Friday, April 20, 2007

Andro the Photographer


I remember the first camera that I called my own was a Kodak Instamatic 110. It was given to me as a birthday present by favorite aunt Mama Eng. She told me that is the ultimate birthday - meaning I wont be getting anymore gift from her. That started my romance with the magical immortalizer called the camera. From that time on, I became the official photographer of my family - which basically means taking all those magic moments (and not being part of the lovely family picture!) and doing the dirty work of going to the mall and having the pictures developed. I did not have any problem with that. I enjoyed the job. Soon I graduated to the 35mm camera when my father no longer had the luxury of time to tinker with his cameras (My Dad is actually the photographer in the family - having four cameras at one time).

During my senior year at the university, I tried my luck in sharing to the whole world my rich experience in photography. I applied for the photographer's slot in our college's student publication. Darn! I failed. Not that I am a bad photographer, the top brass thought that I should be given  a higher position. Photography took the back seat and writing which is a actually a struggle for me -led the way. When I landed in law school, my camera clicking days went to hibernation for more than 15 years.

Just recently, I realized that I had missed photography a lot and wasted several good scenes - forever lost and never again captured the way i saw it. I have been traveling a lot mainly due to my work yet I just let all the sceneries pass me. I could not think of upper state New York and the Finger Lake without remorse. I was in Shanghai and marveled at its grandeur but I did not immortalized the sceneries on photo paper. Thank God, ace photographer George Tapan was part of our entourage and he snapped my souvenir pictures.

So I decided to put an end to a life without remembrance. I decided to get my first digital SLR camera. Without any budget to speak of, i surfed the internet for a pre-owned. There I found my first DSLR. I am jsut happy to return to my hobby once again. Never am i too busy to find time for the camera. I always carry it whenever I go. Even my clients already accepted the fact that I am a lawyer first...photographer second. So after our back breaking meetings, I head off for a sweet spot to shoot my pictures. Well, thats okay with them so far.

I also don't mind learning more. I scrapped several hearing schedules just to v.a. (volunteer assistant) for my mentor ace photographer Jo Avila. Heck I don't mind carrying those bulky Manfrottos or bask under the mid day sun to shoot a golf course. I want to learn more. 

I had been trying to shoot fashion photoography and help aspiring models with their photo portfolio. In the process I learned how to interact with them without having lewd thoughts. This is despite the sultry poses I ask the to do during the shoots. Time flies fast as the camera clicks and model poses.

Gee, i am an addict now...a photobug with no hesitations. I want to learn...I want to shoot more.

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Loggy the Lawyer


I am the only member of the family who calls her "Loggy". I don't know but that childhood prank has turned into an endearing petname for my one and only sister, Buenas Aires Celi (Oo nga no...ganda ganda ng pangalan...Loggy tawag ko hehehe). Please dont ask me where Loggy came from and you will just not understand. You have to be a Calumpang Kid to know it.

Loggy is the precious jewel of our brood. Being the only girl, she has a lot of perks from us and our parents. Yet, Loggy has never been the girly-girly type (although shes dying to be one), she was born into a strong and resilient family which has instilled to its young the virtues of dedication, hard work, perseverance and academic excellence. Our parents have told her stories of struggles that has started from our forefathers who were just simple folks. They just did not stop working hard. Like Lolo Kayo who religiously went to church every day to ask the Almighty how he can feed his children because he was just a lowly carpenter. Or how the 5 Dela Cruz boys have struggled and came out as outstanding men of our province.

Maybe Loggy like the rest of us were thoroughly inspired. Maybe it was deep and great admiration of his oldest brother who is a mighty Atenean lawyer (well...maybe). Out of the blue, she decided to abide with my father's command and grand plan: a brood of 6 - 3 lawyers and 3 doctors...simply put. So after she finished her ho-hum course at Assumption College in San Lorenzo Makati (did I tell you Loggy has an inner desire to be "girly-girly"), she took the dive and enrolled herself at the Colegio de San Agustin Law School in Iloilo City. You may ask why take law in Iloilo when her two Atenean brothers can very well insert her in the august halls of the Rockwell Law School. Well, Loggy opted to take law near home as she studied alongside two chores. At the same time she was memorizing those latin maxims, Loggy was head teacher of her own Montessori School and Assistant Manager of our family bank in Guimaras. Hell yes! This young petite lady is a explosive canon. She is just marvelous.

Loggy, you are one of a kind. Congratulations! Ever wonder why this oldest brother has danced like crazy last New Year's Eve and during the Ati-atihan....well..now you know.

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