Category: Writing

Dipolog and Dapitan at Mabuhay Magazine January 2012 Issue

Mabuhay Magazine January 2012 Finding Rizal Spread
Mabuhay Magazine January 2012 Finding Rizal Spread
Mabuhay Magazine January 2012 Finding Rizal Spread

Mabuhay is probably the longest running Travel and Lifestyle Magazine in the Philippines. Now the inflight magazine is no longer confined inside the business class cabins on local flights or in the international flights of Philipine Airlines since last month as they have already gone commercial with the magazine now available at the stands. The January 2012 is a jam-packed 152 page with features on Beijing and Shanghai, interview with Robin Esrock and a section on “How to shoot festivals” especially on this month of festivities. I also contributed a story with photos about Dipolog and Dapitan on “Finding Rizal” from my last visit there in 2011. Check it out when your onboard or at the bookstores and magazine stands.

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Now Onboard: Seair Inflight June-July 2010

Inflight June July Ins and outs
Inflight June July Ins and outs

Taking Photos and writing the stories has been the theme on my published works lately. In the latest issue of Seair Inflight, June-July 2010, I was able to contribute 3 features: El Nido’s Ins & Outs Guide, Le Bistro Vert’s Indulge feature and a report on Mandala Spa’s TREEtment project for InTune. While the latter was a bit impromptu, I welcomed the task. Besides it’ll help in improving my writing. This June-July 2010 is the Green Issue where we focus on the environment and anything organic. Features story on Hacienda San Benito, a focus on 3 eco-resorts, a guide to the natural wonders and an interview with Chin-chin Guiterrez. Check out my contribution pages.

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Onboard: Mindoro and Zamboanga in PAL’s Mabuhay May 2010

Mabuhay May 2010 Contributor
Mabuhay May 2010 Contributor (My photo by Araceli)

It’s time again I do both the writing and photography chores on assignment in PAL’s Mabuhay Magazine May 2010 issue. And it’s great that it’s on a familiar place in Mindoro which is San Jose. Last time I went there on assignment, I covered the islands, scenic beaches and also the cultural and indigenous aspects of the region. This time around I delved deeper into the country’s history as it celebrates its 100 years and discovered the significance of MacArthur’s “Second Landing” that led to the country’s liberation.

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Tips: How to Take Better Travel Photos

Article Published on One Philippines August 2009
Article Published on One Philippines August 2009

People have been asking for tips on how to get the most when taking photos during their travels. I’m sharing here and article I wrote for One Philippines, an entertainment and lifestyle newsmagazine for the millions of Overseas Filipino Workers and Pinoy migrants. It’s a general set of pointers both for point-and-shooters and new to DSLR cameras:

There’s nothing like summer to stir wanderlust. We go to exotic places, embark on adventures, sample great food, and most importantly, share moments with friends and family. And the camera has become our third eye, capturing these important events in our lives so when we return home, we get to re-live our experience and share them on Facebook or via email to our friends. But sometimes, when we finally scroll through our photographs, we see blurry shots, awful lighting, unrecognizable landmarks or plain-to-crappy pictures.

It can be frustrating, as we can’t take back the moments we remember vividly  but documented so badly. How to avoid vacationer’s remorse? Here are a few handy  tips to take better travel photos. Whether you’re a casual point-and-shooter or a beginner when it comes to handling that brand new DSLR or digital single-lens reflex camera, these tips may help you make your casual snaps into something as memorable and stunning as your actual experience.

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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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