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Daragang Cuyunon 2014, Sibaltan, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan, Photography By May 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

It was a nearly cloudless day in Sibaltan. We left the Tourism Office in El Nido town at half past eight in the morning, Lia and I, on the motorbike that Almer was driving and took nearly 2 hours to get there. Nearly two hours of a few kilometers of paved road, and then dusty, rough road the rest of the way all the way to Sibaltan.

We arrived to find ten lovely girls all dressed and made up for the shoot for Daragang Cuyunon (Miss Cuyunon) 2014.

Miss Cuyunon 2014

Here are the photos:


Photos by Mario Wong and Make-up by E.J. Litiatco

Personal, Photography By May 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 3 Comments

I model for friends once in a while. My make-up artist, E.J. Belen-Litiatco, was doing her new portfolio and the shoot fell on a date when I myself happened to be in Manila. I am seldom in Manila but on the scheduled day of the shoot, I was.

I love E.J. We first met in 2006. She did the make-up for my wedding and the make-up for a number of my friends’ weddings thereafter.

We did a portfolio shoot in 2008. This shoot was done in November 2013. It took a while for me to post about this and I even hesitated. In the end, I decided to blog about it so I can promote her talent as a make-up artist as well as the photographer’s, Mario Wong.

This is the photo I like best.

Make-up by E.J. Litiatco (Portfolio Shoot)

Here are the other edits sent by the photographer, Mario Wong.


Summer Isn’t Over Until We Say It’s Over – Moalboal, Cebu

Cebu, Entrepreneurship, Photography By May 27, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

On my backpacking trip from Bacolod to Dumaguete to Oslob and off to Cebu City to catch a flight going back to Manila, I decided to drop by Moalboal. A friend, who lives in Cebu, decided to join me, saying, he has not gone to the beach the entire summer. So I say, “Summer isn’t over until we say it’s over,” and I then involve him in this impromptu shoot of a knitted maillot that I have recently acquired for Kikayism.

And these are what we came up with. We did not use any reflectors here or anything, just whatever sunshine was available. And these were shot with a Nikon D80. And this was also completely unplanned.


Digital Photographer Philippines 7th Anniversary – May 4, 2013

Photography By April 26, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Spread it like a virus.. The biggest FREE photography event in the country is happening on May 4! Lectures and live shoots from the best filipino photographers, great raffle items, awesome exhibit, booze, and everything nice.. Save the date and share to all your friends. Leggo!

For more information, visit the following websites:
Facebook: DPP Magazine


Travel Tidbits: Ferry from Cebu to Tagbilaran

Bohol, Cebu By April 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Coming from Bantayan Island, I took the bus from the port of Hagnaya to Cebu City and a cab from the Cebu North Bus Terminal to the port of Cebu to catch the 15:35 Ocean Jet ferry bound for Tagbilaran.

Fare was supposedly Php800 for both Open Air and Tourist/Airconditioned classes, as indicated on the website, but paid P500 (plus Php20 for the terminal fee) because there was an ongoing promo. How lucky!

*Click here for Ocean Jet fares and ticket info for their other destinations like Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Iloilo, Jagna, Siquijor.

The issued tickets have seat assignments but they really let passengers sit anywhere they like as long as the seat is empty. I dislike being in the airconditioned areas of ferries because to be honest, much as I love boats, and I travel a lot, I have motion sickness. I have always had motion sickness. So much so that I never took fun rides. I have never been to Enchanted Kingdom! Only because I would not be able to do anything there. I always booked the top deck of the Super Ferry or Negros Navigation too. So on this ferry from Cebu to Tagbilaran, I took a seat, the best one actually, on the Open Air part of the ferry, with a direct view of the entire back part of the boat. And these are what I got because of that.

Travel Tidbits: Ocean Jet Ferry Cebu to Tagbilaran

I don’t know what I was passing by but I took photos anyway.

Travel Tidbits: Ocean Jet Ferry Cebu to Tagbilaran

Travel Tidbits: Ocean Jet Ferry Cebu to Tagbilaran


Waiting for the Sun to Set – At Stunning Vistas, Corong-Corong, El Nido, Palawan

Life in El Nido, Palawan By March 25, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

I love riding my bike in El Nido. On one January afternoon, I concluded my ride by having a glass of shake and some food at Stunning Vistas Beach Resort in Corong-Corong and happened to have caught this. <3 

Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan

Stunning Vistas Beach Resort
Lugadia, Corong-Corong, 5313 El Nido, Palawan
Contact numbers: +639217515783 or +639995660888

If you are looking for more accommodations in El Nido, here is the link to the most updated list of accommodations, with contact numbers, links and a map. Click HERE.


Photography Journey: Early 2013

Musings, Photography By March 13, 2013 Tags: , , , No Comments

I said, “Welcome back to me, Photoshop. Long time no everything,” because it is only now, in the past three months, that I have opened this application to work on my photos. So long that I have, I believe, forgotten how to use it.

If you notice, I have a new watermark, and I am trying to do justice to it by putting it on photos that I am proud of myself and amusing myself with its placement every time.

If there are some differences in the ways I process my photos now, I have the following to thank for:

1. Mark Terence Sy – for the mentorship and the workshop last December where I learned a few camera tricks and tips, as well as how to use Adobe Bridge in some ways, among other things, of course.

2. My workshop classmates who basically taught me the existence of some, as well as how to use, awesome Adobe Photoshop plug-ins. I have not mastered them as I have not been sitting long enough in front of my laptop in the past months to effectively learn anything.

3. Some cheap filters that I acquired in November 2012 that I have also not mastered enough but yes, I will get there, that because they are cheap and I do not know anything, have also taught me how to use my camera in such a way that I shoot with the knowledge that I will crop the vignetted edges.

4. Some people and experiences to draw inspiration from. Not to mention infographics brought to me daily by my fantabulous Facebook feed.


A Look into: Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union

La Union, Photography By March 12, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

I am almost always obsessive-compulsive with the way I post my photos and blogs, making them as chronological as possible, but if I have to be such at this point, I believe I will never be able to get back on track on this blog. There are just too many photos to wade through and too many stories to process.

I was in Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union last January 26th to attend the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit organized and spearheaded by Janette Toral of Digital Filipino. As I am still writing the blog on it, yes I know, nearly two months later, I will post the photos of the resort first, because I, in my eagerness to use my new watermark, decided to spend hours picking up my post processing knowledge. Believe me, it had been all over the floor.

As participants of the summit, we were given the chance to tour the resort. And as one of the last participants to actually leave, and to be honest I suppose, the most persistent, I, together with my newfound friends from Team SpyderFrancis Romero and Aris Suarez, was given the chance to take a tour of one of the villas.

Thunderbird Resorts in Poro Point is beautiful and the photos speak for themselves. I was also at the same summit in Thunderbird Resorts in Binangonan, Rizal, a week later and I have to say that I found the mountain resort more breathtaking than the one in La Union. Sadly though, there would be no photos like these because I. forgot. my. camera. at. home that day.

Much thanks to Thunderbird Resorts, the staff, most especially Joma Giron, for the generous accommodations at the resort, and Digital Filipino, for holding the summit in La Union. This is just one of the reasons why I think the summit was awesome.


Overlooking the sea:

Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union

Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union In color, click here.

Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union

Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union

Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union

Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union