I have worked with the Dornier/InFlight team for quite a while now and most of the time, the assignments had been really interesting much like the Cebu-Bohol “Escape Into the Wild” and the Laguna Lake Loop “Slice of Art” story. I like working mostly as a photographer with a team comprised of a writer and sometimes the art director as I’m more focused on shooting than interviewing for the story. For this five-day Bicol assignment with InFlight Traveller, I was with writer Monica de Leon and and Art Director Jocas See. We were accompanied by our guide, the Bicolano Man himself, Renato Jao. This assignment was pretty close to me as for the very long time (I think 10 years) I get to go back to my mom’s hometown which is Daraga, Albay. I used to spend summers here when I was a kid and I really like how the places has developed from what I remember. Also in this issue is a feature on one of my favorite resorts in Palawan, Qi Palawan. Check out the spreads below and hopefully you get a copy at the nearest bookstores like Fully Booked and National Bookstore.
The guys at InFlight Traveller always seems to stretch and challenge my capabilities in capturing out of the ordinary stories. In my recent assignment, I had to document paddling adventures from kayaks or stand-up paddle boards. That means getting wet, risking my camera to the sea and hell we had to cross a couple of sea channels in one instance. Then there’s the thing about shooting fireflies in a full moon which proved quite tricky but hey it’s much better than shoot ghost stories which I did before with them. Couldn’t have done it without our awesome guide Buzzy Budlong of IslandBuzz Philippines. Feature is written by Oggie Ramos. It was one of the most fun assignments I did. The issue should hit the newsstands by now at your friendly neighbourhood bookstores. In the meantime, check out the spreads here.