THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE FEDERATION OF PHILIPPINE PH OTOGRAPHERS FOUNDATION, INC.
VOLUME 5, 2012, ISSUE 2
The Angry Christ (The Chapel of St. Joseph the Worker, inside Victoria’s Sugar Mill Corp., Negros Occidental) ©Edi Y. Huang
CONTENTS 03 Editorial: It's More Fun with Photography by CSAngeles 05 FPPF 25th Year Anniversary 06-07 Crossing Bridges 9 by Betty Lalana 08-09 PhotoWorld Asia 2013 Speakers by Cecilia S. Angeles 10 Photo Gallery: Fiesta by CSA 11 Silya by CSA
©Hector Balgos ©Toto Celzo
12 Happy Pinoy by CSA 13 Creative Shadows by CSA 14 Multitude by CSA 15 Seascape by CSA 16 Geometry in Nature by CSA 17 Rizal Park Photographers by CSA 18 Intramuros: A Shot at History by CSA 19 Korean Master Photographers Visit FPPF by Cecilia S. Angeles 20 Excellent New Cameras: Happy Days Are Here to Stay by Chris Malinao 21 Ombet, the Creative Butuan Photographer by Cecilia S. Angeles 22 Water... Dak's Accent in Pictures by Cecilia S. Angeles 23 Olympus OM-D by Jim Paredes 24 Our Summer Trip to the Queen of the South by Lara Sureta 26 PLDT Lens Camera Club Holds Graduation... by Ronald Catalan 27 Cecilia S. Angeles: Ulirang Ina Awardee 2012 by Vien U. Cornel 28 The 3rd Eye of Jophel Botero Ybiosa by Aubrey Ybañez Bermudez 29 Embroidered in History by Raneil Antonio Ibay 30 “I CAN!” photography Competition by CSA 31 Little Wonder-Sony NEX 7 by Ruwen Verdaguer, Last shot! by CSA 32-33 Two Churches: Two Legends by Bambi N. Borromeo 34 What They Say, Dozen Don’t’s in Shooting by CSangeles
It's More Fun with Photography Need I say more? About, 125 Luneta photographers took up the Basic Photography Workshop this summer right there at the administrative hall of Luneta Parks Development. So did the 43 enthusiasts including foreigners during a solid five consecutive days on the third week of March this summer. Plus more than 45 participants attending the Saturday class, and another 48 students attending 5 consecutive Sundays on the same weekend of March. The summer session simply proves that it's more fun with photography. There is also a separate class for children. I have mentioned only the classes at Fort Santiago this early summer. There are also other classes in Makati, Laguna. Cebu, Bacolod, Zamboanga, the North, Subic, etc. Participants come from all walks of life: professionals, students, jobless, housewives, children. Despite gaps in age or profession or social status, these participants in the photo workshops are happy and regard one another as an equal, a chocaran. They shoot together, share excitement in comparing their experiences in capturing subjects like fly, flower, people, the sun, views or whatever. These workshop participants enjoy every minute of their photography activities from simple photo hunting anywhere even beyond the door of our chamber at Fort Santiago, to capturing simple subjects like trees, flowers, cats, dogs, other animals, people, buildings, fellow photographers in their unwanted poses. Where does fun in photography come from? From fellow photographers? From owning an expensive camera? From the financial benefits of photography? From the excitement of capturing favorite subjects? Yes, these photographers are very happy, happier indeed than some millionaires. Perhaps as happy as doctors who have made their patients well? As happy as a mother who sees her new born child? As happy as a lucky first prize sweepstake winner? Our national slogan for tourism is, “It's more fun in the Philippines.” Indeed, it's much, much more fun anywhere we go in the Philippines or other places. Complete the fun with shots and shots of the places you visit, the people you meet, the memories you experience. Record the fun in photography. (CSA)
FPPF PUBLISHERS Eduviges Y. Huang, Chairperson Dr. Amado A. Castro, Finance Officer Lito N. Beltran, Project Director EDITOR-in-CHIEF Cecilia S. Angeles, email@example.com CONTRIBUTORS Betty Lalana, Chris Malinao, Lara Sureta, Ruwen T. Verdaguer, Raneil Antonio Ibay, Jim Paredes, Aubrey Ybañez Bermudez, Ronald Catalan, Bambi N. Borromeo,
©Anthony Ronald Garcia ©Jesse Narrazo
PHOTOGRAPHERS Raneil Antonio Ibay, CSA, Lito Beltran, Dofran, Edi Y. Huang, Irene Ann Serviano, John Fidelin, Boy Capala, Brian Lee SECRETARIAT Riza Mae Latoza LAYOUT & 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; www.foto-at-work.com; www.photoworldmanila.com
Photo Gallery ÂŠJundio Salvador_1st Place
The Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation FPPF, is celebrating 25 years of existence with fun activities on October 20, 2012 in Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila.
Centerpiece of the FPPF 25th Anniversary celebrations will be a photo walk within the walls of Intramuros from which entries will be called for a photo contest that will feature prizes from participating sponsors.
FPPF President Lito Beltran says a Fun Run at 5am will kick off the anniversary celebrations followed by the opening of a mini trade fair in Fort Santiago showcasing the latest cameras, accessories and photo supplies from various commercial brands. There will also be an auction of camera gear during the mini trade fair. Fun games will be held throughout the day, participated in by members of camera clubs in the PhotoWorld Cup circuit, as well as graduates of FPPF workshops past and present.
Registration fee is P250 to spend for one anniversary T-shirt, one lunch and two snacks for the day. The Foundation is inviting all graduates from the various FPPF workshops through the years to come and join the 25th anniversary celebrations. See old friends again. Meet new friends. Shoot and share, compare notes with fellow photographers, and see you at Fort Santiago.
By Betty Lalana
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PhotoWorld Asia 2013
Joe McNally. He was here before. . . A speaker of PhotoWorld Asia 2008. And he has returned today to be with us again in PhotoWorld Asia 2013 to continue teaching the Filipinos and other Asian photographers his secrets in photography.
by Cecilia S. Angeles
May I quote here â€?the last of his last tips: Shoot early. Shoot often. Shoot the stuff you love. Oh, yeah, have I mentioned yet . . . HAVE FUNâ€?. He has bound more photo tips in his book, Guide to Digital Photography published by Life. He is the 90th and last staff photographer to join Life. Reading his book (still available at FPPF), I feel like attending a basic photography workshop. Each segment of the book is very interesting and easy to understand: focusing, color balance, exposure, quality of light, perspective, composition and more. Among his prestigious awards is the Alfred Eisenstaedt for magazine photography.
An internationally acclaimed multi-awarded master photographer, Joe McNally has lectured photography for more than 30 years and has covered assignments in more than 50 countries around the world. His pictures, mostly assignments by publishers, were used as cover stories of international magazines like Time, Newsweek, Fortune, New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Sunday Magazine, Men's Journal, etc. He is a contract photographer of sports magazines, a staff photographer of Life, contributing photographer of the National Geographic. American Photo considers him one of the l00 most important people on photography, most versatile photojournalist, a Nikon legend behind the lens, voted one among the 30 most versatile photojournalists. Most touching are his pictures in the book, the Faces of Ground Zero, which recorded the aftermath of the 911 tragedy with his life-size Polaroid camera. This book generated more than two million dollars which were used for relief funds.
Drew Gurian. Where Joe McNally is, he is also there. This has been going on for four years now starting when he was still a college student finishing BFA in Photography and Graphic Design and at the same time working as assistant of Joe McNally. He is also here with Joe McNally, not as his assistant, but as a speaker in PhotoWorld Asia 2013 convention. He will share unselfishly what he has learned from Joe McNally as he worked with him in the field. but applied with his own creativity and personally chosen themes. He also works with musicians, music festivals, publications and ad agencies.
Allan Z. Razo. He used to teach Studio Lighting Fundamentals here at FPPF. His lighting patterns whether using natural or artificial lights make viewers of his portraits or still lifes heave a sigh... reflective of their inner reaction. Many photographers enjoy the convenience of the DSLR, but Allan enjoys more producing creative shots with his large format camera whose shots he develops in acidic chemicals with his own fingers in the dark room. Of course, his heart and brain (not eyes) can see in the dark and produce outstanding prints. He even conducted a special class about this "primitive craft" of Platinum and Gum Bichromate printing. The outstanding works of the local students were exhibited at the Adamson University gallery. At present some of his prints are in private collection, and the others are in the archives of the Getty Museum, USA.
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Prof. Cecilia B. Manikan. Amazing!!! This is how I sum up altogether the scholastic records, art accomplishments, and other high brow involvements of our lady speaker. A cum laude title holder plus the Most Outstanding Graduate in BSBA of Colegio de San Agustin in 1971, she attended the University of the Philippines during the previous years. Later, she took up Arts Management at the New York University in 1995. Tokyo, Japan also awarded her the Min-On International Medal for the Arts for promoting peace and understanding through the arts. She used to be the executive director of Ballet Philippines for 20 years.
Prof. Cecilia B. Manikan
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In 1976 Prof. Manikan graduated with the Master in Business Management title from the Asian Institute of Management, then completed her doctoral (PhD) studies at Dela Salle University. Simultaneously, she is pursuing her Executive Doctorate in Education at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) at Tagaytay City where she is a senior faculty member. She is also connected with Ateneo Professional Schools and Bayan Academy of the ABS-CBN Foundation. Indeed, she has very rich background in arts, education and management. Nap Jamir II. To condense his photographic accomplishments in a limited volume can't do justice to Nap Jamir II. He started as a still photographer and later as a cinematographer. Together with Neal Oshima he established Shadow Visual Design Group, Inc. which branched to graphic design and advertising. This group won print awards during the Advertising Congress of the Philippines because of its creativity in photography and designs for advertisments, album covers and posters for clients ShoeMart, Kodak and Shell. He has exhibited his artworks in a number of galleries here and abroad. He also did cinematography and television commercials which likewise won awards for Close-up, Swatch and Splash. He was photography director of full-length movies like Rizal's Noli Me Tangere, Isauli Mo ang Lahat sa Akin, Rizal sa Dapitan, Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros. The last won for him Gawad Urian Award for Best Cinematography. He conducts cinematography workshops in various schools like UP and venues as far as Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga.
Revoli Cortez. He is a multi-awarded photographer who used to be president of the Press Photographers of the Philippines. He got the News Photographer of the Year title and the Catholic Mass Media Award 2010, Henry Ford Journalism Award in 2008. A few years ago he created a mosaic mural of President Cory Aquino at Luneta Park measuring 250 ft x 200 ft. It consisted of 3,000 large photos printed on tarpaulin. He used to be the official photographer of Philippine presidents and the senate and the Defense Corps since 2005. He will share his knowledge in photojournalism among participants of PhotoWorld Asia 2013. He is also a consistent first prize winner of many local and international photo contests. Edwin Bacasmas. Multi-talented. Multi-awarded. He graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Technological University of the Philippines. He soon worked as a photojournalist for The Daily Inquirer, and later has joined The Manila Times, also as a photojournalist at the same time that he is also involved in musical activities. Then he is deeply busy with his photojournalism assignments, not only around but every where. And he has complemented his journalistic works with outstanding photographic visuals which most of them captured the news of the day, the horrors of history, the crimes of places, segments of happenings, etc. These pictures gave him outstanding awards. To wit some of them: 2010 Rotary Vocational Excellence Award; 2008, 2007, 2002, 2000 Hall of Fame Best News Photo; First Prize, Makati Fire 2000; 2000 Best News Photo, Catholic Mass Media; Photo Journalist of the Year, 1998. I guess we need another page to accommodate all the honors and awards accorded him since he was involved in photography. It's a pleasure enough for us to get a share of his knowledge and achievements through his lecture today at PhotoWorldAsia 2013. Genie Arambulo. She is a senior photographer of Adphoto in Makati City. Together with John Chua, she does incomparable advertising projects. I will mention only one of Genie's ad projects. How she does it is beyond my imagination, though I do not like to admit that I lack ideas, or my thinking is narrow. Her ad project is wall paint for wood, glass, concrete, lawanit or other construction surface. Instead of brushing the paint on surfaces and shooting segments of the painted surface to show the tones, colors, textures, luminosity, or whatever, she lets the liquid paint flow, drift, drop, or simply settle on her ground to create beautiful images of flowers, scenes or views which can be mistaken as precious oil or acrylic painting masterpieces of an artist. How she records the drips and flows of the viscosity of the paints which turn into floral masterpieces is really beyond everybody's imagination.
World Asia 2013
Jay Tablante. He enjoys shooting characters in costplays and fashion models. Who does not enjoy the colorful costumes worn by these stage models? Everybody does including our speaker, Jay. He likes shooting ordinary people as well as models advertising kitchen or bathroom products. To him they are equally as challenging as shooting beauty pageant candidates. At PhotoWorld Asia 2013 he will share his personal techniques in costplay or fashion coverage.
Nick Tuazon. He is the publisher of Digital Photographer Philippines, the only surviving photography magazine in this country whose volumes can equal the quality of those published abroad. His wife, Pilar Tuazon, also an avid photographer, is the editor of this magazine. Although Digital Photographer Philippines accommodates all pictures with quality and stories to tell, Nick Tuazon will share among bruary 05,2013 convention participants how to capture glamour photography which actually is enter, Makati City the common feature in his magazine. A model may look glamorous in her costume, or smart in her posing, still the photographer has a big part in capturing outstanding photographs. Yes, Nick Tuazon will demonstrate how to capture his subjects at the right moment. Arnel Murillo. He is a members of the Camera Club of the Philippines, the oldest camera club in existence in this country. He will talk on travel photography, fine art photography and abstract photography. These three fields in photography may sound either easy or deep among our visitors, but it is always exciting to hear the different views of artists and absorb their points of view to enrich our perception of photography. Abstract in art sounds the peak of creativity. Abstract painters, for example, create an abstract composition tagged at an exorbitant price, yet viewers crank their heads to decipher what they have produced. Give abstract artists the privilege to distort the minds of others after he has reached a very high level in the point of metamorphosis in his art. So...let's go abstract. It's fine art photography. Dan Pamintuan. Moving photography and that is Videography. To complete his lecture he will also include video editing. Videography is actually photography, only the subjects are captured in motion. Almost all important activities today are recorded in still pictures as well as in video. Very lucky are this year's participants in PhotoWorldAsia 2013, for they have complete lessons in photography including Videography, shooting and editing moving pictures by our speaker, Dan Pamintuan. Edwin Loyola. Despite being a resident of California he has remained faithful to his organizations, Frame Shots, and FPPF. Participation in photo contests or communication is simply an e-mail away. A multi-awarded photographer because of his creativity in photography he has organized a number of photo exhibits whose proceeds he donates to charitable institutions. Once upon a time in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 Edwin remained unperturbed on the top spot of FS annual photo contests. He also received the 2004 FPPF Photo Cup Award besting all others among the more than 40 photo clubs. He was also a winner of the National Geographic Channel Photo Contest. At PhotoWorld Asia 2013 convention he will share his creativity in photography.
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©Danny Victoriano_3rd Place
©Jundio Salvador_1st Place
Fiesta, the final contest among the FPPF clubs gave members the thrill of their lives, for it determined the 2011 club champion and also the most outstanding photographer of the year. First placer Jundio Salvador's (SLR) entry reminded viewers of Rembrandt's dark background and minimal lighting of subjects. “I got it,” shouted second place winner Joel Forte (SLR) together with the young boy participant in the palo sebo as he plucked the small banner at the tip of the slippery towering bamboo pole which he climbed. Inspired by National Artist Fernando Amorsolo's paintings, Danny Victoriano of SLR submitted the picture of a rural scene to merit third place. An additional luck gave him also the sixth place for his composition depicting the Ifugaos in their colorful ethnic costumes, the beautiful rice terraces, the UNESCO Heritage Site, in the background. James Singlador, also of SLR, captured taong putik playing in the mud with an equally muddy pig. His picture got fourth place. Fifth place winner Aimee Antonio (SLR) submitted a bird's eye view shot of native participants dancing pandango sa ilaw. The small glass with lighted candles created unusual light patterns. Ramon Castillo (SLR) won seventh place. His unique lighting technique came in strong diagonal streaks from three holes in the background. This lighted the subjects apparently applying makeup among themselves for the grand fiesta parade. Eighth placer entry of Eric Merced (SLR) shot with a pit dark background shows 3 rows of smiling female dancers, their faces sharp, yet the whole length of their anatomy swirled in slow shutter speed. Amazing graceful blur! The ninth and tenth place entries of Caloy Iblasin (ICF) and Joy Ganaden (Alpha) respectively seemed to come from the neighboring Visayan Regions during the Ati-Atihan and Masskara festivals. (CSA)
©Joel Forte_2nd Place
©James Singlador_4th Place
©Aimee Antonio_5th Place
©Danny Victoriano_6th Place
©Ramon Castillo_7th Place
©Eric Merced_8th Place
©Caloy Iblasin_9th Place
©Joy Ganaden_10th Place
Silya ©Susan Celzo_2nd Place
©Danny Victoriano_1st Place
©Mark Kishnani_3rd Place ©Michie Marie Zamora_8th Place
©Jvalerie Sy_4th Place
©Arnel Corpuz_5th Place
©Club Entry Orthros_7th Place
©Antonio Rojas, Jr._6th Place
Deviating from the traditional love theme for February, FPPF club members had silya or chair as their subject. The photographers had ©mMark Lester_9th Place various interpretations of silya. A beach silya apparently waiting for a pool dipper amid a swimming pool setting gave Danny Victoriano (SLR) the top prize for the start of the 2012 interclub monthly photo contest. Four silyang bakal composed tightly against a stone wall tinted in orange and blue gave Susan Celzo of Twilight Zone second place. Third place went to Mark Kishnani (Imahe). His silya is also empty but side lighted artistically by a small open window. A couple of vintage chairs set against an equally vintage wall displaying antique paintings, two old clay jars complementing the interior arrangement gave Valerie Sy (Cebu City Images) the fourth place win. Artistically painted with light, this antique chair honored Arnel Corpuz (Nikon Club Philippines) with the fifth place. Patience seemed the dominant message
©Mel Ganelo_10th Place
expressed by his entry. Antonio Rojas, Jr. of the Photographic Society of Iloilo (PSI) captured a folding wooden chair. Its side lighting appears harsh and strong and created a deep contrast, so the subject looked double, although the second image is merely a harsh shadow. A worn out chair with deep tangerine upholstery apparently discarded by its owner because it was beyond repair was captured sharply against a huge tree trunk covered with greenery. This seventh placer was the official entry of Orthos Camera Club. Michie Marie Zamora of Pinay Shutters got 8th place for her colorful striped folding arm chair whose background was the deep blue folding wall of a warehouse, a hanging metal padlock on the left as accent. Yellow curve lines captured at an oblique perspective which created a linear abstract of the seats gave Lester Pidol of BDO Camera Club ninth place. A low box supporting the lower torso, an upright box supporting the head, and a trash box supporting the legs became the bed of an old man sleeping comfortably in this assembled silya. Little did he know that this entry of Mel Ganelo of Nayon Camera Club made him the tenth placer in the February photo contest. (CSAngeles)
©Anthony Ronald Garcia_1st Place
©Dr. Israel Gonzalez_2nd Place
©Elle Pinoy othros_4th Place
©Jesse Narrazo_3rd Place
©Jesse Narrazo_5th Place
©Jundio Salvador_1st Place ©Alex Mimpin_7th Place
©Caloy Iblasin_6th Place
The March FPPF interclub photo contest gave member photographers a happy challenge to capture Pinoys in their cheerful outlook. Whether shot solo or in group the contest theme certainly displays Pinoys, young or old, in their total happy mood. Pleasant facial expressions are traced on their faces wherever they are. Yes, Pinoys... rich or poor, young or old... are happy people. First placer Anthony Ronald Garcia of Lakbay Klick Kamera Klab captured very young children, as they enjoyed taking a bath together at a manually pumped artesian well. They scooped and splashed the water with their bare hands. Apparently, Anthony set his camera at a fast shutter speed to capture the crisp circular motion of the water droplets. Happy reaction to this magic was registered in the children's faces. A setting similar to the first place entry showed an overly thrilled little girl, as she slowly poured water on her head. Intense colors provided by the pink and blue plastic cans and the red tabo plus the green leaves in the background made the second place picture eye catching. All the way from Iloilo, this picture made Dr. Israel Gonzalez (PSI) a very happy Pinoy. More so after the judges made it second place Jesse Narrazo of the Camera Club of Negros submitted a group picture of children riding on a sled and one on the carabao's back. All of them enjoyed the cold popsicle they were licking. The carabao, too, enjoyed munching a not so cool sugarcane stump. Lucky for third place winner, Jesse, for he also won the fifth place for his close up portrait of a young street vendor.
They somehow showed happy mood to merit the seventh place.
Despite their dirty clothes and equally dirty faces, these three young boys standing very close to one another displayed heartfelt enjoyment. Elle Sison Orthros captured fourth place for his composition. The sixth place winner captured a teary-eyed athlete clutching with intense fulfillment the American and Philippine flags. Jump! Jump! Jump! Perhaps an order from the photographer, the three nurses made a leap which appeared inappropriate for their dainty uniforms.
Dennis Bautista of Imahe was also another happy Pinoy for winning the eighth place. His composition showed a happy girl sitting in an antiquated bath tub which did not show its water content. Ninth place went to Victor Fernandez of BPI. His winning entry captured happy boys holding hands together and suspended in mid air... apparently captured as they jumped from an elevation into the murky water. They were all smiles. These very happy little Pinoys gathering plastic cans, bags and bottles or whatever could be retrieved from a huge heap of trash. Truly, happy Pinoys are all around. (CSA)
©Jessie Familaran_10th Place
©Dennis Bautista_8th Place
Creative Shadows ©Erwin Lim_2nd Place
©Carlo Romero _1st Place
©Carlito So_3rd Place ©Raneil Antonio Ibay_6th Place
©Pj Enriquez_4th Place ©Club Entry Lakbay Klik_7th Place
I really marvel at the photographer's eyes for seeing creativity in everything. Yes, even in dark shadows, the theme for the FPPF interclub photo contest last April. The first prize shadows of Carlo Romero of Oro Photographic Society captured natural reflections on water of the shadows of two boys framed by vertical and horizontal poles. The absence of strong light created a silhouette of the two boys who in turn also created the shadows. Split lighting cast on a boy's face in front of a Hindu altar is very artistic. The shadows created by the grilled window reflected black and white stripes on the floor. Erwin T. Lim of Cebu City Images Camera Club, Inc. won second place for this picture. It tells a very strong story of the boy offering food and prayer to his Hindu god. Carlito So of the Cebu City Images Camera Club, Inc. captured the shadows of a Vietnamese couple with hanging baskets on their shoulders, as they traced downhill the registered footsteps on sand dunes.
©Penny Calalang_5th Place
©Premier Elipe_9th Place
©Betty Lalana_8th Place ©Victor Orencia_10th Place
A giant ripple filling the entire picture area is PJ Enriquez fourth placer. The composition also includes a close up image of a boy staring with astonishment at the concentric lines around his torso. PJ 's Pinoy Camera Club is certainly proud of this win. An imposing image cast by the creative shadow of a statue framed by a church door accented by the image of Jesus Christ on the cross and set against a stained glass wall is the entry of Penny Moll Calalang of iphotograph Camera Club of Malolos, Bulacan. This picture wins fifth place. Sixth place goes to Raneil Ibay of Frame Shots Camera Club. His shadows come from a hand-made red flower lighted very strongly. Completing the top ten are: Lakbay Klick Kamera Klub entry, seventh; Betty Lalana, Nayon Camera Club, eighth; Premier Elipe of Oro Photographic Society ninth; Victor Orencia, also of Oro Photographic Society, tenth. (CSA)
©Christopher Francis Cruz_1st Place
©Antonio Rojas, Jr._2nd Place
©Teddy Pelaez_3rd Place
©Club Entry Lakbay Klik_8TH Place
©Mike Jo_5th Place
©Jdanilo Victoriano_6th Place ©John Michael Echavez_7th Place
©Wilfredo Leonardo_9th Place
The May theme of the FPPF monthly photo contest titled MULTITUDE has been interpreted by the photographers in various ways. A pattern of wild birds resting on a triangular ground and accented by 6 others flying above the equally triangular blue water gave Christopher Francis Cruz of iFocus Camera Club the first place. Antonio Roxas Jr., an active member of the Photographic Society of Iloilo, submitted a bird's eye view shot of devotees lined up in front of Jesus on the cross to take turns in kissing the image. Roxas won second place for this entry. Teddy Pelaez of SLR captured third place for a multitude pattern of hands clasped together overhead, also taken at bird's eye view perspective. A head looking at the camera broke the pattern. A multitude of crispy chips still in their colorful foil packs lined on the shelves rewarded Jesse Narrazo of the Camera Club of Negros fourth place. A head shot of a child peeping through an empty space below adds interest to the composition. Mike Jo, pride of Cebu
©Noel Azupardo_10th Place
Images, won fifth place for the literal multitude of audience, a well lit church its background, colorful bantings creating converging lines originating from the roof top of the church. This night shot gives the viewer a pleasant restful feeling. Honey bees framed by an L- shaped background is SLR Danilo Victoriano's sixth placer. An aerial view of the city depicting the contrast of the congested ordinary homes against the multi-story buildings won seventh place for Michael E. Chavez of Cebu City Images. Eighth place, a shot of the floating market of Bangkok went to the Lakbay Klik club entry. Except for her legs, this little girl was covered with huge colorful balloons which won the ninth place for Wilfredo Leonardo of Likha Camera Club. Rows and rows of strange rectangular tombs intercepted every now and then by half moon designs and framed prominently by a black structure won tenth place for Noel Azupado of My Camera Club. (CSA)
PHOTOWORLDCUP 2012 ©Dr. Tony Vasquez_1st Place
©Hector Balgos_2nd Place
©Don Pagusan_3rd Place
©Carlo Romero_4th Place
CNN photographers grabbed the first and second places of the June FPPF interclub photo contest on seascape. Dr. Tony Vasquez of the Camera Club of Negros won first place. His black and white composition captured in the right foreground a ©Jfrancis Nollan Damaso_5th Place
©Jennifer Santos_6th Place
fisherman spreading his net on shallow water. The sky features interesting colorful glow cloud formations. On the other hand, Hector Balgos, also of the Camera Club of Negros, grabbed second place. Apparently taken at sunset, Balgos filled the vast watery area up to the distant horizon with poles leaving no negative space on the foreground. Five empty boats lined diagonally on the water, the low sun reflecting its rays on the sea awarded Don
©Raneil Antonio Ibay_7th Place
©Toto Celzo_8th Place
Pagunsan of Gensan Camera Club third place.
©Caloy Iblasin_10th Place
Carlo Romero of Oro Photographic Society won fourth place for his entry, a seascape lined with manmade structures similar to the Stonehenge. A perpendicular foot bridge above a plain body of water is the fifth place picture of Francis Nolan Damaso of Konsepto. Other topnochers included: Jennifer Santos (FS) 6th, Raneil Antonio Ibay (FS) 7th, Toto Celzo (Twilight Zone) 9th, (Imahe)
©Club Entry Imahe_9th Place
10th, Caloy Iblasin (Nayon) tenth. (CSA)
Geometry in Nature ©Jon Aguirre_3rd Place
©Noel Azupardo_2nd Place
©Jundio Salvador_1st Place ©Dang De Larazabal_1st Place
©Rollando Pascua_5th Place
©Jdanny Victoriano_8th Place ©Toto Celzo_4th Place
©Jundio Salvador_1st Place
©Erwin Lim_7th Place
July PhotoWorld Cup 2012 theme seems too harsh, too hard, too tough, too mathematical for soft- hearted photographers, yet these creative FPPF lensmen found geometry in nature very easily. This theme is higher than algebra, deeper than Math 1 and more complicated than Math 2. This is Math 3 already, also called College Algebra. How can Dang de Larazabal of CCI see the textured triangles created by the angle of light to merit first prize? Noel Azupardo (My Camera Club) won second place with a worm's eye view of four triangular rocky peaks, a clean, plain blue sky their background. Uniform geometric designs of a leaf shot at extreme close up gave Jon Aguirre (FS) the third place. Toto Celzo of Twighlight Zone appeared to have hypnotized a hundred multicolored fish to form a circular design to win fourth place. Fifth place went to the triangular forms created by a perpendicular bird's eye view shot of a pineapple plant accented by a young fruit in complementary and adjacent colors. Rolando Pascua of CCI captured this picture.
©Ann Theresa_6th Place ©Ray Rosario_9th Place
©Roselle Lim_10th Place
Abstracted geometric forms created by the close up composition of the peacock radiating tail feathers gave Ann Theresa Bolos (PaPhoc) the sixth place. Seventh placer Erwin Lim of Cebu City Images submitted geometrical forms in black and white, yet the graceful repetition of lines created mysterious designs. Eight placer Danny Victoriano of SLR submitted a close up of honey bees, their hive the background. Another PaPhoc member, Ray Rosario, captured the eye of a strange amphibian. Geometry certainly could be traced on its hide shot at a very shallow depth of field. This won for him ninth place. Yellow bread or oranges arranged in linear designs? Whatever they are, judges awarded BPI camera club member, Roseller Lim, tenth place. Green lines radiating from a focal point of a palm leaf won for Jay-R Pachica of Imaje the eleventh place. Nereo Gramonte of Lakbay Klik converted bananas and oranges into geometry which gave him the twelfth place. (CSA)
©Irene Ann Serviano ©Manuel de Paz_3rd Place
Some 125 Luneta photographers express deep gratitude to the FPPF for being the recipient of a free Basic Photography Workshop this summer of 2012. This is a part of the outreach activity of FPPF which shares skills and techniques in photography among deserving beneficiaries. Many of the Luneta participants learned their photography through sheer experience and personal strategy. In fact, nobody had ever taken any formal lessons in photography until they participated in the FPPF Basic Photography Workshop this summer. The younger photographers simply continued the Luneta photography business which they inherited from their elders who have passed away or who are too old to continue the humble business activity. The Luneta photographers are like street vendors who sell food or goods which they carry on their heads or shoulders. So, they walk around Luneta and offer promenaders, park visitors, local and foreign tourists some snap shots. This is their chief source of income. Camera is a common gadget of Luneta visitors which simply affect the snap shot business of Luneta photographers. By sheer luck, some visitors forget to bring their tools, so the Luneta photographers get their luck. Digital photography has flooded the market today, and its manipulation seems easy. However, one needs also to know the correct exposure and the most flattering composition. Luneta photographers have learned these skills at the FPPF workshop. They show samples of their shots taken on a spot which these visitors may not have come across, so they hire Luneta photographers to picture them on the same spot.
©Reynald Garcia_1st Place
©Florendo Lazaro_2nd Place ©Roberto Ayeng_4th Place
The culminating activity of the workshop was a twin photo contest on Luneta landscape and Luneta promenaders. Winning entries were exhibited at the Kanlungan ng Sining gallery at the National Parks Development Commission in Rizal Park. The same pictures are now exhibited at the FPPF Chamber in Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila.
Rizal Park Photographers
©Joey Astrero_6th Place
©Roger Quintana_7th Place
©Larry Legaro_8th Place
©Jimmy Lajo_9th Place
©Rosalie Sanchez_5th Place
©Pronongcito Batuigas_10th Place
©Ma. Sheyna Elayne G. Delos Reyes_1st Place H-Revellin de Real
©MC RJ C. Magistrado_1st Place B-Plaza Moriones with Fountain
©Kevin Patrick Carl S. Tamasiro_1st Place K-Arzobispado
Intramuros: A Shot at History
©Neil S. Chua_1st Place C-Fort Santiago Moat
©Ma. Sheyna Elayne G. Delos Reyes_1st Place A-Fort Santigo Gate
©Marc Henrich W. Go_1st Place E-Baluarte de San Jose w/ Reducto San Pedro
©Aira Marie E. Kiawan_1st Place D-Baluarte Plano Luneta
By Cecilia S. Angeles
©Mary Aileen A. San Miguel_1st Place G-Puerto Real Garden
©Neil S. Chua_1st Place J-Garitas
©Krizia Q. Calipes_1st Place I-Almacenes Curtain Wall
©Neil S. Chua_1st Place L-Ayutamiento
©Rhod Cristine M. Andres_1st Place F-San Diego Garden
Ma. Sheyna Elayne G. delos Reyes of the College of the Holy Spirit, Mendiola, Manila edged all the other contenders in A Shoot at History photo contest sponsored by the Intramuros Administration, FPPF, Sandisk, Sony, Uniliver and YKL. The photo contest consisting of twelve categories required participants to submit 5x7 YKL prints, one each for the specific spots in Intramuros printed in the instruction sheet of the contest. Entries were submitted at the FPPF office at FEMII Bldg., A. Soriano Avenue, Intramuros, Manila between July 16 to August 20, 2012. Some 214 student photographers from various schools participated in the contest. The judges have selected for exhibit 60 outstanding photos from the 12 categories printed at 12x18. Other winners were: MC RJ C. Magistrado (University of Makati), Neil S. Chua (UST), Aira Marie E. Kiawan (PLM), Marc Henrich W. Go (UST), Rhod Cristine M. Andres (PLM), Mary Aileen A. San Miguel ((PLM), Krizia Q. Calipes (UST) and Kevin Patrick Carl S. Tamasiro (FEU).
Korean Master Photographers Visit FPPF By Cecilia S. Angeles
Kang Young Hwan O f f i c e r s o f t h e P ro f e s s i o n a l Photographers of America (PPA), Korea chapter, flew to Manila early this March to pay FPPF a visit and to invite Filipino photographers to the next photography event in Korea. The visitors from Seoul were You Sin Ung, Kang Young Hwan, and Kim Yong Bong. PPA Korea under the leadership of the visitors hosted the Asia Pacific International Photo Contest last year. FPPF Chairman Edi Huang and President Lito Beltran took the Korean visitors to some interesting places here including Taal, Tagaytay, Rizal Park, Intramuros, Makati City, Fairview particularly to see Philippine scapes and to sample the photography of Filipino master artists like Niccolo Cosme, Rudy Fontanilla, Wally Gonzalez and Manny Inumerable. They were particularly impressed by the vintage camera collection of Manny Inumerable and the old houses in Taal. Kim Yong Bong who is actually a photo publisher in Korea is very much impressed by the very free style of Philippine culture. He also observed that Philippine photographers are creative and have plenty of ideas. â€œPhilipino is very friendship,â€? he stressed this in writing.
You Sin Ung
Still a teenager You Sin Ung is already a professional wedding and family photographer. He also does fine arts photography. On the other hand, Kang Young Hwan focuses on baby, children and family photography. He enjoys landscape photography during his spare time.
Excellent New Cameras:
Happy Days Are Here to Stay
by Chris Malinao
SonyNEX7: The Sony NEX-7 offers DSLR quality photos and video in a lightweight mirror-less form factor.
Canon 5DM3 - Nikon D800: Big bang for the buck: full frame shooting at more affordable prices with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 DSLRs.
NikonD4 - Canon1DC: Awesome pro gear: Both the Nikon D4 and Canon EOS 1D C offer professional grade still image shooting and the latest in high definition video recording.
SonyA77 - Canon7D - NikonD300s: Excellent shooters all, but the Sony Alpha-77 offers a slight advantage in video and stills, being the latest to arrive at the scene. But Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D300s photographers still swear by their aging equipment.
Mirrorless-cameras Compact camera systems (CSC) are becoming popular because of their small size and light weight, while offering top quality images because their sensors are bigger and better than those found in compact point-and-shoots. Fujifilm's X10, top left, has a 2/3-inch EXR CMOS sensor; Pentax K-01 has a big APS-C sensor while the Olympus PENs and Lumix mirror-less cameras have the Micro Four-Thirds sensor.
More exciting days are ahead for the photography industry worldwide, as camera makers continue to outdo one another in launching products with even more enticing features. Serious photographers are spoiled for choice nowadays with a vast array of excellent products to choose from; as competition heats up, the consumer benefits. In the professional category â€“ the heavyweight division in the camera industry â€“ we saw the launch of the Nikon D4 digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera with headline features that include a new 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, better shooting in low light and better videos in full HD formats. Before the D4, you go for the D3x if you want topnotch portraits and landscapes, and the D3s if you want high speed shooting in sports and wildlife photography. The new Nikon D4 promises to combine both, and throws in multi-area mode full HD D-movie for good measure. Canon on the other hand, has launched the EOS-1D C, a DSLR that has been developed in consultation with Hollywood and television broadcasters. It's an excellent camera for still shooting (18.2 megapixels, full frame, 61 AF points, Dual DIGIC 5+ processors) but geared more towards photographers who have movies in the minds. Then there's the EOS-1D X waiting in the wings. In the light heavyweight division, Nikon has unleashed the D800 full frame camera (with a D800E variant that did away with the effects of an anti-aliasing filter-aimed at studio and landscape professionals). The D800/D800E cameras theoretically rival medium format cameras with their 36.3 megapixels. Canon's answer to the D800 is its own EOS 5D Mark III, a 22-megapixel update to the vastly popular and highly successful 5D Mark II full-frame DSLR. The new 5DM3 boasts a better 61point autofocus system, lower noise performance, enhanced weather sealing, full HD video with manual control, and a built-in headphone socket for audio monitoring. The welterweight division (semi-pro cameras) is still ruled by Canon 7D and 60D on one hand, and Nikon D300s and D7000 on the other. These cameras were launched in 2009 (7D &D300s) and 2010 (60D & D7000) and are growing long in the tooth, but are still excellent cameras for the price. A new entry from Pentax is the 16.3MP K-30, keeping the flame burning for the now Ricoh-owned Pentax. A formidable new player, Sony, has entered the fray with a stunning Alpha-77 featuring a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor and 12 frames per second full-resolution shooting, giving the Canon 7D
and Nikon D300s a run for their money. It has got video covered too with 1080p60 AVCHD. Built-in GPS is its icing on the cake. The Sony A77 builds on the company's translucent mirror technology. Sony has also unleashed a new winner, the NEX-7 mirror-less interchangeable lens camera equipped with the same 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor and 1080p60 AVCHD video like that in the A77, and a tilting rear screen for composing photos in high or low positions. The main advantage: a compact and lightweight form factor that's easy to carry around, great for the travel photographer. The lightweight division (entry-level DSLRs) is populated with excellent offerings that entice new photographers to upgrade from their present compact point-and-shoot cameras. Priced attractively, these models enable the new photographer to take high quality images expected of DSLR cameras. The reigning champions in this arena are Canon EOS 600D and 1100D, Nikon D5100 and D3200, Sony NEX-5, and the interesting new compact system cameras (CSCs) from other camera manufacturers: Panasonic Lumix GF-5 and GX1x, Pentax K-01, Fujifilm X10, Samsung's excellent NX series, and the Olympus PENs. Worth noting among the new cameras are the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and Leica M Monochrom. These are specialty cameras aimed at serious photographers who long for the retro look of the film era. The look and feel of these cameras recall the romance with rangefinder cameras of old. Inside these old-looking shells however is modern camera engineering, harnessing the power of digital with master photographer discipline. Still, they are not for you and me. The Fujifilm XPro1 will set you back at least US$2,350 (about P105,000) for the body and a lens, while the Leica M Monochrom, which shoots exclusively in black and white, will make you poorer by US$7,950 (P350,000) for the body alone. But if you have the money, who cares? Go ahead and take the plunge. These are excellent cameras. These days, if you're looking for a high quality camera because you want high quality images, you can simply close your eyes and pick one from among today's offerings and you can't go wrong. Every one of the models mentioned is an excellent camera. It really just boils down to what type of photographer you are and what your photographic purposes are; while all these are excellent cameras, some of them really shine in specific areas and for a specific purpose. And you have a long list to choose from. Happy days, indeed, for the photographer.
Ombet, the Creative
Butuan Photographer By Cecilia S. Angeles
Four years in photography can't raise him to the level of veteran photographer. Neither can we classify him as an amateur photographer, for his pictures are outstanding, beautiful, fantastic, whether journalistic, portrait or nature shots. His photos can hold the viewer's breath, and simply make him utter a resounding wow. Meet Robert Douglas â€œOmbetâ€? Andaya, a native of historical Butuan City, believed to be the accidental entry route where Ferdinand Magellan anchored his ship that led to the discovery of the Philippines. Like me, he started his photography with his children as subjects and until now, they are still his favorite subjects in photography and even in conversation. About three years ago, he was invited by Fr. Kits Butardo, vice president for administration of the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) to participate in a photo shoot for the University billboard ads. His shots ended up being used by FSUU, and since then he took charge of the official photo shoots of the school. This Urian, a law undergraduate, realized a new lucrative source of income. . . photography. He now offers wedding, events, portraiture and advertising thru his photography outfit called Terra Nostra Images. Realizing his potentials in photography, he enhanced them further by attending three successive photography conventions organized by the FPPF. Yes, his knowledge in photography is now better with his creative learnings and practical skills gathered from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 PhotoWorld Asia conventions featuring master photographer speakers from USA, Canada and Asia. To further enhance his photography skills, Ombet enrolled in the Wedding Photography Workshop offered by FPPF. During the Balangay Festival in Butuan City last May 2012, he was the official photographer of the Mutya Hong Butuan Beauty Pageant and the Balangay Float Festival. He also did the gallery portraits of the pageant candidates which he himself printed in his newly acquired large format, Epson Digital printer. A very meticulous artist who does not entrust his photo outputs to commercial printers he ensures the right color quality from his editing software, color management software to the printer. He likes them done through his own hands, from his own mind, from his own heart. Being popular in Butuan City, Ombet became the official photographer of the Mutya ng Agusan del Norte 2012 and Miss Kagay-an 2012 beauty pageants. Concerned with helping other fellow photographers, he helped organize the Balangay Photography Club (BPC) with the objective to provide a venue to improve their craft thru active exchanges of knowledge and skills training thru seminars, workshops and conventions. Ombet realized this when he took along the ten original founding members of the BPC to attend the PhotoWorld Asia 2012. It is now Ombet's dream to bring
also FPPF speakers to Butuan. There will be more opportunities for people to witness his craft, but Ombet's passion to learn new concepts, experiment on different techniques and create quality images will always let him apart. As a matter of fact he Just graduated from the strobist seminar first week of September 2012.
Dak's Accent in Pictures
He hails from Diffun, Quirino province, adjacent to Nueva Vizcaya. A graduate of UP Fine Arts five years ago, Clemente Dakila â€œDaksâ€? Bunuan-Bangauan owns a studio in Diffun, Quirino Province of Ilocos Region. He specializes in wedding and portraits, and his pictures are different from the shots of other photographers. He accents them with water. Yes, water, the enemy of cameras. Every time he shoots with water he protects his precious tool with a plastic bag wrapped around the camera. He has assistants, sometimes four, to splash water between the camera and the subject. So the subject does not become wet but appears wet through the commanded reaction or acting of the subject. In some shots, however, his portraits are submerged in water or have water as a major element in the composition. His audience hushed in unison at a prenuptial shot he projected during the 2012 PWA convention. The portrait was captured amid a body of water, its droplets frozen with fast shutter. Water seems to bear a refreshing message. He also accents his portraits with trees in the background. Some of his pictures look like the paintings of Filipino National Artist Fernando Amorsolo whose elements bear the colors of nature.
Our Summer Trip
to the Queen of the South By: Lara Sureta
Alpha Camera Club was thrilled to fly where the sun was sunnier in the sky, and it all began with an itinerary off Manila. Summer 2012 flew Alpha Camera Club to Bantayan, Cebu. First off was a relaxing spatter at the nearby Sta. Fe shore. Then we set out to a famous rustic landmark where Christianity continuosly thrives to date - the famed Bantayan Church. We quickly realized just how lovely the sea was for a fulgently dramatic sunset when we went farther and visited Madredejos Beach. Way ahead, Mr. Icky Salazar of Focal7 knew that Alpha camera Club would be in Cebu for the Holy Week, and so he arranged a welcome dinner for us courtesy of Focal7. Icky Salazar was among the pioneers and founding members of Focal7 Photo Club - an active affiliate of the FPPF. He and his wife, Joanna, are one with us in our FPPF family. In addition to this, the husband-and - wife tandem was the founder of Cebu Photo Works - a local organizer of FPPF photography workshops and photo contests in Cebu. The generous foodstuff served by the Salazar family proved to satiate every hungry cell of our bodies. Icky and his wife, Joanna, were naturally affable hosts, too. We learned that he came from a prominent political family in Medredejos in Bantayan Island. He recounted how their family had been very participative in the religious fiestas in their town and how they passionately revived the yearly tradition of the Semana Santa procession. Now, the long walk of the night procession begins in front of the humble residence of the Salazars. cont. on p26
From left seated Ely Perez, Mai Gallego, Joanna Salazar, Icky Salazar, Cris Cleofas, Sahlee Camposano, Lara Sureta and Vic Reyes, from left standing Edwyn Ruiz, Claire Ruiz, Ivy Castillo, Sherwin Castillo, Matt Fernando, Joy Ganaden, Jonathan Cayaon, Maricar Sico, Dani Sico, Anne Quion and Jzent Espiritu
Feature Our Summer Trip...p24
Later in the night, we searched down the foodstrip to appease our midnight mamam rumblings and found the Hard Kock Café. It offered a whole package of great food, amicable service and lots of discounts. Next on our morning itinerary was the Virgin Island. It took a good 50 minutes getting there by boat off the coast of Sta. Fe. The island is a patch of plush greens embraced by the gentle white sands and blue water and for a moment, we owned a piece of mid-sea Eden all to ourselves, so we were overwhelmed by delight. Early the next day, we set off back to Cebu proper and began our long journey from Hagnaya Port to Sampaguita Hotel. Before we got there, it was already either too late for breakfast or too early for lunch and a hungry pack like us fell weak to deny the poignancy of inihaw that deemed very irresistible. So we quickly took a detour landing straight to Matias Barbeque. This was the darling choice for barbeque lovers. Instead of rice servings measured by cups, they introduced the unusual “puso”- rice servings wrapped in woven coconut leaves.
PLDT Lens Camera Club Holds Graduation at Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan By Ronald Catalan History unfolds, as PLDT Lens Camera Club culminated its Advanced Photography Class with two significant events, the Travel Photography Workshop and graduation ceremony in a picturesque resort in Bagac, Bataan known as Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar. Reliving the past, a feel of century old place where our ancestors lived made the place momentous to my fellow photographers. Camera shutters were clicking all the way as the group toured around the grandiose collection of old architectural century houses which were restored and reconstructed with original parts and materials taken from different places of the country. The popular travel photographer, Mr. George Cabig, joined the group and gave his worthy insights and learnings in portrait and travel photography. Adding to the thrill, fellow lensers got more inspired to take photos in the beautiful Las Casas having two lovely models, Paw and Hanna, who gamely posed and obediently followed specific modeling instructions, without showing traces of impatience and exhaustion notwithstanding the hot and humid day. Thumbs up to our two pretty models! Highlighting the day's activity was the graduation ceremony of the Advanced Class participants. Mr. Ronald Catalan (PLDT Lens Camera Club President) headed the awarding of the top ten photographers and distribution of the certificates of the class assisted by Mr. George Cabig. Some club officers also graced the activity to show support to this worthy endeavor. It was indeed a successful 4 day workshop and closing it with a blast at such a lovely place! Grateful to the event facilitators, Mr. Marti Mercado (club treasurer and asst. chairman of Education Committee) and Ms. Joanna Muldong (club assistant secretary) put in time and effort to make this workshop as educational, fun and exciting to each of the participants. Everyone went back home to Manila filled with fond memories of Las Casas and the experience of good camaraderie shared among fellow Lensers. Register Online
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Going back to the road, Sampaguita Hotel was our first pick because it boasts effortless access to Cebu's major points. We later realized that we wouldn't be able to stay there and ended up looking for another hotel. We were glad to find one much better! MCiti Hotel instantly became our home away from home. It was the easiest access to modern lavishness and more amazing was the hotel impeccable amenities and friendly service. We then picked our beds and secured our comfy spots, unpacked our bags and rushed to Tops in Cebu City. Our agenda was to catch the sunset. Shortly after, the heavens burst into vermilion as the sharpness of the moon formed above the clouds and the city lights lined the darkness. Another group shot to top off the young evening. From Tops down to the metro, we were on a lookout for a diner and found Ding Qua Qua restaurant in JY Mall. We immediately fell in love with its graceful variety of Chinese cuisine and enjoyed its reasonably flat price. Ding Qua Qua Restaurant not only suggested sumptuous buffet, it also offered the cheapest but instant way to get to one of China's most-popular destinations: The Great Wall. Literally. After having a dinner blast, we all headed back to the hotel to spend the night away. The following morning was our last day in Cebu, and we headed straight to the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño for the Sunday mass. Most of us hadn't taken breakfast yet, so we rewarded ourselves with a decent morning bread chow from Fortune Bakery near the basilica. Of course, group shots were very essential, so we posed for another take at the historic Magellan's Cross. Next, we stop over at the historic Fort San Pedro where our group basked for more group shots. It was already high noon but nobody minded the heat. And the last that completed our journey was a visit to Casa Verde. This was by far the best family resto that offered a great value for money. Imagine a huge slab of deliciously tender meat resting on your plate covered with thick sauce - an extravagant meal serving for P200. It was the most gratifying gastronomic encounter during our entire stay in Cebu. Thanks to Mr. Adrian Ceniza and Mr. Boni Kaindoy, the reliable and trustworthy drivers from Adriano Van Rental. They made our journey to our priced destinations comfortably safe. We left our hearts in Cebu, and we were all grateful for our brief and enjoyable stay in this interesting city.
Cecilia S. Angeles:
Photography by Irene Ann Serviano, text by Vien U. Cornel
Ulirang Ina Awardee 2012
She is a photographer, a painter, a college professor, a writer, the editor-in-chief of Frame One, the FPPF photography magazine. Above all, she is a mother of three accomplished children: Evelyn (54), Saint Paul Manila PSBA graduate, a business woman who owns two business establishments: a bazaar in Ayala and a minimart in San Andres. Second born is Elizabeth Angeles Chirico (52), married to Peter Chirico a therapist. She is an Interior Designer, a graduate of the College of the Holy Spirit College, now a resident of California. Her third child is Rolando (50), a mechanical engineer who conducts international engineering seminars here and the world over. He is also an author of a 300-page Engineering Management book. He has conducted seminars in maintenance engineering in various Asian countries, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and many parts of the Philippines. He graduated high school from Don Bosco Makati, and his mechanical engineering degree from the Mapua Institute of Technology. Mrs. Cecilia S. Angeles is the widow of Ernie A. Angeles, a journalist who was active in consumerism. He passed away in 1991. A cum laude graduate of Bachelor of Science in Education major in English at Adamson University, she taught English at Feati University for 38 years until she retired in 2005. She is a Master of Arts graduate also of Adamson University. Painting later stirred her interest, so she enrolled in a complete course between her teaching assignments. In 1984, she graduated cum laude from the Philippine Women's University with the degree of Bachelor in Fine Arts, major in Painting. At present, she is still very active in the teaching profession. In fact she handles Fine Arts subjects both graduate and undergraduate levels at the Philippine Women's University. She used to be a part time professor in Photography at dela Salle University College of St. Benilde, in addition to her regular weekend lectures in the Basic Photography Workshops at the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF) at Fort Santiago, Intramuros and sometimes out of town assignments. She used to be the head of the English Department of Feati University and at the same time the Dean of Student Affairs until she retired. For 18 years since 1986, she was the adviser of the official school organ of Feati University. Likewise she was the organizer and adviser of the two major student organizations in this University: Feati Art Group and Feati Kameradare, painting the photography student clubs. She also organized the SPAP or the Student Photographers Association of the Philippines whose members come from the members of photography clubs of various schools.
ÂŠIrene Ann Serviano
When her three children were still in the elementary grades at Saint Paul's College of Manila and Don Bosco Elementary School in Makati, she and her fellow English professors in Feati University received an invitation to teach in some universities in the United States. The offer enticed a number of fellow teachers in Feati University, and until now they are still there in the USA, all immigrants. She was never convinced to try the adventure because she could not leave her children whom she had to take one by one to their respective schools and pick them up after dismissal. She requested a teaching load within their school time. This was a very enjoyable routine for this mother in addition to cooking, marketing, tutoring, taking care of the family, supervising the home, sharing her teaching activities through college teaching and outreach projects and more. Today, her children often chide her to retire completely from work. How can she? It is not the salary, neither the honorarium, or earnings, which make her very active still in her teaching work, but the pleasure she derives from sharing what she knows to the others. She feels she needs to share a part of her expertise for the benefit of others. Meet... Madam Cecilia S. Angeles, 2012 ULIRANG INA for Art and Culture Awardee. She has already 8 solo exhibits of her paintings and photography. Her seventh was held at Los Angeles Consulate Gallery, California, USA. Last August 2, 2012, she was awarded again by PWU Fine Arts Department for her more than two decades of professional services in the Department of Fine Arts.
The 3rd eye of Jophel Botero Ybiosa by Aubrey Ybañez Bermudez
If you think being successful means having achieved all; your dreams, your college diploma or when you got the highest honors and award from a prestigious competition, now you will be amazed at Jophel Botero Ybiosa. For the last ten years, he has been a young achiever who has much passion in photography and abstract painting. And still ultimately dreaming to become an inspiration to many. JOPHEL BOTERO YBIOSA. is a proud Filipino from Culiat, Quezon City. A pride of our country in the international stage of visual arts. Be it local or international his art works were really honored because of its uniqueness in style and creativity. He is a simple man with simple dreams, His humility and simplicity are reflected in his artworks. He is a graduate of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and Philippine Center for Creative Imaging (PCCI). He finished his secondary studies in Culiat High School. Even as he prominently featured his innate talents and skills in performance and visual arts, he excelled in academics and extracurricular activities. Thus, he was a full scholar under the Scholarship and Youth Development Program of Quezon City Government and graduated as The Most Outstanding Student of PUP – College of Communication in 2007. Moreover, he was honored as an Outstanding Alumnus for Arts and Culture in Culiat High School in 2011. This humble and approachable man believes that the reason why he became a photographer and an artist is to capture and appreciate the boundless beauty of God's marvelous creation and fufill the purpose of his existence as a lifetime commitment. Last April 11, 2012 he bagged the award as Honorable Mention among 9,410 photographic works coming from 42 different countries with his photograph entitled, “Dreaming A Wedding”. All-Japan Association of Photographic Societies, The Asahi Shimbun and Canon Marketing Japan Incorporation were the organizers of the event. Twelve-member panel led by Photographer Takeyoshi Tanuma judged it. Mr. Ybiosa's keen eye caught a newlywed outside the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral kissing each other while street children stared at them, it seemed that the drama of an ideal wedding had been captured and a truly irreplaceable work of art was made. He is now an internationally-acclaimed Filipino artist. Currently, he is the founding director of Juan Makasining Youth Artist Network (Awarded as Most Innovative Youth Performing Group by the Consumer Affairs Foundation of the Philippines) and serves as Photographer and Director at the Robin C. Padilla Productions. This young achiever is continually making his name for the
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Called the Embroidery Capital of the Philippines, Lumban is the only town in Laguna that makes hand embroidery. It is a popular destination for fashion designers, prominent people and even celebrities who are looking for the best wedding gowns, barong Tagalog for men and terno for women. Like most of our traditions, the art of embroidery in our country dates back to the Spanish times. Lumban was then the center of missionary activity in Laguna. In 1606, Rev. Juan de Sta. Maria conducted a regional school in Lumban. The boys were taught liturgical music while the Spanish nuns taught the girls embroidery. The knowledge gained from the nuns was passed down from generation to generation. While music didn't flourish, hand embroidery went on to become a cottage industry.
Embroidered in History By Raneil Antonio Ibay
country by exploring different areas of the art and winning major awards for his country. One of his abstract paintings entitled, “Flying High the Filipino Dreams” won the Excellent Prize in Global Youth Artistic Competition in Los Angeles, U.S.A. Having the passion in socially relevant issues, he expresses it through performance art presented in some significant venues like Cultural Center of the Philippines, Art Association of the Philippines - Kanlungan ng Sining and Quirino Grandstand. Being an achiever, he is listed as one of the Top 10 Filipino Artists for 2010 in WikiPilipinas: Philippine Encyclopedia and he also received the Ani ng Dangal Award (Harvest of Honors for Visual Arts) from the Office of the President and National Commission for Culture and Arts, Dangal ng Bayan People's Choice Award for Arts and Culture Advocacy by the Consumer Affairs Foundation of the Philippines, Outstanding Youth Leader for Culture and the Arts by the United Nations Associations of the Philippines, Excellent Prize Winner of China - ASEAN Artwork Creativity Contest 2010, Grand Prize Winner in The Print Space International Photography Competition, Winner and People's Choice Awardee of 2011 Snapshots Asia Canon Photo Contest, Grand Prize Winner of ASEAN - Korea Multimedia Competition 2009. He was also a Philippine delegate to Film Expo Asia in Bangkok,
Lumban, named after the lumbang tree, officially recognizes September 22, 1590, as its foundation date. Its patron saint popularly depicted as riddled with arrows is San Sebastian The Martyr. It is said that an image of the saint was fished out of the river thus becoming its patron saint and honored by having a fluvial procession on the Lumban River called Paligong Poon every January 20, the town fiesta. To promote their craft of embroidery or burda in Tagalog, the Burdang Lumban Festival is celebrated every third week of September. Lumban also makes other craft like hand-woven bags or bayong, hand-painted with flowers, banig placemats, necklaces and other local craft. So the next time you wear a barong Tagalog or terno from Lumban remember that you are wearing a piece of embroidered history.
Thailand and ASEAN Youth Camp in Hanoi, Vietnam. He was featured as Guest Artist in some Philippine television programs like Unang Hirit (GMA-7), Homepage (Net25), Sining-Gising (NBN-4). He was also featured as a Global Pinoy in The Filipino Channel T.V. Commercial (ABS-CBN Global) and Depth of Focus Artist in the FullFrame Pinoy Photography Magazine based in Middle East. His artistic works were showcased in the Philippines, United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, China, Thailand and Vietnam. In all these achievements of Mr. Ybiosa, he believed God's infinite ability to create and do something worthwhile and this gave him the enthusiasm knowing that God is the source of his strength and inspiration. He is a master in the field of art be it in photography, visual and performance art with creativity that effectively features every single detail of his artistic mind. Red has always been his preferred hue above others because he strongly believes that this color symbolizes the blood running thru his veins producing love, passion and valor in his life. He always pushes himself in whatever he pursues, no matter how hard it may be to achieve the goal. He firmly believes that what his mind can conceive, his body can achieve. Hindrance does not belong in his vocabulary. “When your strong faith in God comes up with your untiring perseverance to catch your desire, success will surely be achieved!” claimed Mr. Ybiosa. His ultimate dream is simply to be an inspiration to many. Certainly it's a dream of an ordinary man but to look at Mr. Jophel Botero Ybiosa who believes that a good artist has a “third eye” that sees the interesting beauty and story behind every ordinary subject, who can touch someone's heart, his artwork speaks a thousand meaningful words, awaken someone's consciousness especially within the bound of Philippine Heritage. His humility was the key why he gained respect and admiration in the world of Visual Arts. An inspirational quote by him will end this story, “As a photographer, shoot with your heart, not with camera. It is not about capturing and recording the moments of life but also appreciating its meaning to us. Photography is for the people - to reminisce the past, reflect the present and visualize the future. Without Photography and Art life will be lifeless!” Truly, Mr. Ybiosa is an ordinary man with an extraordinary third eye.
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I CAN be full
“I CAN... Paralympics Photo Competition”
I CAN aim high for my dream and reach for it.
FPPF Photographers, Finalists By Cecilia S. Angeles
I CAN be No. 1," Ruen Verdaguer." I CAN inspire people," Jophel Ibiosa. "I CAN rise above any obstacle," Vincent Go. These FPPF grads shouted "I CAN” . . . and won valuable honors and prizes in the recently concluded Paralympics Photography Contest sponsored by the British Embassy. Aside from this, selected photos from the contest were exhibited at The Podium in Ortigas Centre, Mandaluyong City starting on August 22, 2012. The British Embassy together with SM Supermalls, PhilSPADA_NPC Philippines, British Council and Samsung launched this campaign to change people's impressions on disabled individuals. After all, they are not useless, neither unproductive and unhappy. The embassy wants to herald to the world that they are normal individuals capable of feeling, thinking, producing, behaving, doing what normal people can do.
©Rouelle Umali ©Mark Floro
10 finalist photos: ©Vincent Go
©Ruwen Verdaguer ©Jophel Ybiosa
Little Wonder-Sony NEX 7 By Ruwen Verdaguer
During most of my travels, I had to bring two DLSR cameras to ensure that I could take quality photographs of both wide and tele subjects. Lugging bulky cameras (with their accessories!) while traveling in pursuit of interesting subjects is clearly a daunting and exhausting task. Fortunately, in my latest travel abroad, I had the chance to try the new Sony NEX7. Even though it was the first time that I used this camera, I have never encountered any problem navigating this unit because of its user friendly features. Unlike other cameras, it provides on screen instructions, so I did not have to bring the product manual. I am very much impressed with the quality of the pictures that I have taken with Sony NEX7. I love its ability to shoot remarkable panoramic photos without going into tedious Photoshop. I can attest to Sony's goal of creating a compact, topnotch camera that travel photographers will love. NEX7 is a perfect travel companion, and surely a must-have for avid photographers. When you have NEX7, it is picture perfect for sure! ©John Fedelin
LAST SHOT! “Hello, John Fedelin." "Hello, Ma'am Pinky Ochoa," answered FPPF staff, John. "What can I do for you?" "Come over, right now. Do the coverage of the event here which is about to start. Hurry." "Yes, Ma'am. Right away, Ma'am," and John rushed to Batasan Hills, Quezon City to comply with his unplanned rush assignment. Mrs. Ochoa is the wife of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa. She wanted John, as usual, to cover the activities at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at Batasan Hills, Quezon City. Editing his shots of DILG Sec. Jesse Lobredo, he over heard over the radio, "DILG Secretary in a plane crash." He got goose pimples. The picture of Sec. Lobredo was on the screen of his laptop." (CSA)
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PhotoWorld Manila 2013
Two Churches: Two Legends By Bambi N. Borromeo
The Chapel of St. Joseph the Worker, also known as the Church of the Angry Christ is located inside the Victoria’s Milling Company compound. It was built in 1949 to serve employees and their families living within the seven barangays of the sugar central and refinery. Victoria’s which started operations in 1919 employed over 5,000 workers during its hey days. Today it still accounts for 25% of all the sugar produced in the country. Founded by Miguel Ossorio, a Spanish creole who later became an American citizen, Victoria’s was envisioned to be a fully integrated community where workers would enjoy educational and health benefits. Inside its sprawling grounds, one can find a residential housing community, a hospital and even a cemetery. It was also here where the Salesian brothers decided to set up the first Don Bosco Technical School in the Philippines. Since its opening the school has continued to supply skilled workers for the factory and other industries in the province. Explore Phils. Photographers
After the completion of the chapel, Alfonso Ossorio, who was then living in New York was requested by his father to come home and do work on the murals. Being a son of the owner, he was given free reign to do as he wished. He asked a young Belgian liturgical artist, Ade de Betheune to come with him and do some of the sections of the chapel. Two workers in the factory, Benjamin Valenciano and Arcadio Anore, were also chosen by Ossorio to contribute their artistic talents to the endeavor . The result of this unique collaboration created a big stir in local circles. The mural behind and around the altar was a complete departure from what people were normally used to seeing when they walked into a church for religious service. It was indeed quite a shock to those already familiar with traditional western religious iconography. When asked about this work, Ossorio explained in his own words his idea behind the mural: “The subject was worked out in terms of the main action that takes place in the sanctuary, which is the sacrifice of the mass. I had a large seated figure of Christ with hands open, supported by the hands of God the Father that came out of the blue. Adam on one side, Joseph and John the Baptist on the other, Mary, and the beloved disciple, John the Evangelist. Then there were four angels of the Last Judgment, the four trumpeters. And on the beam facing the congregation there was the roll of those who were called, with the triangle, the old Masonic symbol. It is the Last Judgment, it's a continual last judgment with the sacrifice of the mass that is the continual reincarnation of God coming into this world. And it worked out beautifully because the services take place usually very early because of the heat and the church had been oriented so that the sun would come in and strike the celebrant as he stood at the altar with this enormous figure behind him. It worked, if I do say so myself. And although they loathed it at the time it was done, but almost now it is a place of pilgrimage.” Some of the other interesting highlights of the chapel include: • The pulpit has five sides and features the metal works of Arcadio Anore. • The facade with its 3 mosaics shows scenes from the life of St. Joseph the Worker. This work by Ade de Betheune is made of broken glass pieced together for which she asked ©Jophel Ybiosa
the children in the factory to help her with the gathering of the different colored glass materials. â€˘ Benjamin Valenciano did the wooden statues of Mary and Joseph wearing typical Filipino clothes. His Stations of the Cross showed the soldiers dressed in Philippine Constabulary military uniforms instead of the usual Roman attire. â€˘ Valenciano was also asked to do two more works: the saints Michael and Raphael. St. Michael is shown on a wall under the clerestory, directly above St. Joseph, while St. Raphael is mounted on the opposite wall, directly looking down on the Virgin Mary. â€˘ The church got its now famous name when a foreign journalist called it the Church of the Angry Christ in an article featured in Life Magazine. Manapla is one of the towns located in the northern part of Negros Occidental. About an hour's drive from the capital city of Bacolod the town is well known for its delicious anise flavored rice cake aptly called puto Manapla. Among its other attraction is the famous Chapel of the Cartwheels located within the sprawling grounds of Hacienda Sta. Rosalia, the ancestral home of its original owners Jose and Consuelo Gaston. Built by one of the couple's eight children, Mons. Guillermo Gaston, the chapel is located behind the family house and is accessible to all the people who live within its immediate vicinity. It has attracted worldwide attention due to its originality and creative use of native farm implements. Viewed from the outside the chapel looks like a stylized salakot. Mons. Gigi Gaston as he is fondly called by his parishioners likes to tell visitors of the initial reaction of his father Jose, who when brought by the Monsignor to see the chapel for the first time asked him why he built an Indian wigwam or teepee! Indeed, the chapel created quite a stir when it was built in the early 60's and today continues to draw a steady stream of visitors who come to marvel at its unique design concept. Wooden wheels from carts used on the farm to haul harvested sugarcane were gathered and recycled in the construction of the chapel. In fact, the wheels apart from serving as sliding doors became the leitmotif and provided the unifying design element in the chapel. Thus, a wooden image of Jesus Christ is shown mounted not on a crucifix but framed instead within a cartwheel. In building the chapel, Mons. Gigi wanted to involve the community on the farm. Thus, the benches were made by families who attended the mass, one bench for every family. The candle holders were made out of mortars and the pestle was turned into a holy water container during christening. A big slab of solid rock stone was again recycled this time serving as an altar. Broken bottles of different colors gathered by the children on the farm were used to create a stained glass effect also framed within cartwheels mounted behind the altar.
Bambi Bambi N. Borromeo was a former Executive Creative Director of AMA Publicis, one of the largest advertising agencies in the country. After his retirement from the corporate world, he decided to return to Bacolod City where he has now become popular for the food and heritage tours he conducts as a fully licensed DOT tour guide. Mons. Guillermo Gaston finished high school at the Jesuit seminary of Sta. Ana, Manila. He then moved to the Ateneo de Manila University where he was a member of the college glee club and theatre guild under Fr. James Reuter, SJ. After college he went for futher studies to the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. In 1970 he chose to undertake his doctoral studies at the Institute Catholique de Paris where he was conferred a doctor of theology in1976. In 1982 he returned to Negros and served for a while as parish priest of San Sebastian Cathedral. On Nov. 10, 2010 he celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest marking the occasion when he was ordained by then Bishop Manuel Yap of the Archdiocese of Bacolod City.
In another creative example of recycling Mons. Gigi made use of the round metal discs attached to the farm's tractors to harrow and prepare the field for planting. The discarded metal discs were mounted around the chapel and now serve as lighting fixtures lending yet another unique decorative and functional touch to the place. Today, Mons. Gigi Gaston's Chapel of the Cartwheels still stands as a place of worship. A symbol of our Catholic faith where Sunday mass service is held for all the farm workers and their families. It also serves as a reminder of the Filipino artistic talents and the capacity to create something beautiful out of the mundane and the ordinary.
Some reactions/comments of the participants in the recent FPPF Basic Photography Workshop: Jodi Anne Dux of Batch 27 of Basic Photography Workshop comes from Australia. She is very happy and thankful of having the opportunity to enrol in the FPPF photo seminar. "Salamat po for sharing your experiences in photography with us." Us here maybe refers to her fellow foreigners in the same class: Sophie Weidinger of Hungary and Brenden Picton also from Australia who works as a drafter. Not everything you see in pictures is true. Be creative in your composition by adding, reducing, modifying elements. Michael T. Remo Wow!!! Marami akong natutunan. Roberto G. Falces
What They Say...
Basic Photography Workshop helped me understand the importance and use of my gear. I was able to apply the tips and techniques to achieve good pictures. Composition made me realize that we can think outside the box. Wide imagination, passion and skill will create a picture of a lifetime. Rouen Frances V. Francisco Thank you for sharing with us your years of experience in photography. Joel Gayoso I learned to compose my shots. Now I know where I will position the subject. Tips in photography particularly composition are very interesting. Jessie James H. Sarmiento The photo workshop helps me be a good photographer. Before, I did not notice the bad elements in my pictures. But now I am more sensitive in my photography. Class presentation of our photos make us see the good and bad side of our pictures. Every picture tells a story, and everyone has his own interpretation. Leah Camille It's getting more interesting. Now I know what my camera can do, and I hope to maximize its use. Ramil German The experience enhanced more my passion in photography. It gave me better understanding of the importance of creativity in photography. Photography has no bounds...depending on how to create and interpret subjects although some rules have to be followed to achieve creativity. Bebs I found the workshop interesting and educational. I learned about composing elements to create a visually appealing image that tells a story. The lesson on composition stretches me to learn more. Jurby Jumawan We learned a lot especially on how composition works in photography. We also learned what to include and not to include in the frame. Anthony Alfaro I am very thankful that I attended this workshop. I didn't know how to use my DSLR, neither the proper approach to capture an image. I'm now progressing as the workshop goes. Eddie M. Francisco, Jr. Good teaching kaya mas medaling maintindihan. A lot of nice and useful tips. Kitang kita po sa presentation namin. Mary Jane Gabato Magnificent teaching strategy that can be easily understood. I learned a lot of things to capture a captivating picture. Thank you very much. Ronnie Lewis Rosales The workshop is getting more interesting. Now I know what my camera can do. I hope to maximize its use. Ramil German Now we understand better and more easily what and how we capture subjects. It's getting more interesting in playing with white balance and considering the tips on composition. John Mercado. I learned a lot of things to make my photos a lot pleasing to the eyes. Before, I was confused with the relation of the ISO and shutter speed, but now I know what to adjust to create the image that I want. Most importantly, I gained confidence to pursue photography even if I don't have the latest awesome gadgets yet. The workshop is fun and interesting. I like it a lot because nobody is intimidating and snobbish. The teachers are full of insights and accomplishments. Chesca Endozo Register Online
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Capt. David Arvin
What They Say...
A photographer and a pilot . . . Among the participants of Batch 24 of Basic Photography Workshop is Capt. David Arvin L. Wong, a legitimate, licensed pilot and an instructor of the Strike Wing Aviation Training Center. He is a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering graduate from the St. Louis University in Bagiuo City, after which he pursued a course in aeronautics. Now, he finds fulfillment in teaching flying among Filipino students as well as international students mostly coming from the Middle East. No doubt, aerial photography is his primary interest in photography. I haven't heard nor seen an aerial wedding. This could have been an exciting subject to shoot. (CSA)
DOZEN DONâ€™Tâ€™S IN SHOOTING
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