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Daragang Cuyunon 2014, Sibaltan, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan, Photography By May 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

It was a nearly cloudless day in Sibaltan. We left the Tourism Office in El Nido town at half past eight in the morning, Lia and I, on the motorbike that Almer was driving and took nearly 2 hours to get there. Nearly two hours of a few kilometers of paved road, and then dusty, rough road the rest of the way all the way to Sibaltan.

We arrived to find ten lovely girls all dressed and made up for the shoot for Daragang Cuyunon (Miss Cuyunon) 2014.

Miss Cuyunon 2014

Here are the photos:

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Summer and Angku Through the Years

Personal, Photography By May 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

I was in Manila last week for my friend’s wedding. She and I have been friends since university and have been through all kinds of stuff! Like really, all kinds! 😛

This was taken at my bridal shower in 2006.

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And she was the on-the-day coordinator for my wedding.

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I move around a lot so we don’t get to see each other much. We make it a point to see each other when we can – in the few times I am in Manila each year.

This was taken outside of 70’s Bistro in Quezon City in 2012. This was the night she told me she was getting married.

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Photos by Mario Wong and Make-up by E.J. Litiatco

Personal, Photography By May 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

I model for friends once in a while. My make-up artist, E.J. Belen-Litiatco, was doing her new portfolio and the shoot fell on a date when I myself happened to be in Manila. I am seldom in Manila but on the scheduled day of the shoot, I was.

I love E.J. We first met in 2006. She did the make-up for my wedding and the make-up for a number of my friends’ weddings thereafter.

We did a portfolio shoot in 2008. This shoot was done in November 2013. It took a while for me to post about this and I even hesitated. In the end, I decided to blog about it so I can promote her talent as a make-up artist as well as the photographer’s, Mario Wong.

This is the photo I like best.

Make-up by E.J. Litiatco (Portfolio Shoot)

Here are the other edits sent by the photographer, Mario Wong.

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Throwback: Make-up by E.J. Litiatco

Friends and their Interests, Personal, Photography By May 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

I first met E.J. Litiatco in 2006. We did the trial make-up at her salon in Visayas Avenue.

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We had the pre-nup shoot after in the U.P. Diliman campus.

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E.J. did the make-up for my wedding in 2006. (And a number of my friends for their own weddings thereafter.)

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Summer Isn’t Over Until We Say It’s Over – Moalboal, Cebu

Cebu, Entrepreneurship, Photography By May 27, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

On my backpacking trip from Bacolod to Dumaguete to Oslob and off to Cebu City to catch a flight going back to Manila, I decided to drop by Moalboal. A friend, who lives in Cebu, decided to join me, saying, he has not gone to the beach the entire summer. So I say, “Summer isn’t over until we say it’s over,” and I then involve him in this impromptu shoot of a knitted maillot that I have recently acquired for Kikayism.

And these are what we came up with. We did not use any reflectors here or anything, just whatever sunshine was available. And these were shot with a Nikon D80. And this was also completely unplanned.

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Digital Photographer Philippines 7th Anniversary – May 4, 2013

Photography By April 26, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Spread it like a virus.. The biggest FREE photography event in the country is happening on May 4! Lectures and live shoots from the best filipino photographers, great raffle items, awesome exhibit, booze, and everything nice.. Save the date and share to all your friends. Leggo!

For more information, visit the following websites:
Facebook: DPP Magazine
Website: http://www.digitalphotographer.com.ph/

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Photography Journey: Early 2013

Musings, Photography By March 13, 2013 Tags: , , , No Comments

I said, “Welcome back to me, Photoshop. Long time no everything,” because it is only now, in the past three months, that I have opened this application to work on my photos. So long that I have, I believe, forgotten how to use it.

If you notice, I have a new watermark, and I am trying to do justice to it by putting it on photos that I am proud of myself and amusing myself with its placement every time.

If there are some differences in the ways I process my photos now, I have the following to thank for:

1. Mark Terence Sy – for the mentorship and the workshop last December where I learned a few camera tricks and tips, as well as how to use Adobe Bridge in some ways, among other things, of course.

2. My workshop classmates who basically taught me the existence of some, as well as how to use, awesome Adobe Photoshop plug-ins. I have not mastered them as I have not been sitting long enough in front of my laptop in the past months to effectively learn anything.

3. Some cheap filters that I acquired in November 2012 that I have also not mastered enough but yes, I will get there, that because they are cheap and I do not know anything, have also taught me how to use my camera in such a way that I shoot with the knowledge that I will crop the vignetted edges.

4. Some people and experiences to draw inspiration from. Not to mention infographics brought to me daily by my fantabulous Facebook feed.

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A Look into: Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union

La Union, Photography By March 12, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

I am almost always obsessive-compulsive with the way I post my photos and blogs, making them as chronological as possible, but if I have to be such at this point, I believe I will never be able to get back on track on this blog. There are just too many photos to wade through and too many stories to process.

I was in Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union last January 26th to attend the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit organized and spearheaded by Janette Toral of Digital Filipino. As I am still writing the blog on it, yes I know, nearly two months later, I will post the photos of the resort first, because I, in my eagerness to use my new watermark, decided to spend hours picking up my post processing knowledge. Believe me, it had been all over the floor.

As participants of the summit, we were given the chance to tour the resort. And as one of the last participants to actually leave, and to be honest I suppose, the most persistent, I, together with my newfound friends from Team SpyderFrancis Romero and Aris Suarez, was given the chance to take a tour of one of the villas.

Thunderbird Resorts in Poro Point is beautiful and the photos speak for themselves. I was also at the same summit in Thunderbird Resorts in Binangonan, Rizal, a week later and I have to say that I found the mountain resort more breathtaking than the one in La Union. Sadly though, there would be no photos like these because I. forgot. my. camera. at. home that day.

Much thanks to Thunderbird Resorts, the staff, most especially Joma Giron, for the generous accommodations at the resort, and Digital Filipino, for holding the summit in La Union. This is just one of the reasons why I think the summit was awesome.

 

Overlooking the sea:

Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union

Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union In color, click here.

Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union

Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union

Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union

Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union

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Lia and her Mama at Stonehouse Gardens

Camarines Sur, Family, MOMents, Photography By January 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Having finally decided that Lia and I will never come back to live in Bicol, we embarked on a road trip to haul all of our stuff back to Manila. We used to travel together every two weeks when Lia and I were both based in Bicol in 2011 but this was Lia’s first return trip to Bicol after leaving nearly ten months before. We allotted two out of the three-day long weekend for just driving the 900+ kilometers back and forth, and only one day to stay and roam around the area. This mainly meant having coffee at Starbucks Magsaysay, dropping by Bigg’s Diner and Red Platter, having kinalas and puto bucayo. Of course we could have done more but with the limited time, we had to prioritize the ones I missed the most.

I have always wanted to go up and visit Stonehouse Gardens, and because we had no plans of ever coming back, it was imperative that we go this time.

Finally.

We arrived a few minutes before four in the afternoon on the first Saturday of December. The sun was nearly at the horizon and behind the clump of trees by the fence. After refreshing ourselves with glasses of juice served by the resort and take-out food from Bigg’s Diner, we went on a walk around the place and took photos. The setting sun gave just the right light for what would become some of my favorite photos for the year 2012.

At Stonehouse Gardens Resort

At Stonehouse Gardens Resort

At Stonehouse Gardens Resort

At Stonehouse Gardens Resort

At Stonehouse Gardens Resort

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Stonehouse Gardens Resort, Naga City

Camarines Sur, Photography By December 31, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

One of the very first things I learned about when I first arrived in Naga last year was the existence of a semi-private mountain resort nestled in the foot of Mt. Isarog, Stonehouse Gardens Resort. I have vowed, and repeatedly tried in the course of many months, to get there, only to be stopped by typhoons, floods, time constraints and my general need to move about the country all the time. One December weekend though, we finally made it. And this was the result. A few hours of shoot time on a cloudy day while playing peek-a-boo with the setting sun.

Stonehouse Gardens, Panicuason, Naga City

Stonehouse Gardens, Panicuason, Naga City

Stonehouse Gardens, Panicuason, Naga City

Stonehouse Gardens, Panicuason, Naga City

Stonehouse Gardens, Panicuason, Naga City

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Le Souffle by Chef Jessie at Top of the Citi

Photography, Restaurants By December 13, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

A friend’s office Christmas party was held at Le Souffle by Chef Jessie at Top of the Citi on the 34th floor of the Citibank Tower in Makati last Friday and I went there to shoot it. They asked me to also take shots of the food, so I did, without really thinking that I was going to blog about it. But I kept coming back to these photos and making myself hungry that I thought, okay, I’m going to have to share this with other people, so they can get hungry with me. I love sweets. And these are just yummmmmy!

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie

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