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VOLUME 6, 2013, ISSUE 1

Joe McNally An internationally acclaimed multi-awarded master photographer

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 Ba単aga Jr. C.M. 29 Don't Shoot by CSAngeles; Photographer's Right to Shoot from the book of Atty. Bert P. Krages 30 Rod Banzon and His Women; Dozen Don't's by CSAngeles, Amorsoloesque at Intramuros by Chloe de Guzman

CONTENTS 03 Editorial: Limitless Possibilities by CSAngeles 04

Joe Mcnally


Photoworld Asia 2013 by Chris Malinao


Cris Cleofas by CSA


Passing Shots by Lito Beltran


The FPPF Story by CSAngeles


Picture- Perfect Wedding by Johanna Poblete


Ala Eh! Festival 2012 by Dyan Hernandez


All About Rain by CSA


Climate Change by CSA


Travel by by CSA


Vertical Panoramic by CSA


Rudy Fontanilla's Passion by CSAngeles


Cebu Images Camera going strong at 28 by Carlito So

20-21 Caffeinated Coffee by Dandi Romano 22

SEO by Carmel B. Yoder


George Cabig Joins Basic Photography 2013 Workshop Schedule


Man of Stills by Nap Beltran


Avid Photographer Blooms on Facebook by Chris Malinao


Dumayaka Falls. . . we clean, we shoot, we swim by Maria Myla Rae S. Orden


Dozen Don'ts in Shooting by CSAngeles, The Young Master by CSAngeles


What They Say


Grand Festival of Lights by Ruwen T. Verdaguer FPPF Grad Wins International Photo Contest by CSAngeles


Local and Foreign Participants Attend FPPF Photo Workshop by Chris Malinao


Limitless Possibilities True enough, photography offers limitless possibilities. In time of fun and enjoyment. A lucrative source of income. An occasion to win friends. An opportunity to explore nature and the world. Its possibilities can only be limited by time, opportunity and desire. The theme really conveys the truth in photography. Like the world revolving on its axis, photography lays within its border all possible opportunities to earn from it and enjoy the convenience from the earnings it offers. But limitless memories captured by photography and preserved through time remain priceless. They are precious records of events, successes, failures. Very important and practical is their economic value for life sustenance. One example is a wedding coverage. A seasoned photographer charges for wedding coverage what others cannot afford. Yet easily this expensive photographer has many rich clients. Of course, he also creates outstanding pictures to merit his costly services. He has also built his name based on the good quality of his photography. His services are patronized more than the other lens man who offers his photography services at a much lower rate, yet clients prefer to get the services of the more expensive photographer whose services cost higher. The fine enjoyment photography offers can't be counted with the fingers nor be expressed in words. So, indeed, photography has limitless possibilities. (CSAngeles)

FPPF PUBLISHERS Eduviges Y. Huang, Chairperson Dr. Amado A. Castro, Finance Officer Lito N. Beltran, Project Director EDITOR-in-CHIEF Cecilia S. Angeles, CONTRIBUTORS Dandi Romano, Ruwen T. Verdaguer, Chris Malinao, Johanna Poblete, Carmel B. Yoder, Carlito So, Nap Beltran, Maria Myla Rae S. Orden, Lito Beltran PHOTOGRAPHERS Lito Beltran, Edi Y. Huang, Danny Victoriano, Dandi Romano, Rolando Gironella, Jr., Maria Karla B. Zamora, Chris Malinao, Ruwen T. Verdaguer, Rubin Rañin, Kim Lorenzo Salvador, Nap Beltran 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 7575; 524 4175; Telefax: (632)528 0371 E-mail:;

©Rolando Gironella, Jr.

©Danny Victoriano




Joe McNally to Do Master Class with Philippine Photographers By Chris Malinao

World-renowned National Geographic photographer Joe McNally is in Manila to keynote the largest and longest-running photography event in the Philippines – PhotoWorld Asia 2013. The big event is on January 31-February 5 at the Glorietta and AIM venues in Makati.

Named one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography by the American Photo magazine, Joe has published best-selling books including The Moment It Clicks, Hot Shoe Diaries, Sketching Light and Guide to Digital Photography, among other publications.

McNally will address photographer delegates the whole day Sunday, from 8am to 5pm, on February 3 at the ACCM Makati convention to share with them his vast experiences as photojournalist and fine art photographer. Joe is a master photographer with a career that has spanned 30 years with assignments in over 50 countries. He has shot cover stories for The National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, LIFE, TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New York, Entertainment Week, New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Men's Journal.

In 2010, he was voted as one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade in an industry wide Photo District News survey. McNally won the first Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Journalist Impact for a LIFE coverage titled, “The Panorama of War.” He has also been honored numerous times by Communication Arts, PDN, Graphis, American Photo, POY, and The World Press Photo Foundation. His fine art work is represented by the Monroe Gallery of Santa Fe, and his prints are in numerous collections, most significantly the National Portrait Gallery of the United States.


SEMINAR VENUE: ACCM (AIM CONFERENCE CENTER MANILA) cor. Trasierra and Benavides Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City, Philippines




Jan. 31 Thursday 6:00am-8:00am Registration 8:30am-10:00am Edwin Loyola 10:30am-12:00nn Jay Tablante 12:00nn-1:00pm lunch break 1:00pm-3:00pm Jomel Gregorio 4:00 pm 6:00 pm Feb. 01 Friday



Creative iPhone Photography Cosplay and Fashion

ACCM Makati ACCM Makati

Wedding Photography

ACCM Makati

Ribbon Cut ting Ceremony for Photo Exhibits Launching of PhotoworldAsia 2013 Trade Show

6:00am-8:00am 8:00 am 8:30am-12:00nn 12:00nn-1:00pm 1:00pm-3:00pm 3:30pm-6:00pm

Gloriet ta 4 Gloriet ta 1

Registration Opening Program Prof. Cecilia Manikan Creative thinking Lunch Break Paco Guerrero Travel Photography Revoli Cortez & Edwin Bacasmas Photojournalism

Feb. 02 Saturday 8:00am-9:30am Group Pictorial 10:00am-12:00nn Allan Razo 12:00nn-1:00pm Lunch Break

Fine Art Photography

ACCM Makati ACCM Makati ACCM Makati ACCM Makati ACCM Makati Zen Garden AIM ACCM Makati

1:00pm-2:30pm G-nie Arambulo Adver tising Photography 3:00pm-5:00pm Dan Pamintuan DSLR Videography 7:00pm-10:00pm Photographer's Night Feb. 03 Sunday


Feb. 04 Monday 8:00am-12:00nn 12:00nn-1:00pm 1:00pm-5:00pm

5:30pm -6:30pm

ACCM Makati ACCM Makati

Joe McNally

Master Class for Photographers

ACCM Makati

Nap Jamir, Jr. Lunch Break Drew Gurian


ACCM Makati

Nick Tuason

Feb. 05 Tuesday HANDS ON WORKSHOP with

1. Building a Career in Photography 2. The In’s and Out’s of Music Photography Becoming a Professional Photographer

ACCM Makati ACCM Makati

• Edwin Loyola • Drew Gurian • Joe McNally Fernwood Gardens, Quezon City

PWAsia is a yearly project of the

FEDER ATION OF PHILIPPINE PHOTOGR APHERS FOUNDATION, INC. Rm. 302 Annex Femii Building, A. Soriano Avenue, Intramuros, Manila Tels: (632)5247576; 5280371 • email:;

Drew Gurian, First assistant to Joe McNally is also on hand to deliver his own talk on two topics: 1) Building a Career in Photography, and 2) The In’s and Out’s of Music Photography. Drew is a New York-based professional photographer whose bread-and-butter is music and editorial photography. The Filipino master photographers who share the spotlight with Joe McNally are professional photographer Allan Razo, advertising photographer G-Nie Arambulo, photojournalists Revoli Cortez and Edwin Bacasmas, cinematographer Nap Jamir, Jr. videographer Dan Pamintuan, Prof. Cecilia Manikan, creative fine art photographer Edwin Loyola, top wedding photographer Jomel Gregorio, photo magazine publisher Nick Tuason, fashion photographer Jay Tablante, and travel photographer/TV show host Paco Guerrero. PhotoWorld Asia is a yearly event which has been held non-stop since 1987 under the auspices of the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, FPPF. It is the largest and longest-running photography trade show and convention widely anticipated by photographers in the Philippines and in the Asian region with some delegates coming from Arab countries in the Middle East. The trade show brings together the world's leading brands of cameras, photography gear suppliers from various countries, as well as local traders and manufacturers while the international photographers' convention provides a forum where photographers can learn from each other. This year's PhotoWorld Asia theme is “Limitless Possibilities” to emphasize the vast potential and higher goals that photographers can aspire for Professional photographer Cris Cleofas of ALPHA Camera Club is Chairman of PhotoWorld Asia 2013.


Feature Meet Cris Cleofas, PhotoWorldAsia 2013 Chairman. FPPF attributes a greater part of the success of PhotoWorldAsia 2013 to its chairman, Cris Cleofas, Alpha Camera Club president. She is an integral part of the planning, the leg work and the physical and mental activities involved in the realization of the convention plans. Now, the plans are no longer plans. They are realities. Photographers led by Joe McNally and Drew Durian together with local photographers are here now sharing precious knowledge in photography which the participants of the on-going photo convention can enjoy and benefit from. Cris Cleofas was also the chairman of PhotoWorldCup 2012, whose main activities included the monthly photo contest of the 52 FPPF camera clubs throughout the Philippines together with the selection of the awardees for the Camera Club of the Year and the Photographer of the Year. She was responsible for the selection of this year's theme of PhotoWorldAsia 2013: Limitless Possibilities. (CSA)

Cris Cleofas

Chairperson, PhotoWorldAsia 2013



Photo Gallery


By Ka Lito, photos by Kim Lorenzo Salvador


PhotoworldCup 2013 update: The PhotoWorldCup 2013 executive committee met last December 27 to present the 2013-2014 program of activities. Past PWC chair, Ms. Cris Cleofas introduced the newly appointed members of the three–man committee: Alex Agcaoili (Dos Litratistas), Mark Kishnani (Imahe) and James Singlador (SLR). Alex announced the theme of the PWCup for 2013 which is: Peace, Unity and Brotherhood in Photography and challenged the members of affiliated clubs to work towards fostering camaraderie and friendship among themselves. The committee approved the themes of the monthly photo competitions for 2013. Some of the themes that made it to the top 15 are –“Off the Wall”, “Urban Decay”, “Women at Work” and “Life is a Dance”. Every last Saturday of each month starting February 23, 2013, members from the 51 clubs will submit a maximum of 20 entries and vie for the prestigious Camera Club of the Year and Photographer of the Year awards. PWCup is a regular activity organized by the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF) that has been ongoing for more than two decades now. The contests are aimed to encourage club members to create images regularly, to hone their skills and to keep a high level of enthusiasm at all times. These competitions prepare the members in competing in photo contests here and abroad. The FPPF is proud that in almost all such contests, FPPF members have always been on the top 5. There is much more to learn from the FPPF workshops: In summer of 1993 when the FPPF opened its doors to the first group of enthusiasts who attended the Basic Photography Workshop in Nayong Pilipino, we never imagined that the workshop would be as many as what we have at present and neither did we think that there would be thousands more attending. With the idea of helping out those who were victims of the


Pinatubo eruption in 1991, we thought of having one or two workshops a year. But when the workshops were publicized, there were too many who wanted to attend, so we decided to conduct the workshops weekly. Advanced and special classes were soon offered for those who wanted to become pro. Now, the FPPF conducts Saturday, Sunday, weekdays and evening classes. The workshop then transferred from Nayong Pilipino to where it is today–at the historic Fort Santiago chambers in Intramuros. The venue offers an excellent place for beginners to shoot just outside the seminar room, nature, people, ruins and exercises on lines, shapes, textures, forms and natural lighting for portraits. It is a haven for photographers, and even professionals regularly shoot their prenups and pictorials inside Fort Santiago. Aside from a unique and excellent venue for photography, the FPPF has instructors who are veterans in the field of photography for many years and are still shooting today. Topics are carefully chosen by instructors from the academe to assure enrollees that they learn what it is that is needed to understand what photography is all about. Among the topics are: learning how to handle the camera and how to have correct settings with emphasis on focus, exposure and white balance; composition and elements of design; lighting portraits and still life with actual model shoot; lightroom software; travel photography; filters; flash on camera; critiques; photo competitions and finally presentation of certificates. With 40 hours of teaching, the FPPF offers an intensive workshop for all those interested to learn one of the exciting artforms today–photography. Definitely, there is much more to learn from the FPPF workshops!


By Cecilia S. Angeles

out-of-town educational trips or on-the-spot-photo contests. Indeed, any FPPF activity is a treasured memory. Club members compete with one another through the monthly photo contest. Each one desires to be included in the top, for everybody anticipates to win the title, the honor, the trophy and the cash at the year Twenty-five years old is the end. Of course, the best club with the highest number of Federation of Philippine Photographers votes wins, and an individual club member with the Foundation (FPPF) today, and it is getting highest annual points also wins. stronger and stronger with the sincere support The regular monthly meetings of member clubs of its organizers together with its club members. In fact are held at Intramuros. The FPPF meetings used to it has just celebrated its silver anniversary, and now be held in Nayong Pilipino. It moved to the onward to its gold. Certainly, that is the next target, the Comfoods Bldg. on Buendia Street, Makati City. Now golden anniversary. photography workshops are held regularly at Fort Did you know that the FPPF was conceived to Santiago, Intramuros, Manila. It now accommodate victims of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in offers specialized workshops like 1991? The idea was to create an instant job for victims because Wedding Photography, Cruise Ship a knowledge of photography does not require academic skills and Photography, Food Photography, records like diploma or transcript of grades. Ironically, no Mt. Pinatubo Photoshop and Lightroom. Occasionally victim applied to train in photography at the FPPF. So it has not trained nor taught upon invitation, the FPPF organizes the photography to any eruption victim. Instead, photographers. . . profesional and amateur. . . Basic Photography Workshop or swarmed the organization. Some 40 active photo clubs from various parts of the Advance Photography Workshop in the Philippines are members of the FPPF. The main activity of the federation is the monthly photo provinces. Participants come from all contest among photo clubs and the annual and sometimes semiannual photography convention walks of life: students, employees, with local and foreign photographers as speakers. Occasionally, FPPF takes the member clubs to professionals like doctors, nurses, engineers, lawyers, priests, movie stars, directors, nurses, foreigners, university presidents, consuls and their wives, young children etc.






Wedding By Johanna Poblete, photos by Edi Y. huang

Dream weddings are often imagined in photographic stills – the preparations, the groom waiting at the altar, the arrival of the bridal car, the bride making her entrance, the exchange of rings, the kiss that seals the vows – all of which require the perfect backdrop. Fernwood Gardens, a 1.2-hectare premier wedding venue in Quezon City, combines lush tropical topography, glass domes and winding staircases, a tree house, a gazebo, and other whimsical elements in a transformative setting that welcomes formality as well as flights of fantasy. “A lot of couples have really thought and dreamt of a garden wedding, but for the longest time it was quite a risky option because of the weather… I changed that notion, because of the sky dome, they can have their weddings rain or shine, or storm,” said Fernwood Gardens founder Al de Veyra. Fernwood regularly hosts six weddings a week, accommodating 200-600 guests in four reception halls. It boasts of a landscape usually only found in the highlands of the Sierra Madre or Makiling but now acclimated within glass enclosures, including giant ferns from which Fernwood derives its name. Adding to the unique blend of wild and domesticated animals are multicolored macaws, a peacock, swans, ducks, ornamental fish, and a poodle. As far as Mr. de Veyra is concerned, Fernwood is just as elegant as a hotel, but more “camerafriendly.” “Photographers say that it's so photogenic. . . after all the expenses of a grand wedding, what's left are the pictures and the videos, and what better way to preserve a very happy occasion than to have pictures taken in a place that is very different, and is not a four-walled venue,” he ventured. Conveniently, the St. Francis Chapel is a mere stone's throw away from the reception halls. An elevated Christ figure seemingly floats, surrounded by hanging plants, veils of white and fairy lights. There are water features by the altar, and Tiffany chairs grouped for an unimpeded view of the bridal march and wedding ceremony. cont. to p18



Ala Eh! Festival 2012 WOWBatangas By Dyan Hernandez

1st place_Anthony Ronald Garcia

Edi Y. Huang, FPPF chairperson receiving plaque of appreciation from Batagas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto, during the Ala Eh! Festival 2012 in Tanuan City, Batangas. Batangas, with all its trademarks and objects of pride and power, is gradually taking its place on the list of provinces with grandiose festivals to look forward to each year. Ala Eh! Festival is the union of all festivals in Batangas that gratifies spectators from all over the province and beyond. The Birth of Ala Eh! Festival Every year on December 8th, Batangueños commemorate the founding anniversary of Batangas. Ala Eh! Festival was conceived when Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto thought of having a festival that will represent the province as a whole. For years now, this is the biggest annual event that Batangueños from different municipalities and cities of Batangas fervently take part in. Ala Eh! Festival is comprised of a series of events lined-up for the week-long celebration commencing every December and concluding on the 8th, the foundation day. Among the most anticipated events each year are the provincial trade fair, the mutya ng Batangas Pageant, and the VSR (Voices, Songs, and Rhythms) grand finals.

2nd place_Noemi Garcia

All the festivities were made possible through the efforts of the provincial Tourism Office of Batangas, the festival executive committee, the LGUs, and the host city/municipality. Festival competitions There are festival competitions which draw talented participants to compete for appealing prizes on stake. One of these is the film fest launched this year where student filmmakers from different universities of Batangas demonstrate their filmmaking skills. The short film “Agdong” by students from First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities was declared best film. The Ala Eh! Festival film fest was held in partnership with WOWBatangas and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

3rd place_Ruben Mojares


Next is the Ala Eh! Festival Photo Contest which was first conduted in 2011 and was well supported by photographers from Batangas. This is in partnership, again, with WOWBatangas (its Team Leader, JR Cantos, as the competition chairman) and the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF). This year's theme is focused on Batangas.

Short Film competition board of judges: (standing) Ed Cabagnot, JR Cantos (seated) Lilit Reyes, Ed Lejano, Francis Joseph Cruz, Sheron Dayoc and Danny Dolor. Entries of “Destinations”, this year’s contest theme, showed the finest places in the province. The hundreds of entries this year were trimmed down to the Top 30 finalists where only three (3) photos were adjudged as best in the competition. They belonged to Anthony Ronald Garcia (1st Place), Noemi Garcia (2nd Place), and Ruben Mojares (3rd Place). Highlighting the culmination of the festival were the street and 5-minute court dance competitions and the float parade. These events signify not just the competitive spirit of Batangueños but also their creativity and talent as well. Swaying to the beat of the drums and taking each movement to a series of striking choreography, the dancers turned the pavements of Tanauan City into a festive ground. True enough, Ala Eh! Festival always saves the best for last. Collaborative Ingenuity WOWBatangas has been an ardent supporter of the Ala Eh! Festival for three years now. Having been recognized by the Provincial Tourism Office in 2010 for its efforts in promoting the tourism of Batangas, the body entrusted the people behind WOWBatangas to organize competitions which manifest the finest of Batangas. With WOWBatangas working hand in hand with photography experts from FPPF, the Ala Eh! Festival 2012 Photo Contest materialized into a real deal for all the participants to give it their best. From the first Batangas Provincial Photography Workshop held in September until the selection of the finalists, then the winners, FPPF contributed a generous knack for this undertaking. Ala Eh! Festival 2012 Contest Winners: BOOTH COMPETITION: 1st place_Calaca, 2nd place_San Jose, 3rd place_Lobo BEST BOOTH MANAGEMENT: Calatagan BEST COSTUME: 1st place_Sto. Tomas, 2nd place_Calaca, 3rd place_Bauan BEST FLOAT: 1st place_Calaca, 2nd place_San Jose 3rd place_Lobo BEST IN STREET DANCING: 1st place_Calaca, 2nd place_San Jose, 3rd place_Sto. Tomas BEST IN 5-MINUTE COURT DANCING: 1st place_Sto. Tomas, 2nd place_Padre Garcia, 3rd place_Calaca ALA EH! FESTIVAL 2012 PHOTO CONTEST: 1st place_Anthony Ronald Garcia, 2nd place_Noemi Garcia, 3rd place_Ruben Mojares ALA EH! FESTIVAL 2012 FILM FEST RESULTS: Best Film_Agdong Jury Prize_The Stoked, Film Audience Choice_Agdong


Photo Gallery PHOTOWORLD CUP 2012

©Mon Meneses_4th Place ©Luis Asuncion_3rd Place ©Kenneth Sy_5th Place

©Victor Ortega_2nd Place ©Dennis Mariano_1st Place

All about Rain Water. Mud. Joy. These seemed to be the ideas expressed in the pictures submitted by the FPPF club members for the August interclub monthly photo contest whose theme was all about rain. First place winner Dennis Mariano (SLR) captured four farmers and a child on carabaos’ back braving the heavy rain. Victor R. Orencia (ORO) won the second place. His picture displayed sculptured footprints on a muddy rice paddy. Six young boys, half naked, frolicking under the rain, enjoyed playing in the mud. This composition won for Luis Asuncion (Nayon) the third place. Mon Meneses (Exposure) fourth place entry showed an old man squatting on a public bench submerged in water, a big umbrella protecting him from the rain. Kenneth Sy (CCI) won fifth place for submitting the image of a multitude of people holding colorful umbrellas to protect them from the rain, an antique church in the background. A part of an open umbrella and buntings overhead framed the scene. Raneil Antonio Ibay (FS) grabbed sixth place for his picture of children riding on wooden raft, heaps of trash by the right side. Seventh place went to Pepper Santiago (FS). A big umbrella over his head, a young boy tried to persuade a wet kitty to eat its lunch under the rain. An old vendor pushing his three-wheeler wooden cart to sell his goods under the rain gave JR Pachica (Imahe) the eighth place. Darwin Gernale (Nayon) won ninth place for capturing two boys in a jeepney, one trembling in cold as he stood on the ramp, the other on the last seat of the hind row. The captured raindrops turned into graceful diagonal lines apparently captured at a slow shutter speed. Sharp raindrops clinging on clear glass gave BPI club entry the tenth place. (CSAngeles)

©JR Pachica_8th Place ©Raneil Ibay_6th Place

©Pepper Santiago_7th Place


©Darwin Gulfan Gernale_9th Place


©BPI Club Entry _10th Place

©Carlito So_4th Place

©Luis Asuncion_3rd Place ©Kenneth Sy_5th Place

©Don Pagunsan_2nd Place ©Jundio Salvador_1st Place


Climate Change The September FPPF interclub photo contest appears to have changed the photographic climate of the FPPF photo clubs. Just like the recent typhoons devastating some Visayan and Mindanao areas, majority of the winners came from the Visayan and Mindanao photo clubs. The cruelty brought about by the climate was best recorded in the first prize photo of Jundio Salvador of SLR. A barren muddy beach accented with boat and a totally rusty anchor supporting the boat gave Don Pagunsan of Gensan Camera Club the second place. Dry and cracked rice paddy with the silhouette of a young boy balancing two blue plastic pails on his shoulder won third place for Luis Asuncion of Nayon Camera Club. Apparently captured at a bird's eye view, this cityescape of Malaysia won fourth place for Carlito So of Cebu Images Camera Club. Well, So's entry displayed

not only climate change but also venue change. Technically perfect for a composition tip. . . rule of thirds. . . was the fifth place picture of Kenneth Sy of Cebu Images Camera Club. Another good feature of the photo was the color in the third and the lower third is black and white. Victor Orencia of Oro Photographic Society got sixth place. The various trash brought about by the unpredictable climate seemed well organized to frame the lone person in the picture. A rotten trunk serving as a foot bridge in crossing a muddy canal has a better function. . . a legless bench used by the three children enjoying their stories, their hanging legs swinging to and fro in the muddy canal beneath. Ramon Castillo of SLR Camera Club is lucky to capture the subject in simplicity. This won for him seventh place. Apparently captured on a tripod because the camera is set at a very slow shutter speed was the eighth place winner of Erwin Lim of Cebu Images Camera Club. His lovely composition showed an angrily raging climate illustrated by the flow of a big volume of water lashing some trees and houses whose roofs were secured with huge stones and rocks. The ninth place winning picture of JR Pachica of Imahe Camera Club displayed an impending heavy rain, yet the horizon showed hope for a better climate. Elements of nature seemed to find new hope in the 10th place winner of Dr. Antonio Vasquez of Camera Club of Negros. A leaning tree beside its mother trunk pushed by the strong wind sent a clear hope to rise after a fall. The bright sky beyond the horizon heralds this hope. (CSAngeles) ©Ramon Castillo_7th Place

©Victor Ortega_6th Place ©JR Pachica_9th Place

©Erwin Lim_8th Place

©Anthony Vasquez_10th Place


Photo Gallery ©Dan Ong_10th Place

©Dan Ong_1st Place

©Danny Victoriano_2nd Place

©James Uy_6th Place

They say photography is just like travelling as it affects you both physically and mentally. Going to places that differ from your local environment stirs the mind and heart with excitement. The October monthly photo contest gave everybody a glimpse of amazing scenes from around the world starting with Dan Ong. The Cebu Images Camera Club photographer won first place for his portrait of two children monks conversing happily as they walked the corridor of a temple. The side light passing between the geometric pillars cast split lighting on the faces of the two children. Second place went to Dan Victoriano of


SLR for the poignant silhouette of two rafters on strange waters while Jenny Esconde of Lakbay Klik won 3rd place for her perfectly framed image of three children sitting on a centuries old temple wall in Cambodia. The background of the children reminds a viewer of Rembrandt's chiaroscuro. Fourth place went to a masterpiece of Catherine Angeles and past PWC Chairman PJ Enriquez took 5th place with his image of five Ifugao Mumbaki elders dressed in their traditional hand-woven g-string performing a harvest ritual. James Uy of Lakbay Klik image of impoverished children riding on horseback took 6th place. Hector Balgos of CNN settled for the 7th honor while Orly Punzalan came in 8th. Nereo Gramonte, another Lakbay Klik member got 9th place and Dan Ong


bookended the top ten coming in 10th place.

©Jenny Exconde_3rd Place

©Catherine Angeles_4th Place

©PJ Enriquez_5th Place

©Hector Balgos_7th Place

©Orly Punzalan_8th Place


©Nereo Gramonte_9th Place

©Danny Victoriano_1st Place

©Toto Celzo_4th Place

©James Singlador_5th Place

©Dennis Tan Yu_2nd Place

The November photo affair among FPPF photographers was really the ultimate challenge. Aside from the handsome trophy at stake together with an equally handsome amount in cash, the Photographer of the Year title, and the honorable reputation heralded by the wind among photo addicts, the theme, Vertical Panorama, was in itself worth careful planning and execution. Unlike the normal horizontal panorama which simply stitches neatly a series of horizontal shots, vertical panorama is done vertically. Could anyone imagine how he would create the vertical panorama of a tree? Would he not distort its upper part? Anyway, save a headache and simply enjoy the FPPF vertical panorama entries. First place winner Danny Victoriano of SLR displayed vertically the whole length of a kilometric long hanging bridge which in reality hangs parallel to the elements below. A red abstract composition accented with a white curve line below is the second place entry of Dennis Tan Yu of Cebu Images Camera Club. Rows of individual bancas except for the first which had three aligned in straight line with deep depth of field exposure won third place for Astrid Barreyro of Orthgoc photo club. Set against a dark background curly smoke emitted from incense

sticks gave Toto Celzo of Twilight Zone the fourth place. James Singlador of SLR camera club shot a man in red rowing perpendicularly a slender banca. His hip fitted exactly the width of the banca. This was the fifth place. Sixth honor went to Frances Nollan Damaso of Konsepto for his black and white picture of a bamboo footbridge literally standing across the river. A vertical seascape, sharp from the foreground to the background, was the seventh place winner of Jon Aguirre of Framed Shots. James Singlador of SLR took a unique vertical panoramic shot of the Manila City Hall tower connected to the very loooooong foreground with a bamboo footbridge. This netted the eighth place. A vertical seascape, sharp from the foreground to background, was the ninth placer composition of Jimbo Araneta of Camera Club of Negros. The golden sun with seascape accented by a fisherman throwing his net on the foreground looked mysterious indeed for the ninth place. Completing the top ten is OPS Rolando A. Geronilla Jr. whose vertical panoramic picture appeared to be a hallway framed by rows of architectural elements. FPPF photo clubs face another year long battle of the lenses to claim the next annual awards at stake for 2013. (CSAngeles)


Vertical Panorama

©Astrid Barreyro_3rd Place

©Francis Nollan Damaso _6th Place

©Jon Aguirre_7th Place

©James Singlador_8th Place

©Jimbo Araneta_9th Place

©Rolando Gironella_10th Place



Rudy Fontanilla's Passion Again he created a couple of master pieces . . . the portrait of a slender teenager set in minimal lights and that of the same middleaged model, Dr. Maria Blessilda R. Borja-Tan, dermatologist based at SM Fairview, Quezon City. Amazing is the sharpness of the elements of his subjects whom Rudy sets by Photoshop against a Russian architectural background thrown out of focus. Her model wears a white Victorian blouse he himself designed with ethnic motif. His minimal lighting apparently comes from behind. 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. (CSAngeles) Picture-perfect Wedding...p11 “My understanding of the Bible is that the first wedding was done in a garden. It's but appropriate that weddings, receptions, be held in a garden setting… minus the snake,” said Mr. de Veyra, extolling the romance of a sun-dappled or moonlit paradise.

“Fernwood has its character during the day and also an ambiance at night. There are photographers who specialize in photography that uses natural light, so they do their shoots during the day; and also photographers that specialize in strobe lighting and all that. It's all a matter of who's doing the shoot,” he noted.

courtyard). Mr. de Veyra – engraver-sculptor, onetime bartender, and perpetual dreamer – surprises guests with an odd assortment of collectibles. Choice of bridal car could easily be a 1950s Bentley or 1920s Rolls Royce, or perhaps a Shetland pony-driven Wells & Fargo carriage parked near a replica of a Western saloon. “As I was growing up, the only television shows for boys were cowboy movies. . . It's like trying to relive what I saw in black-and-white when I was a little boy and now see it in full color and light,” admitted Mr. de Veyra, who somehow makes his childhood fancies work.

Among the more unusual scenarios depicted at Fernwood are themed weddings straight from Avatar, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Alice in Wonderland and The Lord of the Rings. Prenuptial and cosplay shoots also range from cowboys and Indians, to fairies and mermaids, to flapper women and their jazzy escorts.

Fernwood is his tribute to nature and intimacy; a sister-property in Las Piñas, Fernbrook Gardens, is his grand architectural gem. The next venture may be a beach venue, possibly with signature cocktails added to his trademark mobile bar.

“Dim all the lights, and it turns to be something out of a fantasy epic… Couples are welcome to create anything they want here, provided that they do not destroy the plants, and that they take it all down after the event,” said Mr. de Veyra.

“Couples who decide to have a beach wedding are really beach-lovers or sun-lovers, so Fernwood has its own niche market. But it wouldn't be farfetched that I would build one on the beach. I have been asked that so many times in the past. Pushed enough, I might do one,” he said.

A classic red phone booth near the main entrance can easily be a Tardis, given that anyone with a camera can easily encounter a mythical figure, or a costumed minstrel (yes, Romeo and Juliet won't be out of place in the

Fernwood Gardens is located at 69 Cenacle Drive, Sanville Subdivision, Quezon City, Philippines. For more information, visit


Cebu Images Camera Club going strong at 28 By Carlito So

Another very productive year has passed for the oldest existing photography club in Cebu, the Cebu Images Camera Club. Its 28th annual awards night and induction of Officers and New Members was held on December 7, 2012 at Level 8. This event was led by the incoming President for 2013, Ms. Marmie Vera Cruz Wistehuff, the second female president-elect of the club, together with Dan Douglas Ong (VPExternal), Cathy Angeles (VPInternal), Johanna Cua (Secretary), Dang de Larrazabal (Treasurer), Ryan Go (Auditor) and Lyndon Gabato (PRO). A batch of new members was also inducted by the club as regular members. They are: Henry Chua, Regie Uy, Christopher Kokseng, Leah Cerna, Joe Almerez, Glinda del Prado, Ma. Elena Ang, John Michael Chavez, Sidney Dyguani, Valerie Uy, Dencio Co, Kim Morales, Rene King Alexander Villamanca and Dennis Tanyu as associate member.

FPPF-PWC Camera Club of the Year 2012

ICC Trustees: Ted Madamba, Celso Dayo, Carlito So, Philbert Chua and Erwin Lim

Ms. Marmie Vera Cruz Wistehuff, ICC 2nd female president-elect

Highlighting this affair was the awarding of Photographer of the Year for Dan Douglas Ong and Picture of the Year for Erwin Lim. The Top 10 Photographers of the Year 2012 follow: Erwin Lim, Dan Douglas Ong, Mike Jo, Kenneth Sy, Carlito So, Ted Madamba Jr. Rolando Pascua, Cathy Israel-Angeles, Ted Seclon, Raymond Low, Leadership Award (Arthur Kenneth Sy) Loyalty Award Celso Dayo and Carlito So (28 years), Ted Madamba Jr. (26 years), Erwin Lim (25 years), Harley Yunam (15 years), Philbert Chua (10 years), James L. Go (10 years). The Cebu Images Camera Club has been judged the Camera Club of the Year 2012 by FPPF-PhotoWorldCup whose awarding is during the PhotoworldAsia in February 2013. The Cebu Images Camera Club, under the guidance of its trustees: Ted Madamba, Carlito So, Philbert Chua, Celso Dayo and Erwin Lim, looks forward to preparing for its 30th anniversary celebration in 2014, and will continue to work hard for another rewarding year ahead.



Caffeinated Coffee Photos & Text by Dandi Romano


Caffeinated Photographers was founded in Dipolog City, Philippines on November 4, 2011 by Mario Dandi Romano and Paulina Uy with the active participation and support of Camellia Alferez, Miracle Romano, and Rose Alferez. The name was initially just a temporary moniker for the group that was inspired by their shared love for coffee and photography. Soon the group was joined by Travis W. Forbear and Ralph Nordstrom from the United States; Kah Kit Yoong from Australia; Marina Cano from Spain; Jacques Chevalier from Belgium; Gio Tarantini, Francesco Cosi, and Francesco Gola from Italy; Frank Lassak, Stefan Hefele, Christian Richter and Ronny Behnert from Germany; Hengki Koentjoro from Indonesia; Alexey Trofimov from Russia; André Torrès and Emmanuel Dautriche from France; Lars van de Goor from the Netherlands; Goran Kalanj from Serbia; and Albena Markova from Bulgaria. The original five Caffeinated Photographers and these nineteen Honorary Caffeinated Photographers make up the core group. In May 2012, Mario and Paulina decided to present something new for the Caffeinated Photographers members and Facebook fans. Caffeinated Photographers celebrated six months of Caffeination by publishing an online magazine with the participation of photography award-winners and luminaries from Asia, Europe and the Americas. The second issue of Caffeinated Photographers Magazine came out on World Photography Day (August 2012) and included articles by several well known photographers and journalists like Mute Planet founder Mark Malby and award-winning photographers Jerry Downs, Marina Cano, and Ralph Nordstrom. Their third online issue came out

on the anniversary of Caffeinated Photographers last November 4, 2012 and featured Filipino photographers Yen Baet and Allan Z. Razo. The Official Caffeinated Photographers page ( eventually spawned a Facebook group that now has thousands of members. What started as an informal gathering of friends over espresso after sunrise and sunset photo shoots quickly developed into a group with almost 7,000 members worldwide. Active members include internationally acclaimed and award-winning photographers from the United States, Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, United Kingdom,Canada, Hong Kong among others. Due to the diverse and “international” nature of the Caffeinated Photographers Group, Mario organized a new project that would build on this partnership and further enhance communication and cooperation among their members from all over the world. The Caffeinated in every continent project was launched on June 2012 and it currently has registered members from more than 40 countries. Currently Caffeinated Coffee is in the process of building a database that will only be accessible to their registered members. In the near future, they will also compile all the materials provided by volunteers about their respective areas and publish it in PDF form for easy downloading. This project will give members free access to information about great places for photography in areas that they may be traveling to. It also allows members to meet, coordinate photo walks, etc. should they find themselves in the same area. Other useful information about hotels, restaurants, tourist sites, hospitals in specific areas are also made available to members.

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Feature An Introduction to SEO for Photographers: Using Internet Technology to Make Money from Photography Most photographers start out as hobbyists, and eventually decide to use their talents as a source of their livelihood. With innovations in digital i m a g i n g te c h n o l o g y, almost anyone can be a photographer these days. However, only the best in the industry can make a name for themselves and possibly be financially rewarded for the unique use of their talents.

By Carmel B. Yoder

First Part

If you are a novice photographer, the biggest challenge that you may face is how to make your mark in this overcrowded industry. There are so many gifted and well known photographers today, that you may have a hard time finding a niche you can excel in. This is where you need more than talent in order to stand out. You need to use technology that can help you expand your reach and make your talent known. You Can Be Your Own Brand Marketer If you treat your craft as your business as well, then you must find ways to market your skills and talent. One creative way to do this is to use Internet technology which is not only economical, and also actually create fast results, if you know the right strategies.

Research shows that 60% of search words used in Google are geo-targeted, meaning the locations are always mentioned. For example, if you are looking for a dentist in Mandaluyong, you would most likely type in “dentist Mandaluyong”.

It's no wonder that has earned a page rank of “2” because the phrase “manila photographer” is, most likely, among the most searched phrases by clients looking for photographers in the city. This website is the first result if you type in “Manila photographer” on Google, followed by FPPF's homepage, Make your URL short and relevant to what you are offering. Think how simple URLs such as has become popular because it is easy to remember. Get It off the Drawing Board After deciding on your website name, the next step is to register it, claim it as yours and then find a good, affordable hosting service. Do your research on cheap domain name registration and cheap web hosting in Google and you can find some frugal ways to get your site running. Here's a sample breakdown:

To date, not too many Filipino photographers have their own websites where they can showcase their portfolios and direct their prospective clients to. Again, if you are serious about marketing your skills, consider creating your own website. Although there are many online sites that allow you to create an account and post the images you take (such as,,, and the most recent rage, it is still a good idea to have a webpage that you can call your own. Your Own Space in Cyberspace Exactly how much investment will it take to have your own website, you may ask. You may be surprised how inexpensive it can be – almost the same cash you'll pay for your once-a-week Starbucks frappuccino fix for one year! Remember that claiming your domain in cyberspace is the first step to creative marketing. It may entail some costs, but it is one investment with a good payoff in the long run. Skip some Starbuck mornings and you'll soon save enough money to have your own website where you can display your art and market your skills. What's in a Name? “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Domain Name Registration Basic Website Hosting ($2.00/mth) WordPress* Templates Total/year

$ 10.00/year 24.00/year - free –––––––––––– $ 34.00

*WordPress is a popular blogging platform that is very flexible and easy to use. It allows for easy integration of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Popular domain registrars include and If you want a domain with a .ph extension, visit and Get your website up and running and keep adding more content to it. Too Techy for You? Hire a Freelancer! Now if all these mambo jambo seems Greek to you, you can just hire someone to set up your website. There are many local website designers who offer affordable services (as low as P5,000 for a basic website). You can even do an x-deal with a friend who is a web developer for a couple of free photo shoots and you may even get your website for free!

True? Not so, when it comes to websites! If your purpose is to make the search engines find your website, think how your clients would search for your services. What keywords would they use?


Once you get your website running, the next step is to do some marketing online. The key here is to make your website stand out whenever people search for the type of services you offer. This is where even the most basic knowledge of SEO comes quite handy.

George Cabig Joins Basic Photography By Chris Malinao

Professional travel photographer George Cabig shares his techniques and insights on travel photography at the FPPF Basic Photography workshop.

FPPF workshops have been developed over 20 years of teaching photography. Workshops are held primarily not only in Fort Santiago but also in the provinces and corporate, and government offices on request.

Multi-awarded travel photographer and PhotoWorld Asia 2012 Chairman George Cabig has joined the FPPF Basic Photography workshops, further enriching the photography learning experience at Fort Santiago. George has won international and Philippine photo competitions including Luxembourg's Culture Inside, UNESCO's Changing Face of the Earth, Prix de la Photographie in France, Kodak Philippines, Canon Photo Marathon, Epson International Photo Competition, and lately, ASSIST Asia's Ten Photos to Shake the World. “Having George in the basic workshops is timely, now that many of those who come to Fort Santiago are serious hobbyists who go on travel treks after learning photography,” said FPPF President Lito Beltran. In the class, George shares his valuable insights on travel photography, explaining to workshop participants how he took his award winning photographs, emphasizing how to develop the eye for seeing and capturing the moment. “The art of seeing is crucial, and I teach this in the workshop,” says George. The FPPF Basic Photography Workshop at Fort Santiago has been fully developed over 20 years, providing a multi-instructor environment for a broader perspective on photography. It teaches how to use the digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera as well as the new camera technologies. In addition to learning how to operate professional level cameras, the Basic Photography workshop also teaches composition and elements of design, lighting theory and application, basic portraiture and product shooting, digital post processing, and travel photography. The workshop is conducted for 5 full day sessions on weekends and weekdays in the historic and picturesque Fort Santiago. FPPF Basic Photography instructors include Ador Pamintuan, Rey Castañeda, Prof. Cecilia S. Angeles, Prof. Joey Tañedo, Elwin Noche, Dennis Araneta, Amir Alba, Chris Malinao, and George Cabig. Aside from Basic Photography, the FPPF also offers courses on Advanced Photography, Wedding Photography, Food Photography, Strobist Lighting, and Complete Post Processing in Photoshop and Lightroom. For workshop details and registration, please visit

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2013 WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE * www.photoworl

BASIC WORKSHOP SATURDAYS Feb 16, 23, Mar 2, 9, 16 Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, Apr 6 Mar 23, Apr 6, 13, 20, 27 Apr 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11 May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1 Fee: P4,700

ADVANCED WORKSHOP (Sat-Sun-Sat) February 16, 17, 23 March 2, 3, 9 March 16, 17, 23 April 6, 7, 13 April 20, 21, 27 Fee: P4,700

SUNDAYS Feb 17, 24, Mar 3, 10, 17 Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, Apr 7 Mar 24, Apr 7, 14, 21, 28 Apr 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12 May 5, 12, 19, 26, Jun 2 Fee: P4,700

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY SUNDAYS (One Day) January 20 February 9 (Sat) March 30 (Sat) April 14 Fee: P1,750

WEEKDAYS Jan 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Feb 25, 26, 27, 28, Mar 1 Mar 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 Apr 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 Fee: P5,000 AIM Evenings March 4, 6, 8, & 9 April 8, 10, 12, & 13 Fee: P5,000 Kiddie PHOTOGRAPHY April 15, 16, & 17 Fee: P3,500

WEDDING WORKSHOP (Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu) January 21, 22, 23, 24 March 18, 19, 20, 21 April 29, 30, May 1, 2 DGITAL DARKROOM LIGHTROOM (Saturdays) February 10, 16 March 9, 10 April 20, 21 (Also, call to arrange for 2 special session days, 9am5pm. Min 4, max 8 persons.) Fee: P2,500

PHOTOSHOP (Sundays) January 13, 20, 27 Feb 17, 24, Mar 3 Fee: P3,000 STROBIST (Fri-Sat) January 25, 26 February 22, 23 March 15, 16 May 3, 4 Fee: P2,500 *Please note: Workshops are conducted in English and Tagalog, 9am5pm. Special arrangements may be made for those who require purely English instructions



Man of Stills:

Photos & Text by Nap Beltran

On the set of Juana C. the Movie After four years of working as a professional photographer abroad, I felt there was very little new technique that I could do with my photography. I put away my DSLR and started to do other things, among others, social media advocacies. After a long hiatus, I found myself in a totally different kind of photography, which I never thought I would even be remotely interested in. A dear friend of mine, Mae Paner a.k.a. Juana Change, started shooting for “Juana C. the Movie” and to lend her some moral support, I decided to go with her on the first shooting day. With plans of taking a few photos to post on my highly popular Photoworldmanila fan page on Facebook, I decided to take some snapshots of what was happening around. After a few takes, I was asked to stay and take more photos of scenes in the movie sequences they were filming. Little did I know that it would be the start of me being the Juana C. the movie's unofficial movie stills photographer. Thinking it was not different from simply documenting an event, I found out soon enough that it was not at all that easy. But the biggest surprise even to me was that the whole experience would be a lot of fun, just like the movie itself! As a movie still photographer, there were a few things I learned in the course of the whole experience. A still photographer must remain anonymous and almost invisible. Things happen so quickly that there is little elbow room to navigate your way to find the perfect sweet spot. Most of the time you can't take any photo during the actual take and you always have to make sure you are not in anybody's way. Quick judgment and quick hands on your shutter are musts for you to have a decent photo of any scene being filmed. Behind-the-scenes photos are much easier to take; catching candid moments of the stars and crew oftentimes give the best photos of the shoot. Another concern was that as the day progressed, I noticed that most of the scenes were shot in low light conditions. Although my camera


could handle most of my needs, it was simply not the best camera for producing good photos in a low light condition. My lens was not as fast and while this rule must never be broken, I often forget to bring a monopod much less a tripod! I learned a few valuable lessons throughout this whole experience. The long hours spent in shooting, especially those scenes filmed out of town can be excruciating, yet a lot of fun. I learned it was important to get to know the production staff, the director, the assistant director and the director of photography who would always have the best spot during filming. It is necessary to be always careful with movie equipment as you don't want to be the cause of retake or shooting delay. Although quite challenging, the whole experience is something that can be worth the time of any photographer who wishes to be even remotely involved in the process of filmmaking. While this experience of being a movie stills photographer appears surreal, I realized that what started out as my desire to show support for a friend ended up in being a serendipitous experience for myself. It was a time to rediscover myself as a photographer. The best shots I have taken were not from the movie itself or behind the scenes but those of real people and real lives - an experience well worth it, as it got this photographer from being a reluctant photographer to a Man of Stills. JUANA C. THE MOVIE stars Mae Paner (Juana Change), Jelson Bay (Hero), John James Uy (Yanni) and Angelina Sparks Kanapi (Peaches). Also starring Angel Raymundo, Lauren Novero, Angeli Raymundo, Orlando Sol. With cameo appearances from Niño Muhlach, Lav Diaz, Joel Torre, Ronnie Lazaro, Malou De Guzman, Soxy Topacio, Madlen Nicolas, Soliman Cruz, Cheeno Macaraig and Ms. Liesl Batucan. Creative Team: Jade Castro (Director), Rody Vera and Raymond Lee (writers), Director of Photography: Mike Manalastas, Juana C. The Movie hits theaters nationwide April 2013. Stills Photography by: Nap Beltran


Photo Gallery AVID PHOTOGRAPHER Blooms on Facebook

By Chris Malinao

On this spread are the Top 10 Photos of the Year from AVID PHOTOGRAPHER, a seminal group of photographers on Facebook composed mostly of graduates of the FPPF Basic Photography workshops. The AVID group started in March 2012 at the initiative of FPPF instructor Amir Alba to provide a learning environment for photography graduates who are still undecided about joining a camera club or going to advanced classes immediately after their basic training. In less than a year, AVID has grown to be a community of more than 2,000 photographers from all walks of life enjoying their photography skills and honing their talents with peers. “Instead of just posting photos on their own FB page, the AVID community provides the new photographer a forum where he or she can ask questions, seek or give help to fellow photographers and generally just discuss things on how to improve their photography,” Alba said. AVID has already done a photo walk in Binondo and has

©Isagani Ocampo, Jr.

©Jovencio Cruz II

lined up themes of weekly photo contests for members. “These are weekly exercises not only to familiarize new photographers with photo contests rules but also to sharpen their skills by concentrating on certain themes,” Alba said. A theme could focus, for example, on the Fruits or Doors, Yellow, Hands in Black & White, etc. Aside from the core group in the Philippines, AVID members are spread all over the world as a number of them are Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). There are contributing members from faraway places like China, Germany, United States, the Middle East, and those who are in cruise ships. The photos on this spread are a testament to what new photographers can do. By getting together and practicing their newfound skills with peers, new photographers can produce truly impressive images. The AVID group is open to all who wish to learn and improve their photography. Find them on Facebook by searching “avid photographer”.

©Jaffar Jayme

©Darwin Gulfan Gernale ©Allan Nacpil

©Allan Alkin C. Guillermo

©Carlo R. Goño


©Abram Joseph Lozada

©XT Anonuevo

©Ronald Pilaspilas

Dumayaka Falls... we clean, we shoot, we swim. By Maria Myla Rae S. Orden

On a bright Saturday in November, FPPF affiliated photographers from various camera organizations (I-Focus Camera Club, Nikon Camera Club, Imahe, BPI Camera Club, PLDT Lens and Lakbay Klik Kamera Klab together with UACCD Camera Club, FPPF Batch 28–2012, Samahang Magdalo, Sangguniang Kabataan, different barangays of Ibaan, Sir Ross Cortez, and Ibaan Tourism Office) temporarily set aside their cameras and tripods and armed themselves with rakes, broomsticks, makeshift cleaning implements, and garbage bags to undertake the cleanup of Dumayaka Falls, a natural treasure found in Barangay Coliat of the Municipality of Ibaan, Batangas . I myself was ready for what I anticipated was going to be a grueling day. While I normally shun breakfast, except for a cup of coffee and a slice of mango to start me off, this time, I took not one, but two, heavy breakfasts–and for a good reason. When we arrived at the Dumayaka Falls, it was covered with thick layers of rotting leaves and unrecognizable refuse than when I first saw it a few weeks before, during a shoot in the area with members of the Lakbay Klik Kamera Klab. I was secretly dismayed at the sight, and thought it would be impossible to even decently clean up the falls and its embankments–even with the small army of civic minded citizens volunteering for the task. But our motley crew of amateur cleaners took it all in stride, and doggedly attacked the layers of trash on the banks of the waterfalls and cleaned off all the rotting leaves blanketing the sparkling waters of the falls. The local children also joined in with enthusiasm. Everyone swept, picked, raked, cut through intrusive bushes with sheer singlemindedness. From a distance, I could see travel photographer George V. Cabig, concentrated on sweeping and picking up the trash. He was on the banks, in the water, on the edge even, unmindful of the possibility of slipping on the wet surface, bent on ridding of his chosen area with every bit of dreg. . Everyone was at it for the rest of the morning, and the number of garbage bags–silent witnesses to the volume of garbage we cleared up–continued to pile up. At the end of the exercise, while hot, thirsty, hungry, and aching from the waist up, all the cleaners beheld their work with satisfaction–the Dumayaka Falls was restored to its original beauty. The Dumayaka Falls, although accessible to the public, is nestled within a privately owned hacienda and is so named because of the abundance of Dumayaka trees in the area. It is pristine to this day, and the local Tourism Office is bent on preserving its natural beauty and protecting it from destructive tourism practices. The Dumayaka Falls flowed gently, captivating every visitor with its quiet charm, not least George Cabig, who immediately took to the place on his first visit. Seeing the waterfalls in a scruffy condition when the group found it for their shoot, with all its beauty hidden beneath, spurred him to help organize a concerted cleanup effort to restore the Dumayaka Falls. Calling on fellow photographers, the clean up drive was set for November 30, 2012. Several camera clubs responded. Members of the local Magdalo chapter and local youth organizations also joined the clean up drive which was met with the full support of the Ibaan Tourism Office headed by Myla Guerra Soriano. After the hard work, the photographers broke up for a quick picnic. Shortly after partaking of their baon, each donned his or her camera and set-up tripods to do what they love doing best. It was time to capture images of the sparkling Dumayaka Falls, and images of Ibaan local beauties. A successful and noteworthy project everyone involved said they were looking forward to the next clean-up. I am ready too, but maybe not so soon. It's not a simple task for middle aged bones.



1. Don’t use very high ISO like ISO 600 or 1600 or higher unless you appreciate pixelized image. 2. Don’t forget to adjust ASA to the correct lighting modes. 3. Don’t use big aperture of your lens if you are aiming at landscape, seascape, cityscape or a group of people. 4. Don’t capture empty foreground. 5. Don’t use narrow hood for wide angle lens. 6. Don’t let unwanted light enter the lens, otherwise the affected area will be over exposed. 7. Don’t let a cloudy sky become the background of the spring from a fountain. Use a dark element like foliage or wall. 8. Don’t forget to eliminate unwanted elements in the pictures like a portion of a hood, hanging camera strap or unnoticed elements of nature like a little twig. 9. Don't forget to use a tripod when shooting subjects at a slow shutter speed. 10. Don’t overlook to include important small accessories when packing photo gadgets. 11. Don’t bring all of them unless you are sure to use them all. 12. Don’t forget to protect your gadgets from dust, moisture and possible accidents.

What They Say... Masaya dito. Marami akong natutuhan. Marami din akong nakilala. The seminar was very informative and a big help in learning photography. Teaching was very effective. The FPPF Basic Photography Workshop helps me understand what is photography. The mentors are nice and really did well to teach us. The workshop opened up a different level of my understanding of photography. Very helpful! It shows you how your camera delivers very informative features. Mario Amoyo It helped me a lot in coming up with good pictures. Very helpful. I have learned a lot of things. Studying photography is very cool with FPPF. Very effective instructors. More shooting exercises in self portrait, products and travel. This is a very good training for us. I hope to enroll again in another course next year. Good job, FPPF. Before, I was easily impressed by the overall look, color and style of a picture, but now I look for the technicalities of the picture like its correct exposure and the elements of design. I am now impressed by a picture if it meets the technicalities of photography. The workshop is fun and very applicable for day to day photography. Instructors are very approachable and willing to share their knowledge. FPPF staff and instructors, salamat sa natutuhan ko po. Sa mga classmates ko sa Batch 31, see you on the next level.

The Young Master Barely a teenager and on the early steps of the high school level, Mariah Karla B. Zamora loves to play. Not piko, sungka, it bulaga, harangang taga, neither volley ball. She likes to play with her camera. And indeed, she won first place in the on-thespot photo contest for children during the silver anniversary celebration of the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. Her winning composition showed an extreme close up shot of a big green leaf, its veins pattern very prominent. An ordinary eye will certainly say her picture was not taken by a child photographer. Her infrared wedding shots are captured at the right moment, so is her panning shot of a scooter rider. . . sharp, but its background in neat blurred streaks. Mature photographers (including me) find it difficult to capture a panning shot. She has also attempted shooting models on the spot during the FPPF celebration. What else? The future will tell. (CSAngeles)


Instructors are very well versed in photography. They are also open to questions regarding the equipment and accessories. Very accommodating and frank, straightforward when they answer query. Overall, the FPPF workshop has been more than what I expected though there were instances when I can say that I had information overload sickness. Each session proved to be helpful. I hope that the curriculum includes more time for hands-onexercises so that the students can ask the professor right away how to improve their photos. Maybe a portion of the session should be allotted for handson exercises. FPPF should also work on improving the composition part of the curriculum since for me it is the most important aspect of photography. Very comprehensive. Too many learnings for me from a basic photography course. Lecturers are very knowledgeable and experts in their fields. Great course. Perfect ang Basic Photography Workshop. Sulit na sulit ang mga napagaralan. Super nice ang mga mentors. Thanks to all. I salute the true masters of photography in the Philippines! I learned how to control my color and how to be sure that I get good photos. I know that I am a better photographer now than I was before. `

Grand Festival of Lights Text and Photos by Ruwen T. Verdaguer Photographers are out in pursuit of perfect lights for a particular subject! Annually, starting on the first Saturday of December and during the subsequent Saturdays until Christmas day, the Grand Parade of Lights is held in the heart of the Mall of Asia. The parade features breathtaking floats that are inspired by popular new toy concepts. The floats are led by Santa Claus who is accompanied by dancers and performers dressed as fairies and cartoon characters. The grand finale of every parade is the Pyromusical Show, a short and vibrant-colored light festival in the sky. The parade is perfect not only for kids and for adults, but it is also great for photographers who want to capture the grandeur of lights!

FPPF Grad Wins International Photo Contest

Happily Ruben Ra単in waved his hand, as he walked down the ramp on his arrival from a recent free round trip to Spain, his first prize win for the UNWTV international photo competition. His winning photo captured the famous Bangui windmills of Ilocos Norte which expressed exactly the theme of the contest. . . the implementation of new ideas to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in its operation. The windmills were photographed against the Philippine blue sky. UNWTO is a specialized agency of the United States of America which involves tourism in energy efficiency around the world. Mr. Ruben Ra単in has made FPPF very proud for bringing home the international honor. He graduated from the Basic Photography Workshop, Batch 17, regularly conducted by the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation at Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila. UNWTO received some 500 entries from all over the world. (CSAngeles)


Feature Local and Foreign Participants Attend FPPF PhotoWorkshops

Veronica Lam, a Chinese national Ambassador Edgardo Manuel

By Chris Malinao

Anneli Gustafsson of Sweden, Russell Evans of Great Britain, and Anne Grete Pedersen of Norway.

In the class he's simply Ed, just one of the new photographers. He's Ambassador Edgardo Manuel, our Philippine envoy to Poland until July this year. A career diplomat, Ambassador Manuel started his foreign postings in Havana (1984) as vice consul. He went on to various assignments in The Vatican (1988), Vancouver, Canada (1990-92), Moises Aurelio Tolentino Cambodia (1995-99), Brunei Darussalam (1999-2002), Chile (2005), and Jonathan 'Bong' Ybera Argentina (2007), and finally Warsaw, Poland (2010-2012). He's retired now and discovering the joy of photography in the FPPF workshops. “I should have done this a long time ago,” he said. In the photo above, Both have spent 12 years working in Dubai. Moises Aurelio Tolentino, at left, is a bank teller at the National Bank of Dubai while Jonathan Ambassador Ed is holding his winning photograph. 'Bong' Ybera works at a foreign exchange company in the Emirates. Veronica Lam, a Chinese national who resides in the Hong Kong SAR, The balikbayans are here for a brief vacation and took time out to attend also took up the strobist course under FPPF instructor Joseph Galian. the FPPF Strobist workshop, Dec 14-15, 2012 in Fort Santiago. Veronica is a recent college graduate and is here in the Philippines These good guys from Samsung Philippines were sent by their enjoying her vacation with some family members. company to study photography at the FPPF. Ronald Corpuz and Three Europeans attended the Basic Photography weekday workshops Romano de Chavez, both trade marketing supervisors, and Richie at Fort Santiago, Nov 19-23, 2012. Anneli Gustafsson of Sweden, Garcia and Dave Albuera, field training officers. SEPCO, or Samsung Russell Evans of Great Britain, and Anne Grete Pedersen of Norway. Electronics Philippines Corporation, is making a major marketing push Anneli and Anne Grete hope to improve their family photos by attending to promote their high-technology cameras in the Philippines. the workshop; Both are armed with serious Canon DSLRs– 5DMkII for Anneli and EOS 7D for Anne Grete, while Russell who uses a Nikon D4 Julia Wimmerlin of Ukraine attended the FPPF Basic Photography with a collection of premium lenses intends to go pro. Swede Anneli Workshop last Dec 10-14, 2012. Her husband works for a supply chain Gustafsson says she wants to take home to Sweden her memories of the here in the Philippines. Julia plans to go pro and intends to specialize in Philippines via photographs. Norwegian Ann Grete Pedersen says she portraiture and creative photography, so she will proceed to the can really feel her mentors' passion in photography. “Thanks to you, I Advanced Photography Workshop in the FPPF. Her camera is a Canon 5D Mark III fitted with a 70-200mm L-lens. During the basic workshop, really learned a lot,” she said. Julia complimented the FPPF's punctuality, amazed that her photography instructors always come on time. She said, “I'm so used to people being late here in Manila.” Ronald Corpuz, Romano de Chavez, Richie Garcia and Dave Albuera

Julia Wimmerlin of Ukraine



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