All posts tagged: Jojie Alcantara

Koreans on voluntourism in Davao

A buzz word in the tourism industry, voluntourism has captured the interest of many travelers. It is the benefit of traveling which includes volunteering for a charitable cause. In recent years, volunteer vacations have grown in popularity. As many students, professionals and companies come and visit communities for social work, they also visit tourist destinations, as encouraged and promoted by the Department of Tourism. Sta. Cruz’s badjao community at the Apo beach recently benefitted from this program when Korean school Directors from Sunmoon University, Sooncheonhyang Univeristy and Ansan University came to visit the area. With partnership with I-way Global Partner Mr. Richard Lee, their main objective is to conduct community service by building school structures for Badjao children. The Badjao kids expressed difficulty in interacting with Visayan students and requested to have their own classroom. With the help of the Korean group, the gradeschoolers now have a classroom on stilts. The community of 600 residents received food packs and towels from the Korean group handed by Korean singer Actress Soy. Mr. Richard Lee, organizer of …

An interview on photography and Davao life

  PHWOW: When you hear the word Davao, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? ME: Happiness! I am very happy to be living here. I can’t imagine being based anywhere else. PHWOW: No. 1 reason why Davao is WOW? ME: It is the biggest city with a very big heart. People care about you here. It’s more provincial than metropolis in so many ways. We don’t ignore those who ask for directions. We extend more assistance than needed. Cab drivers give back change. We have time for small chats in between work, or while serving guests. People are not that impatient or in a hurry. I can’t say we’re still pretty laid back now that so much development is going on, but Dabawenyos are still amazed at opening up to new experiences. Imagine just having gotten Starbucks last year, and Imax and Krispy Kreme this year. PHWOW: Do you have any tips for travelers who visit Davao for the first time? ME: Don’t hesitate to ask around. The guy beside you may have …

San Pedro Street Night Market

San Pedro Street, Davao City © Jojie Alcantara 2013 Sunday is always a good day for bargain hunters, more so this March with the Araw ng Davao festivities in the air.  On Sunday evenings, San Pedro Street transforms into a festive delight for “ukay” shoppers as a sea of humanity crams the main street and turns it into a veritable night market extravaganza. This month of March, though, it’s a daily happening, causing more traffic, but the people don’t seem to mind. 🙂 * * * *   Tweet

The Art of Seeing (my street photography workshop series)

“THE ART OF SEEING” A one day street photography workshop series with Jojie Alcantara Davao City, Philippines “The question is not what you look at but what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau “Street photography is the most challenging form of discipline because it is spontaneous, unpredictable, and a reflection of lifestyle and culture, good and bad. The documentation of candid moments trains you to be a keen observer in life, sheds your inhibitions, teaches you to socialize better in your environment, and gives you faster motor reflexes. If practiced well, it turns your everyday snapshots of garden benches into memorable art. In 1997, street photography in Indonesia started my journey to photojournalism, eventually pushing me to explore portrait, landscape and travel which is part of the field I specialize in. Come take a walk with me for one day, as I share how I observe, compose and capture scenes around me. It will provide a fun and helpful training ground for you too.” (~Jojie A.) Jojie Alcantara is a writer and photographer who maintains …

My Mindanao: Photographs for Hope

MY MINDANAO: PHOTOGRAPHS FOR HOPE opens tomorrow, December 18, at the Sulawesi Function Room, ground floor of Marco Polo Davao, from 9am until 10 in the evening. This special one day exhibit is for a cause. In our years of experience as photojournalists we have been lucky to be traveling around to document wonderful places, people and culture, and publish them. We have collected many images that depict the beauty of our islands. We truly believe that Mindanao is blessed with people who care for its natural resources and preservation. But Nature has its own course, as well. Last year after Typhoon Sendong, through the help of friends and a workshop (“Shoot for Hope”), we were able to raise money and deliver relief goods to Cagayan de Oro and Iligan during the Christmas Season. This year we are trying to help raise awareness of the need to reach out more to remote, stricken areas hit by Pablo. We decided to donate forty (40) of our images. Some will be of Lumad portraits as well as …

Davao celebrates Kadayawan 2012

An excerpt from my article, Colors of Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2012 Photography © Jojie Alcantara I am lucky to have spanned a decade of covering Mindanao’s most colorful and biggest festival in the islands. Through my work in the media as a TV anchor, columnist and photographer, I have been able to document more than a bird’s eye view of the dazzling pomp and spectacle that is Davao’s Kadayawan Festival, which earned its prestige as one of the most beautiful ethnic celebrations in the country. With this year’s theme of “Ten Tribes, One Vibe”, the city has fully embraced the legacy of our ethnicity and diversity, while paying respects to the traditional rituals of our ancestors in thanksgiving to spirits who watch over our domain and the bounty of harvest that we are blessed to be receiving.   Kadayawan, from the dialect “madayaw” meaning well and good, is a celebration of the goodness and harmony in life. I share with you my photos from a lucky proximity and vantage perspective. If you find my festival …

Destination Mati: Travel Photography Workshop

(downloadable poster above) DESTINATION MATI: A TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP SERIES BY RHONSON NG AND JOJIE ALCANTARA (June 16-17, 2012) In photo: Dahican at Daybreak (Mati, Davao Oriental) Jojie Alcantara, May 2012 Dahican, the popular and most beautiful beach in my birthplace Mati, is an extended strip of stunning white beach lined with coconut trees, facing sparkling turquoise waters that ebb and flow wildly into the Pacific, inviting adventurous skimboarders to surf in glee. But there is more to Mati than sand and sea, and glorious island hopping. When I am in Mati, I always arrange for my early (4am) sunrise shoot, to capture early risers, and fishermen returning from their catch, while locals run to assist with the boat. Here, they are able to get free meals from the fisherman. In line with the coming PUJADA BAY FESTIVAL of Mati this June, we are announcing our travel photography workshop on June 16-17, which includes the sunrise shoot along Dahican. Limited slots only. Email matitourismoffice@yahoo.com or rhonson.ng@gmail.com. * * * * Tweet