Jojie Alcantara

She is a semi-retired TV host and a Davao-based journalist who started young in 1995. A multi-awarded photographer and artist, her works are featured in tourism campaigns (DOT's It's More Fun in the Philippines) and on covers and spreads of books and international magazines. She has been writing and painting since childhood, and started shooting in 2000.

Her personal advocacy is to promote her country positively to the world. A columnist and solo traveler, she roams the islands in search of inspirational stories and unforgettable images of nature. Showcasing Philippines' natural attractions fill her with adrenalin (even as she fumbles for her asthma inhaler). This Filipina thrives in a male-dominated field with two specialties, aerial and travel photography. Occasionally, she is on television as a host or product endorser.

As a photojournalist, she has bagged awards and is a Getty Image contributor. She maintains a column in two newspapers, and contributes to travel and airline magazines. She is a 3-time Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards nominee in two categories, Travel Journalism and Heritage and Culture.

This eccentric artist blogs about her solo adventures, organizes charity events, launches photo exhibits, watches horror films at midnight, hosts TV specials, teaches photography and creative writing workshops, and collects MJ memorabilia (yes, the Gloved One). Apart from travel, her other therapy is collecting music and funny signs.

This free spirit likes living on the edge (rides a chopper over a fuming volcano, braves furious Pacific waves in a tiny boat, explores tribal villages with friendly natives, survives a cage of huge tigers, carries a friendly python over her shoulders, and crosses a marshland filled with crocodiles). At 18, she has catwalked down the runway as a fashionista. Today she loves wearing vintage MJ shirts over again.

She accepts commissioned projects and travel assignments. Currently, she travels around the country and Southeast Asia on tourism and cultural explorations by invitation. Davao will always be her beloved home.

How she juggles her time remains to be a mystery.

View her official portfolio here.