Skimboarding champion

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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

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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 … »

A Day In The Life. An Instagram Photo Exhibit.

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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 … »

Sam tries fishing

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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 … »

A story about Angels & Demons

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Although I was born a Catholic, I don't consider myself one anymore. Ergo, I don't go to church. Last weekend, however, I did. I accompanied Sam who had to take photos for a class project. I carried the tripod for her -- my tripod because she left … »

University Avenue at sunset

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Chasing the sunset on a Sunday Afternoon at U.P. Diliman, my alma mater.To be more precise, Sam was supposed to shoot the sunset. I was going to shoot street food. After all, U.P. Diliman is pretty well known for it's barbecur, fish balls and … »

There’s a reason why it’s called praying mantis

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With its front legs folded like that, it does look like it's praying. Love the bokeh framing its head above.The praying mantis landed on my desk, Sam and I took photos.These three were all taken by Sam. They're so much better than … »