Trails 2017


Trails: A Photography & Creativity workshop by Shutterpanda

Last week, I spent the weekend over at Baler (straight from the office, in my office attire) for the Trails Workshop. Imagine my excitement, as we have been dreaming, creating, hustling and waiting for this since the year started.

I was very anxious at first, but slowly, I started to get comfortable around the amazing participants who have made the trip even more so significant. ( Shout out to the participants huhuhu u guys are great)

It has been one amazing weekend, with amazing people! I can only hope that these photos capture a bit of the awe I felt over nature, and over the passion that filled our discussions and photo sessions during this trip.

I also want to give my love to the Shutterpanda team, for trusting me and Gio in being hands on and involved in this project! Love you ❤ 

Sunrise at Ampere

The sun didn’t really show itself to us first. When these were taken, we had just been on the road for about 6 hours (from Manila), and this amazing beach view greeted us. Even though the sun wasn’t up, I still found it so peaceful and beautiful.





Portrait Sessions at Borlongan Bridge

I didn’t get to take any portraits here (as it was raining), we only got to stay here for a few minutes before it rained.

Milky Way Photography at Elysian Sands Resort 

I SAW THE MILKY WAY!!!!! AHHHH!!!! Still can’t believe it!!

The weather was gloomy the whole day, so I didn’t want to get my hopes up about taking photos of stars that night. But, amazingly enough, the skies cleared and we found the milky way!

I was examining the skies right after it drizzled and when I looked up, I saw a bright mark where a lot of stars gathered. I thought it was a cloud, but I looked again and it was the milky way huhuhuhu


Sunrise at the Diguisit Rock Formation

The road to Diguisit was a scenic one, but nothing really compared to the view of this sunrise. We all climbed up rock or took our tripods to the shores of the beach, and just captured things to our heart’s content. The light was amazing.


@riaramz, who fell on the water and ended up being one of our models :))




Nightsky Photography at Miss Jones Coast

It was our last night, and before we gathered for our Fellowship Night,

we all took out our cameras and shot the Milky Way for the last time for this trip.




Definitely one for the books 🙂



The story of my body


Shot with a Pentax KM film Camera 
Fujifilm Xperia, ISO 400


I apologize.


When you showed signs of life, through lines and veins,

I put you down and held you captive.


While you grew, and you stretched,

and you moved and you shook,

I stood still and looked the other way.


You are my vessel,

the vessel of my thoughts, and my vision.

The vessel of the soul, that very often takes flight,

or once in a while, falls to the depths


you suffer the wear and tear,

and yet I curse you,

and condemn you.


So today I want to thank you,

for keeping up with this soul.






Why we create 




Last year, I made a big leap and decided to shift my focus from finding a full-time job to just working as a freelance photographer/graphic designer/social media manager. And I am very thankful to get to work with amazing clients that believe in my my creative vision. However, as I progressed on to  my day-to-day life, I started to question my whole belief system and I started to doubt myself. I started to become restless and frustrated about the work that I put out. The likes, the views and the impressions of the work that I put out on social media seemed to matter to me more than ever, and I started to get anxious. I started to get insecure about the work of others, and I started to desperately look for something to cling on to to make me feel like I was on top of my game, creativity wise.

It started taking a toll on me, I became irritable and sensitive. I became sad.

I looked at my camera, and remembered what it was like to have my first ever dslr (her name was Penny, and she was bright pink! 😂), and I started to remember the freedom I felt when I was just shooting, not thinking about anything. I felt this peace, like everything I see on the viewfinder is just where they’re supposed to be. Those moments were when I felt most secure. I decided I want to feel that again.

I started shooting everyday, without any goal in mind. Whether it’s with my SLR or my phone, or my polaroid, I just had to shoot like I did before. I had to unlearn, and relearn my process. (I’ll post these photos very soon! Stay tuned for updates!)

And, maybe that’s the essence of why we create. Maybe it’s about unlearning your realities and re-learning through different perspectives and fresh new visions. (Wow, that sounded so corporate 😅)