Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Seair InFlight August-September 08 • My first cover assignment

I still have images of batanes in my head from a trip i made six or seven years ago. I stayed in a resort with rooms that had French windows opening out into a lush and open field. I spent many mornings just sitting on the window ledge, slowly drinking my first cup of coffee, looking at the vista, never wanting to move. At night, it's pretty much the same, sitting outside, soaking in the stillness and the dark, staring at the night sky lit up by countless stars.

Days were spent travelling on the road, stopping by rocky beaches, by hilltops and open fields. Sometimes it was lunch on the beach. Other times it was to stop in an open field and to hike up a mountain.

I remember there were little inconveniences. There were electricity cuts or "brownouts" which made the water pump at the resort useless. So, yes, it was pretty much third world. But the inconveniences paled in comparison with what Batanes had to offer.

Looking at the photographs shot by Oggie Ramos – Batanes is still breathtaking. And while it has opened up to tourism, it still is pretty much Marlboro country with its vast open fields, its quiet, its rough landscape, wild horses, cows grazing in the grass, scenes that may well be the Scottish Highlands. So if you’re thinking of a holiday, don’t miss out on this one.

We’ve gone off-the-beaten track with our coverage of Daet in Camarines Norte, a new addition to the Seair route network. Daet, while mostly unheard of, beckons with its fantastic, un-crowded beaches, and the lure of the surf.

There are more in this issue. In the news and Ins and Outs sections offer travel tips from the launching of inter-island cruise ships to a list of resort and restaurant openings in Boracay. InTalk section presents present-day eco-warriors and their views on junking plastic bags and changing our lifestyle to save our planet. And don't forget InFocus section, featuring another Oggie number, the photo of an amazing waterfall in South Cotabato, captured in all its vibrancy.

The two photographers we've commissioned for our destinations this issue - Oggie and Parc Cruz -- are both photographers who've fallen in love with travel. we hope through their eyes, you'd see beauty, too.
(printed en toto from Seair's InFlight Magazine editor's note)

Needless to stay i am humbled by this blessing. my profuse thanks to Seair InFlight -- Mons, Jocas and Giselle for the faith. to Iren and Nik, too. To my buddy, ironwulf, who's been supporting me all along even if i had self-doubts whether i can pull this off. My family and friends. and last but certainly not the least, to the Man Upstairs without whom nothing is possible. I'll be posting the contents of the cover feature when the printed issue comes out for the benefit of my readers and visitors.

17 comments:

joanne g said...

congratulations oggie - wonderful photos talaga!

lagal[og] said...

thanks so much joanne! it's indeed a privilege to be accorded a chance to go to batanes and shoot the cover feature for seair inflight magazine. will keep you posted on what made the final print :-D

lino said...

ey oggie, congrats!!! ganda naman talaga ng mga photos eh... more blessings to come... :)

Ferdz said...

Wow! Big names! Pero angat si Oggie Ramos dahil sa kanya cover. Galing galing :D

lagal[og] said...

lino, salamat nang marami :-)

wulferdz! hehehe, ikaw talaga! sinuwerte lang na mahanay sa mga bigatin :-D

Allan Barredo said...

blessings comes to those with goodness in their hearts. big time na ang name na "Oggie Ramos" hehe. are we still worthy to shoot beside THE Og? :D

You deserve it bai! No question about that. More to come pa sana for you.

Btw which falls? The Dongon Falls? :)

Erick said...

congrats bro! alam ko namang kayang kaya mo yan. tagal naman ng exhibit. ready na ako magbuhat ng frames. baka naman nakakahiya ng makisabay sa negros ha. hehe.

lagal[og] said...

hahaha, la pa akong panggastos sa exhibit kasi. kung may mag-sponsor siguro, baka isipin ko. re: negros, naku bro, i'm still the same oggie who trekked with you noon sa iloilo :-)

lagal[og] said...

bai allan! daghan salamat!
re: falls, i think falls one used to be the dongon falls, at least that's what i remember. as ferdz noted, we have a standing invitation from the dongon family to stay in the quaint, homey homestead they were building next time we go there :-)

the donG said...

yihaa! todo saludo kami sa yo bro! kakatuwa talaga pag mga taong tulad mo ang nakikita naming umaangat.

lagal[og] said...

dom, salamat sa encouragement bro. i'm doubly blessed to have friends like you who are happy for what i get to achieve and wish me well :-)

dodong flores said...

Words can't suffice to describe such wonderful photos... All the posts here speaks for itself.
Congrats for the successful cover assignment...

emzi said...

hey oggie! congratulations buddy!!! i'm very happy for your accomplishments. i'm actually touched at the pictures you've shot at batanes. brings back good memories! kakainggit ha, puro travel! aba jetsetter ka na talaga. at lately narerealize ko, ang ganda ganda talaga ng pilipinas...again, congratulations and keep up the good work!

lagal[og] said...

dodong, salamat nang maraming-marami for the kind words of encouragement. i really appreciate it.

hi emzi! wow, it's a blast to hear from you again. onga eh, wow, was that four years ago when we went to batanes together? parang kelan lang. thanks for dropping by. drop by ka uli! will keep in touch :-)

The Islander said...

vow! grabe. umaapaw sa talent ng pagkuha ng magagandang photos. whew! pwedeng pakiskis ng kuko? baka sakaling makakuha ako ng konting talent.. haha

lagal[og] said...

bro jp, daghan salamat! just happy to share the islands with fellow pinoys :-)

Millie said...

Congratulations Oggie!!! Proud of you naks! Cant wait for my copy hehehe. More cover features for you. Tska more good places to visit and explore. *2 thumbs up!

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