Kay Init ng Araw sa Tuguegarao!

Of the few instances that I went up north, this work-related travel is seemingly the best one I had – short but sweet.

I’ve stayed in Tuguegarao for technically three days but got to see the area for just about a third of a day. I landed the province at noontime so imagine the heat that’s hovering upon us. Together with my boss, I took the shuttle I contacted prior our departure from Manila, which led us directly to our hotel.

Upon reaching the hotel, I took a quick lunch and asked permission from my boss if I can roam around the city. Without hesitation, she said yes.

I immediately went to the hotel’s reception to ask for the city’s must-go places and the manager gladly gave me a full-blown itinerary on their tourist destinations! (I wasn’t really able to go with the direction given to me as it was already 3 in the afternoon and I have to expedite my little adventure.)

I first went to Buntun Bridge, the longest river bridge in the country, traversing along Cagayan River. I tried going from the bridge’s one end to the other, but the scorching sun does not permit me to.

I initially planned to go to a cathedral somewhere in Piat, but noticing how slow the manong driver drives, I decided to cut the trip short and took off the jeepney when I saw these kalesas, ‘parked’ somewhere in Solana.

I rode one, leading me to what they call their Plaza.

I didn’t see much in the town’s plaza, so I immediately left for St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral. I rented a tricycle for 60php to take me directly to the cathedral.

I really can’t say whether I’ve covered much of Tuguegarao. But one thing’s for sure, I’m definitely coming back. ;P

writing shiznit

Here’s a write-up I did for my cousin’s online portfolio. Took me months to draft. :))

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“He was never the talkeryet, his works resonate a voice that speaks beyond what is audibly comprehensible.”

Such is what is expected to befall in one’s mind should they be acquainted with Jan Michael “JM” Tiukinhoy PamintuanA young professional graphic design artistJM continues to set a standard among his ranks through his modest approach to communicating his inner thoughts and aspirations in a well-defined art form.

He has  put up his own web-based portfolio, Nemi Sketch Studio (www.nemisketchstudio.tumblr.com) where he mutely flaunts his recent projects. The broad lashes may have capitalized from his unfathomable thirst for self-expression, but the subtle strokes speak explicitly of his well thought of images.

Albeit his fresh stints in the industry, JM has long rubbed prudence unto his path. He studied his craft, earnestly sought something that would sever the angst-ridden impression off his art. He earned his 2-year Associate Degree in 3D Animation from the School of Design and Arts of the De La Salle–College of St. Benilde in Manila. And has then proceeded for higher studies in the 3D Sense Media School of the School of Interactive Visual Arts in Singapore, with a Diploma in Digital Visual Effects in Animation specializing in Modeling.

Cognizant of the ever-evolving nature of his chosen profession, he attended various trainings and seminars in the Philippines, Singapore, Canada, Japan and USA. All of his keenness to master his craft were translated into his works for various firms in Manila and Davao, including his family’s The Gilded Expressions, Inc., a design-oriented export company, and Davao-based Jack’s Ridge and Karlo’s Gourmet & Coffee.

At the surface, his works might be easily perceived to reference from a black heavy metal subculture, but once looked with deeper interest leading to heightened curiosity, these black contours on a white platform render an impeccably heady whip of graphic design.

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Some of his works:

Pen Abstract Sketch (Electrified 15)

Pen Abstract Sketch (Electrified 10)

Pen Abstract Sketch (Electrified 3)