Camp John Hay remains to be one of my favorite places in Baguio. Relatively away from the noise of the city, one can just sit back and enjoy the cold breeze of the Philippines’ summer capital.
Last 2013, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea held a video contest that had the theme “My Best/Favorite Korean Friend/Food is…” Fortunately for me, my Korean best friend Oh Hyun lives in Manila so I convinced him to join the contest. He was very eager about it because the grand prize was a Korean car.
I immediately contacted my 2 Filipino friends (hello, Jeb & Jojie!) from Crevin Media, a small but rising production company that makes awesome videos mostly for weddings (but they cater to other kinds of projects as well so go ahead, inquire about their services.) The requirement for the contest was a 3-minute video only but we had to do a whole day shoot around Manila, Tagaytay, and Laguna.
The study scene shot in Tootsie’s, Tagaytay. Heirloom Filipino dishes await if you dine in here.
Football scene in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Fortunately, there weren’t that much people that day but it rained so hard 10 or 15 minutes after we arrived.
Dinner scene in Manna Korean Garden Restaurant, Poblacion, Makati. Definitely one of the best Korean restos I’ve tried in Metro Manila.
We waited for 4 months and finally, November 2013, the announcement was made (official article HERE.) We didn’t win the car but we still got a Bronze recognition for our efforts. Not bad considering there were 464 entries from different countries around the world!
I attended the awarding ceremony in Arirang TV’s studio in Seoul, Korea last December 5, 2013. It was a memorable experience for me since it was my first time to appear in a Korean broadcasting program and I somehow got to represent the Philippines in an international platform.
Oh Hyun and I would like to thank our families and friends who supported us along the way. It’s definitely one of the best memories in our friendship so we’re very grateful that we’ve reached this far.
If you haven’t watched the video, here it is. Load it in HD quality. It’s much much much better. 감사합니다.
My Korean friend took me to Hwangryeong Mountain (황령산) by car. We arrived around 6PM and as the sky darkened, lights from various areas gradually illuminated Busan. Good thing I brought my tripod to make a long exposure for this night shot.
Most people think Taal Volcano is that relatively high land formation on the right side of this picture. That’s Binintiang Malaki. The crater is found in the middle, usually not visible if you’re viewing from Tagaytay. I’ve trekked it twice; one for a school field trip and the other time with my friends.
Even Garfield is having a tough time earning money these days.
It was June 2009 when I had my first ever professional work as a photographer. I got a random call from a friend if I wanted to work as a behind-the-scenes photographer for a lifestyle TV show. The moment she said that the host was Heart Evangelista, I gave a resounding YES as an answer. I was excited for two reasons: 1) I’ve never worked for TV before, and 2) Heart was my crush every since I was young. Obviously, I was filled with nervousness during my first taping day with her.
I’ve always had this notion that TV personalities are the complete opposite behind the camera, but Heart was very down to earth and easy to work with. I’ve never had a problem asking her to pose or candidly shooting in her periphery.
Fashionistas By Heart was a TV show by QTV that focused on fashion and anything interesting to young women. Every episode, Heart explored different looks and it was my job to magnificently capture her in these outfits.
The stint may be over but Heart and I still get to work occasionally on some TV shows. Moreover, this opened various photography-related opportunities for me in GMA. I’ll truly be grateful to the people who believed in me even if I was a newbie back then. (Thanks Virna & Ate Irene!)
I first went to Busan winter of 2010. Korea’s most popular beach, Haeundae (해운대), was almost deserted that time. With the ocean’s freezing temperature, no one was crazy enough to take a plunge. In August 2012, this photo won in a contest by the Korea Tourism Organization. As part of my prize, they used my photo as the Facebook page’s cover photo for a month. Actual cover photo HERE.
That’s Taipei 101’s shadow. This was taken around 4 or 5PM but I guess for the smaller buildings out there, it probably feels like night time already. I’m acrophobic by the way so taking this photo FROM THE 89TH FLOOR and going near the glass window was very nerve-racking for me.
Calatagan, Batangas is a 4-to-5-hour drive from Manila. (Well, it should have been faster if my friend, who was driving, didn’t get lost on the road.) This bamboo raft was the perfect dining table and the best front row seat to witness the sunset.