Renzie’s First Photoshoot

Renzie Baluyut

So Odessa and I decided to have a nice little pre-nup shoot so we could have a bunch of pictures to show at the wedding reception we’ve been putting together.

We decided to use a spot near the cake shop in Amadeo, Cavite called Balite Falls. I just realized later that day that this was my very first photoshoot: with me as an actual subject, and a professional photographer clicking away at the other end of the camera lens.

I’m actually pretty pleased with the way the shots turned out. Looks like The Cohen Diet I’ve taken seemed to have really paid off. And I only have my better half to thank for that.

And so here are my solo shots from that batch of photos.

Photography by J Lucas Reyes, and styling by Aira Franco. Thanks to the good people of Sofia’s Cakes Tagaytay for helping us out!

A Visit To Balite Falls [Throwback Thursday]

It’s Throwback Thursday!

For this photo gallery, we revisit January 2010. I just met Odessa a couple of months earlier, and we’ve started to hang out a lot more often. In this particular case, we’ve taken a trip to Tagaytay, dropped by her home town of Amadeo, Cavite, had coffee over at Bag of Beans (in nearby Mendez), and then met up with her cousins and headed out to nearby Balite Falls.

I didn’t know it at the time, but I would later call Amadeo, Cavite home (a couple years later!), and we’d have a prenup shoot at Balite Falls!

Check out more of Renzie’s pics at Balite Falls.

Throwback Thursday started out as a trend on Instagram, and you can check me out on Instagram as well.

Why The Philippines Is Poor

Here’s an interesting view on poverty in the Philippines, by F. Sionil José– one of the country’s prolific literary figures– in his featured column in The Philippine Star:

The election results have cascaded in, and we can see that there will be no exhilarating changes in the power structure that moves this country. As usual, many Filipinos with shallow intellects have voted to power pygmies with the barest qualifications. Hopefully though, a few capable leaders who can keep this nation from going over the brink are also coming in.

Elections cost billions that otherwise should have gone into the massive infrastructure projects that we need. We may just as well not hold them considering the results. But we must if only to bring the ruler and the ruled face to face even though briefly during the campaign season. And for so many of our poor, elections mean a little income from vote buyers, seeing movie and TV stars up close, and reveling in the fiesta atmosphere which relieves the drudgery of penurious living.

All of us are aware of our poverty basically induced by a dysfunctional political system. We have asked why and we have found the answers. This widespread poverty will not be changed, unless our leaders, particularly the President, are ready to betray their clan or class. Now, can we change it? Ballots are ineffective. Bullets, then? Continue reading “Why The Philippines Is Poor”