Photo of the Day Contest
Bato Balani sa Gugma by Jacob Maentz
Tuesday, 10th June 2008

Bato Balani sa Gugma

by Jacob Maentz

Singing of the 'Bato Balani sa Gugma' at the Santo Nino Basilica, Thursday evening during Sinulog week. The Sinulog festival is one of the grandest and most colorful festivals in the Philippines. The main festival is held each year on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City to honor the Santo Nino.
Equipment: Nikon D80
Jacob Maentz
I have been into photography since 2000 when I bought my first SLR. I am currently residing in Cebu City, Philippines and have recently started a travel stock photography site.

Bato Balani sa Gugma by Jacob Maentz was photo of the day on Tuesday, 10th June 2008. It is tagged , . You can leave a comment below.


Katherine Lee Strassburg

10th June 2008 at 3:21 am

Fascinating photo. The arm movement is reminiscent of a flock of birds or a school of fish moving in rhythmic unison.

10th June 2008 at 4:12 am

This is amazing. A great ritual..perfect light and the right perspective. Thanks for sharing!

10th June 2008 at 4:47 am

The mixed color temperature of this shot is most peculiar and really adds interest. I see warm “candle” colors, and cold, almost flash-bulb blue. The flotilla on the left seems lit independently. Was there some kind of spot light in the mix, or some kind of stage lights mixed with closing day? If so, its a most engaging blend.


10th June 2008 at 6:49 am

What a fantastic image. Period.

10th June 2008 at 7:36 am

I like the symmetry of this picture. very nice colors and clarity. Well done mate

10th June 2008 at 8:00 am

great capture of moment and culture!!…….

10th June 2008 at 8:28 am

I love the geometry.

10th June 2008 at 10:42 am

quite amusing…
nice pic but rather… bony

10th June 2008 at 1:15 pm

wow! Wonderful moment. Great colors and composition!

10th June 2008 at 2:00 pm

Almost as though the middle of the throng is standing in the shadow of a large monument or building–shot at night? Interesting and full of movement.

10th June 2008 at 2:01 pm

Now I went back to read, Thursday night. Good night shot.

10th June 2008 at 2:26 pm

Amazing picture. Congratulations! Saludos desde Buenos Aires, Argentina

Bart van den Bos

10th June 2008 at 2:26 pm

Glad i’m not ther, My GOD

10th June 2008 at 3:08 pm

Thanks everyone for your comments and interest in the photo. Kirk, the photo was shot about 30 minutes after the sun went down. There is some mixed lighting in the area, spot lights with different colors and some natural light still around. The flotilla is illuminated by itself. I had to use ISO 800 to get a fast enough shutter speed.

If you take a look at this picture from the same evening, you might be able to get a better idea of where the light is coming from.



10th June 2008 at 3:14 pm

WOW! Now thats alot of people! :)


10th June 2008 at 10:06 pm

excellent capture of cultural beauty :)

Sue Gagnon

10th June 2008 at 11:30 pm

Amazing photograph! One has to look twice, even three times to get the full effect of your work.

11th June 2008 at 1:33 am

That number of people in one area is frightening.
What if someone had a cardiac arrest?


11th June 2008 at 2:47 pm

Amazing! As many said, I love the swaying movement that is apparent in this photo! Great work!


11th June 2008 at 4:32 pm

Interesting insight into these religous zealots.


10th June 2009 at 7:59 am

What a mass of people all with one goal. Such is human nature.

22nd July 2009 at 7:43 pm

So many people in the area.


10th June 2010 at 6:52 pm

I forgot about this one you certainly have to look twice.


11th June 2010 at 1:57 pm

This is a good shot, so many people.

15th June 2010 at 2:25 pm

Lots of story material. Congrats!

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