R E S C H E D U L E D
Last year, my photography colleague and founder of Mukha Ng Baguio, (MnB) Pogz, myself and MnB colleagues attempted a Mukha ng Cordillera cultural photo-documentation of the Lang-ay Festival and was met with lots of unforeseen circumstances, conflicts of schedule, and the untimely demise of Mountain Province‘s Honorable Governor Leonard Mayaen on March 31, 2016, prompted the organizers of the Lang-ay Festival to reconsider the schedule of events in the province’s festival for 2017. This is one of my journeys to the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) which is not undertaken solo. I remember way back when I was working with the government NEDA-CAR and DTI-CAR that I frequent CAR (Abra, Benguet, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Kalinga and Apayao) but strictly on a business affair and I was not into photography. Little did I know that I was somewhat pre-destined to photo-document these culture-rich destinations.
S I D E S C E N E S
Speaking of light which got me to this another image dubbed “Morning Has Broken at Besao“. To be more exact that was at Besao-Panabungen Road, Mountain Province where we stopped. A well spent time on a side scene.
A R R I V A L
- Lake Tufob (Charol, Barlig);
- Layaan Burial Cave (Poblacion, Bauko);
- Besao Sunset (Kin-iway, Besao);
- Kaman-Utek (Balili, Bontoc);
- Tonglayan Rice Terraces (Tonglayan, Natonin);
- Mabarotbot “Bubbling Mud” (Bantay, Paracelis);
- Dagiwdiw Rice Terraces (Poblacion, Sabangan);
- Anabel Rice Terraces (Anabel, Sadanga);
- Sumaguing Cave (Suyo, Sagada); and
- Gawaan Lake (Besao, Tadian).
W O R D U P
Lang-ay is a native term which means to celebrate the unique individuality in a confluence of the ten municipalities of Mountain Province which involves a performance of cañao ceremony with activities involving sacrificial offering of locally produced indigenous brewed rice wine called tapuy and home-bred pigs and if by luck mountain boar and chicken are all gracefully/peacefully butchered, rice stalk harvests and prayers/incantations/invocations to Kabunian/God is also performed.
P R E – P A R A D E
Anyone can instantly absorb and sense the tone and positive vibrations of the morning’s Lang-ay festival with all of these young and exuberant and excited Lang-Ay 2017 Cultural Parade participants kidding around, light moments with their peers.
I’ve been documenting “pseudo-cultural commercial celebrations” in our city for years, however, this is my first time to photo-document document the real deal, authentic celebration coming from Cordillera Regions. The first was with La Trinidad Benguet’s Strawberry Festivals and also my first personal photo documenting with the Philippines Travel Destination Street Dancing Festival 13th Lang-Ay Bontoc, Mountain Province, Cordillera Administrative Region.
Proof to the satisfaction of eating a pudding is that the cultural parade has not yet started and the participant’s smiles are very warm and guaranteed to melt the heart. This makes Lang-ay one of the difference amongst other festivals.
I was informed by a lady Bontoc local lady who is an expert and who supervised almost all Lang-Ay Festivals is that, the Mountain Province municipalities bring forth to the annual festival their unique newness in many aspects – performances, choreography, teamwork, strength, unity, cooperation, etc. This dedication and commitment from the participating municipalities can be felt and seen by festival guests, tourists, visitors, and community as a whole.
Street Parade/Performances (street dance, floats, etc.,) require all your physical senses working well on a right here right now demand. I don’t wear earphones with MP3s that distracts my focus and one might get an accident taking images of incoming street dance/parade traffic. As Lang-ay presents indigenous and real deal sharp pointed spears, razor sharp axes, swords, the knives being held by the participants and the probability of getting hit with these implements are high when one’s hearing is engaged with music or if your gear gets hit or both you and your gear, it’s a bloody mess. Sometimes, fatal even and it might cost one his/her life. Always stay within safe shooting distance from the performers.
Shoot – Transition and Move. Don’t hug the “frame” as other photographers are also taking photos at your back. Be considerate for other shooters. Shoot confidently and fast. More tips coming your way. Keep posted.
Do check out a summary of my selected North Luzon, Philippines Travel Destinations below 🙂
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c ya 🙂
Vogue Italia – Who? Vogue, yeah…Now does that ring a bell?
Whilst Vogue is mostly into the fashion world, photographers do matter a lot to them since it is the platform which Vogue documents its products, events, etc.,
My involvement with Vogue Italia started in 2013. It’s not a big deal however, it’s kinda a deadly sin like say, you pursue an uncontrolled indulgence on your choice of chocolates whilst you’re currently observing a spartan health diet (weight loss program). Hahaha. A world class image platform for your image portfolio for free– why not.
Humbly, building a photography portfolio is not that hard at all. The real challenge is once you submit your images for review,, Vogue Italia has a “clearinghouse” and that your images must pass their criteria before they approve your image submissions. This curatorship process is a third party mind filtering the images you have a bias but does not make the cut. If what you favor gets approved, then it’s still okay.
Once your image passed Vogue “clearinghouse/thumbs-up” of their photography editor/s, you’ll get the Vogue stamp, the seal of approval of your photo and your image gets published with Vogue Italia magazine. Only Vogue Italy has this win-win arrangement with photographers.
My follow-up submission that made it to the cut in the same year 26.11.2013 was a selective desaturation composition.Again, most photographic editors at Vogue Italia are imbued with “out of the box” mind set.
Vogue Italia gives their approval and publication information in Italian. Here’s how it looks …
©EDIZIONI CONDÉ NAST S.P.A. – P.ZZA CASTELLO 27 – 20121 MILANO CAP.SOC. 2.700.000 EURO I.V. C.F E P.IVA REG.IMPRESE TRIB. MILANO N. 00834980153 SOCIETÀ CON SOCIO UNICO
n° Fotografi: 73051
n° Foto Approvate: 190171
I was surprised that I got an early first week 01.08.2014 publication. This time around, I focused on street photography centered on people doing livelihood.Again, I kept my pictures following the black and white direction.
I believe that consistency is the key to high image approval rates. I got “Into the Light” published on 03.24.2014 which is a black and white street photography cum Captured by the Moment genre. The story goes- One early morning, I saw three young boys going to school whilst passing by a street with lots of trees in our city. Deep impressions by the ambient light creating dramatic shadows.
I finally got enough courage to submit and I got my first color image dubbed “Karma” published on 07.22.2014. It was a breath of new life. Abstract images definitely do make the cut at Vogue Italy.
Morning Graze is an attempt to photo-document equine stable life during sunrise.It was published on 13.01.2015.
Day’s End is my breakthrough color image presenting Philippine Cordillera indigenous culture.
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I see to it that i always ground myself to earth and keep reminding myself that, I don’t compete with anyone else but myself alone. This is how I coined What My Soul Perceives. Focus, self determination.
I’ll leave my Vogue Italia in an open season for 2017 for regard Vogue Italia as an important image portfolio to me which is a blessing in disguise. It’s the new black. To photographers, why not start your portfolio with them. It’s definitely FREE.
Leonard Wood Road
One of my favorite isolated flora macro shot of a Zinnia flower. Baguio City and Benguet (PHILIPPINES) grows lots of these cutflowers. Enjoy! 🙂
Mines View Observation Deck among other site activities is a venue especially for photographers who love landscape photography. The site is peaceful and quiet from 5 am-6 am when few tourists start to arrive. The deck is located at Mines View, Baguio City, Philippines.
There is no entrance free and the place is open until 8 p.m. So, if you happen to be in Baguio City, Philippines, don’t forget to be early and drop by Mines View Observation Deck.
Siwangag Cove is a protected landscape and seascape/marine sanctuary (Philippine Republic Act 7586 otherwise known as the National Integrated Protected Areas Act of 1992). Siwangag cove is located in the northwestern part of Palaui island which can be reached around a 30-minutes motorized outrigger boat ride from Sta. Ana, San Vicente Port, Cagayan, Philippines.
The cove presents its white sandy beach with crystal clear calm beach, beautiful sunsets, a quiet escape from urban hustle bustle. Siwangag cove is perfect for activities e.g., swimming, sun bathing, diving, snorkeling and seascape/landscape photography.
I kept remembering that one of my super moon chase took me at Vigan City’s Calle Crisologo during the wee after hours.