AGE OF EDGE

Allow me start by saying, I’m so done with tumblr. I mean, if only Tumblr Magazine was a mere product of my mental invention, then I’d probably be on a long hiatus or just be inactive most of the time. I just can’t afford blogging as much as i blog before. But with Tumblr Magazine, I feel like this passion brought me into a dimension where discovery and improvement meet. Last week, I attended an advanced writing workshop with The Philippine Daily Inquirer. According to their Lifestyle Editor, Ms. Pam Pastor, writing is muscle. You must keep on practicing. Write not only because it’s your job, or you’re obliged to. Write because you observed something. Write because there’s a story to tell, an experience to share. There are a LOT of tumblr bloggers, tumblr bloggers need to know. Even I don’t know where I’m getting the drive to push through with this online magazine project. Probably as long as there are interesting things to share and great people to discover, then the engine lives on. 

Now that we’re on our 3rd year run as the only online magazine on tumblr Philippines for tumblr bloggers, all that’s running through my mind is a series of past meet up I’ve had with the past covers, thinking, people are actually into this…into a project I started for me to sharpen my skills at the same time build a bridge that connects microbloggers to microbloggers. Where will this take me? I have no idea. But if this is a journey, I’d say I’m having the best times.

For our 36th Issue, after 3 long years, people actually think that having Melvin Tordecilla on the cover, (tumblr famous on his own rights) would be a testament that we have a lot of plans brewing, and that we know how to wait. What’s in store for this month’s issue? Just like the cover itself, it’s a series of entertaining reads in multiplicity. 

On behalf of my amazing Associate Editor, Raphael Balbaboco (the man who introduced me tumblr and supported me with this project the moment he saw how devoted I am into this), my resident photographer friends who never failed to amaze me with their God-given talent, to the creative team I’ve formed every issue (you guys know who you are), to the followers, readers and to everyone who believe that this is actually, SOMETHING….thank you. 

Here’s to a brand new year of productivity, discovery, and fun. 

Happy 3rd Anniversary Tumblr Mag PH!

–Dexter Balita, EIC

Special thanks to Ariel Magyawe Jr. for a wonderful wonderful job with our amazing cover. 

(share your thoughts & greetings here)

I was there standing on my little spot. That was my share and it was just fine with me. I make little movements comfortably, thinking that it would be best for me to move a little but stay there. I am better off away from all the pain. The world spins and I stay put, enjoying my little space. People come, people go, and still, I am not going anywhere. This is where I am safe. But then, in just a snap, I’m going to the open and risking myself to get exposed to everything again. Sure, it would be painful, but hey, this time, it is worth it. 

(photo from arielmagyawejr)


   HIS BLOG. A Mecca of eyegasmic photo manipulations.

            – I’ll take you back that one fine evening when my room mate showed me this tumblog he came acrossed. Just like a tumblr newbie, i was at awe with every single photos posted. But just like any tumblr homies, this is the blog that deserves a slot in my dash. Follow that bastard! Through keen observation brought by curiosity as to who this creative guy is, i learned that he is a friend of a friend of mine. And with all the chances in front of me, i texted this friend of mine (let’s call him beben-eleben). I asked him if we could set a meeting with this guy. Beben assured that the meeting will happen, for he is scheduled to do a photoshoot with him, for a portfolio he was planning. I just found myself riding a bus on my way to Balagtas, Batangas, off to beben’s humble abode. That day, all the worlds collided, and right before my very eyes, this guy (let’s call him Ariel Magyawe Jr.) is in action. I must say, Ariel was one of the most (if not, the most) humble tumblrista that I met. He have no idea that he’s doing magic with his creations. And that with these creations, he is earning our admirations to his talent, that following him on tumblr isn’t enough to prove it. Believe it or not, he told me that he follows back right away everytime someone follows him. Walang simoy ng kahit na anong hangin sa utak ng taong ito. With all his excuses in our aim to pursue this issue, (excuses regarding him helping out his siblings with school works) I learned that Ariel is a family guy. I keep on telling him this, Y U SO HUMBLE!? Isa si Ariel sa pinakamabait na taong nakilala ko. It’s through his eyes and through his actions, two things that just won’t lie.

            In a span of three months, we at Tumblr Mag will be celebrating our first anniversary. Every month we strive to make every cover as remarkable as possible, and always better than the previous ones. What we want to achieve before we turn a year older, is to  put a highlight on people we would like everyone here in tumblr to discover. In our 10th issue,  tumblrmagazineaims to hunt down the unheralded young minds of tumblr and filter out the reasons why you should check their tumblogs out. We will collate some of the deepest, weirdest (even the darkest) secrets of your resident tumblristas.

            Also in this issue, we’ll get to know one stranger that you just can’t ignore, fierce and compact, juvenile and nonchalant to all the tumblr fuck ups, MaikhoFranco. Magnifying his tumblog will be our tumblr mag insider, Pael (@bulalakawblues).

            Plus! The hit comic, Ate Gay and why it took him forever to pull our funny string. With his witty mashup of old and modern songs, no one can hold his breath and avoid bursting to laughter. We will also feature the famous showbiz insider and blogger byxspeaks, straight from twitter landia, and all the hullabaloos happening in the entertainment industry today. And for this month’s tumblr project, we will squeeze out all the positive reinforcement and introduce to you some random tumblrista and give you reasons why you should stalk them out.

            Over a cup of Starbucks coffee jelly that Ariel gave me, I gave birth to this issue. An issue of Discovery. That in life, we are always on a journey to figure out something. The world will show us everything. The world will make us experience everything. The world allows us to discover everything. All we have to do is take a leap.


P.S.  Special thanks to PAEL (@bulalakawblues), for without him, this dream cover won’t be possible. To the collaboration we had in coming up with this layout and other insights, i owe him a lot. It took us a lot of drafts and scanned handwritings just for the perfect “THE DISCOVERY ISSUE” to grace the cover. Also, to Beben (@beben-eleben), for helping me out meeting our cover boy for the month. 

#078 Tumblr Magazine Layout Vol.1

Issue No: 1

Cover: Ariel Magyawe Jr. —-> I’ve been looking forward on making a cover for this blogger pero dahil sa dami ng super lupit niyang shot eh nahihirapan akong mamili. I’ve been following his blog for quite a long time now & I’m really impressed the way he edits his shots. His concepts are superb. Nakakainggit talaga. You guys should check his blog posts and follow him also. Visit his blog HERE.

May nakita kasi ako sa tracked tags ko, nag search daw sila ng HOTDOG NI at lumabas ang litrato ko. Tinignan ko at nakita ko nga! Nagkaroon pa ko ng kakilala at kasama. DARWIN NANDITO KA! HAHAHA! 


Pati gatas ni ariel nandito. Haha!

Hotdog ni Rhadson. SHET. :))

Try mo sa google. Search mo “ Hotdog ni ” tapos images. Hahaha! Find me there :))

1. How did you discover tumblr?

Ms. Tricia Gosingtian’s works at deviantart linked me to her tumblr blog. I’ve been a fan of her photography ever since I got interested on this craft. Also, I found out that there’s an iPhone app for Tumblr and thought that it would be easier to have an online diary.

 2. What is your blogging style?

I’m not really aware of what style of blogging I have, I think it would fall on the random category. Hahaha! at the first place, I don’t really consider myself as a blogger. It just happened that I post photos and I find Tumblr easy to use.

 3. Tell me something about yourself.

My tumblr URL tells my fullname and I’m 26. Shocks! what a shame revelation. I’m an Electronics Engineer by profession and a photographer by heart. :) 

 4. A lot of tumblristas admire you for the magic that you create with every photo manipulation you make. How do you do this, tell us something about this magnificent talent you have.

I am really thankful for every bit of appreciation my works are getting every time I post them. Those appreciations help a lot for me to be inspired and improve. Technically, I see this kind of installation art as a collage - a detailed collage. My working process includes:

1. Imagination - i think, all kinds of arts started with this. It may come from a dream, an emotion, or a certain event. Sometimes, I make a draft by sketching what final artwork I want to achieve.

2. Shooting - most piece I made include myself so I have to shoot instead of getting resources from the web. I use a tripod, Canon500d and 18-55mm lens.

3. Getting extra resources - currently, my own resources are not enough to make some scenes I want, so getting free stock images from the internet is really helpful. But if i’m going to pursue this kind of art, I’m planning to shoot photos for my own resources.

4. Editing -  This is really where the magic happens. Need not to explain more. Hahaha! I use Adobe Photoshop. Also, listening to music helps to extract creative juices. I listen to instrumentals while working.

 5. When did you discovered this talent you have?

It started with my 365 Project last year (A self-portrait project that I wasn’t able to finish). When I reached the 50% mark of the project, the winds of creativity blew me to this category. By that time, the last time I use other photoshop’s tools aside from brightness and contrast, was when I was in highschool doing my English Journal.

6. Of all your creation, which one is your favorite? and why?

I have some favorite photos of me. Though the order varies according to my current feelings.

This is one of them. A self-portrait I did a year ago. An interpretation of “No one is more responsible for ourselves but ourselves”. For some reasons, this photo reminds me that, more often than not, we have choices and the so-called second chance. I called this piece “Rebirth.”

7.  Is inspiration important for you to create these images or you’re just there eager to make one every time you want?

Of course, inspiration is the driving force to create something art related. (Well, I think, there’s  art in everything, so does inspiration). When I feel blank, or uninspired, I don’t shoot or if I do, there’s a big chance that I am going to delete what I have taken right away. I try to make every photo with a personal touch - something close to my heart.

 8. 3 tumblristas you look up to and why.

a) Ms. Tricia Gosingtian is a huge inspiration to me. It’s a bit ironic that I idolize a lady fashion photographer, but I really find her works calming and something that breathes class. She’ll forever be my local photography hero.

b) Mr. Robbie Bautista is another big inspiration. Though he’s not really active on tumblr anymore, I am a frequent visitor of his personal and travel blog. The creative dork made me really palpitate the day he followed me. I really love his works!

 c) Mr. Vin Quilop made my mind went blank for a number of times whenever I saw his new masterpieces. I lost my drawing/painting ability back then when I held a camera (not a fair trade! since drawing is my first love). I am really amazed by the talent of this guy. Because for me, when it comes to visual art, the traditional drawing and painting will still be on the highest place.

 The list goes on and on. There are a lot of talented people in this microblogging community.

 9. 5 things we don’t know about you.

a) I loved watching anime’s during college days. Cardcaptor Sakura was my #1 favorite. I even put a wing symbol on my signature as a tribute.

b) Speaking of tribute, I am fond of making tribute videos (photo slide shows) before. Visit my abandoned youtube channel (arielmagyawejr) if you want to see it.

c) I used to draw and bring a sketchpad with me during college days even if it was unrelated to my course. I am really inspired by Yesha (the Meteor Garden II character). I’m an F4 fan too. I bought 2 of Vic Zhou’s album.

d) I freak out on cockroaches. Who does not?!

e) I like the idea of having a cup of coffee while reading a book, but I don’t drink coffee and read books that much.
10. How does it feel to be featured here in tumblr magazine. You’re our 12th cover! :D

I feel so honored to be featured by tumblrmagph. Upon reading the previous issues, I knew that you already featured interesting and talented Pinoy Tumblristas. Really feels really great. Your invitation is like a bucketful of inspiration poured to me! Thank you!



HappyNewYear sa mga SUPER AWESOME kong followers :]

Sana nagustuhan niyo ang aking simple na regalo bago magtapos ang taong 2011, salamat dahil lagi kayong tapat sa paglilike minsan at pagsubaybay sa aking araw-araw na argumento, opinyon at istorya. Ngayon taon kayo ang talagang nagpasaya sakin ng todo na sagad to the bones ang kilig *hanudaw?* Hindi ko kasi maimagine kung anong nagustuhan niyo sa aking munting mundo kaya ako ay lubos na nagpapasalamat. Sana ngayong darating na taong 2012 lalo ko pa kayong makilala, maka-usap at makita na rin ng personal. :P AMEN!

Awesome Bloggers:

Describe Blog ( July 27, 2012) "arielmagyawejr"

arielmagyawejr also known as Ariel Magyawe Jr.

Isa na siguro si Ariel sa pinaka magaling na Photographer o Photography blogger na finafollow ko sa blog ko. I mean hindi lang sya basta yung tipikal na taong may ari ng isang camera at kukuha ng litrato na minsan ay nagiging abubot na lang ng ibang tao dahil sa pagka-mainstream nito sa publiko, sya yung tipo ng Photographer na, may laman at may istorya ang bawat litrato na kinukuha nya. Magaling sa magaling, yan ang masasabi ko sa kanya. Isa sya sa unang Photo Blog ng Pinoy na finallow ko at talagang hinangaan ko.

Una ko syang nakita ng personal noong ATC Meet Up, gusto ko sya lapitan noon at kausapin ng konti tungkol sa pagkuha ng litrato pero dahil sa inulan ata ako ng kaba at hiya, hindi ko nabigyan ng pagkakataon ang sarili ko para makausap sya o kahit makapag pa picture sa kanya. 

Nagkausap na kami minsan sa TA, doon ko ata sya unang nakausap kahit na sa sandaling pagkakataon lang pero okay naman din, nakalimutan ko na kung anu yung sinabi ko sa kanya medyo matagal an din yun pero nito lang huling meet up na napuntahan ko, hindi ko na pinalampas yung pagkakataon na makakilala pa sya ng mas personal. Sa Ultimate Meet up na pinamunuan ni Gyno ko sya nakasama, sinuwerte pa ako na maging ka Team mate sya sa Amazing Race. Nakilala na din nya ako na sobra ko ikinatuwa, super effort nga sya sa Race, syempre ako ba naman yung lider eh. Sobrang bait at humble lang nyang tao, simple lang na talaga nakaka dagdag ng crush points. Kinuhaan pa nya kami ng pictures, as a group, noong nag swimming kami at syempre yung solo ko para sa madalas nyang collection of portraits pag may meet up. May picture din kami dalawa kaso nabura ata ni Alexis kasi cam lang nya yung gamit namin pero ayos na din siguro.

Ang masasabi ko lang talaga sa huling linyang ito ay, Si Ariel ang isa sa sinasaludo kong PhotoBlogger at isang kaibigan na gusto ko pa makilala. Sabi nga nya sakin sa huling TA na nagka usap kami, “I like your attitude”, kinilig ako ng sobra doon :)) Miss you Ariel, take care always and see you soon.