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18 January 2007

2nd World Pyro Olympics

It was the 5th day of the 2nd World Pyro Olympics and my last chance of shooting the event. This is also my first time to shoot a fireworks competition and so I arrived early at 5:00 PM with my gears in tow. After I paid for the ticket (P100), I immediately looked for a place to set my tripod on. Almost every place in the seawall was full, if not, was laid with a mat to indicate that somebody occupies that space. Luckily, I got through beyond the seawall and on the rocks I planted my tripod. Minutes after I managed to push myself in, I heard a mother scolding his son as to why he allowed somebody to take the 'reserved' spot. Someone from the crowd grinning said, "You should've put a reserved sign." The mother pretended not to hear the man and continued her litany.

As the sun sunk in the horizon, the seawall was brimming with spectators. People came in throves, and waited till the show begins. While waiting, I decided to shoot several frames with exposures lasting until 5 seconds to allow enough light into my image. It is during this time that colors of various hues emerge .

I noticed this man seems to be lost in thought and seldom moves nor change his sitting position which is why he remains sharp in the picture.

The barge where the fireworks are being lit is very near to where I was and the widest lens I have (18-70) is not wide enough to cover its burst especially the big ones. During the fireworks, I have to keep my hands on the knob of my tripod to anticipate the big ones. China was the first followed by the Philippines (exhibition).

Philippine's was delayed by an hour. Prior to its exhibition, people became impatient and many among the crowd exchanged jokes among themselves. A noisy man in the crowd said "I heard the barge (for the Philippines) will be coming all the way from Bocaue (a municipality in Bulacan known to be the leading producer of firecrackes) and is full of Super Lolo's and Watusi." :)

Thunderous blasts lit up the sky giving enough light to expose this image. Minutes passed after the fireworks exhibition and a monstrous traffic jam awaits everyone along the avenues near SM Mall of Asia where the event was held. I was told that the traffic extends up to Taft Avenue. I spent the night surfing the internet in a nearby internet café. I arrived home at 4:00 AM.

Art For Sale (Giclee Prints)

I'm selling some of my photos (prints) to earn funds for a personal project (photo docu). These are available initially in 8x12 Giclee print on archival fine art paper stock (matte) with 3inch matting (acid free material).

Part of the sale will be donated to Bicol typhoon victims.

Should you be interested in purchasing one, please send me an email at for more info.

Reming Aftermath

While much destruction was concentrated in the towns of Guinobatan, Daraga, Camalig, Sto. Domingo and Legazpi City and other parts of Albay province, my hometown, Oas, was not spared from heavy floods.

Trees were bare as far as my eyes can see and though they were starting to grow their leaves on their branches again, many people still don't know how to start their lives anew.

While I was shooting these, some residents would ask me "What are those photographs for?" "Will you be giving us relief goods?" I replied "It is my hope that through my photographs, many will become aware of what happened and perhaps be moved to help."

St. Michael the Archangel Parish priest Fr. Ed Bellen is now spearheading a project aimed to
"help victims whose houses were totally damaged and who have no means to rebuild their homes" through Bayanihan System. Please read the project proposal here. Should you want to donate or get involved, please contact Rev. Fr. Ed at (052) 4856553 or at 0927-4902384.