I don’t know whether I should thank Aleah of Solitary Wanderer who tagged me at the 7 Super Shots game or detest her (just joking Aleah hehe). The challenge seemed easy enough at first glance; select seven of your best photos that would fit the seven themes of the game.
Well… Upon second thought, this is not really easy stuff after all. Considering I have 75,159 photos sitting on my hard drive (more than half of which I have really not yet processed), easy just got thrown out the window. It would be, as the cliché goes, like picking seven needles in a haystack.
But I want to do this, so off the top of my head here are my needles.
T A K E S M Y B R E A T H A W A Y
OCTOBER 20, 2011 | THE HIMALAYAS, CHINA
Photographed 32,000 feet over the Himalayas on my first and only trip out of the Philippines. Not wanting to miss anything, I was fighting off sleep while on board a jetliner to the Netherlands; sleep of course always wins. For some lucky reason, I woke up as we were passing the Himalayas and saw this awesome awesome view from the comfort of my airplane seat.
M A K E S M E D R E A M
OCTOBER 26, 2011 | THE HAGUE. THE NETHERLANDS
Taken on the last day of my European trip. That was actually me on the photo, I set up my tripod, ran like hell and photographed myself before going back to Manila. Winning this trip was actually something that was a complete and utter surprise for me. Never in my wildest dream that I’d be picked for On Assignment: Europe from over more than a hundred veteran travel photographers in the country and be shooting for the Lonely Planet. It’s a reminder that we shouldn’t stop dreaming and what seems insurmountable and impossible is possible if we put our minds to it.
M A K E S M E T H I N K
AUGUST 1, 2011 | BATAN, BATANES
The northernmost province of the country had always been one of my dream destinations. I was surprised to find that not only did Batanes possess beauty in its breathtaking windswept landscapes but also in its people. For one whole week, I felt nothing but good vibes from the Ivatans. Every single person we met on the road, young or old, whether they’re walking, riding a bike, an automobile or a motorcycle, they never failed to greet us. At first I thought that it was because we looked like tourists; cameras and all. But as I soon found that they also greet each other with the same warmth. Now that really made me think; why is this phenomenon limited to Batanes? Why can’t all Filipinos be like the Ivatans? There’s nothing to lose and everything to be gained if we just emulate their kindness.
M A K E S M E L A U G H O R S M I L E
OCTOBER 21, 2011 | THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS
I mean, do I even have to explain? :D
M A K E S M Y M O U T H W A T E R
FEBRUARY 14, 2012 | CASA ROCES, MANILA
My all-time favorite food are Longanisas. Unfortunately, I seem to have no good photos of them; most probably because I’m always too excited to eat them and remember to photograph after only everything has been consumed. But my second most favorite food is Crispy Binagoongans; which I have a good photo of. Taken from the Casa Roses restaurant somewhere in the vicinity of Malacanang; it may not be the best Crispy Binagoongan I’d had (that would be from Lola Idang’s) but this is definitely the most hugest one; and surprise, they’re actually good too!
T E L L S A S T O R Y
JANUARY 18, 2011 | BURNHAM PARK, BAGUIO CITY
When I was still a kid, every time I get scolded for doing something naughty my grandma would always end her sermon with the phrase “Hay nako, papunta ka pa lang, pabalik na ako.”
I ’ M M O S T P R O U D O F : M Y W O R T H Y O F N A T I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C S H O T
OCTOBER 24, 2011 | URK, THE NETHERLANDS
I know this is not really my bestest of the best photograph and I know that I can easily top this with a slew of dramatic images, but I won’t. This is the photograph I am most proud of. Taken at a small fishing town of Urk in the Netherlands, this snapshot landed the cover of Lonely Planet Magazine Philippines. My first magazine cover, ever. It may not be worthy of National Geographic, but it is worthy of the Lonely Planet at least; and that’s good enough for me.
And that was tough! And now it’s my turn to pass this problem to other travel bloggers out there haha: