Usually, basketball but football and badminton are also really popular now.

7. Do you consider yourself rich?
Nope but I've been blessed.

8. Which of these would you have the best chance administering:
B) Heimlich Maneuver
C) Changing a flat tire

I had to google search Heimlich maneuver, I'd rather change a flat tire though.

9. Which dance would you prefer to learn & why:

A) Salsa
B) Hip Hop
C) Waltz
D) Swing

All of the above..I love dancing.

10. What’s the worst news you’ve ever delivered to someone?
The worst one so far was I had to inform somebody that he was being terminated.

11. Name something you learned in college that had nothing to do with classes or academics.
I learned that I can still enjoy college even if I was broke and even if I was not campus popular. It was all in the attitude.

12. New variation on an old question: If there’s a song in your head that just won’t get out, what is your favorite (or most repeated) line in that song?
Christina Perri's Jar of Hearts..the line that goes "Who do you think you are..running around leaving scars...collecting your jar of hearts.."


PhotoHunt#126 Education


Life is education itself, somebody said. There's just so much learn with just too little time. If we want to improve ourselves, we try to learn new things.We educate ourselves. But have we considered that being well-educated doesn't mean we're always right? Some people just feel that because they're highly-educated, they're above all else. Wrong.

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Litratong Pinoy#125 Ala-ala (Memories)

Do you still remember when you were young? You have no fear and with almost endless energy. Run there, jump here. You may stumble and get hurt but as long as you're having fun, you cannot feel tired and you cannot feel the pain. But, as you grow older you have more things to fear about. You can feel more pain in your body. So, you promised yourself that as long as you're still young and as long as you can, you will make good memories that would make you smile when you grow old.

Can I still jump in the water like this..I can! Get the ambulance first....

Naalala mo pa ba noong bata ka pa? Wala kang takot at halos walang kapaguran. Takbo dito, talon doon. Madapa man basta lang ba masaya, hindi ramdam ang sakit at pagod. Pero, habang tumatanda mas marami na ang kinatatakutan mo. Marami na ring sakit na ipinapahiwatig ang iyong katawan. Kaya, sabi mo sa sarili mo habang bata pa at habang kaya mo pa, gagawa ka ng maraming magagandang alaala na magpapangiti sa iyo sa iyong katandaan.

Kaya ko pa ba kayang tumalon ng ganito sa dagat? Kaya! Tawagin muna ang ambulansya...



Outdoor Wednesday#21 No Matter How You Pose


No matter how you pose behind the camera, it is what's infront of the camera that is the most important.

Taken at the Sta. Ana Wharf during our first sunrise photoshoot last February 5.

This is my entry for Outdoor Wednesday.


Death Of A General

I got this message today a few hours after the suicide-death of beleaguered general Angelo Reyes. Apparently, he shot himself on the chest right in front the graves of his deceased parents. Here it is...

"It s much more worthy 4 us 8 mourn who died in the battlefld swimming n d dirts wyl being shot by the rebels using govt ammos and firearms rather dan those who enrich thmslvs frm govt funds n took der own lives bcoz of unbearable shame dat he/she ws 2 proud of himself dat he would rather dan 2 unveil d truth w/c will set us free frm the bondage of poverty..."

The former Secretary of Defense was the subject of Senate hearing regarding graft and corruption inside the military. Gen. Angelo Reyes was one of the generals and among others who were accused of allegedly receiving millions of money from the military budget which would've financed the needs of the soldiers.

It is saddening to hear about his death. He may have buckled under pressure from the scrutiny but if he had been a really good soldier, he could've gritted more and help shed light on the astounding millions of controversy that the military is embroiled right now.

For the remaining generals and among others who are involved in the said multi-million dollar controversy, may they be enlightened with wisdom in coming up to a right decision and may they have courage to face the consequences of what they may have or may have not done.

All these things also hold true to the powers behind the generals..the wives and the girlfriends.


Ruby Tuesday#86 Glow In The Dark

Fishing boats docked at the Sta. Ana Wharf at dawn. I was experimenting on long exposure shots which is why I got this glowing photo. For the real color shot of this photo, go here.

Davao City,Sta. Ana Wharf

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Manage Your Credit Cards

Once again, the false assurance of having a credit card made life for a friend more complicated. I told her to be careful with credit card purchases and she said, she can manage herself. For a time, she did well. But one day while window shopping in the mall, she found a supposedly good sale on the massage chair. Yes, it's cheaper if she can pay it in cash or zero interest installment. Both options were not available at that time because it can only be paid in 24 months installment. She went with it without considering the interest charges. I told her it would be expensive for her. The best way to do it is to save money for the massage chair or go for a shorter term. Nope, she didn't listen and bought the massage chair. I showed her the bank charges computations and she realized her mistake. Too late now.


The Sun's Out

We had an early morning shoot today and I'm just so glad to see the sun after a week or so of overcast skies. It's a good thing that when we scheduled our sunrise photoshoot, the weather cleared. yay!! I do hope this good weather continues tomorrow and the coming days. In the meantime, let me check if I were able to take some really good photos during our early meeting with the sun this morning.


PhotoHunt#125 Fashion

She was a princess and a fashion icon with a golden heart. When she died suddenly in a tragic car accident, Princess Diana's death were mourned by millions of people all over the world. She looked so real and still looking regal though at the Fisherman's Wharf Wax Museum in San Francisco, USA.

Princess,Princess Diana

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Litratong Pinoy#124 Kaarawan (Birthday)

My mother's birthday is still far but my constant prayer is that she'll have more birthdays to come. I also wish she'll always be healthy and stays happy.

Malayo pa ang kaarawan ng nanay ko pero lagi kong dasal na mas dumami pa ang kaarawan niya. Sana rin lagi siya nasa mabuting pangangatawan at laging masaya.


Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!!


Outdoor Wednesday#20 Buko Juice Vendor

This is the buko (young coconut) juice vendor. One of the many vendors in and around the public market. The buko juice is a good and nutritious way to cool down especially on hot, hot days.


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Change Is Good

Another batch of changes in my life is rolling off the press and I like it. Sure, the apprehensions are there but I am looking forward to anything that could make things better. Some people have been crying about the unfairness of it all but for me, they deserve what they got. Besides, things will be for the better in the long run.

Obama is insisting on the health care reform programs to get moving. He’s getting resistance from everywhere but still, a lot of his people are hoping that what he’s pursuing will come true. Nobody will know if all will come into fruition but what’s important is that he made people sit up straight from slouching for a long time; he made them look at things differently, he made them dream and hope; he made his people think of others. Already, that’s a good accomplishment.

One thing is for sure, change is inevitable. It can be good, it can get bad but what’s important is how you roll with it. Roll with the punches, so to speak. If you cannot accept change, you’ll die old and rotten.