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Guest 02-Mar-2009 17:32
Hi Russel,
all your shots are wonderful. pulag shot are beautiful. comforting to see your shots about benguet. makes me feel more homesick too. thanks. keep up the good work.

Russel Ariola25-May-2008 14:09
Thanks for the support renz.
renz 25-May-2008 12:46
i love your shots! idol! ganda nung sa falls! galing! idol!
Russel Ariola11-May-2008 14:04
Thanks Guest.
Guest 10-May-2008 22:27
Hi there!Good work!Nice pictures of my native land... thanks!
Russel Ariola31-Mar-2008 00:15
Thanks daniel, do come back I have lots of photos of Benguet coming
danielrence 29-Mar-2008 09:04
im proud to see those pictures while im far from home. i miss my hometown bila!!!!!

Guest 26-Feb-2008 15:26
thank you for sharing your panagbenga photos russel =)
Russel Ariola06-Dec-2007 09:49
Thanks you SEXY!!!
Lorna 05-Dec-2007 04:08
hi there!... as always.. lovely photos you have here... i really love them all....
abbob 04-Nov-2007 14:35
nice collections bro! its good to know, you have somebody to ask to when it comes to stuffs like this...

keep blinkin'!
Russel Ariola17-Jun-2007 04:54
THanks eatstuff :)
Guest 16-Jun-2007 12:06
I think you're on a whole different level than a lot other people.
Russel Ariola09-Mar-2007 04:01
Thanks jennifurrd, glad you enjoyed it
Guest 07-Mar-2007 15:08
Your photos have kept me glued to the computer screen for hours.
Russel Ariola02-Jan-2007 08:04
No you cant gids. Its all in the eye. Thanks
gids 08-Dec-2006 13:38
Great pics! I'm amazed how effectively you utilize your the hilt...! Can you substitute exposure, constant use and wild experimentation with a formal photography study?
perry 27-Jul-2006 13:11
I love your pictures, very colorfull but I can not see the text. May be you should change it to a brighter color. Just a suggestion, makes it a little easy for oldees to see.
Russel Ariola29-Jun-2006 16:11
Thanks adelina, flower festival is usually february to march but the parades are held 2nd or 3rd week. It all depends, this year they had some problems. You should catch it some time its something really different.
Adelina 29-Jun-2006 15:34
Wow nice pictures! I always want to see this kind of parade but always miss whenever I go visit. Last time I went to Baguio was May of 2004. When is the date for flower parade? 12-Jun-2006 10:14
Sehr nützlich, informativ und anschaulich!
Guest 07-May-2006 11:56
Breath taking pictures you have there Russel, That could even be compared to Blue Mountain in Australia! awesome! Thanks for sharing!

JAG, Cananda
Fonzo 23-Apr-2006 16:06
Congratulations on your new art of photography. Most of all congratulations on your marriage you look very happy and I wish you and your wife the best of luck. Wow things change your married who would've thought.
Take care hope to talk to you someday.
Russel Ariola04-Apr-2006 23:42
no special filters, i have a lensbaby for some effects. That BandW thing is easy
Grace M 04-Apr-2006 07:31
hey mayng... what camera do you use? do you use any special filters/lenses to do the effects? how you do that B/W pic with one object in color? tips! tips!
Russel Ariola26-Mar-2006 12:14
Thanks Armel, I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
Guest 26-Mar-2006 06:04
Hi Russ,

I appreciate all the pictures you took, galing galing! NAKAKA HOMESICK EH! cheers for you (jack daniels while browsing the pictures)."just like those where my day's in Baguio". Regards from a louisian! THANKS!


Grace M. 24-Mar-2006 18:00
That jabbadababy pic is the best! She looks so wise beyond her years... err.. months, with that contemplative look on her face, and her arm holding onto the palanggana for support.

hella good!

(you should not have mentioned that... haha)
Russel Ariola24-Mar-2006 12:30
Thanks for the compliment Grace M. Im glad you didn't say HELLA BREATHTAKING. I would have gone bananas
Grace M. 24-Mar-2006 08:48
Yo Rubbahumpy! It's been about 10 years since I met you! Just want to say HI, and great to GOOGLE you up and see all the beautiful pictures you took! Your photos scream GENIUS, and many are freakin breathtaking! (Belated congrats on your adorable daughter too!)
Russel Ariola24-Mar-2006 01:43
Thanks Vooodz. Glad to know your interested. My crash course fee is a 6 pack of beer. Everyone learns eventually :)
voodzzz 23-Mar-2006 12:06
dude, hanep!! I love photography pero ala akong mga gamit and I even dont know how to use a digital cam. Anyway nice work pre, hope you can give me a crash course when I go on vacation. Cge dre see you sa BCO!
Bruce L. 18-Mar-2006 15:19
Thank u so much. especially mines Bagio city. I have been there 3 yrs ago. I can memorize there through your photos. thanks.
I'm Bruce from Korea.
Denver L. 18-Mar-2006 04:45
Nice site... ganda ng mga pictures
Mei Ann 17-Mar-2006 05:27
Hi manong great site love ut work can u b photographer @ my kasal lol tell ya when after i get back home to bagui0 hehehe
Russel Ariola17-Mar-2006 03:15
Thanks Anne. I myself never took any classes. Just alot of reading on the internet and I know one person who has been guiding me. My friend advised me to keep shooting shooting and have fun doing it, thats probably most important. If you want to get into the technical aspects of photography then email me I'll be more than happy to start you off.
Anne L. 17-Mar-2006 00:34
Hello, Russell. I, too, am a Baguio native who is now based in San Diego, California. I LOVE the pictures you took. I have a more than mild interest in photography but don't know how to start learning more about this art. Heck, I don't even know if I have the skills...but I'm willing to learn. Any suggestions for a beginner? Take classes perhaps? Your input would be appreciated. Thanks!
Guest 10-Mar-2006 12:56
Russel, you got a nice gallery here!!

thank you for visiting at my pbase site however i have migrated to another home.

hope you can drop by some time.

dave (leyte, philippines)
Russel Ariola05-Mar-2006 09:25
Well I used my Canon 300d and an 85mm prime lens. Cameras are just a tool. If your passionate enough you can use a 50 year old camera and still take great pictures. Good luck to you bongeez
bongeez 05-Mar-2006 04:17
russel, i just want to know what camera you use to take the great pictures of panagbenga 2006. I'm in the hunt for a good camera. Tnx
JD 01-Mar-2006 12:36

As a moderator of the Baguio Information Group, I was honored to refer your Feb 26 photos of the big parade on our forum for folks from Europe to N.America to view your vivid captures of the Flower Festival! With your kind permission, I would like to feature your individual photos of Baguio as the lead in page on the forum. Please join us at:
It is a public forum, open to all who wish to talk about Baguio, live in Baguio or visit Baguio.!!


Ole'Hoss in BAguio
Omie 28-Feb-2006 18:03
Hi Russel,

I am also a native of Baguio and I am currently living in Northern Virginia (US) and I haven't seen my hometown in over 30 years. I really like the pics of yesterday (60's) and today. I remember the city as it was back in the 60's and early 70's. The current pics blew me away, the town has just boomed. I don't know if that's bad or good but like any vibrant city it has to grow.
FYI, I am related to the DeGuia's, Florendo's and Bugayong's who are still residents.
Looking forward to more pics.

Russel Ariola27-Feb-2006 12:31
Thanks Alan. I hope I wouldn't break as much cameras as you though :) this is definitely an expensive hobby. We are natives of this city and we share a fondness for it. I'm gladd you enjoyed it.
alan franz 27-Feb-2006 04:31
hey russel, took me sometime to look up fron the internet photos of the panagbenga 2006, only to find crap shots of it until i stumbled into your website.

man, may i say you have got the eyes in your lenses! im very passionate about photography (although this is not my professional field), i have broken so many cameras since i learned how to hold, point and shoot them, lol.

anyhoots, lovely pictures of the flower festival. it surely has brought me closer to home (baguio) once more.

last time i went to the philippines, i never had the chance to roam around the city. through your eyes i can see such difference it has evolved into - very welcoming into the future.

well done to you mate!
candy 26-Feb-2006 15:56
cool pics, thankx for sharing....
Guest 15-Feb-2006 02:31
excellent photos. i enjoyed looking at them.
Russel Ariola13-Feb-2006 11:35
Thanks Willy! appreciate the comment.
willy p. 13-Feb-2006 09:23
Great work, Russel! I'm a regular visitor to Baguio and into urban history. Very good phot-doc of the changes in the urban landscape, especially Session Road.
Jam 08-Feb-2006 09:15
Amazing photo's I love each in everyone of the snapshots, very artistic....thanks for sharing a wonderful job...

More power to you...
Russel Ariola25-Jan-2006 22:48
Thanks Pearl :)
Pearl 25-Jan-2006 17:36
you are a pro!!! good job!
Princess-Lea 23-Jan-2006 18:21
yep rubba... it's all about name recognition, i guess ?!? lolz
Darth Vader 31-Dec-2005 23:36
Rubba... I LOVE the gallery entitled "...shhh." I Force is strong with you, young Bodega. But you are not a Jedi yet. If you only knew the power of the L lens. Search your feelings. You KNOW it be true!
Princess-Lea 31-Dec-2005 03:12
Awesome pics rubbahumpy... love most of them except for the front photo captioned "...shhh" but overall very artistic. You've got the potential of being the next Tommy Hafalla. Would love to see more dimensional work though. Keep on working on your craft and embrace your talent !!!Best wishes!!! :)
Igorota75 28-Dec-2005 23:06
Galing talaga.....makes me go back home right now !
Luis 13-May-2005 03:07
Good to have you back in NYC. Word is bond!
Bien10-May-2005 10:00
Hi Russel,
Thanks for the nice comment on the Baguio Catherdral!! That was taken sometime ago with my Sony point and of these days I'll go back there and reshoot with another camera, this time I'll make sure I have a tripod. The only thing I didn't like was having to put up with those barricades in front, they didn't have them before...(a long time ago)

Lorie 01-Jan-2005 02:20
Hi Russel...surprise? I am your Ate Lorie (Luring) from Canada. Happy New Year...We're just finished talking to Sandro, Tang Gusto & Auntie Beth. How's your vacation? Guess you're having so much fun out there ..siyempre naman kasi walang snow & not too cold like here di ba? O siya, give my regards to Lisa & family and everybody out there. Take care......

Ate Luring
Victor 09-Jun-2004 14:57
I like that, humps ahead pic you took, and the hydrant. so you actually putting that camera into use there, but here at NYC you take pix of pigeons and your trunk in your driveway.
Luis 08-Apr-2004 18:48
I have taught you well, my Padwan learner. Good photos, seems you have fun taking them and that's what counts, brotha!
Omi 04-Feb-2004 11:13
Great pics kuya... u could be a photographer... I have a business in mind... hehehe ;) I want to see more pics ok? hehe Galing tlaga!