Kalanggaman Island  |  Palompon, Leyte  |  Philippines


Going to a prenuptial shoot is often uneventful. This one occasion, however, was thrill-filled and a bit scary. Maui, Bam and I planned to have a different prenup theme – an island getaway. Having heard about the natural attractions of Kalanggaman, a secluded island, we decided to hold the shoot there.

We travelled by land from Tacloban to the town of Palompon, Northwest of Leyte. It normally takes less than an hour by motorized boat from Palompon to Kalanggaman. The motorized outrigger we contacted to take us to the island was initially prevented from leaving the port by the Coast Guard due to the strong wind and high waves. The group decided to have lunch while waiting for the go signal of the Coast Guard. After an hour, the group was so eager and excited to cross to  Kalanggaman. We decided to board the boat again and told the Coast Guard to let us go since the waves and the wind weren’t strong anymore. The Coast Guard eventually gave the approval. Twenty minutes to the trip there was a change of weather. The waves were starting to rise and the boat started to sway. Everybody in the group went silent except for Soc (friend of the bride) who was shouting all the time telling everybody to be calm and to stop moving. When the waves started to pound our boat I started to get worried. I wasn’t afraid of our gears since we brought our pelican case and I’m confident that it will always be safe and dry. As we were traversing slowly the waves gets bigger and bigger and then all of the sudden the engine of the boat conked out.  I know from what I read that the real danger during high seas is when your boat looses power. The engine conked-out three times in the entire trip. It was at that moment that I started praying hoping that we’ll arrive in the Island safe and sound. It was always a sigh of relief when I would hear the sound of the engine every time the boatman cranks it up. I would hold to the boat tightly and checked my life jacket regularly especially when a 10-15 footer waves would pass us. It was only when I saw the coconut trees of the Island that I became relaxed. It took a little less than 2 hours for us to arrive at the Island. It was slowly but surely. Everybody was wet but I could see happy and relieved faces the moment we set foot on the island.

Anyhow, so much so with the story. Here are the photos of our prenuptial session. It was thrilling but I guess the photos never showed what we went through.


The last five photos were taken on the following day. We were hoping that by then the wind and the waves would subside. We were all wrong. The guide won’t let us swim due  to the strong current and high waves so we opt to just make use of the time and take more snapshots. The trip back to the main land was more better. But we heard the that Coast Guard never allowed anyone to cross to the Island on that long weekend despite the number of tourist. So we were still lucky!:)


Thanks Maui and Bam for giving us the opportunity to capture you and for unforgettable experience that I would surely share to my children.  :)




Jessa - June 14, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Dear Joey,

Such talent you have! wonderful.



joey - October 14, 2011 - 5:04 pm

Hi Tian,

Thanks for dropping by and appreciating. It’s been a long time since I last posted engagement shoot. This one is different because of the experience that’s why I posted. Some clients are privy with their photos that they would ask me not to post their photos. They would prefer the password protected gallery in our website. :) Anyhow, we’ll try to post new events and projects here and over FB. Thanks again and regards to Nicel. :)

christian - October 14, 2011 - 7:03 am

Jo the adventure you had with this shoot was all worth it. The feel of the picture is cinematic and romantic. I know this lady, you made her even more gorgeous with this session.Hey! Its been a while that you haven’t post engagement shoot. Anyhow kudos to you joey(more posts pls.)..congrats to bam and maui

joverly - October 12, 2011 - 10:26 pm

hay, nothing beats you talaga! hehehe…=) great-great pics, bossing.

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