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I went to the province of Camarines Sur to attend the birthday celebration of my friend. For 4 days, my home was Camsur Watersports Complex (or CWC for short). I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy because I’m not sporty in general but the facility can be a playground for a photographer like me.
Sunrise in CWC. I love how Mt. Isarog reflects on the lake.
Wooden cabins. Fully equipped with air conditioning & hot/cold shower.
You can order food 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the clubhouse. No kidding. Food delivery to your cabin is also possible. The dishes are delicious and reasonably priced.
Many foreigners stay here for a long time because wakeboarding is insanely cheap compared to other facilities in the world. They have full day (PHP750), half day (PHP460), and hourly (PHP165) rates depending how long you want to glide on water. The prices already include the vest and helmet rental. Since I was a beginner, I paid for 2 hours on my first day and I really had a blast! For a non-sporty guy like me, I never thought I would be able to stand and cover a remarkable distance. But of course, I wasn’t like these pros in my blog post. They’re the daredevils of the lake!
Not into wakeboarding? No problem. CWC has adult and kiddie swimming pools, a massage area, a running/jogging track and a whole lot more. There’s even a club (with a live DJ playing your favorite songs) if you want to dance and get tipsy! Nature trips to the province’s pristine beaches & breathtaking waterfalls can also be arranged in the resort.
To know more about CWC’s promos and packages, here are the social media accounts to follow:
Don’t forget to also like the province’s official Tourism page Visit Camsur: https://www.facebook.com/VisitCamsur/
One of the 7,107 islands of the Philippines. This was taken during my flight to Davao. No idea what island is this.
If I remember it right, this was the first time I used a 50mm f/1.8 lens. My French friend Edouard happened to be an exchange student at an institute in Makati and I was able to convince him to go to the shabby streets of Binondo to have him as my practice model. We used an old rooftop as our playground.
When I first heard the project of Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar years ago, I was apprehensive with the idea of moving Filipino-Spanish mansions from their original locations. But then, with the lack of government support of preserving historical sites and buildings, something has to be done at the very least to save our heritage. And what they did is marvelous. It really feels like you’ve been time-warped during the Spanish regime.
Recreating the houses was not an easy task. They either requested or bought some of the actual pieces from the old heritage houses that were being torn down or neglected. They relied on old photos to achieve that authentic appearance. Currently, there are more than 20 houses in the resort and there are still some that are being constructed.
You don’t have to check in to get inside the resort. A guided tour for walk-ins is available if you just want to spend a day. The history of each house will be briefly explained and then you’re free to roam around and take pictures. Just a tip: It’s better to call their office in advance if they will have a big tour group coming in that day. Luckily for me and my friend, when we arrived in the morning, we were the only guests until 5 buses full of foreigners arrived at 2PM. Good thing we were finished enjoying the place already.
How to get here (from Manila):
Just do everything backwards to return to Manila.
For more information, visit their website: www.lascasasfilipinas.com
No, this is not a scene from a Korean TV series. Seoul’s five grand palaces have guards dressed up like they were time-warped from the Joseon Dynasty. If my memory is correct, this one’s from Deoksugung (덕수궁). Get off at City Hall Station and go out at Exit 2. This palace is closed every Monday.
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!)