Skimboarding champion


Until a couple of weeks ago, I hadn’t heard of skimboarding. When Sam asked permission to go to Cavite to take photos at a skimboard competition, I asked, “A what?” Skimboard, she said. And I had to Google it to understand what it was that she wanted to take photos of.

Skimboarding (or skimming) is a boardsport in which a skimboard (a smaller counterpart to a surfboard without fins) is used to glide across the water’s surface. Unlike surfing, skimboarding begins on the beach by dropping the board onto the thin wash of previous waves. Skimboarders use their momentum to skim out to breaking waves…

That was about how far I got reading the article. Okay, a water sport. Similar to surfing but with a smaller board and different rules. The rest of the details? Never mind. The only thing I needed to know was whether Sam would be in any physical danger, she’d be taking photos from the shore anyway, so, I said okay — go.

And that’s Andric Enriquez (above) who emerged as champion. »

Opening night


The Facebook page says 6 photographers, 2 themes, 1 exhibit. It opened last night at Big Bad Wolf, The Fort.The three sets of small square photos are part of the A Day In The Life Instagram theme byJelito de Leon, Pam Santos and Sam Veneracion (we still have to set-up Sam's proper website). The first set of small photos … »

A Day In The Life. An Instagram Photo Exhibit.


You are invited to witness something new.A Day In The Life. An Instagram Photo Exhibit.Photo exhibits are a dime a dozen. But an Instagram photo exhibit? Only two have been mounted -- one in the US and the second in Canada -- as far as I know. The third will be held in the Philippines and the exhibitors are B.A. … »

Sam tries fishing


We drove to Pangil (not Pakil), Laguna to photograph Good Friday penitents. Sam is preparing for an exhibit and, well, she's photographing everything interesting whether from a visual or a cultural perspective, or both. Speedy suggested shooting Lenten rituals and off to Pangil we went. Why Pangil and not Pampanga which has … »

Cool rider with wings on his wheels. Literally.


Speedy ran some errands this morning and saw this biker with the most interesting motorcycle. The mud guards, for the rider and not for the wheels, are shaped like an eagle's wings. Why stop at wings? Put in the bird's head too. Cool.The photos were taken along Marcos Highway in Antipolo. … »

Speedy, the lake and the volcano


People always like to have their photos taken with an iconic landmark as a background. Personally, I find photos of a group all lined up and smiling stiffly into the camera too tiresome already. So, I thought I'd take photos of Speedy with Taal Volcano in the background differently.The first casts some sunlight on his … »

Night falls in Vigan


A kalesa on Plaza Burgos in Vigan.More Vigan by night photos in the archive. … »