Friday, September 12, 2008

one for lagal[og]

How can I miss voting this year's Philippine Bl[og] Awards when I actually nominated a bl[og]? What's great is ,the blog that I've nominated, is now an official nominee for the bl[og]gers choice category.

So one vote will go to one of my favorite travel and photo bl[og].


I personally like his blog because he captures ordinary moments and makes it extraordinary because of his connection to his subject. I already met Oggie and I can describe him as someone who's naturally witty and humble. Humble in the sense that he always recognizes God as the one behind his talent in photography and writing.

His hobby of traveling, photography and writing has already led him to numerous recognition and achievements. These includes articles and photos featured on travel and photography magazines.

I am lucky enough to have the chance to feature him before on my old blog. So I am reposting that online interview here.

what lead you to blogging?
I’ve had this affinity for writing journals since I was a kid. It was just a natural thing to follow that path when blogging started. When I started over 4 years ago, my blog was just words. But I mixed in pictures here and there over the years.

when did you consider photography as a hobby?
I always had the inclinations for photography but is just 2 to 3 years ago when I had the means to indulge in it. Now, It’s a cross between a hobby and a quasi-career. I work in advertising and working with professional photographers, I may have picked up techniques here and there so plunging into photography came a bit easily.

your pictures was featured in the Outdoor
Photographer magazine, what are the most important
lessons that you learned in

Connect with the subject whether it’s another person or an awesome landscape. One can be technically flawless but if one doesn’t connect with the subject, the image can be a faultless but emotionally detached.

you visited many places in the Philippines, what
places do you consider the best in terms of nice views
and interesting culture?

This is a very difficult question to answer since each place is different; each culture is vibrant in its own way. Although I always have an affinity for Mindanao since it is less commercialized. Also faraway places like Batanes or off the beaten path like Biliran and Siquijor. I have a predilection for exploring places less visited by tourist.

what makes every trip special?
The great unknown. You can only research so much but your actual experience would be different from what the internet or the books may tell you. Either way, you come out richer for the experience.

i noticed that your blog also promotes good
spirituality, how important is that to you?

My writing and photography are symbiotically-connected to my spirituality. When I first went into serious photography, I get a lot of comments that there’s an intense emotional feeling viewers get from the images. My only explanation for that is because I immerse myself in God’s creations. I believe that when you connect to the universe, it will open itself up to you.

Also, I got into landscape photography to share my awe of God’s creation. Nothing like standing on a mountaintop to feel there’s a power far greater than the biggest ego.

what profession would you accept even without pay?
Being a guide to the Philippines. When I started my blog, it was just to put my happenings on a journal but I had an epiphany one day and realized that it could be put to good use. So I re-skewed my directions to show that this country, no matter how dreary the news may get, is still a beautiful place to be.

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Erick said...

nice! oggie all the way!

alam mo dom. kahit hindi ko kilala personally si oggie eh i will still vote for his blog. why? i tried browsing other blogs na kasali and i found out that yung kay oggie talaga ang the best (no offense sa iba).

go oggie!

Photo Cache said...

I've been to his site and he's very talented. His photos are outrageously good. Good luck to him.

Heart of Rachel said...

I visited the site and his photos are outstanding. There are so many interesting posts and I'll be coming back there for sure.

Oman said...

dom, i ahve always been a fan of oggie's work, sa list of nominees sya talaga pinakadeserving manalo (i agree with erick). he is such a talented and humble guy. just voted for him at sana talaga manalo sya.

Rio said...

wow! gudluck to oggie=)

Abou said...

good luck ke lagalog! may he wins!

pusangkalye said...

I never heard of this guy or his blog until I read your post. Glad that you do support other bloggers. You are not this introvert person who only cares about his own blog. Keep it up DONG. That's what I like about you....

Shawie said...

ah, that's interesting blog to check out... a diverse hobby combined into one passion, capturing the world as it sleeps and awakes:)

wanderingcommuter said...

naku, panahon na nga nanaman ng phil blog awards. hehehe...

you have my vote for him after i read the interview

_ice_ said...

..ndi ko sya kilala heheh sory pero galing nya ha..

good luck na lng sa kanya

Tink *~*~* said...

Wonderful interview. I am another one to whom blogging appeals because of journaling from a very young age. Only now I add photos, too.

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

RedLan said...

deservng talaga yang si oggie manalo. goodluck to him!

Carver said...

Good interview and I'll definitely check out his blog. Sounds interesting.

Anonymous said...

wow I used to read his blog kaso nawala ko yung link hehe.. Thanks Dong

Anonymous said...

naunahan ako ah. heheh.. just kidding..

deserving ang lagal[og] manalo..

atticus said...

good tip. sige, pupuntahan ko ang blog niya.

Pietro Brosio said...

Very good interview, I'll visit this blog.

SandyCarlson said...

That's a great interview. You are always so good to lift up your freinds.


Happy sunday Dong!

and i hope your web friend wins.

(sori, in a rush ako ngayon... i just openned a number of my fave sites to say HI!)

hasta la ba bye!

escape said...

>erick, all the way nga. ok din ang mga blog ng iba at hopefully yung talagang deserving ang manalo.

kaya good luck din kay abou, richard at rachel!

>photo cache, yes he is. one of my favorite photographer, blogger and writer.

>hi rachel, good luck to you too! my prayer goes to the four of you (oggie, richard, abou and you).

>lawstude, oo dami ngang humahanga kay oggie. magaling naman talaga sya at humble pa.

>hi doc rio, oo good luck din kina abou, richard and rachel.

>abou, good luck din sayo at ni rachel. may prayer goes to the three of you.

>salingpusa, it's really great when your co-bloggers becomes your friend. specially when you have the chance to meet them. you'll appreciate them more.

>hi shawie, exactly! thanks for visiting oggie's blog.

>wandering commuter, salamat!

>ice, i recommend that you check his archives. you'll definitely enjoy reading. dont forget to support rachel, richard and abou as well.

>tinks, that's great!

>redlan, oo deserving nga. let's also support rachel, richard and abou.

>hi carver, that would be great! thanks.

>hi equi, no you have the chance to check oggie's blog again. thanks!

>richard, good luck din sa yo.

>hi atticus, im sure you'll have a great time. check his archives too.

>pietro, thanks and enjoy!

>hi sandy, friends deserves the best from us.

>jasper, salamat sa pagdaan kahit busy ka.

lagal[og] said...

dear dom, photocache, rachel, oman, doc. rio, abou, salingpusa, shawie, wandering commuter, ice, tink, redlan, equilibrium, carver, richard, atticus, pietro, sandy and kris,

salamat nang maraming-marami for the outpouring of support. just the thought of having you all in my corner makes me feel like a winner already, whatever the outcome maybe.

have a good day and God bless everyone!

lagal[og] said...

hahaha, bakit ko ba hindi na-type si erick. erick! salamat salamat salamat!

escape said...

>oggie, oo nga. basta nandito lang kami. all out support ito.

Anonymous said...

oo nga, maganda ang blog nya. :) ako starting pa lang dito sa blogging talaga, parang andami kong namiss... parehas kami ni oggie, mahilig din ako photog pero wala pa ako pambili ng DSLR at kung mamalasin ka nga naman, nasira din recently and aking point and shoot. kaya eto pabasa-basa na lang muna at nangangarap na makalibot ako sa pilipinas.. hehehe...

nga pala, sumali ako sa isang contest, check nyo naman ang site ko

leave naman kayo ng comments para maimprove ko blogs ko.. thank you talaga. :)

AJ said...

sana dumami pa ang mga talentong katulad nyo sa blogosperyong ito.

kmsta mo ko kay ogi d pogi.


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