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Panagbenga 2013

Some celebrity snaps from Panagbenga Festival’s float parade…

Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.
Bong Revilla Jr.

Robin “Binoe” Padilla
Robin Padilla

Shamcey Supsup
Shamcey Supsup

Shamcey Supsup

Rhian Ramos
Rhian Ramos

Rhian Ramos

Ehra Madrigal
Ehra Madrigal

Ehra Madrigal

Patricia Fernandez (Solar TV Reporter)
Patricia Fernandez

Patricia Fernandez

Melai Cantiveros (Pinoy Big Brother Housemate)
Melai Cantiveros

Melai Cantiveros

Jason Veron Francisco (Pinoy Big Brother Housemate)
Jason Francisco

Mr. Pure Energy. Gary Valenciano
Gary Valenciano

Gary Valenciano

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Panguil River Eco Park and Brgy Balian, Panguil Laguna trip.

Some shots from our trip (Jan 19-20, 2013)…

Panguil River Eco Park:

Spider
Spider

Bull Ant
Bull Ant

???
???

Spider
Spider

???
?

???
?

Ant
Ants

Upwing Fly
Upwing Fly

Weevil
Weevil

Damselfly
Damselfly

Rocks from Panguil River
Rocks from Panguil river

Brgy Balian:

Jumping Spider
Jumping Spider

???
?

mating insect. i also don’t know what its name is.
mating insect

Moth
moth

Spider
Spider

Fly (nymph)
Fly

Moth
Moth

Leafhopper
Leaf Hopper

Salibanda Festival
Salibanda Festival

Jumping Spider
Jumping Spider

The trip was supposed to be a trek to Buntot Palos in Panguil Laguna. But due to heavy rains before dawn prompted us to decide just to go to Panguil River Eco Park instead hehehe =)

How to go to Panguil River Eco Park? Just follow the instructions from this blog >>> http://www.backpackingphilippines.com/2011/08/panguil-river-eco-park-piit-resort.html

=)

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Monasterio de Tarlac

Monasterio de Tarlac. (http://monasterio-de-tarlac.weebly.com/)

Brgy. Lubigan, San Jose, Tarlac.

In this small church, I have experienced the most solemn and heartfelt celebration of the Holy Eucharist… I can still remember the priest saying “You are not here by chance, you are here because you are called by God”.

Monasterio de Tarlac

If you  want to be inside the chapel for the Holy Mass, be sure to be there 2 to 3 hours before the mass.

Monasterio de Tarlac

The Relic of The Holy Cross
Monasterio de Tarlac

Monasterio de Tarlac

Monasterio de Tarlac

Monasterio de Tarlac

Monasterio de Tarlac

Jesus Christ’s statue.

Monasterio de Tarlac

A view from the top of the monastery.
Monasterio de Tarlac

Monasterio de Tarlac

Monasterio de Tarlac

How to go to the monastery?
from http://sensoryreplays.com >>> “from sm city tarlac: there is a mercury drug after the mall building along mc-arthur highway make a left turn going to zamora street. turn left to tarlac state university (right side is mc donalds) along romulo boulevard. turn right when you see the total gas station (left side is agri gas station). you will pass by central luzon doctors hospital and tarlac chinese cemetery, then a small bridge (agana bridge). turn left at st. gerard school. along the way you will see signages of monasterio de tarlac and tarlac recreational park. when you reach the narrow lubigan bridge you are now at barangay lubigan and just go straight going up to the monasterio.”

Wawa Dam, Rodriguez Rizal.

Some snaps I took on our sidetrip to Wawa Dam in Brgy San Rafael, Rodriguez Rizal.

Still misty and foggy when we arrived there around 6 in the morning.
Wawa Dam

Cold breeze of air chillin’ my spine while trekking to the Dam.
Wawa Dam

Wawa Dam was constructed around 1908/1909 by the Americans to serve as a water reservoir for Manila.
Wawa Dam

Wawa Dam

Wawa Dam

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dpreview.com challenge!

Photographers out there who wants to compete internationally (online), this website is for you! www.dpreview.com

Had a chance to submit 3 of my old photos in 3 of their past challenges and this is what I’ve got hehe:

Challenge Name: Beetle
28th place out of 135 entries.
“Mating Beetle”
Lady Bug

Challenge Name: On the Road
139th place out of 175 entries. hehe pretty bad place! :D :D :D
“Way to Go”
way to go

Challenge Name: Ugly
9th place out of 103 entries. yey! not bad! =p
“Planthopper”
Planthopper

Defintely, me and my Kamiko would try again! hehehe.
Ciao!
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DPP VI – The Anniversary Party!!!

Some of my snaps from yesterdays Digital Photographer Philippines‘ 6th anniversary party.

We were there as early as 6am to line up for the registration. We were so early that the lanyards for the event hasn’t still arrived hehe so we decided to eat some breakfast first.
Registration Booth

After having our breakfast at The Coffee Bean, we posed for our morning grouphug with the DPP’s Parañaque Photography Team and Team Nikon D90.
Early morning grouphug with PPT and TND90

That’s me levitating hehehe.

Early morning grouphug with PPT and TND90

Went back to the registration area for our other teammates who haven’t completed their registration yest. After all of us has registered we went for another bigger grouphug =)
Nick Tuason being interviewed

PPT and TND90 grouphug

That’s me levitating (again) hehehe.
PPT and TND90 grouphug

After attending at miss Sara Black’s lecture about portraiture we went to see Ben Chan’s shoot of some Parkour guys near the ampitheatre.
Ben Chan showing how to do it

Ben Chan showing how to do it

Grouphug with TND90.
Grouphug - Team Nikon D90

For the 3rd time… I levitate. lols :D
Grouphug - Team Nikon D90

Went to Sony’s carwash photoshoot at 9th street.
Light it Yellow =p

Sony's voluptuous carwash babe

Grouphug with the Parañaque Photography Team (PPT).
Grouphug! Parañaque Photography Team

Grouphug! Parañaque Photography Team

Managed to try a cityscape.
BGC

7:22PM.
7:22PM

Some of the international models from Xander Angeles’ and Nico Villegas’ lecture.
DPP VI model

DPP VI model

9:43PM. Hundreds of people were still there patiently waiting to see the Live Judging and of course the raffle hehehe.
9:43PM

It’s almost 12 midnight and some of my teammates from TND90 were still there hehe.
Team Nikon D90

Thought I didn’t won anything from the raffle (Elaine Anne! sell me you 70-300mm hehehe), what’s more important is I have learned a lot from the lectures from different photography gurus I have attended. The party was such a blast and would definitely go back for the third time next year!!! =)

Happy 6th Anniversary DPP!!! See you all on the 7th!!! =)
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Bug hunting at Mt. Batulao

Went for a short trek at Mt. Batulao in Batangas last May 12 to shoot some macro. Here are some ‘critters’ I found.

Yellow beetle
Yellow Beetle

Brown ant
Ant from Mt. Batulao

Ant-mimicking spider
Ant-mimicking Spider

hide and seek

Spider
Spider from Mt. Batulao

Lynx Spider
Lynx Spider

Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis

Cotton Stainer
Cotton Stainer

Beetle
Beetle

Beetle from Mt. Batulao

Some unknown insects I have found during my short trek…

Unknown insect from Mt. Batulao

Unknown insect from Mt. Batulao

Unknown bug from Mt. Batulao

Insect from Mt. Batulao

Hopefully I will be able to shoot some more kinds of insects on my next hike/trek. =)

For those of you asking what setup I use in my macro shots, here it is. My cheap macro setup.
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