I took this shot while riding a trolley / padyak coming from Pureza to Pandacan. Just like the sitcom series of the late King of Comedy, the photo shows the lives of the family living alongside the railroad tracks. I am very familiar with this kind of situation because I studied college in Polytechnic University of the Philippines. The main entrance of our campus is just few meters away from the tracks. I also have a friend who lives near the tracks, I actually experienced how their house shakes every time train passes by.

For me, it is not important what kind of house where you live in as long you as long as the family loves each other well and have a positive outlook on life.

Where and When: Sta. Mesa, Manila – June 14, 2009
Gears: Nikon D80 + Nikkor 18-70mm + CPL filter
Settings: 18mm, 1/80 secs, f8, ISO 100


Siquijor is a small island province in Central Visayas Region, surrounded by Negros, Cebu and Bohol. Once a part of Bohol and then Negros Occidental, Siquijor didn’t become an independent province until 1971. It is the smallest of all Central Visayas provinces and the third smallest in the country.

Siquijor is subdivided into 6 municipalities namely; Siquijor, Larena, Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi and San Juan.  Its capital is also Siquijor where the main port is located.

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I just did my 8th Mt. Pulag climb since I started this hobby 10 years ago. I led a team of 15 adventurous spirits composed of my  friends and officemates. We choose the easiest trail to trek the mountain, Ambangeg, since 11 out of the 15 in the group are Pulag first timers.  Honestly, I don’t like trekking via the Ambangeg Route since I find it tiring during the summit assault. I prefer Akiki Trail, though more difficult and longer day to ascend, the views here are more spectacular and the camp site is near the summit.

The itinerary I made for the climb was properly executed, we were actually way ahead of the estimated time for everything, especially our time of arrival in the camp site. I was actually shocked that we were that fast considering that majority in the group were Pulag first timers. After setting up our tents and ate heavy dinner, we settled early for the 3:30 am summit assault the next day. Photographers in the group have a different plan, waking up earlier than the wake up call so we can shoot star trails.  At around 1:15am, I was awakened by the sound outside our tent. Few minutes later, I heard someone calling me, “Bai! Ang liwanag ng langit.”  I peeked outside my tent and saw the Milky Way. I didn’t think twice, I immediately grabbed my photography gears and went outside to shoot.  I didn’t mind the cold temperature, it is a good photography subject that matters all.

Where and When: Mt. Pulag – June 9, 2013
Gears: Nikon D7000 + Tokina 12-24mm
Settings: 12mm, 30 secs, f4, ISO 5000


One of my favorite activity is watching sunset, and to do it at the tallest building in Ortigas is simply spectacular. Maybe I was just lucky to have a friend who’s father is working as an executive in that building. He invited me for a quick photo session before he leaves for abroad. Though we already secured a permit, there are still some circumstances that our shoot might not push thru like rain and strong winds.

I can say that I will do everything not to miss any good photo opportunity like this.  Why? At the office,  I filed an under time, I pretended that I am very sick and need to see a doctor for check-up. They didn’t know that the doctor is my camera and this beautiful view.

Where and When: Ortigas – February 16, 2010
Gears: Nikon D80 + Nikkor 18-70mm + GND Filter
Settings: 18mm, 1 sec, f11, ISO 100


Whenever I feel my photography skills gets rusty because I haven’t touch my camera for a long time, I go out with my camera for a walk along Roxas Boulevard.  I just shoot whatever subject that capture(s) my eyes. No high expectation that there will be beautiful sunset since it always disappoint me if there is none.

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