Tuesday, June 12, 2012

ShutterBlog with Ms. Jojie Alcantara -- The Winning Shot

The winning shot
The day was set for the celebration of Philippine Independence Day but my day was reserved for the ShutterBlog workshop. Even if the weather's gloomy and the rain was pouring all day, there were no any signs that it was going to be a bad day. In fact, that day turned out to be the luckiest day in my photography-life so far!

ShutterBlog is a travel photoblog workshop with Davao City's prime photographer and multifaceted blogger Ms. Jojie Alcantara as the speaker. This event was organized by the fat and fab convenors Avel and Orman Manansala. This was sponsored by CameraHaus of KCC Mall of Gensan with Project "O" Consultants. Gensan View Resort was the perfect the venue for this wonderful event. 
This poster was designed by Erwin Bantilan of www.gensanblog.com
As part of the said workshop, we were given most of the afternoon to shoot for anything as long as our photos should have at least three (3) elements of good photography plus a human element within the resort. We were ask to submit just four (4) of our best shoots including the portraiture shot of a beautiful female model named Caroline.

I had so much fun with ShutterBlog not just because I had a productive time spending the holiday, not only because I got another chance to bond with SOX Bloggers, and not only because I can exercise my photography skills (if there's any), and also because I have an upclose encounter with Ms. Jojie Alcantara. There was never a dull moment with her during the entire session. She had imparted practical tips in taking "wow" photos and I was so alive, so impressed so to speak. She's wacky, she's animated, she's witty and she has the smile that can launch a thousand clicks!
A very "wow" good speaker, Jojie Alcantara
Did I say I'm lucky enough that day? Well, I should say I'm the luckiest. I have five (5) reasons of claiming that.

First: I won a raffle prize which rarely happens whenever there are things like that in an event. The good thing is, it's one of the major raffle prizes courtesy of Aromacology! Look what I've got.
Hair Treatment Oil and various soap from Aromacology
Second: One of my four entries to the workshop was chosen by Ms. Jojie Alcantara to be part of the five consolation prizes. I was not expecting it. I captured the photo of a resort guard out of fun that's why I also captured my reflection on the guard's sunglasses. I want to call this photo "The Guard's Shades". Ms. Jojie awarded me La Isla Magazine of AirPhil Express where one of the featured places is SOCCSKSARGEN. Also in this magazine is her ad page where she endorsed medicinal supplements.
The Guard's Shade - Consolation Prize Winner
La Isla magazine of AirPhil Express
Third: CameraHaus awarded me a brand new Samsung ES90 camera with 14.2 Megapixel, 5X Optical Zoom and HD Movie Recording. Cool right? The camera was my prize for bagging my fourth reason on why I'm the luckiest today.
Samsung ES90 from CameraHaus
Fourth: Guess what? Ms Jojie Alcantara picked another entry of me to be her grand choice for the ShutterBlog! To my excitement, it seemed like the time stopped for few seconds. I blinked my eyes once more to see that it was really my photo flashed on the screen. I won the camera! And I was in euphoria. I was not also expecting this but the pro has spoken and chosen my photo to be the best among the rest.
Awarding of the Grand Prize
Five: ShutterBlog experience is the greatest reason of my being lucky that day. On top of the prizes, this activity has taught me so many valuable things about photography which made me appreciate this craft even more. This workshop has confirmed that I'm on the right track for my passion on taking nice photos. I went home smiling and thinking of  possible greater things to happen beginning that day.

Did I say a lot? Well, my horoscope for that day said: 

Here are the other winners of consolation prizes (magazines):

Photo by Ms. Van Almeria
Photo by Dr. Remo Aguilar
The photo of Sir Ariel Lalisan on the background
Another winning entry from Ms. Van Almeria

The Grand Prize Winner - Ms. Jojie Alcantara's Choice

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

"Burp" Experience at Pensoy's Grill - Eat's Sarap!

Searching for something new and delectable dishes that can surely tickle your taste buds? 

Look no more for there's a familiar place in Gensan that now comes with a whole new package for adventurous food and fun lover like me. 

Heard of Six'Blings and Mr. Big Shot? There's so much more to that right now.

Pensoy's Grill is a perfect treat for people who are craving for food beyond the usual. Their tagline says: EAT's the food, EAT's the music, EAT's the place... EAT's now serving grEAT food.

Pensoy's Grill cool ambiance
Imagine a spot with indoor badminton and basketball court, sports bar, karaoke room, function rooms, a resto bar with live band music nightly where you can play, dine and chill out with family and friends. 

Name it. Pensoy's Grill has it all. 

It can be considered a one-stop entertainment complex within the city limits. And here's more. Their house specialties include Ostrich and Crocodile dishes that are must try -- all in very friendly prices. 

Interesting right?

Not enough until you see the other entries in their menu. Most of it were given with creative names. Have you ever heard of a dish called "SAYANG DILI KA GUAPO" ? It's actually their own version of an appetizer. It's a combi of shrimp (paSAYAN in local dialect), dilis (small dried fish), guava and pomelo. This is just one of their many other homegrown treats that will give delight to your palate.

Come take a little closer at their menu. Just hold on tight. It might excite you a lot.

By the way, have you tried drinking ice-cold beer with negative degrees temperature? Try it here at Pensoy's Grill and for sure you'll go a long long way.

Be entertained more with nightly performance of good music that can stir your mood. Aside from the well-known Kinetic Band, one of their performers is the musical-comedic team of BTB Band which composed of a Bulag (blind), Taba (fat) and Bayot (homosexual). On one of their set, they will look for audience who will sing for the crowd and the rest will be "fun"-tastic history. It's what they called Song Hosting.

Introducing the BTB Band: Bulag, Taba, Bayot
Where else can you find a fully loaded place with jam-packed array of choices for fun and excitement? Say Pensoy's Grill. It's located at NCCC Compound, National Highway, General Santos City. Opens from Monday to Saturday, 3pm to 12am. For inquiries and reservation, you may dial 0922 803 1961. Like them on Facebook by clicking here: Pensoy's Grill

Ok now, with this video clip, I'll show you around at Pensoy's Grill and take a bite at your lips when you see Pensoy's Grill mouthwatering dishes that they are serving.

At Pensoy's Grill, your "Burp" experience will be coupled with smile. EAT's really sarap!

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