Category: Lifestyle

Art Valdez rebuilds the ancient Balangay and sets it for voyage

Art Valdez at the front of the Balangay
Art Valdez at the front of the Balangay

I have always wondered what it’s like for our ancestors to travel through open waters. The ancient Filipinos are originally seafaring people and proof of this is the discovery of an age old Balangay sea vessel excavated in Butuan dating as far back as 320 AD. And when I heard that someone rebuilt a Balangay in Manila, crafted by the Bajaus of Sibutu and Sitangkay of Tawt-tawi using methods originally done during the 14th century, I just had to see this.

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Call for Submission: Philippine’s Hidden Gem

Got some breathtaking shots of some less familiar but stunning locale in the Philippines? SEAIR InFlight Magazine is looking for those photos and if you’ve got something to share, do send them in and get a chance to have it published. Seair Inflight Magazine is personally one of the best designed with solid content magazine done locally. So it’s a nice platform to expose your work. Check out the details:

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Ironwulf.net GO! Powered by Smart Sandbox

Ironwulf.net: GO! now on mobile
Ironwulf.net: GO! now on mobile

Go now and point your mobile browsers to http://go.ironwulf.net and you’ll find yourself on the mobile version of Ironwulf.net which I call Ironwulf.net: GO!. It’s basically a Mobsite (Mobile Site) which you can publish feeds from your blog sites whether it’s wordpress or blogger generated, show your more recent uploads on flickr, add a form so people can send you emails through their mobiles and other stuffs. I know most mobile devices now can browse web sites but the benefit I see on this one is that it’s a simple summary of your content, a quick contact page and compatibility to most mobile browsers out there. This is basically one of the things I like on the new Smart Sandbox.

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The Sketchy Details of the Sketching Backpacker

Backpacking nine countries for 50,000 pesos is the bold marketing claim of the most recent book by Robert Alejandro entitled “The Sketching Backpacker “. Published by ROX (Recreational Outdoor Exchange) Philippines, the book aims to entice local backpackers to do a circuit around South East Asia and some parts of China on a measly budget. Being a long time fan of Robert Alejandro’s graphical works, I was excited about this book, but does it deliver as it was purported to do?

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Ferdzdecena.com relaunched

It’s been almost a year since I launched this personal website. I first named the site as lightscape.net but after a while thought that it’s another branding and identity issue I have to work again on so why not bank on my own name instead, even how little known it may be? I changed the url but retained the design and content of the site. Now, I think it’s about time I refined this site to serve a much bigger and professional purpose. Not only adding a portfolio but a blog as well. I was intending to relaunch the site last Easter but had to attend to business matters first. But as they say, it’s better late than never. So I welcome you to the relaunch of ferdzdecena.com

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