By Raffy Paredes
Here are today’s featured readers and their photos.
Takip-silim (Jer Bertoldo)
Untitled (Jomel F. Lim)
Untitled (Jonel Biscocho)
Shenron Is Coming (Marc Jolas Aquino)
Sa Paglubog Ng Araw (Miguel Alberto)
Pasyon (Rinalyn Aiza Loyola)
Pasko Na Naman (John Carlo Sateniaman)
Dive For A Coin (Jojo A. Carcasona)
Batang Pamarawenyo (Mark Jayson Cruz)
A Simple Gaze (Woody Sarmiento)
Jojo A. Carcasona, a senior engineer at NGCP sent in the photo, “Dive for a Coin.” He writes: “I was on a boat at Cagayan de Oro pier leaving for Cebu when these local kids showed off their swimming and diving skills to jump and dive for any coin you throw to the sea.” Jojo shares that he started on photography with a DSLR that was pawned to him for a loan. “It was 2010 then, I just enjoyed shooting family with it specially my baby. Then got tired using Auto Mode and joined a camera basic workshop. Then followed a portrait and editing workshop by Parc Cruz. Naka-join ng isang photographer’s club and that jumpstarted my photography shooting models this time. Siguro nag-improve photos ko and got invited to shoot a wedding as a backup. That kept the ball rolling. I do not shoot a lot of weddings and events due to work but I make it to the point that I enjoy moments when I get to hold my camera.”
Call center agent Jer Bertoldo shares his sunset photo titled “Takip-silim.” “I want to share this photo which made me realize that nothing beats nature’s beauty,” writes Jer.
The photo, “Morning Kiss” comes from Jonel Biscocho, a development communication student at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños. He shares: “As I went back to my home for Christmas vacation after staying at the university for the whole semester, my five-year-old niece, Yang-yang, warmly welcomed me with a hug in my waist and a kiss on my cheeks. Afterward, she immediately saw my newly-bought camera and, with excitement, asked for pictures since Yang is very fond of being photographed. She even told me once that she wanted to be an artista and be a part of her favorite comedy show, Goin’ Bulilit. But after a couple of shots, she plunked herself on the floor and said: ‘yoko na po, pagod na ko’ that was partnered with a heavy sigh. And I just stood there, an instant smile was painted on my face as I turned off my camera. Little did she know, that I felt the opposite—that I am at ease because of her, because I’m home.”
From Marc Jolas Aquino is the long-exposure night photo of the Metro Manila skyline titled “Shenron is Coming.” He captured the photo while relaxing and enjoying the cool breeze at the view deck of Cloud 9 in Antipolo City last November. (Shenron is a magical dragon from the manga Dragon Ball.)
Rinalyn Aiza Loyola accompanied her photo of ballroom dancers titled “Pasyon” with a short descriptive poem: Nanghihikayat na mga mata / Hakot na ligaya / Tunay na maganda.
Miguel Alberto of Binangonan, Rizal shares a sunset view from Angono titled “Sa Paglubog ng Araw.” Miguel is a member of Camera Club of Angono.
Mark Jayson Cruz contributed the photo, “Batang Pamarawenyo.” His description reads: Masaya, nakakaantig ng damdamin ang bawat kwento nila, ang mga ngiti at saya ng mga bata sa t’wing sila ay kakausapin ko. Sobrang kakaibang karanasan, kakaibang aral sa bawat isa sa amin.”
Jomel F. Lim of Olongapo City submitted the untitled photo of several kids enjoying the slide. “Tingnan natin ang buhay sa naiibang perspektibo, na pwedeng maging masaya sa kabila ng mga panalangin na hindi agad naibibigay, pwedeng tumawa katulad ng mga bata na kahit anong bigat ng problema ay malalampasan din, katulad ng mga bata hanapin natin ang positibo sa lahat ng negatibong nangyayari sa atin,” writes Jomel.
A typical Christmas scene in the country, “Pasko na Naman” comes from John Carlo Sateniaman, a senior student of RTU taking up BSBA major in Marketing Management.
And Woody Sarmiento sent in the landscape photo, “A Simple Gaze.” His caption reads: “Simply glancing at you defines how powerful and majestic you are; a magnet of attraction. Your structure is perfect in every angle. Even I’d be given a chance to return to you a million times, I would never hesitate and run out of gorgeous spots to capture your beauty—Mayon Volcano in Malilipot, Albay.”
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