Can't believe I haven't updated my blog for this long. Now that work has settled down a bit, I
sit down and ponder the year that was. Yeah I know its a bit late, but experiences like these
deserve to be told :)
So here's my best of 2010:
#10) THE SINGAPORE AIRSHOW
There are few things as moving as an F-16 on
afterburners making a low pass over the ground. It rattles your ears and numbs your brain -
that's just the sound you're hearing. You look up and see that familiar silhouette twisting and
turning amongst the clouds. It's a thing of beauty; a thing of power. That airshow turned me
a kid again, and I went home dreaming of sitting in that cockpit - and blowing things up
#9) PINDACARA IN
Sunrise in Thailand is always met by a legion of Buddhist monks
begging for alms - its their way of sustaining themselves after vowing to live a life of
poverty. Though I have photographed this tradition many times before, this silent line of
bareheaded, orange-robed individuals never fails to fascinate me. In the city of Sukhothai, in
Thailand's central plains, I woke up early in the morning to capture the serenity, the
spirituality, the timelessness of the pindacara ritual.
#8) THE FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE
spectacle of thousands of men clawing their way through a crowd to touch a sacred statue is
indeed a joy to photograph. In fact, shutterbugs throughout Manila all flock to Quiapo every
9th of January to capture this bizarre event. To the older photographers, however, the Feast
of the Black Nazarene is more than just a photo-op. It's a reunion of sorts, where bros from
the same circle get to meet and talk shop and catch up with each other.
Usually this happens on some high-up position overlooking the
procession route - this year it was the waiting shed at the mouth of Quezon Bridge. While
waiting for the Nazareno to arrive, I shot the breeze with photographers Veejay VIllafranca,
Luis Liwanag and Jake Versoza. Across the road was Chito Cleofas and George Tapan,
Photographer Val Rodriguez must have been up there too, because the next day, he put us
all on the front page of The Philippine Star
#7) THE DANCING FA'S OF CEBU PACIFIC AIRWAYS
the dancing stars of that viral video that swept through the
internet last year.
The may be all good-looking, but none of them were
models. Yet they projected like pros, and they exuded the confidence of movie stars. And
none of them showed any prima-donna attitudes during our Cebu Smile Magazine cover
shoot, which we did in Manila with photographers Nikolai and Caroline. The 10-hour shoot
was grueling, but they breezed through it with bright smiles and uncanny stamina - even
after dancing their now-famous "safety dance" a dozen times over on an airplane reserved
just for us.
Click here to see the result of that shoot.