JOJIE ALCANTARA is a Filipina writer and photographer who dabbles between photography and the arts. Armed with her Canon DSLR cameras, dental floss, asthma inhaler, and a dash of reckless bravado, she discovers and documents exciting, unheard of places in her personal quest to promote the islands of the Philippines, particularly Mindanao. Her passion for travel and photography has brought her to places in Asia but her most rewarding trips were the unknown islands in her country where she encounters enchanting places, queer folks, strange rituals and suspicious, inedible-looking food.
This solo traveler is constantly inspired by discoveries in life, views failures and mistakes as minor setbacks, and continuously reinvents herself as she moves on.
This proud Dabawenya is a dog lover and horror fanatic whose images and stories are featured in her lifestyle column in local SunStar Davao (running since 1994), national (Manila Bulletin’s Travel Section and Picture Perfect), and international publications (Mabuhay Magazine, Smile Magazine, 7,107 Islands Mag, etc.).
In 2006, she had her 15 minutes of fame globally among Pinoys when her collection of funny signs during travel went viral in cyberworld, and national TV networks (Mel & Joey, Boy & Kris, and Lucy Torres’ Gomez talk show) caught on. She is preparing to launch her new unpublished set soon.
She accepts commissioned projects but prefers to keep to herself, or work from home and travel. She gives workshops, speaking engagements, and contributes materials for Mindanao tourism. Currently, her photos are in the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” National Campaign by the Department of Tourism.
She has bagged awards and prizes in both national and international photo competitions, but is now more frequently invited to be a judge.
Her recent achievements: Bravo Filipino: Artisans at Work photo exhibit sponsored by the Ayala Foundation and Filipinas Heritage Library, along with 6 other photographers which include Don Jaime Zobel and actor Piolo Pascual (2010)
Product endorsements include: Ace Choco Munch (a TV ad that ran for 3 years); the new Nokia N8 for Smart Communications print ad in Preview Magazine Dec. 2010 issue along with Basti Artadi (Wolfgang) and commercial director Sid Maderazo; Crepelato Ice Cream for a billboard; MX3 Products on print and TV; Maggi Magic Sarap TV ad on October 2011; and Aromacology Sensi products.
Her photo of Mount Mayon from an aerial view has landed the cover of Mabuhay Magazine’s May 2011 issue. Another cover photo was that of actor Sam Milby in M Magazine, Davao City former Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio, and recently, a cover photo of Tawi-Tawi in 7,107 Islands Magazine. View more of her published works here.
To read more about her profile, visit her other inspirational travel photoblog called The Scene Stealer.