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An Ideal Venue for Social Occasions ©Edi Y. Huang_FPPF

VOLUME 5, 2012, ISSUE 1

CONTENTS 03 Editorial: The Art of Seeing by CSAngeles


04 PhotoWorld Asia 2012 Speakers by CSAngeles 06 Fernbrook: an Ideal Venue for Social Occasions and PhotoWorld Asia 2012 Hands-on Workshop by CSAngeles 08 18 Years of FPPF Photography Workshops by Chris Malinao 10 At Your Service by Chloe de Guzman 11

Hindi Bawal Mangarap and Mahirap by Chloe De Guzman

12 Seeing Double by Chloe de Guzman 13 Unusual Shapes by Chloe de Guzman 14 Sound of Silence by Cecilia S. Angeles 15 More Than Just Smiles by Raneil Antonio Ibay 16 Batad: Saving a Living Heritage by PJ Enriquez 19 The Unique Ifugao by Cecilia S. Angeles 20 Rudy Fontanilla's Classic Portrait by CSAngeles 21 A Historic Visit to the T'boli Tribe by Chloe de Guzman 22 Cabagnot Captures Thunderbird Photo Contest; Underwater Photography by Cecilia S. Angeles 23 George Tapan, National Geographic Photo Contest Champ by CSAngeles 24 Nature Parks by Ruen T. Verdaguer; Shooting Lights by CSAngeles 26 Vietnam Conquers Filipino Photographers by Cecilia S. Angeles Come Visit My Philippines by Fung Yu 28 St. Vincent Photo Exhibit by Fr. Gregg Bañaga Jr. C.M. 29 Imaging USA 2012 by Lito Beltran 30 Rod Banzon and His Women; Dozen Don't's by CSAngeles, Amorsoloesque at Intramuros by Chloe de Guzman

FPPF PUBLISHERS Eduviges Y. Huang, Chairperson Dr. Amado A. Castro, Finance Officer Lito N. Beltran, Project Director EDITOR-in-CHIEF Cecilia S. Angeles, CONTRIBUTORS Ruwen T. Verdaguer, Chloe de Guzman, Raneil Antonio Ibay, PJ Enriquez, Fr. Gregg Bañaga Jr. C.M., Fung Yu

The Art of Seeing

©Carlo Zamora

Photographers see subjects in photography differently, but each of them expresses his own style and version to show the message in the image. Even if they photograph the same subject, they show varied composition, exposure, perspective, message, and style. Some select wide angles, others extreme close ups, selective focusing, unusual perspectives, and the like. Each picture shows the talent and feelings of the artist or the photographer. The art of seeing is a personal thing. What is amazing to Artist Juan may look drab to his fellow photographer. FPPF has invited foreign and local speakers, experts in their own fields of seeing art, to share their expertise among participants of PhotoWorld Asia 2012 which will be held at the Asian Institute of Management Conference Center in Makati City, January 26-31, 2012. The invited master photographers here and abroad are definitely coming to AIMSCC to fulfill their commitment to Filipino, Middle East and Asian photographers attending the convention. Each speaker discusses specific segments of the art of seeing photographic subjects... indeed another precious learning and skill for PhotoWorld Asia 2011 participants. (CSA)

PHOTOGRAPHERS Raneil Antonio Ibay, CSA, Lito Beltran, Dofran, Edi Y. Huang, Francis Nollan Damaso, Carlo Zamora, Boy Capala, Maria Macabio SECRETARIAT Riza Mae Latoza GRAPHIC DESIGN Frando M. Culata • Foto@Work Creative Group Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, Inc. A. Soriano Avenue, Intramuros , Manila 1002 Tels: (632)524 7576; 525 5792; Telefax: (632)528 0371 E-mail:;;;

©Francis Nollan Damaso


Chairman George Cabig announced that PhotoWorldAsia 2012 has invited foreign and local photographers to speak in this year's photography convention. Jack Reznicki. Humorist. Author. Lecturer. Teacher. Lighting exper t. Photographer. And a lot, lot more. Meet him at PhotoWorld Asia 2012 and enjoy photography with him. "Photography is a wonderful hobby�, he claims. To him photography is also a very enjoyable source of income whether capturing por traits of children, adults, products and services for many companies.

George Cabig

Chairman PWA 2012

An internationally renowned photographer, Jack Reznicki has shared his commercial services with Toys "R" Us, Tylenol, AstraZeneca, The Wall Street Journal, Hyatt, Kodak, Reader's Digest, Crest, AT&T, Playtex and Time Magazine. Among his popular books include Photographers' Survival Guide which is about copyright and legal issues for photographers and Studio and Commercial Photography, a Kodak pro workshop book. Twice he received the International Photographic Council Leadership Medal for Excellence in studio photography at the United Nations. Once he was a guest professor at Shandong University of Art and Design in Jinan, China and named Mo-Tse Grand Master Photographer in China. He also became an Honorary Fellow at the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography. He became the president of the Profressional Photographers of America and was named as an Honorary Master Photographer. Likewise, he was chosen president of Adver tising Photographers of America, New York chapter and a board member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). He is popularly known as Canon Explorer of Light. Don Emmerick. (M.Photog., M.Art, M.EI, API, Hon-EA, F-ASP) A few years ago he was here with wife Nancy, also a photographer. He will talk about Photoshop, a popular tool to improve photography. Don's knowledge in Photoshop is unmatched. He has mastered the ar t and can manipulate it even with eyes closed, I guess. This new science in photography can miraculously alter everything in photography: composition, colors, sizes, tex tures, removal of elements or adding them in the picture. He has travelled in many countries advocating the magic of digital imaging to highlight and improve conventional photography. Lucky are today's convention par ticipants in PhotoWorld Asia 2012 for having master photographers like Don Emmerick who share unselfishly what they know to the world, including the Filipinos. He is a member of Cameracraftsmen of America, Professional Photographers of America, the American Society of Photographers and owner of Studio Art Photography in Oklahoma City. Doran B. Wilson. A very distinguished photographer who earned three distinctions from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA): Master of Photography, Photographic Crasf tman. Master Electronic Imaging. The American Society of Photographers also conferred upon him in 2008 the 98th world wide Fellowship Degree. In addition he has also earned the following honors: William M. Krider Award, 1992-1995, 2004, 2008 Photographer of the Year, Indiana's Top 10, the Kodak Gallery Award of Photographic Excellence, 1986,1990, 1993, 1994, l997, 1998, 1999, 2002 the Fuji Masterpiece Award 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, Indiana Top Ten Photographer 1997-2008 (inclusive yearly) the Electronic Imaging Award l998, 2004, President's Award 1998, Director's Award 1997, Director of the Year 1998, 2005, National Award PPI Fellowship ASP Silver Medallion Award 2006, and most recently the Canon Par Excellence Award 2011. (Whew!!!) A par t of his skills and knowledge in photography came from fellow photographers, and he is here now at PhotoWorldAsia 2012 to share his craft to fellow photographers. His specialization includes photographing medical devices and architecture, lighting and Photoshop. Doran B. Wilson studied at the Colorado Institute of Art and graduated at Winona International School of Photography. He also received fellowship grants from Dean Collins in San Diego, California and Don Emerich at Denver, Colorado. His outstanding credentials include: Photographic Crafstman Master, Master of Electronic Imaging, Cer tified Professional Photographer, Fellow, American Society of Photographers, member PPA, board member, American Society of Photographers, member, Camera Craftsman of America, past president, Professional Photographers of Indiana, instructor at the Winona School of International Photography, seminar speaker and judge of various photo contests. Peter Frank. Versatile... this word best expresses the photographer's knowledge, techniques, style, know-how, experiences and others in photography. It seems he has photographed all subjects in photography in almost all places the world over. To enumerate: car racing, martial arts, swimming, sports events, nature, family por traits, military training, action shots on helicopter, tank training, animals and wildlife especially in Africa. Now based in Indonesia and married to a Filipina, this professional photographer from Germany will discuss Sports Photography at the PhotoworldAsia 2012 convention. Actually he opens this year's convention with his lecture at the ACCM on the opening day. Peter Frank is a member of the Verband Deuscher Sport journalisten (VDS) and the Sport Press Association (AIPS). His shooting gears include Nikon D100, Canon EOS Mark 2n and Canon Mark 3.


Buboy Librodo. He loves classical music particularly the compositions of Mozart and Chopin. He can't sleep without playing them before bedtime, and he feels soaring in the clouds with music. He also paints in water color, acrylic and pastel. Together with his brother, Manny, he has been residing in Thailand for 20 years now. He teaches music and arts at the Ruamrudee International School. He is the music director of the Jeremiah Singers of this school. Beyond singing he hopes to inculcate upon his choir members and students the value of cooperation, understanding, harmony, peace and unity. by Cecilia S. Angeles

A cum laude graduate of BSE major in music, he is an active member of the Federation for Choral Music, the Thai Water Color Society and the Bangkok Photographers Society. Although photography seems not among his pioneering art, he has captured sensational pictures of his travels. He started photography using film taken by his Nikon F60 and Nikon F5 with 24-80mm and 60-200mm lenses. Now he enjoys the convenience of a Nikon D100. He hails from Iloilo. Manny Librodo. He is the younger brother of Buboy who also lives and teaches in Thailand. He is likewise an ar tist... a photographer, to be specific, who transforms his classroom after class into a studio by lining the wall with a dark background. He uses natural lights passing through the window. His por traits specially are fantastic. In fact all his pictures do not simply tell a story or observe correct exposure and rules of composition, but they are products of his original creativity visualized by his selective eye, coated with his feelings and love for the art. Mabuhay magazine of PAL borrowed from his dentist initially pricked his sleeping art in photography. So, even without a camera, he ventured into photography using borrowed equipment until he was able to buy his own point and shoot gear. His collection of pictures captured during his travel in Europe stirred his desire to venture into other more delight ful subjects like macro photography. More shooting adventures he had until he upgraded his equipment into Nikon D70 which unfor tunately he lef t in a taxi. He got nex t a Nikon D200. He exhibited some of his shots at One Workshop Gallery. Today, he uses an additional camera, Nikon D200, sponsored by Nikon Co. Manny has this tip for aspiring photographers, "Photography is expensive. Have passion, and keep it burning. Invest in the right gear. Practice, practice, practice. Above all, be proud you are Pinoy." Daks Bangawan. Known among his clients as simply Daks, Clemente Dakila Bunuan-Bangawan ( of Diffun, Quirino province, is still very young in photography, yet classified already as a master. And why not? He amazes his followers on Facebook and his actual clients especially in wedding photography. He has a creative style all his own, a self expression of his art. He is a graduate of UP School of Fine Arts at Diliman where he graduated barely four years ago. Now, he is the most sought-af ter photographer in Diffun, Quirino Province. He owns a photo studio known as Daks Photography. Unselfishly, he shares today his photographic creativity among par ticipants of PhotoWorldAsia 2012. Eric Explanador Cabales. He hails from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. Maarte.This local term best describes him, and this is supported with sufficient evidence. He has collected a number of prestigious awards and accomplisments as a fashion designer and painter. Even if he was still a student, he was already collecting awards in art. He was a finalist in the SHELL National Students Art Competition (1994), finalist in the MEGA Magazine Young Designers Competition (1997), Distinctive Awardee, San Calos City Charter Day Celebration in 2005. He was a prominent endorser for the 20 Most Promising Personalities of the Philippines for Levis Strauss Ad Campaign, No Two Jeans Are Alike. VIAJERO, his website, displays his paintings on human canvas. Last year, he was the principal artist on body painting, a feature of the Hanson Fong hands-on photo workshop held on location at Indang, Cavite. Eric Cabales is a Fine Arts graduate, major in Adver tising, at La Consolacion College in Bacolod City. Not only is he an outstanding fashion designer but also a creative director for various art under takings. He is a founding member of MTYCUP (pronounced as empty cup), a photography club. Luis Liwanag. To call him a street photographer is not actually to understimate him, for it is impossible to classify him like that although that is exactly what he is to discusss at PhotoWorldAsia 2012... Street Photography. He is a photographer, a stringer, a journalist, a photojournalist, a videographer, a lecturer, director of photography, cinematographer for local TV channels. He has exhibited his masterpieces and published them in books newspapers, magazines particularly The Manila Times, Asiaweek,, Agence France Presse, Get ty Images, World Picture News Agency, China's Xinhua News Agency, etc. Luis Liwanag ( earned his Photojournalism course at the Conrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at Ateneo de Manila University where he also teaches Advanced News Photography. Lester V. Ledesma. (http:/ FPPF takes pride to invite Lester V. Ledesma to be a speaker at PhotoWorldAsia 20l2, for he is a graduate of the Basic Photography Workshop held at For t Santiago, Intramuros, Manila. He is an international photographer who travels of ten and writes about the places he has been to. He illustrates these places with his own shots. Based in Singapore, Lester will inspire this year's convention par ticipants about the rudiments of travel reportage. Lester is the photo editor of Smile, the inflight magazine of Cebu Pacific. He has published his travels and photos in various international books and magazines. Likewise, he is a multi-awarded photographer-writer having writ ten and photographed Asian countries for over 15 years already. He received the 2002 ASEANTA Award of Excellence in Travel Photography. In 2005 he was awarded the ATTA Silver Medalist for Travel Photography and the following year he got the prestigious PATA Gold Award for Travel Photography. He has exhibited his works in international photography expositions like Choi Mela Festival of Light in Bangladesh, the Singapore International Photography Festival and PhotoWorld in Manila.



Fernbrook: an Ideal Venue for Social Occasions

and PhotoworldAsia 2012 Hands on Workshop Text and photos by Cecilia S. Angeles

Alfonso and Michael de Veyra In a less than one hectare sprawling area in Las Pi単as, a short drive from Alabang, lies Fernbrook, a sister of Fernwoods in Quezon City. Owned by the De Veyra family, Fernbrook was developed little by little, time by time into everybody's dream venue for special occasions especially wedding. We, FPPF Chairperson Edi Huang, Project Director Lito Beltran and I, were welcomed at the main entrance by an imposing clear glass dome accented by clinging vines all over... many drooping downward. All smiles to meet us was Michael de Veyra, vice president for operations and marketing of Fernbrook. His father, Engr. Alfonso de Veyra, a master engraver, joined us later. Massive Ionic and Corinthian pillars support the principal dome which is about 50 feet high. Visitors feel here a kind of European aura... maybe Victorian, Byzantine, British or whatever. The heavy rain did not bother us. Yes, the huge glass dome sheltered us. The atmosphere reminded me of my present lesson in History of World Art at PWU. Coming home from the United States where he worked as an engraver, designing and electroplating commemorative stamps of American celebrities, a cab driver when not doing this craft, Alfonso de Veyra felt sad upon seeing their dilapidated ancestral home. He decided to repair it. Yes, Fernbrook started with this simple repair to restore the dilapidated parts of the de Veyra home right where it stands now. A gazebo was added as requested by the grandmother. The home was restored to its original condition surrounded with ferns, shrubs, bushes, trees, manicured gardens and other sentimental things especially orchids... grandma's favorite. The home was meant to be a vacation place for the members of the growing family. Aside from the gazebo a chapel was also added which today offers mass and other religious activities regularly. Its monetary collections are turned over to the


diocese. And this is open to the public. Church goers do not only get these religious services twice a week but also enjoy the scenery around. Fernbrook occupies an elevated area, and behind it is an almost stagnant brook winding its way to a mysterious distance... thick, tall talahib grass creates boughs above. A canoe takes visitors to a ride, a singer serenading the guests. To maintain the depth of water for the gondola, its construction engineer installed an electric pump, but the electric bills were too much to maintain. Nature seemed to understand the problem. As some workers were cleaning the area, a natural spring gushed out from nowhere, and since then the little brook has kept bubbling with joy for gondola trips. Aside from the gazebo where the family often gathers around, an Olympic size swimming pool was added. Family enjoyment and socialization seemed almost complete. Privacy was at its core until a worker requested that he be married in this place where he worked for a long time. Maybe he wanted to keep with him the sentimental attachment at Fernbrook. And that was it. This wedding was followed by another request and another until the family welcomed everybody. It is now a very popular venue for celebrations: weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, baptisms, conventions, etc. Food started with pot luck among celebrants and visitors, now eight caterers with different specialties provide food for the reception. There is a tasting day for clients, so they can select the best caterer. Vintage cars, carromata, huge air balloons, even a gondola accent the place... not merely for display. They are service vehicles for brides, celebrity visitors, special guests. Fernbrook also features trumpeters to herald the arrival of big, important people. Who would not like to feel great like a king, a queen, a royalty with this kind of treatment? Only at FERNBROOK.



Generals and justices have come to the FPPF Photography Workshops. Doctors too, a whole batch of surgeons, and a group of Latinas from South American countries. Actors, broadcasters and politicians - they have at tended the FPPF workshops. Even Vice President Jojo Binay, when he was still mayor of Makati, was with us in our photography workshops. In large par t however, at tendees to the FPPF workshops are mostly young urban professionals: a mother with a young family, the OFW (overseas Filipino worker) who is home for a brief vacation, the guy with camera who wants to get serious with his photography, doctors, bankers, dentists, engineers, architects, accountants, nurses, adventurers, designers and ar tists - this now is the general profile of people who come to the FPPF photography workshops, a far cry from when it star ted back in 1993 when the workshop was originally meant for those who wanted to earn a living through photography. Back then, the founders of the FPPF that included FPPF Chairperson Eduviges Y. Huang and FPPF President Lito Beltran envisioned a wor thy activity that could help provide jobs for displaced people devastated by the Mount Pinatubo eruption in 1991. It was a labor of love. With meager resources, the FPPF founders under took to hold the photography workshops at the old Nayong Pilipino near the airpor t, charging only a nominal fee because the FPPF, established in 1987, is a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of photography. Back then, 9 out of 10 people who at tended the workshops proceeded to become professional photographers, put ting up their own studios, joining commercial photography out fits or becoming photojournalists for publications. Then – as now – FPPF workshops were always full. What changed was the frequency of the workshops. When there used to be only one workshop for the weekend, now there are four or five, even six events on Saturdays and Sundays; there are even workshops scheduled on weekdays. The par ticipants’ profile changed too. Now, instead of 9 out of 10 going professional, there could only be 2 out of 10 par ticipants in the Basic classes who'd want to earn money from photography. Most of them now do it for the love of photography - amateurs, they are called; lovers of the craft who do the thing not because they get paid for it, but because they simply love it. Of course, some professionals learn photography because they need it in their work: the dentist who wants to get a proper picture of his patient's mouth before and after a dental session, the police of ficer who gets to document a crime scene, the restaurateur who wishes to do great food shots, the NGO worker who photographs the progress of his civic activities, the surgeon who wishes to create a work of photographic ar t when he's done with his scalpel, and yes, there are still those who want to become professional photographers.


By Chris Malinao Today, 18 years after that first workshop in Nayong Pilipino, the FPPF is still going strong with its photography workshops. With dedicated instructors who teach with passion because they are experienced photographers themselves, people have come to regard the FPPF as the most popular provider of photography workshops in the Philippines. With the popularity of social networking and photo sharing sites, coupled with the growing widespread use of digital photography, the FPPF stands proud as the bulwark of photography learning in the Philippines. Basic Photography teaches the use of the digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera to achieve proper exposure. Aside from camera functions, the workshop also teaches composition and elements of design to create photos with impact. Also included in the course is basic lighting and por traiture with studio lights and ambient light, digital imaging workflow and the use of flash and filters. 5 Sessions. Advanced Photography shares advanced techniques in por trait and lighting as applied to professional work such as wedding/por trait photography and product/adver tising photography. The course has intensive lessons in studio lighting, por traiture, food/product photography, photojournalism and travel photography. 5 Sessions. Wedding Photography is a four-day workshop designed for aspiring wedding photographers, advanced amateurs, photographers of studios who do wedding coverage, hobbyists and photography students who want to learn the business of wedding photography. 4 Sessions. Strobist Workshop teaches strobist techniques, the use of small off-camera flashguns to achieve studio lighting effects, with emphasis on applying strobist techniques for por traiture and product photography. International Cruise Ship Photography is recommended to young photographers (2133 years old) who want to see the world for free and earn top dollars at the same time work aboard a luxury cruise ship. Conducted by veteran cruise ship photographer Joe Galian. 3 Sessions. Digital Darkroom Workshop (Photoshop) is a post-processing with the industry standard tool for enhancing and manipulating photographs. Create works of ar t with your photos, or compose a beautifully laid out poster for adver tising! 3 Sessions. Lightroom for Photographers organizes, develops and shares your photos in an all-inone application meant exclusively for photographers. Lightroom can enhance your photographs in a few simple steps, no steep learning curve to surmount. It's fast! 2 Sessions. For more details, please visit our website ht tp://


Photo Gallery ©Jundio Salvador_1st Place

©Nikki Victoriano_6th Place

©Jundio Salvador_2nd Place

©DanVictoriano_3rd Place

©Christine Cereno_4th Place

©Lea E. Ricolcol_5th Place

©Romulo Domagas_9th Place

©Lino Almuenda_7th Place


©Icky Salazar_8th Place

At Your Service

September PhotoWorld Cup seems to manifest the Filipino culture, bayanihan. Someone has to do the job and take the risk. At Your Service is much like a cour teous act of doing work, well dedicated to it and ready to give a helping hand for others anywhere and any time of the day. It's a tough job considering the compliance to other's needs especially during emergency. Like the firemen, line men, policeman, soldiers, drivers, street sweepers, sewers, doctors, nurses, teachers, food chain proprietors, depar tment stores crew, vendors, man power staff, carpenters, volunteer workers, house help, farmers, fishermen, miners, building painters, construction workers and many, many more to mention. They capture hear t felt moments. We now appreciate their big contribution


©Milo Riano_10th Place

to our society, and equally we appreciate the various evidences of voluntary services expressed in the pictures. Every job is noble when you give your hear t to it. List of winners: first place, Jundio Salvador (SLRCC); second place, Jundio Salvador, (SLRCC); third place, Dan Victoriano (SLRCC); four th place, Christine Cereno (Nayon Photographers’Club); fif th place, Lea E. Ricolcol ( Framed Shots CC); six th place, Nikki Victoriano (SLRCC); seventh place, Lino Almuenda (SLRCC); eight place, Ick y Salazar (Focal7 CC); ninth place, Romulo Dumagas (Alpha CC); tenth place, Milo Riano (Nikon Club Phils.) (Chloe de Guzman)

©Carlo Zamora_2nd Place

©Catalino Molacruz_3rd Place ©Sherwin Castillo_5th Place

©Sherwin Castillo_1st Place ©Rolando Pascua_4th Place

©Catalino Molacruz_6th Place

©Jonathan Cayaon_7th Place

©Ray Rosario_8th Place

©Sherwin Castillo_9th Place

Awe-inspiring and hear twarming is the August theme for Photoworld Cup in black and white. Hindi Bawal Mangarap ang Mahirap. Nothing can stop someone dedicated and motivated to pursue his dreams when the oppor tunity is there. Being poor is not an excuse not to have a great future. Some may say it's a hindrance because of the hardship, struggle and challenging bat tle with life. They can make a place in society even if many people underestimate their capability .

PHOTOWORLDCUP 2011 ©Mian Sta Crus_10th Place

Hindi Bawal Mangarap ang Mahirap


A simple dream can lead them to become great even if they are not aware of that. Positive outlook can change negative experience. The more they are eager to make dreams come true, the more they can make dreams become a reality. The winning photographs speak for themselves why they become outstanding above the others. First prize is Sherwin Castillo of Alpha Camera Club. The winning photo is about a young boy reading by the window light. Despite the absence of electricity still he is feeding his mind with knowledge that can help him to be successful someday. And the second place went to Carlo Zamora of Framed Shots Camera Club. He shows a lit tle girl drawing an imaginary bed and lampshade for her young brother, a simple dream for her sibling. Very touching. Lastly, Catalino Molacruz of Nikon Club Philippines gets the third place. Worm's eye view of a boy seated beside the window with a handheld paper airplane tells his ambition to be a pilot while looking above the sky. Congratulations to the other winners: Rolando Pascua (Cebu City Images Camera Club) four th; Sherwin Castillo (Alpha) fif th and ninth places; Catalino Molacruz (Nikon Club Philippines) six th; Jonathan Cayaon (Alpha) seventh; Ray Rosario (PAPHOC) eight; Mian Sta. Cruz (Framed Shots Camera Club) tenth. (Chloe' De Guzman)


Photo Gallery

©Maricris Carlos_3rd Place

©Toto Celzo_2nd Place

©Ian Earl Calalang_1st Place


©Lea E. Ricolcol_6th Place

Seeing Double ©Catalino Molacruz_7th Place

©Pablo Apostol_4th Place

©Irma Santos_5th Place

©Jesse Narrazo_8th Place

©RJ Cabagnot_10th Place

PhotoWorld Cup theme for October takes one's vision into the world of Illusion. Titled “Seeing Double” it's more on how keenly we observe simple and complicated things around us. Literary speaking it opens our eyes to see objects more closely. Seeing double is possible when reflection is present in the mirror. The form reflected on the crystal clear bodies of water is not a coincidence but a natural existence of an ar tificial twin drawn by nature. Twins or two best friends who bear resemblance can deceive the sight. A good idea to avoid deception is to be clever, to have razor-sharp sight to conceptualize or distinguish the same stuff set at the same angle or presented on the individual ar tistic side. The first place went to Ian Earl Calalang of Imahe Camera Club. His photograph is a silhouet te of a hand on a decorative tex tured stained glass window. Simply stunning! Second prize is Toto Celzo of Twilight Zone whose winning shot is a dramatic reflection of a transparent glass into the spilled water. Maricris Fabi Carlos of Konsepto Camera Club is back on track again for get ting the third place this time. A breath taking perspective for the magnificent columns of a temple in the Middle East captured along with its reflection is Amorsoleque's winning composition. A job well done for the following finalists etches their names in the top 10: Pablo “Amboy” Apostol (Lakbay Klik Camera Club) four th; Irma Santos (Framed Shots Camera Club) fif th; Lea E. Ricolcol (Framed Shots Camera Club) six th; Catalino Molacruz ( Nikon Camera Club) seventh; Jesse Narrazo (Camera Club of Negros) eighth; Betty Lalana (Nayon Photographer's Club) ninth; Rj Cabagnot (SLR Camera Club) tenth. (Chloe de Guzman)


©Betty Lalana_9th Place

©Brian Enriquez_2nd Place

©Kenneth Sy_3rd Place

©Carlo Zamora_1st Place

©Arnel O. Corpuz_4th Place

©Lilibeth Caresma_6th Place

©Jhun Bayot_7th Place

©Rolly Pedrina_5th Place

©James Singlador_9th Place

©Lhor Santillan_10th Place

Unusal Shapes PHOTOWORLD CUP 2011

Mind boggling is July Photo World Cup theme entitled Unusual Shapes. It's all solid in form, tangible in perspective, to be specific. Basic shapes are there, yet some are unnoticeable. ©Joy Agas_8th Place

The flow of creativity in dif ferent camera clubs continuously soars high. A lot of strategies and experiments to come up with an impressive subject mat ter. Entries are imaginative and innovative. Carlo G. Zamora of Framed Shots Camera Club got the first prize. It seems two thumbs up in one hand, distinctively rare and so it is outstanding. Second place is a color ful serene view of a landscape, blooming fields, smooth flowing curves very eye catching which belongs to Brian Enriquez of SLR Camera Club. Third place went to Kenneth Sy of Cebu City Images Camera Club. Human body is one of the great subjects which create uncommon shapes, specially when the magic of four beautiful young professional acrobat ladies bend their flexible bones which create a dazzling figure that might have stunned the crowd. (Chloe de Guzman)


Photo Gallery

©Francis Nollan Damaso_2nd Place

©Gilbert Gutierez_4th Place

©Carlo Zamora_1st Place ©Rey Ramos_3rd Place

©Jonathan Cayaon_6th Place ©Club Entry PIPHO_5th Place

©Joel Forte_9th Place

©Judith Cheng-Carlos_7th Place

©Alvin Dizon_10th Place

Sound of Silence

Entries to the FPPF interclub photo contest last November roared noisily defying the Sound of Silence theme af ter the board of judges announced the top 10 winners. First placer Carlo Zamora of Framed Shots captured the image of wrinkled hands meditating on tiny individual hear t-shaped beads. The bony fingers, a rosary hanging, outlined against the pit dark background. Second place went to Francis Nollan Damaso of Consepto Camera Club. His entry displays the silhouet te of a boy playing a flute... its notes reverberating against the silence of the wide open sky. The third place picture of Rey Ramos of Alpha displays a serene seascape whose background hill is crowned with thick foliage of contrasting tones. Its foreground dark water is accented with a tiny stationary boat. The atmosphere is ex tremely quite. Four th place por trait of a centenarian wearing a veil and solemnly praying the rosary forms a lovely outline against its very dark background. This belongs to Giber t Gutierez. Serenity might as well be the title of this title less fif th placer submit ted by PHIPO. Completing the top ten include: Jonathan Gayaon, Alpha, six th; Judith Cheng Carlos, seventh; Konsepto Camera Club, eighth; Joel Forte, SLR, ninth; Alvin Dizon, Pipho, tenth.(CSAngeles)


©Club Entry KONSEPTO_8th Place


Bacolod is dubbed City of Smiles because of its Mardi Graslike Masskara festival, and also probably because people we met including our hosts Philip and Janet Loyola, were all smiles. But we didn't only come for the Masskara festival but also for the equally colorful Pintaflores festival of San Carlos City. About two and a half hours away from Bacolod City, San Carlos City whose original name is Nabingkalan, is home to the Pintaflores festival. Nabingkalan Tattoo Festival and Dances of Flowers celebrate life and death, the triumph of good versus evil and the people's thanksgiving for an abundant harvest. Traditionally the Pintados dancers' faces, bodies, arms and legs are painted with flowers as an expression of gratitude to nature. Framed Shots Camera Club members, our host Philip Loyola and children along with Tilak Hettige, the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF) headed by

chairperson Mrs. Edi Huang and Director Mr. Lito Beltran with their host, Camera Club of Negros headed by Billy Lopue, shot the street dancing competition in the hot afternoon sun. Singing dancers swang and swayed to the rhythmic pounding of drumbeats. The crowd cheered. Photographers clicked breathlessly every group performance. We visited Balay Negrense Museum, the ancestral houses of Silay, Mambukal Nature Park and shot the first of the seven graduated falls. Included in our itinerary were Don Salvador Benedicto, the Ruins, Panaad Park and Sports Stadium, the Bacolod Capitol, Tonogbanua's Christmas Village and the ANP showroom where we bought souvenirs. A Bacolod trip is not complete without eating inasal or grilled chicken in Elkars, tender meat ribs at Ribhouse Grill, fresh seafoods prepared at the diner's personal desire at 18th St. Pala-Pala.All our meals are complemented with Bong-bong's piaya and Calea cakes with freshly brewed, steaming hot coffee.

More Than Just Smiles By Raneil Antonio Ibay





Photo Captions: A_With Bamboo Tonogbanua at his Christmas Village B_With Bamboo Tonogbanua at his Christmas Village C_Sweet and Sour Lapu-lapu of 18th St. Pala-pala D_Freshly Grilled Scallops from 18th St. Pala-pala E_Chicken Inasal of Elkars in San Carlos City F_The Balay Negrense Museum G_Pinta-Flores'11 Dancers brave the heat and dance for the appreciative crowd H_The First Falls at Mambukal Nature Park Background photo_The Ruins






Feature More than 2,000 years ago, ancestors of the Ifugao, using only primitive tools and their ingenuity, carved into their mountains what is now known as the Rice Terraces of the Cordilleras. Considered an architectural wonder unmatched anywhere in the world and recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Center as a World Heritage Site in 1995, they cover over 10,000 square kilometers of mountainside and are a testament to the Ifugao spirit and cultural heritage. But less than 6 years later UNESCO was forced to inscribe the rice terraces in its list of Endangered World Heritage Sites. Some blame it on the change in weather patterns brought about by El Nino, which have resulted in droughts and typhoons. Others say giant earth worms have begun moving into the terraces allowing water to soften the terraces, which lead to more landslides. Unfortunately, for many of the elders, the terraces are falling into disrepair and are slowly being abandoned as younger generations of Ifugaos, having recently gained access to media and education, no longer find interest and purpose to continue what their forefathers have spent centuries building and maintaining. There is now a growing fear that the traditions and rituals, once so deeply entrenched in the community, will soon be forgotten and set aside, along with knowledge of how the terraces were made. A good example is the recent landslides in Batad brought about by typhoon 'Pedring' last August 2011. Where once the practice of 'Vadchang' or Community Bayanihan would have resulted in neighbors helping one another repair the damage sections of the terraces. It is instead being left for government to fix or worst, abandoned. Making a Difference through 'Voluntourism' Top advertising photographer John Chua founder of Photography with a Difference (PWD) and adopted son of Banaue, has been a long time advocate for the restoration of the rice terraces. After seeing the lack of action to repair the damaged sections of the rice terraces during a recent visit, he is once again putting forth a challenge to all advocacy photographers:

“Help develop an Ifugao village into an integrated and interactive tourist destination by encouraging them to preserve their cultural heritage.� The immediate challenge now is initially to: 1. Repair the damage caused by the landslide and restore the rice terraces to the original state. 2. Re-paint the village of Batad to resemble its original ethnic silhouette 3. Show the Ifugao how maintaining the rice terraces and their traditions does not hinder their progression into the 21st century but in fact will benefit them not only financially but also help them maintain their identity as they keep alive the long traditions that started some 2,000 years ago. Building on his success with social media in helping children with disability, John is now using the same technique to help the ifugao get back what they have lost by bringing 'Voluntourism' to Batad. More commonly referred to Volunteer Vacations, the concept revolves around tourists who provide from low-skill work like cleaning or repairing local environment to providing high-skill aid in a foreign country. Volunteer vacation participants vary in profile, but all share a common desire to do something good while at the same time experiencing new places and challenges where they might not otherwise visit. The Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundations together with Photography with a Difference will be taking up the challenge beginning February, as a delegation will proceed to Banaue to immerse themselves into voluntourism and the Ifugao culture. If you are visiting Batad or Banaue in general and want to do your part in keeping a living cultural heritage alive, please contact John Chua at:

Batad: Saving a Living Heritage Photos and Text by PJ Enriquez


The Unique Ifugao Text by Cecilia S. Angeles, Photos by John Chua

Ifugao... colorful, productive, hard working, industrious, creative. All beautiful expressions befit their beings. They survive the inconveniences of the mountains. A small group of Ifugao families occupy Batad, Banaue. Its bird's eye view pictures the community framed either by green or golden rice terraces. The name of this ethnic group originates from letter I meaning from people and pugo meaning hill, thus Ifugao or people of the hill.

The Ifugaos are not totally behind civilization. School children go to regular government or missionary schools. Some wear Addidas or branded shirts and pants or time pieces. A few study in Manila through some sort of scholarship. Their costumes are very colorful especially the G-string, the tapis, cheleco, headbands, head gear, copper and silver jewelry, clothing materials which they themselves design, weave and fashion manually.

The Banaue and Cordillera rice terraces have been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Despite the swift entrance of modernization this heritage site remains old, antique, unique, traditional especially in travel, communication, business, and farming. Travel is on foot, sometimes climbing vertical hills. Hanging vines and protruding roots and a mature twig as instant cane are great support for safety. A visit to the North is not complete without including a visit to this impressive UNESCO World Heritage.

They live in simple, one-room elevated houses whose windows... one on each wall... are opened by supporting the bottom side of the widow with a pole. Roof is covered with the long-stemmed grass of the bamboo family called talahib. Floors are made of bamboo slats which allow continuous ventilation, very comfortable especially during warm days.

More than two thousand years ago, the Ifugaos built the rice terraces using bare hands and materials gathered from nature. There were no civil engineers to calculate strength of materials, neither hardware stores to supply construction needs. Yet the rice terraces survived more than 2000 years. Nature irrigates the layered rice terraces. Water springs forever from nowhere. Amazing! The small destruction brought about by Sendong recently can be remedied by the Ifugaos and the government.

A colorful tribal war dance of the Ifugao is commonly held in the rice terraces. Dancers in costume are complete with props like spears, axes, wooden shields and headdresses made of feathers and leaves. Rice is a prestige crop, hence they observe cultural rice feasts from “rice cultivation to rice consumption.” To celebrate the feasts Ifugaos prepare rice wine, rice cakes, and other herb mixtures with betel nut which when chewed make the teeth and mouth red, including the sputum. Some elders use the fibrous beetle nut husk to clean their teeth. Harvest is an elaborate thanksgiving celebration, so any work on the farm after this is prohibited. The best information about the Ifugaos from Wikipedia, “There has been no Ifugao beggar recorded in history.”



Rudy Fontanilla’s Classic Portrait Not exactly to test his brand new Pentax 645D worth P620,000.00, Rudy Fontanilla created again another masterpiece... the portrait of a middle-aged professional, Dr. Maria Blessilda R. Borja-Tan, dermatologist based at SM Fairview, Quezon City. Amazing is the sharpness of the elements of his subject whom Rudy sets by Photoshop against a Russian architectural background he captured in his recent travel in Europe. Split lighting befits hismodel dressed in a dark long sleeve outfit. A gold necklace, her only accent. Amazing is the perfect sharpness of his shot. A section of the hair when zoomed in at an extreme close up appears like fine realistic pencil strokes. Rudy is better known as a master of lighting which he studied in a special course, the Art of Lighting, he took up in New York, USA. This La Sallite Atenista holds a Master of Criminology degree from the Philippine College of Criminology and has a number of solo exhibits in photography. Two Fontanilla 57x67 prints captured with his 150mm lens have already offset the cost of his precious Pentax 645D. (CSAngeles)


A Historic Visit to the T’boli Tribe by Chloe' de Guzman

Models: Ye Gas Kafon and Mafel Angkoy of T’boli tribe

You can't simply get enough time to look at them, from their color ful wardrobe to their rich traditions. You are very lucky if you have your camera with you to take good souvenir photos of them. FPPF photographers Mrs. Eduviges Huang ,Pablo Beltran, Frando Culata, Amir Alba and 2012 chairperson George Cabig witnessed the beauty of General Santos and the well known Lake Sebu, really an amazing serene place.

Having a simple lifestyle is the key on how well they preserve their ethnic traditions, culture and wealth. T'boli people live in the southern islands of Mindanao. Lake Sebu is the hear tland of T'boli tribes. T'ibolis have skills on weaving and building their own houses. They are hardworking. They continue to hone their craf tsmanship in making their traditional dresses called tinalak. According to an old woman each design is new.

They accidentally met the T'boli, the indigenous tribe of South Cotabato in Southern Mindanao. They live on mountain slopes, too far away from the town center .They are among our ancestors who lived happily and peacefully even before the Spaniards conquered our country and influenced our culture. T'bolis are genuinely kind and hospitable. They are even very happy to present to the FPPF group a traditional dance number, a sign of gratitude for the visit. Ex traordinarily stunning is their natural beauty inside and out. We should be proud of how the T'boli has taken pride of our Filipino culture ever since.

No one has made the exact design they have created which comes in dreams in three ways: from the ancestors, from one's mother, and from one's own dream. The channel of dream is open. So in order to be woven, each new pat tern must be dreamed anew.

They stand firm on their beliefs in religion and their way life. Nature influences them the most. Nothing can beat their faith in one supreme being, Diwata, their protector from evil spirits that continuously bestow fruit ful harvest to them.

Resourceful and ar t inclined individuals make lovely creations of complicated beadwork accessories with intricate details, beautiful brass ornaments. T'boli has a lot more interest and talent devoted to making musical instruments for musical and cultural shows. They usually mimic the sounds and movements richly inspired by nature and animals. They are genuinely kind, conservative, traditional and hospitable. They manifest aweinspiring love for culture and ar ts. Ancient wisdom is what they treasure the most.


Photo Gallery Cabagnot Captures Thunderbird Photo Contest

Robert John Cabagnot of Antipolo City made his wallet burst with P250 ,000.00 prize money for winning first prize in the recently concluded Thunderbird express your art photo contest whose theme was Exprerience Fiesta. Thunderbird operates a number of first class resorts in various places in the Philippines and around the world including Panama, Wisconsin, Nevada, Las Vegas, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala. Thunderbird conducts photo contests annually. Last year its theme was Environmental Sustainability, and a number of FPPF club members captured most of the major prices. Finalists included: • Aguirre, Catherine • Aguirre, Nicanor Francisco • Alcantara, Marilou • Andres, Manuel • Antonio • Aragoncillo, Catherine Michelle • Baldevia, Achilles Aeson Anthony • Bondoc, Renato • Cabigas, Nicanor • Castañeda, Raniel Jose Madrazo • Castillo, Ramon • Choachuy, Erwin • Cleofas, Ma. Cristeta • Corsino, Pauline Nikka • Jadulang, Norman • De Vera, Loreta • Dy, Sherwin • Formacion, Robo • Forte, Joel • Garcia, Manuel Rodelyn • Gonzalez, Israel • Iblasin, John Carlo • Jadulang, Norman • Kho, Vincent • Manabat, Rodolfo • Narrazo, Jesse • Ng, Rhonson • Olayao, Nicanor • Pelaez, Teodoro • Relativo, John Paul • Rosario, Manuel • Salvador, Dionisio Jundio • San Diego, Meljoe • San Gabriel, Ignacio • Sarsagat, Isagani • Serafin, Anthony • Sico, Magdaleno • Singlador, Jaime • Talagtag, Anselmo • Tamayo, Paulino • Tankiamco, Elvira • Tulao, Jun • Verdaguer, Ruwen • Victoriano, Danilo • Victoriano, Nikki Sandino

Underwater Photography

Text by CSAngeles, Photos by Dariel Quiogue

Portrait, ID, children, fashion, landscape or seascape, journalism, and more are among the various types of photography activities. And perhaps underwater photography is the most difficult or dangerous. A photographer needs to capture his subjects at the bottom of the sea. If not... he is below the surface of the water together with his subjects... sharks, dophins, snakes, crustaceans, crabs, turtles, corals, shells, seascapes, ship wrecks, sea mammals or other weird-looking animals. The photographer needs special diving gears, a knowledge of the creatures of the sea, and a very special underwater camera and flash unit or a water proof housing kit for his tools. Underwater photography can't capture vividly colors and sharp images at a meter or three feet distance, although wide angle and macro lenses can, especially if the image is captured with the help of a flash. This is a very exciting activity, I am sure, but right now I have no plans of trying. Dariel Quiogue, Photography professor of dela Salle University College of Saint Benilde, deserves warm congrats for braving the deep sea.


George Tapan, National Geographic Photo Contest Champ By Cecilia S. Angeles

A Palawan seascape accented at the left by a distant tiny boat, a misty rainbow in the background and a girl wearing glaring red t-shirt on the foreground, her hair pulled horizontally to her right by a strong wind, made Pinoy photojournalist George Tapan a grand prize winner in the Places category of the recently concluded National Geographic Photo Contest. Titled Into the Green Zone, Tapan's unusual green sea which does not reflect the blue sky appears calm, white clouds billowing softly above the rainbow. A triangular white sand on the lower right side of the frame balances with an imaginary diagonal line the banca on the upper left third section of the picture.

The entries were selected not by popularity vote on line but by a committee of traditional judges based on contest rules. Overwhelmed by Tapan's winning entry, some judges commented: Amy Toensing, “Very moody, beautifully composed.” Peter Esseck, “The woman's hair fills a front line of the picture's real estate. The photographer has documented a style and flair. Over all, small things can make a big difference. “ Tim Laman “Perfect sense of timing and composition. The small human subjects in this beautiful scene made the shot.”

Photographers from 130 countries submitted more than 20,000 entries to the contest in three categories. Tapan captured his winning entry when he was stranded by bad weather at Onuk,

Tapan's tips to desirous contestants: Give the judges what they want to see. Learn to capture naturally. Have an advocacy. FPPF shouts mutely to the world, “Pinoy yata yan!”

Balabac, a small island of Palawan some three hours boat ride from Puerto Princesa City.



Nature Parks

Stanley Park is an evergreen oasis close to downtown Vancouver, BC. Visitors often come to experience an environment rich in tranquility and serenity. Its natural west coast atmosphere offers a backdrop of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees. The park abounds in wildlife and its features appeal to naturalists, plant lovers, or those who want nothing more than to relax in the beautiful surroundings.

Photos and Text by Ruwen T. Verdaguer Yosemite National Park is nestled in the heart of Sierra Nevada Mountains and is one of the first and the best wilderness parks in the United States. It is very famous for its towering mountains and waterfalls, giant sequoias, crystal clean waters, and vast wilderness. Ansel Adams, a famous photographer, said: “Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.” For most nature photographers, this is a place “to die for.”

Shooting Lights

The holidays are over, and many Christmas lights have been kept in the attic until the next season. However, there are still some remaining lights especially in places anticipating upcoming fiestas or regional celebrations. So... let us shoot lights coming from tail lights of cars, fireworks, not fire crackers, colored lights still hanging on windows, walls of buildings, trees or sidewalks. Always, set the camera on a tripod. Shooting lights needs a slow shutter speed, so the camera is set at ¼ sec, or 1/8 seconds or slower like 4 seconds and the like. This is the personal choice of the photographer. A small aperture like F18 or F22 is recommended. It is not wrong to use bigger aperture especially if the source of light is very near or very dull. Bear in mind that the slower the shutter is, the longer light streaks will be especially when shooting fireworks or tail lights. Let us start with stationery street lights or hanging Christmas lights with tiny bulbs. Set the camera on tripod. Select very slow shutter speed like 1/25sec and slower. You may also control the speed at timer set at 5 seconds, The slower the shutter is the longer is the exposure, so estimate the ideal exposure by using light meter. Common sense metering showed in bracketing can also give ideal results. Small aperture like F18 or F22 is recommended. Do not forget to set the correct ISO and white balance depending on the dominant source of light. Compose. Shoot. Bracket until you get the correct exposure. To shoot tail lights, position the camera on tripod at the sidewalk just after the stop light, lens aligned to the direction where the traffic is going. . When lights turn green, press the shutter until all the cars are gone. Release the shutter. You may try another composition. The longer the aperture is open, the longer are the light streaks. Only, take caution of overexposure. You may get permission from the authorities if your shots will be used commercially. Fireworks form very lovely patterns against the dark sky. The same setting for shooting tail lights may be used, only the camera is tilted toward the sky. Composition is not always perfect because we never know which direction the fireworks will whiz. Avoid unwanted elements in the foreground. (CSAngeles)




Vietnam Conquers Filipino

The Come Visit My Philippines (CVMP) Facebook page was started by Bessie Badilla, Alex Baguio and Francois Medina. Inspired by an article of Tourism Sec. Mon Jimenez, they started posting images of the Philippines in an effort to entice more tourists as well as to showcase the beauty of our country. The group has since ballooned to over 32,000 members and still growing. Last December 21, at the picturesque Josephine's Restaurant in Tagaytay, the group held its first ever gathering with no less than Sec. Mon Jimenez in attendance. More than a hundred members showed up for the simple potluck. There was an overflowing of food, specialties which came from the different provinces. At the end of the event, the leftovers were donated to a nearby orphanage. The group also sold CVMP theme t-shirts with the entire profit going to the victims of the recent flood in Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and Dumaguete. (Fung Yu)


no Photographers by Cecilia S. Angeles

Should it be the other way around? Filipino Photographers Conquer Vietnam. Together with about a hundred photographer representatives to Crossing Bridges 8 coming from Asian countries: Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Vietnam (host country) we have been astonished by the beauty, peace and quiet of Vietnam landscape, cityscape, people and their daily chores. They have kept our cameras clicking. The remote villages... all green up to the horizon's end simply are amazing. Most of them layered with vegetable farms, coffee and fruit plantations, pine trees, punctuated every now and then by natives wearing salakot or balancing on their shoulders some products to sell. No mountain area is bald. Air is pure. I simply expanded my lungs with it and exhaled the impurities I might have collected from Manila. I saw no traces of the atrocities of the civil war some years ago forcing some Vietnamese to escape Vietnam and settle in other countries including the Philippines. Also, I saw no bald areas, neither land slides on the mountain: City streets are busy with transit and motor bike commuters. Business along the side streets whether on the sidewalks or establishments look profitable. We had a taste of Vietnamese noodles whose cook threw the noodles highup to the ceiling before dipping the strands into the boiling broth. On our table was a notice that looked like the menu pad: Wear your camera around your neck. True enough, a couple of photographers from another country were shooting along the sidewalk when a stranger riding on his scooter grabbed their cameras. Good! One photographer had his camera strap wrapped around his arm, so he fell down and was dragged along the sidewalk. He had bruises all right, but he managed to save his camera. Only... the DSLR camera no longer functions normally. Lucky for the other photographer. He was quick enough to save his precious camera. Led by FPPF Chairman Edi Huang and FPPF President and Project Director Lito Beltran, Philippine participants included Manny Inumerable, Billy Lopue, Icky Salazar, Carlito Felicen, Cathy Angeles, Erwin Lim, Marivic Montilla, Dioscora de Boer, Mary Ann Agustin, Shiela Adanza, Maria Macabio (USA) and myself. The host country also took the Asian photographers to the treeless sloping hills covered with undisturbed white sand dunes until the Asian photographers destroyed these wavy patterns with their labored footstaps. Here we also captured the third day sunrise which seemed too shy to display its Vietnamese grandeur. We were provided with peddler models wearing Vietnamese salakot and balancing on their shoulders hanging baskets. We visited two falls. The first one stretches on a very wide area similar to the Niagara scene, but with less volume of water. The other one we visited on another day seemed taller and more powerful. In fact, the falls sprayed its mist so far that could wet totally the camera and its lens. I captured it through a glass window.


Feature St. Vincent Photo Exhibit

What They Say (Comments coming from the participants of the Basic Photography Workshop): •I learned a lot. I was able to apply it properly. Thank you for teaching us. Ayen Lei B. Urrea •This course made me observant of our environment. There is marked improvement in the way I use the camera. The lecturers are really exper ts and very helpful. They not only taught us the theory but also the actual use of our cameras. •It is a fulfilling and rewarding experience. It is a glimpse of how beautiful the world we live in is which reflects how great and awesome God is. George Anthony Basco •Magaling, magaling, magaling kaming lahat. Very good. We learned so much at natutuwa po ako sa lahat ng shots naming lahat. Thank you. Angelica •We have learned a lot on the proper composition for taking good pictures especially the rule of thirds and perspective. The topic is enter taining and educational and par ticipants are very good. Benjamin Pineda •We learned a lot. Very enriching lesson that is why we were able to apply it properly, ar tistically and creatively. Thanks a lot. Ayla B. Urrea •The lecture on elements of composition is very informative, enlightening and made me appreciate photography bet ter. I learned how to compose elements bet ter before taking a shot. Dr. Myra A. Alarva •I am so thank ful that I found your website in the Internet. As expected I learned a lot in the workshop especially on how to use my camera even if it's only basic for you, but for me it meant a lot. The instructors are very patient and accommodating. Through this workshop I gained a lot of new friends. I am looking forward to enroll in the nex t level of your workshop. Always keep up the good work! Superb experience. A lot of thanks. •Having learned composition I realized that there's more to Photography than taking odd pictures and just uploading them in Facebook. I gained a lot of knowledge in terms of the creative side of photography. Because of the homework, I was able to pinpoint the lessons taught. The constructive criticisms improved my craf t. Shemy Rose Lucero


By Fr. Gregg L. Bañaga, Jr., C.M. President, Adamson University

PhotoWorld Cup 2011 was a year of transition and change as we challenged some of the norms of the past years. It was a year of going back to basics, following up on the battle cry of PhotoWorld Asia 2011. For the most part many of the changes along with the little tweaking here and there proved successful and well accepted by the membership giving everybody more time to focus on the competition while building camaraderie at the same time. Some of the highlights of the year included the photo contest in Angeles, the revival of the PWC sportsfest and of course, our Christmas party. PWC gets better and better every year. I personally like to thank the members of our Screening Committee, my Advisory Committee and all those who participated during the various activities throughout the year, for all the help and support. I would also like to express my thanks to the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation for the continuing support, making the PWC one of the most successful photography organizations/competitions in the country. As I turn over the reigns of the Photoworld Cup to my successor, Ms. Cris Cleofas, I wish her all the best for the coming year and request you all to give her the same support you gave me, as she takes us to greater heights. (PJ Enriquez)

The photos on exhibit here were taken by Fr. Marcelo Manimtim and myself. We traveled together to Berceau and later to Dax in July 2009. Other photos were taken earlier in June and July of 2008. At this time I had the privilege of joining a group of about 30 Vincentian leaders in the Motherhouse of the congregation of the mission in Paris, France. The seminar lasted for about three weeks. This time I had the opportunity to visit some places where St. Vincent de Paul worked. I took photographs of these Vincentian places to show to the members of Adamson community. Best among my documentation was the parish church of Clichy where St. Vincent became the most loved pastor. In fact the parishioners of Clichy have decided not to demolish the old, small parish church of Clichy as a tribute to him. When they needed a bigger church, they built one in another area so that the original church could be saved for sentimental reasons. The residents kept the crucifix, the baptismal font, and the pulpit from where St. Vincent delivered his sermons. I went with a few Vincentians to Cannes, the place where a church stands today. This hacienda used to be owned by the rich Di Gondi family, and it was in this same place that St. Vincent heard the confession of a dying man which Madame Di Gondi also witnessed. She gave Monsieur Vincent a large amount of money to go to her estate regularly to preach her constituents for their spiritual benefit. Monsieur Vincent included in his spiritual services Folleville, another estate of Madame Di Gondi where she owned a castle. She provided Monsieur Vincent a room in her castle. I took some pictures of the church, its pulpit, stained glass windows and the ruins of Madame Di Gondi's castle. Saint Vincent's birth place used to be called Ranquines, but was renamed Berceau, meaning birthplace in honor or St. Vincent. We also visited the parish church of Pouy where he was baptized. I stayed at the 200 year old Maison Mere or Motherhouses of the Congregation of the Mission, home of St. Vincent and other Vincentians. Today, the wax-covered body of St. Vincent lies in a silver and glass coffin here in the chapel. The Saint is indeed well loved not only in Europe but also the world over.


2 FPPF officials were in New Orleans attending Imaging USA 2012. They met former PWA speakers. Photo 1 from left Candy Cooper, Maria Macabio, Jamie Hayes, Susan Celzo, Hanson Fong, Edi Huang, Kevin Ames, Kevin Floyd and Lito Beltran. Phot0 2 shows Robert Benke and Toto Celzo.



Imaging USA considered as one of the largest international exhibitions in North America was held on Jan. 15 until Jan 17, 2012 at the sprawling Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The yearly event is hosted by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) which is the world's largest nonprofit association for professional photographers, with 22,000 members in 54 countries. This association seeks to increase its members' business savvy as well as broaden their creative scope, advancing careers by providing all the tools for success. A series of lectures and hands on workshops were conducted by well known lecturers and professionals for 3 days while hundreds of photography suppliers and manufacturers showcased their latest products and gadgets at the Imaging Expo, considered as one of the largest international exhibitions in North America. Photos submitted for competition and merits were displayed during the event. PPA had a huge number of delegates reaching over 10,000 aspiring and seasoned professional photographers. (Lito Beltran)

Photography Tarp contest grand champions Boy Capala and Brian Lee proudly display their prizes and winning masterpiece at the awarding ceremonies of the 18th anniversary celebration of FPPF Photo Workshops in Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila.


Feature Rod Banzon and His Women

DOZEN DON’T’S IN SHOOTING By Prof. CSAngeles I need not include here the New Year don't’s like don't touch live fire crackers, but this early I do not like you to harm yourself at the beginning of the year. So... very safe is to celebrate the New Year with photography, and...

Transition, Rod Banzon's first solo painting exhibit at the Adamson University Art Gallery, January 5-21, 2012, displayed a collection of portraits of women essayed in various poses, colorful bold acrylic colors and random strokes on canvas. The artist currently handles Advanced Photography Workshop at the Federation of the Philippine Photographers Foundation, Inc. Reminiscent of the European impressionists and expressionists, Banzon seemed to have skipped traces of the usual crude beginnings of the metamorphosis of an artist, considering that this solo exhibit was his first one-man show. His rendering flows with freedom, his forms, casual with graceful distortions. A number of group shows which he had joined earlier perhaps has given him the self-confidence in his art.

1. Don't miss PhotoWorld Asia Convention at ACCM, Makati City, January 26-31, 2012. 2. Don't miss any lecture day to complete the enhancement of your knowledge in photography. 3. Don't miss also important hands-on demo of the speakers. 4. Don't come late to any lecture session of all the photography speakers. 5. Don't be afraid to ask questions on specific topics which may not be clear to you. 6. Don't forget notebooks to write down important information which speakers share. 7. Don't forget to use or apply techniques learned from the convention speakers. 8. Don't forget that our speakers are master photographers and someday you will be like them. 9. Don't miss the group picture taking at ACCM and hands on photo sessions at Fernbrook, Las Piñas City with the local and foreign photographers. 10. Don't forget to use the knowledge and the full benefits gathered from the 2012 PhotoWorld Asia convention. 11. Don't forget to win friends, foreign and local. 12. Don't keep in memory only the things you have learned in the convention. Use them. Earn from them and enjoy your photography.

Banzon's first solo exhibit opened with a musical presentation by the Adamson University choir.

Amorsoloesque at Intramuros By Chloe' de Guzman

Maricris Fabi Carlos embodies value for the Filipino culture in her latest photographic ar t. Her inspiration in making her works of ar t is influenced by master painter and national ar tist Fernando Amorsolo whose paintings depict Filipino culture and way of life amid the back lighted scenic Philippine scapes. She fell in love with photography, then the nex t big thing is history. Her career is now on its peak. She is relentless. The Amorsolesque compositions substantiate the feelings of the ar tist.

She has just come back from Dubai where she had several successful post processing workshops. Earlier she also had workshops in Singapor e. Now, she conducts Amorsolesque right here at her home ground... the FPPF in Intramuros. “Amorsoloesque is a learning technique bolstered by the individual's creative imagination,” she stressed. “The paintings of Amorsolo and his canvas live again in my photographs.”


“Adios, Amigos,” UE professor Lito de Guzman, favorite photo contest judge, recently bade FPPF staff and workshop graduates. He joined his angels and Maker in the Great Beyond, December 9, 2011.


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