Category: Projects

Now Onboard: Seair Inflight Oct-Nov 2009

Seair Inclight Oct-Nov Cover
Seair Inclight Oct-Nov Cover

We’re on the last quarter of the year and things have been happening pretty fast. Seair Inflight’s October-November 2009 edition revisits the wonders of Baguio, explored the paranormal places in the Philippines and gives account to first time Open Water diver in Boracay. Again, I was lucky enough to be able to grace and contribute to the pages of the magazine for the Baguio features. Check them out when you fly Seair anytime soon. Check out the editorial note below.

Issue Contents:
As a child I sometimes spent holidays with my mother in my aunt’s farmhouse in Antique, on the west coast of Panay Island, just a few hours away from Iloilo and Caticlan.

I remember the house had a huge kitchen, a stone oven, and an equally huge wooden table where my 12 cousins and I had our meals away from the adults, who dined in a separate grown-up room.

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Discover Coffee Origins at Greenbelt 3 and 5

My Photos at Coffee Origins Booth (Miag-ao, Silay and Lake Sebu)
My Photos at Coffee Origins Booth (Miag-ao, Silay and Lake Sebu)

For all the coffee lovers out there the Philippines Coffee Board is celebrating the Coffee Month of October with Coffee Origins, the celebration of the best of Philippines Coffee in Greenbelt 3 (lobby) and 5 (bridgeway). The event booths will be up there from October 13 – 26. There will be samples from different roasters and processors, small towns and private farms.

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On Assignment: Semi-Glamor Shoot in Batanes

A semi-glamor shoot in Batanes
A semi-glamor shoot in Batanes

I must admit, I rarely shoot glamor. I’m not that intimidated really to shoot glamor as its a strategic combination of light and location. But when you add a concept like “Fishing” into “Fashion” that’s when everything goes a bit haywire. Admittedly that’s a challenging concept for me, especially when the location is rugged Batanes.  C’mon it’s a bit easy to do location shoots and just let the model pose in but add in fishing?

The Concept
Good thing Seair Inflight Art Director Jocas had some pegs to help out. Otherwise I had these crazy ideas of just doing a creative shoot of lady emerging from the water or a dyesebel (mermaid) on the rocks or a rogue Ivatan toughly carrying an 8pound amberjack on one hand while wearing a pretty dress and smiling on a camera. But no we didn’t do something as drastic as that. We just need a nice fishing setting, a model and the beautiful back drop of Batanes.
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Project: A Primer on Forest and Climate Change

Cover for the Primer Klima at Kagubatan: Ang Pagbabago ng Panahon
Primer Cover Klima at Kagubatan: Ang Pagbabago ng Panahon

One of the projects I consider really worthwhile doing recently was to shoot images for an environmental Non-Government Organization (NGO). Nature and environment means so much to me that if there is any advocacy I would really support firsthand, it’s Nature, Wildlife and Environmental conservation. That’s why I was excited to take up this project from groups like Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), and Non-Timber Forest Product (NTFP).

My task for this project was to document how carbon trading measurements are done at the forest of Imugan, Nueva Vizcaya and how the town use their natural resources to produce organic products and goods to sell for their livelihood. The forest of Imugan in Nueva Vizcaya which is under the Kalahan Ancestral Domain is the first one in the country to implement the methods of REDD (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) and are involved in Carbon Trading

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On Assignment: Being a writer and a photographer in Mindoro

Secrets of Mindoro text and photography by Ferdz Decena
Secrets of Mindoro text and photography by Ferdz Decena

I have been on assignment in Mindoro twice for two different publications. The first one when I covered an Iraya Mangyan Festival and a resort in Oriental Mindoro. The most recent one was for Mabuhay Magazine when I went to Occidental Mindoro to discover its secrets. This was published last June 2009 Issue. On both occasions I went there both as a writer and a photographer.

With one hand on the camera and the other on a pen and notebook, I went around Mindoro to capture a story. Personally, I would prefer to be either a writer or a photographer. But I have seen a good mix of photographer and writers who does a great job at their work  in the likes of Lester Ledesma. I also heard from a friend in the publication industry saying that the prestigious Outside Magazine, one my favorite outdoor and travel mags is known to hire people who could both write and take photos. In my experience, working as both has advantages and advantages.

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On Assignment: Into the Mist

The City lights of Baguio under the mist
The City lights of Baguio under the mist

I just got back on a 4 day Photo Assignment this morning from Baguio. It was a jam packed 4 days into the Cordilleras but it was really interesting. I actually like this assignment as the story is in line to one of my interest. As usual, I can’t divulge anything until the issue comes out but it I’m really excited on how the writer would treat this story.

It was raining most of the time in the afternoon but I love the hanging mist there as it adds to the mood of the shots. I already miss the cool weather and the mist. Usually I just visit Baguio in transit but after this assignment, I may explore further.