Fishing and fishermen

Photo Friday: Fishing and fishermen

With 7,000 islands scattered around the country and one of the world’s nations with very extensive coastlines, its a given that fishing is one of the biggest livelihood in the Philippines.

As a travel photographer and blogger, This is perhaps one of the most beautiful subjects. Its not difficult to find too. Spend time in the provinces with a coast or beach early in the morning or in the afternoon and you can be certain to capture authentic images. Even in transit.

Below are ten photographs that I have captured over a span of years wandering around the archipelago. From the remoteness of Cuyo Island where fishermen are pulling their nets before sunrise to the provincial cities of Surigao and Ormoc, with the latter, while waiting for my fastcraft ride to Cebu after almost a day at the bus from Manila.

I do hope you will like these images and share it with your friends. ENJOY,

PHOTO FRIDAY will be a regular post showcasing travel images with a theme.

Fishermen early in the morning pulling their nets at Cuyo town's beach

Fishermen early in the morning pulling their nets at Cuyo town’s beach

A fisherman poses before heading to his banca at Taggat Lagoon in Claveria, Cagayan province

A fisherman poses before heading to his banca at Taggat Lagoon in Claveria, Cagayan province

Shrimp trawling in the shallow coast of Valladolid in Negros occidental before the sun sets

Shrimp trawling in the shallow coast of Valladolid in Negros occidental before the sun sets

Beautiful morning hue paint the sky before sunrise as two fishermen on their banca in Ormoc City

Beautiful morning hue paint the sky before sunrise as two fishermen on their banca in Ormoc City

Fishermen carrying fresh catch in the morning off the beach of Cuyo town in Palawan

Fishermen carrying fresh catch in the morning off the beach of Cuyo town in Palawan

An old fisherman pulling his net early in the afternoon at the beach in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte

An old fisherman pulling his net early in the afternoon at the beach in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte

Silhouettes of fishermen, banca and an islet off the coast of Isla Gigantes Norte in Carles, Iloilo

Silhouettes of fishermen, banca and an islet off the coast of Isla Gigantes Norte in Carles, Iloilo

Fishermen doing a 'bayanihan' by helping a fellow fisherman carry his banca to the sea

Fishermen doing a ‘bayanihan’ by helping a fellow fisherman carry his banca to the sea in Mabua Pebble Beach, Surigao City

Fishing boats gathering near the shore early in the afternoon in Gigantes Norte, Carles, Iloilo

Fishing boats gathering near the shore early in the afternoon in Gigantes Norte, Carles, Iloilo

A fisherman passing by boats with Coron's interesting mountains in the background

A fisherman passing by boats with Coron’s interesting mountains in the background

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

I’m open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

11 Comments

  1. Reydan Duldulao
    May 9, 2014 @ 12:54

    Great shots Sir! Hindi ko akalaing nakarating ka na rin pala sa hometown ko, Claveria, Cagayan! πŸ™‚ When was that? Hehe. This post makes me miss Taggat Lagoon!

  2. estancabigas
    May 9, 2014 @ 13:47

    Hello Rey, thanx bro! Yes, been there around 3 years ago. Di ko pa natapos ma post ang taggat/claveria trip ko. I was there for the Jessica Soho Kapuso Mo feature before then yung nag Calayan ako. But been there mga 5 times na rin πŸ™‚

  3. Reydan Duldulao
    May 9, 2014 @ 15:22

    Wow… daming beses ka na pa lang nakarating dun! Great to know. Got relatives there or talagang visit lang? Where did you stay? Astig naman. πŸ™‚ Fiesta sa amin dun ngayon (May 7-11). Too bad I went home last week due to an emergency now I am back to Manila. Sayang di ako naka-attend. Let me know when will you visit my hometown again.

  4. estancabigas
    May 17, 2014 @ 23:49

    Oh, almost hometown mo na pala. Three resorts ang na puntahan ko dun but forgot their names e. hehehe.

  5. Reydan Duldulao
    May 19, 2014 @ 7:58

    It is my hometown Sir Estan πŸ™‚ I usually go home during summer, holidays (Dec-Jan), and July. πŸ™‚

  6. estancabigas
    May 19, 2014 @ 8:49

    Ah. I like the place especially Taggat. Then eating Claveria longanisa. πŸ™‚

  7. Reydan Duldulao
    May 19, 2014 @ 9:46

    Lagoon! Nakaka-miss lalo magvideoke at swimming plus akyat sa falls… stroll along the beach at upo sa rock formations… isa na lang di ko nagagawa dun, ang umakyat sa may bundok going up sa cross. πŸ™‚ You tried riding sa boat?

  8. estancabigas
    May 19, 2014 @ 10:13

    di ko pa nasubukan mag boat to get a clear photo of the two rocks. kaya di pa ako nag post e. hahaha. falls ung sinemento?

  9. Reydan Duldulao
    May 20, 2014 @ 7:27

    Haha kaya pala… I was looking for it, landmark na kasi ng Claveria yung two rocks which is called Lakay-lakay and Baket-baket… (old man and old woman) πŸ™‚ Yup yung sinemento, pero puno na ng bato haha, though umaakyat kami dun, may magandang portion sa bandang itaas eh.

  10. estancabigas
    May 20, 2014 @ 9:30

  11. estancabigas
    May 20, 2014 @ 9:33

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