Category: Travel and Culture

Jacob Maentz’s the Forgotten Ten Photo Exhibit

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Jacob Maentz and his “Forgotten Ten” exhibit

I have been following Jacob Maentz‘s work at his website/blog at www.jacobimages.com for a few years now. It always amazes me how it could take a foreigner to truly appreciate the significance of our indigenous people’s culture and he does this with keen observing eyes and moving images captured in sincere perspective and beautiful light. Jacob is not the usual tourist who would go to a place only for a few days and take pictures. His Peace Corps background in the country has helped him learn to blend in and become part of a community. Jacob would usually stay for weeks with a community of indigenous people, live with them and more often befriend them. What results are stunning captures of these people’s lives from a vision of an insider. In his first solo exhibit Forgotten Ten , Jacob shares his work spanning a year and a half of documenting the indigenous people of the country (from the Mangyan, Agta, Tagbanua, Kalinga and more) which makes up about 10-20% of the country’s population, hence the title of the exhibit.

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CEB Smile | Siquijor’s Bewitching Spell Photos

A page of my Siquijor images
A page of my Siquijor images
A page of my Siquijor images

Yes I miss Siquijor. It’s one of the first few islands I visited in the Visayas region and until now I yearn to go back and be enchanted again. For the meantime, check out some of my photos on the November 2013 issue of Cebu Pacific’s Smile Magazine inflight. Just looking at those photos makes me want to go back and see what has changed throughout the years.

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Calaguas Islands Tops Isla Lipana’s Philippine Gems Top 10

View of Mahabang Buhangin Beach in Calaguas Islands
View of Mahabang Buhangin Beach in Calaguas Islands
View of Mahabang Buhangin Beach in Calaguas Islands

Beginning with an initial list of 175 upcoming and on the rise tourism destinations in the Philippines, the list was shortlisted by the screening committee to 25. To determine the top 10, Philippine Gems opened at least a month’s long public voting. After 80,000 unique votes the top 10 tourism gems were unveiled last Thursday with Calaguas Islands in Camarines Norte emerged on the top. Find out the rest of the top 10 after the break.

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Dispatch | Romi Garduce’s Book Launch for Akyat!

Romi Garduce and his book "Akyat!"
Romi Garduce and his book "Akyat!"
Romi Garduce and his book “Akyat!”

It was back in 2006 when I first met Romi Garduce when we did a feature on him after his climb to the 8000-meter high Mt Cho-Oyu. He was already making waves then to the mountaineering community for his announced attempt to climb Mt Everest, which at that time, no Filipino has ever done before. He was simple, unassuming and with the occasional witty remarks. Seven years later, after climbing the world’s 7 Summits including Mt Everest, being part of the TV Show Born to Be Wild and other slew of accomplishments, he still feels the same, unpretentious with some witty remarks here and there. Adding another glory to his cap is the launch of his book “Akyat! A Filipino’s Journey to the Seven Summits” (which means Climb! in English) which tells his story of his journey to the Seven Summits which includes the behind the scenes challenges he had to face.

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Dispatch | The 24th Philippine Travel Mart Kicks Off

Philippine Airlines and Tiger Airways booths
Philippine Airlines and Tiger Airways booths
Philippine Airlines and Tiger Airways booths at the 24th PTM

Today, the Philippine Travel Mart, now on its record breaking 24th year kicks off. The trade show will run until the weekend, Sept 8, 2013 Sunday at the SMX Convention grounds, Mall of Asia. Went there earlier to see the 350 exhibitors and look for great deals. I especially liked connecting with some of the region’s tourism representatives, the hotels and most especially the airlines with their sweet deals. PAL, CEB, ZestAir/AirAsia, SkyJet, Seair and Skyjet are present with their respective booths. They got really good deals on flights not just on future flights but immediate ones as well. Do visit if you like deals on anything travel related.

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CEB Smile | Weave a Lot to Learn Article Photos

Opening spread of the Lake Sebu Story

Opening spread of the Lake Sebu Story

Lake Sebu is one of my favorite places in Mindanao and is one of my early explorations in the area. The Tboli people and their weaving are featured in the month’s Cebu Pacific Air’s Smile Magazine. The story “Weave a Lot to Learn” tackles on the Tboli Dreamweavers. Also featured on the story are some of my images, from the opening spread to the next two pages. You can read the online version of the story at the CebuSmile website.

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