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Monday, May 26, 2008

Philippine-Japan Joint Photography Exhibition

Counter-Photography: Japan’s Artists Today / Swarm in the Aperture: Recent Photography in the Philippines
June 5 – July 31, 2008; 10 am – 4 pm (Wednesday to Sunday)
South/North Wings, Museum of the Filipino People
Ermita, Manila

The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) and the National Art Gallery of the National Museum of the Philippines present a joint photography exhibition on June 4, Wednesday at the Museum of the Filipino People, to usher in Philippines-Japan Friendship Month. Titled, “Counter-Photography: Japan’s Artists Today”/ “Swarm in the Aperture: Recent Photography in the Philippines”, the exhibition brings together the Philippines’ and Japan’s young and progressive photographers who bring to fore a novel way of looking into and presenting varied photography themes and techniques.

“Counter-Photography”: Japan’s Artists Today seeks to present the “invisible world” through works by Eikoh Hosoe, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Miho Akioka, Miyuki Ichikawa, Akiko Sugiyama, Chie Yasuda, Kazuo Katase, Hiroko Inoue, Tomoko Yoneda, Tomoaki Ishihara, and Michihiro Shimabuku. The featured works, as conceptualized by Japanese curator, Yuri Mitsuda, do not intend to “serve as a documentary evidence for any particular reality. Rather, they deliberately reveal an aspect of reality that has become invisible, namely, “spirit”. These works constitute an attempt to present new realities and alternative ways of looking at the world”.

Complementing the Japanese exhibit, “Swarm in the Aperture: Recent Photography in the Philippines” brings together the works by Datu Arellano, Nana Buxani, Neil Daza, Kawayan de Guia, Taommy Hafalla, Wawi Navarozza, Gina Osterloh, Kat Palasi, Teena Saulo, Steve Tirona, and VJ Villafranca. Curated by Patrick Flores, the Filipino counterpart “veers away from the exclusively commercial pursuits that mistake the picturesque for the beautiful… and prompt the audience to engage the photographs with intimacy and to take away from this process of creative cherishing nothing less than a critical memory.”

Organized in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, the joint exhibition’s regular run will be from June 5 – July 31 (Wednesdays to Sundays), at the 4F North and South Wings of the Museum of the Filipino People, Rizal Park, Manila. For inquiries, please contact the National Art Gallery at telephone number 527-1219 or the Japan Foundation, Manila at telephone numbers 811-6155 to 58.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Batang Ina: A Photo documentary on Teenage Pregnancy


Batang Ina
A Photodocumentary on Teenage Pregnancy
May 28, 2008
G/F Legislative Building
Quezon City Hall

Statement

As a single, childless woman, it boggles me how a child-mother can physically, mentally and emotionally handle and survive such a big change in the landscape of her life. I have seen single-motherhood happen to very close friends. I have stood beside them during their darkest nights, walked with them during those nervous hours in hospital corridors and witnessed the beautiful, joyful or solemn firsts in their children’s lives. These friends were of age, educated and part of the working middle-class. If these women, despite those numerous moments of joy with their babies, were fraught with mental, emotional and financial turmoil, what more a 12-18 year old, most probably single, uneducated and from the lower class? It is difficult to imagine the depth and breadth of their pain, nor the immensity of strength they need to survive.

As a documentary photographer, I am drawn to the complex lives that these young mothers lead. These children one day wake up and find that they are no longer children. Their childhood, the time of their lives when they should play and enjoy their youth, is suddenly altered by pregnancy. They are catapulted to adulthood with tremendous force, and they must endure it in order to lead bearable lives.

In 2000, Filipino women aged 15-24 accounted for 818,000 births. The National Demographic and Health Survey of 2003 showed that almost half of young women who are poor have already begun bearing a child compared to just over 10 percent of young women belonging to the highest income bracket. In 2004, a study made by the National Statistics Office showed that of 1.7 million babies, almost 8 percent were born to mothers aged 15-19. And in 2006, a study by the UP Population Institute and Guttmacher Institute showed that 6 out of 10 Filipino women have unintended pregnancy because of lack of access to and knowledge of modern contraceptives.

These are the statistics. And on paper, they sound alarming. But throughout doing this documentary, what I learned is that reality is even more astounding. You can walk into any poor community and find an overabundance of child mothers. Most of these girls have never seen a condom and do not even know what it is for or what it looks like at all. Most girls are unaware of protecting themselves. Once pregnant, most will give up their studies, work and worse—any hope that they will ever get out of poverty. And most will bear another child and another child and another, after their first.

Cristina Luisa Sevilla
May, 2008


Curatorial Approach

The youth is both vibrant and vulnerable. In a third world country like the Philippines, teenage pregnancy is a common problem that lays an impact on the cyclic breeding of a family of responsible citizenry. It is a reality both among the poor and the elite. It is of course more a drawback for the poor given that teenage pregnancy is something unplanned or uncalled for.

Found objects as impression of an urban poor community is then maximized to highlight a photo documentary and to call attention to the phenomena of teenage pregnancy as one step in arresting the factors causing the problem such as lack of education; profit-orientation and/or the misuse of media, internet and cellphones; extreme conservatism especially posed by the church and the macho culture (i.e. tendencies of rape or incest).

The exhibit is a call for an education that is accessible to Filipino youth and family, for a concerted effort of public and private sectors and for the youth to learn from the mistakes of their peers or the people ahead of them.

Corona Dolot - Curator

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This photo exhibit is one of the highlights in observance of May 28 International Day of Action for Women’s Health organized by GCAP-Philippines and WomanHealth Philippines with the Department of Health, and co-sponsored by the Office of the Quezon City Vice-Mayor, the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development, and PETA-Women’s Theater Program.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Silverlens Foundation Grantees 2008 Announced

Silverlens Foundation (SLF) proudly announces the winners of their 2008 Grant Program. This year, SLF received over 30 applications for the four grant categories. Similar to last year’s Grant Program which had numerous international applicants, applications came from as far as Israel, United States and Australia. Out of these, only 3 were selected.

SLF Acquisition Grant. The Board of the Silverlens Foundation selects completed bodies of work to be acquired for the SLF Collection. The 2008 SLF Acquisition Grant is awarded to second time winner Conrado Velasco for PIXEL TOWERS 1-6: Deadpan Aesthetics, Lossy Compression & Post-It Notes, and to Lena Cobangbang for Overland. In Pixel Towers, Conrado Velasco transforms pixilated images of the Bechers’ water towers into photographic installations of pink Post-Its, exploring pictorial issues brought about by technology. Lena Cobangbang’s Overland series, on the other hand is a group of photographs using food as material for recreating miniature landscapes. In these fantasy topographies, Cobangbang tries to create what is truly utopian.

SLF Completion Grant. Completion Grants are awarded to photographers and visual artists working with photography to finish an ongoing project or body of work. The 2008 SLF Completion Grant goes to Filipina-American artist Gina Osterloh for her Shooting Blanks series, currently being exhibited at Green Papaya Art Projects. Shooting Blanks is composed of 14 photographs of room-size paper environments created by Osterloh, which focus on sensations of muteness, the desire to connect, and rashes - all non-verbal sensations of the body upon her moving to Manila.

There is no winner of the SLF Curatorial Exhibition Grant for 2008. The Asian Cultural Council (ACC)-SLF Fellowship Grantee will be announced in June. The works of this year’s SLF Grantees will be exhibited at Silverlens Gallery in December 2008 and will automatically become a part of the Silverlens Foundation Collection. The SLF Collection is the first permanent collection of photography in the Philippines. Since 2006, SLF has been accepting applications from photographers and artists working with photography for acquisition, completion, curatorial and fellowship grants. Complete grants can be viewed at www.silverlensphoto.com

The call for entries for the SLF Grant Program 2009 will be announced in October 2008.

Visit Silverlens Foundation 2/F YMC Building 2, 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati. Hours are from 10am to 7pm Mondays to Fridays and 1pm to 6pm on Saturdays. For more information, call 8160044, email manage@silverlensphoto.com or go to www.silverlensphoto.com.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Photography Seminars & Workshops

Silverlens Gallery Photography Workshop
January-February 2009

PHOTO 1 - CAMERAS AND TECHNIQUES
(5 sessions, starts January 14, Wednesdays, 6-8pm)
Instructor: Johann Espiritu. Fee: P6,500.00

Designed for the beginning photographer, students learn about camera handling and operation, principles of exposure, shutter speed, aperture, focal length, and basic composition and lighting. The course outline includes shooting assignments and critiques, which encourage students to practice photography techniques and to develop confidence behind the lens. There are no prerequisites for this course.

PHOTO 2 - EXPOSURE TO PHOTOGRAPHERS
(5 sessions, starts January 13, Tuesdays, 6-8pm)
Instructor: Rachel Rillo. Fee: P6,500.00

A bridge class between learning technique in PHOTO 1 and Exploring Expression in PHOTO 3, this class is a mix of third world tips for first world images in terms of lighting, technique. The class emphasizes design in photography and exploration of genres such as street and documentary photography, fashion and commercial photography, and art photography.
Prerequisites: PHOTO 1 or portfolio review (email portfolios to manage@silverlensphoto.com)

PHOTO 3 - PHOTOGRAPHY AS EXPRESSION
(8 sessions, starts January 15, Thursdays, 6-8pm)
Instructor: Isa Lorenzo. Fee: P9,000.00

This course will encourage students to follow their instincts and obsessions as a way to strengthen their directions, visions, and voices. By reviewing other photographer's work, completing class assignments, and participating in critiques, students will expand their understanding of photography as a contemporary medium of expression. This course is ideal for students who are ready to begin a photography project.
Prerequisites: PHOTO 2 or portfolio review (email portfolios to pacific@isalorenzo.com)

THE PHOTO JOURNAL
(4 sessions, January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 1-4pm)
Instructor: Kidlat de Guia.  Fee: P7,000.00

Photographing our daily lives to make a journal of sorts is the best way to evaluate and transform the way we see things. Students will embark on a path to self-discovery, having to photograph everyday for the duration of the course, regardless of other commitments. The contact sheet, whether analog or digital, will form a structure for seeing by mapping the daily evolution of perception. Students will produce individual journals that will provide a framework for their imagery and writing. By the end of the course, students will have uncovered new aspects of their creativity and themselves.

THE IDEA OF CREATIVITY IN PHOTOGRAPHY
(6 sessions, starts Feb. 18, Wednesdays, 6-8pm)
Instructor: Johann Espiritu. Fee: P 7,500.00

How does one become creative in the realistic medium of photography? This course aims to answer the personal questions of what creativity means to you by examining why photography came to be, and how to take advantage of its unique characteristics as a means of creative self-expression.

PORTFOLIO REVIEW
(2 sessions, Jan. 17 and Jan. 24, 4-6pm)
Panelists: Kidlat de Guia, Isa Lorenzo, Rachel Rillo, Lilen Uy. Fee: P500.00

TO REGISTER:
Call Leonore at 8160044 or 09052650873, email manage@silverlensphoto.com. 50% Reservation Fee required. Balance due on the first day of classes. All classes are held at silverlens gallery, 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City


Foto Baryo
Tanauan, Batangas
Mobile: (0917) 5453605 
Email: fotobaryo[at]gmail[dot]com

For schedule of upcoming workshops, visit Foto Baryo Multiply site


Filipinas Heritage Library/ The Alcove Perspective
  • Digital 101: photography and the Computer
  • Photo Trip: An Afternoon in Binondo/ Chinatown
  • Primer on Lighting
See schedules here. For more details, please call 8921801, send an SMS to 0917-5594417, email cruz.ct@ayalafoundation.org.


Photography Seminars by Jo Avila
  • Basic Photography (Saturday Sessions)
  • Basic Photography (Weeknight Sessions)
  • Basic Photography (Special Sessions)
  • Basic Food Styling & Food Photography Seminar
See schedule here. All seminar sessions will be held at Unit 114, Gold Building, 15 Annapolis street, Greenhills, SJ. You may sign up by sending an email to pinakamagalingako@gmail.com


Gray Area Studios Workshop
  • Maximizing your Point & Shoot Workshop (Michelle Morelos)
  • Capturing the Moment: A Workshop for Action & Sports Photography (Aaron Vicencio)
For schedules, click here. For inquiries and other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Isa at 0917.5268676 or grayareastudios@ gmail.com.


Ross Capili Photography Workshops 
  • Creative Photography Mentoring  Series
  • Exploring the Nudes - The Real Fine Art Approach to Nude Photography
One Workshop Gallery, 2241 Ground Floor La Fuerza Plaza II Don Chino Roces Avenue corner Sabio St Makati City near Magallanes MRT. For more details, click here or you may email Ellen Capili at one_workshop@yahoo.com


Ken Go Lighting Seminar 
  • Basic Lighting for Portraits
Where: Unit 602 Cityland 10 Tower 2, H.V. Dela Costa St. Salcedo Village, Makati City, behind RCBC Tower. See directional map, click here. For more info,  email - seminars@photosbykengo.com


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This is a partial listing of photography seminar-workshops. Should you want to be included in this list, please send seminar/ workshop details to philippinephotography@gmail.com.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Lomography Workshop (Free)

Newbie Lomography
May 24
1PM- 3PM
3/F Fully Booked High Street Forum Hall

Seats are on a first-come first-serve basis. Register here.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Mapping Invisible Cities Photo Exhibition

(click the image to view large version)

From October 2007 to March 2008 the renowned German photographer Peter Bialobrzeski travelled through South East Asia. He was invited by the Goethe-Institut to teach and work in Manila, Jakarta, Hanoi, Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

During this time he conducted workshops and had an intensive cooperation and exchange with photographers from these countries. The outcome of their work is a colourful kaleidoscope of those six mega cities – which is as diverse as the cities themselves. The best pieces of work produced during these 6 workshops were selected to make up the exhibition “Mapping Invisible Cities”, which will now travel around the region.

Participating photographers from Manila are:

Catherine Quiogue
Che Katigbak
Christina Sevilla
Dennis Rito
Estan Cabigas
Kidlat De Guia
Maria Virginia "Gigi" Cruz
Tammy David

Exhibition Schedule:

Goethe- Institut Jakarta
June 8-July 3, 2008
Galeri GoetheHaus
Jl. Sam Ratulangi No. 9-15
Menteng, Jakarta 10036 Indonesia

Goethe- Institut Singapore
20 Aug - 26 Sep 2008
163 Penang Road #05-01, Winsland House II, Singapore 238463
Admission free (Mon - Sat 9am – 6pm)

Goethe-Institut Manila
October-November 2008 (schedule to be announced)
4-5/F Adamson Centre
121 Leviste St., Salcedo Village
1227 Makati City, Philippines

For updates, please visit Vignettes blog.

Photographing People (Free Workshop)

PHOTOGRAPHING PEOPLE
by Jay Alonzo

Start taking good glamour and celebrity shots, executive portraiture, and other people-oriented
photographs like a pro!

May 31
AM batch - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 nn
PM batch - 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Will be held at the Artspace, 3F Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City.

No fees will be collected for this workshop but interested participants are requested to pre-register. For queries, please call 892-1801.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Philippine Photographer Directory

This is a free Photographer Directory. Anyone can list their details here. This will be a continuous project to collect and update data about philippine photographers and their contact detail. A home they can call their own.

To get listed email your details to info [at] photo.net.ph

Name:
Address:
Specialty:
Contact Details:
Email:
Website:

Philippine Photographer Directory shall be classifying all the photographers by type of specialty in the field of photography and by location. This serves only as a photographers directory and photo.net.ph does not guarantee the quality of work of any of the photographer. This serves only as photographers directory and not as an endorsement for the said photographers.

To register, click here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

RELATED IMAGES Exhibit by BenCab

Silverlens Gallery invites everyone to the opening of Related Images at 6pm on May 31, 2008. Related Images is an exhibit of photographs and drawings on photographs by National Artist Benedicto Cabrera or BenCab. The exhibit will run until July 5, 2008 and is supported by Epson Philippines.

Accompanying Related Images is a an artist talk and drawing installation by BenCab on June 28, Saturday, from 3-4pm, as well as the book launch of “BenCab: Nude Drawings,” also on June 28, Saturday, from 4-5pm.

Visit Silverlens Gallery at 2/F YMC Bldg. 2, 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City, 816-0044, manage@silverlensphoto.com. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am–7pm, Saturday 1–6pm. www.silverlensphoto.com

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The 4th PopDev Media Awards

The contest is open to all print, broadcast, online, and photo journalists nationwide.

PLCPD is looking for entries that significantly explain the intrinsic connection between population factors and socio-economic issues. In particular, we would like to see entries that discern or explain how population growth impacts on the progress or decline in:
  • Public health
  • Economic growth and poverty
  • Environment
  • Housing and urban development
  • Sustainable development
  • Food security
Entries may also tackle:
  • Reproductive health and rights
  • Family planning
  • Reproductive health policy and governance
  • Migration
  • Population ageing
CATEGORIES:

The major categories for the 4th PopDev Media Awards are the following:

1. Print and Online
  • Best News Reportage (should consist of a body of work or a series of at least three spot news reports).
  • Best Opinion or Editorial Piece
  • Best Investigative Report
  • Best Feature or Magazine Article
2. TV
  • Best TV Documentary
  • Best Magazine Program or Talk Show
3. Radio
  • Best Radio Program – News, Commentary (should consist of a series of at least three separate news reports or commentaries) or Special Production of Media Agencies
4. Photojournalism
  • Best Single Photo
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Entries should have been published between August 16, 2007 and August 15, 2008 in a publication (print or online) or network (TV or radio) that has been in existence for at least one year.

Each entry should be submitted together with a filled up entry form. Deadline for submission of entries is on August 31, 2008.

1. Print and Online
  • Entries can be submitted via mail or e-mail.
  • Entries sent by mail must be printed on legal-size bond paper with date/s and name of publication or URL, and sealed in a brown envelope.
  • Materials using local dialects must be accompanied with a translation of the text in English or Filipino.
2. TV
  • Entries should be in VHS, VCD or DVD format with the title of the program and segment, and date and time of broadcast, together with a synopsis of each broadcast in English.
3. Radio
  • For news and commentaries, entries should consist of at least three (3) separate broadcasts (spot reports or commentaries).
  • Entries should be in cassette tape or CD format with the program title, and dates and time of broadcasts together with a synopsis of each broadcast in English or Filipino.
  • Materials using local dialects must be accompanied with a translation of the text in English or Filipino.
4. Photojournalism
  • Entries should be submitted in print or CD format or via email.
  • Entries should include the caption/s and proof of publication, i.e., for photos published in print media: copy of the photo as published in the newspaper or magazine; for photos published on the Internet: link to the URL where the photo/s can be found.
  • Interested parties may send as many entries in a chosen category.
  • Only entries that comply with these rules and regulations shall qualify for the final judging.
  • The decision of the Board of Judges shall be final.
  • PLCPD shall have the right to use winning entries in information dissemination or education campaigns with due credit given to the authors/owners of the entries.
Entries must be submitted to the PLCPD Secretariat together with a duly filled-up entry form not later than August 31, 2008.

By mail:

The Integrated Resource Center
Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD)
2/F AVECSS Bldg., Kamias Road cor. K-J Street, East Kamias,
1102 Quezon City

By e-mail:

plcpd_mediaawards@yahoo.com.ph (cc: delosreyes.che@gmail.com; maida_ojeda@yahoo.com). Please indicate "Entry to the PopDev Media Awards" on the subject line.

Prizes:

Winners shall receive the following:

* Cash prize
* Trophy and certificate
* Study trip to a project area in the Philippines

Prizes are non-transferable.

For more information, please contact the PLCPD Secretariat at tel. nos. (02) 9251800 or 4362373 local 5; Maida at 0918 3389363, or Eli at 0917 4413091.

Download Application Form here.

Friday, May 2, 2008

2008 Ateneo Art Awards: Nominations Now Open


The Ateneo Art Gallery is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2008 ATENEO ART AWARDS. This art prize is presented annually by the Ateneo Art Gallery , the country's premier museum of modern Philippine art, in association with Metro Society, Shangri-La Plaza , UnionBank and YStyle of the Philippine Star, in keeping with their shared vision of bringing art into the national consciousness. It is also sponsored by Smart Gold.

The ATENEO ART AWARDS has been recognized locally as the arbiter of excellence in contemporary visual art practice and internationally as "the most important art prize for an emerging artist in the Philippines " (Gina Fairley, Art Monthy Australia).

What distinguishes the ATENEO ART AWARDS from other art competitions is that it does not have a call for entries of works produced for the contest. Artists must be nominated by people in the art community on the basis of works that they have produced and exhibited within the 12 months preceding the nomination period. A nominator must be a member of the current or past juries, a public gallery director (commercial and non-commercial) , an independent curator, a professional visual artist or art administrator (must have participated in or organized at least one solo or group exhibition in a public venue), a published art writer, or an art educator residing in the Philippines. The nominated visual artist must be a Filipino citizen, 35 years old or below on May 31.

All nomination forms must be accompanied by visual documentation in either of the following formats: JPEG, AVI, WMV, MPEG, MOV, SWF and other PC-compatible formats in CD, 35-mm slide transparencies or 5R photographs.

Deadline for submission of nominations is at 5pm on May 31.

The Ateneo Art Awards recognize the idealism, verve and promise of Filipino youth, and celebrate the awe-inspiring brilliance of their creative imagination. They honor innovative, enlightened, and committed visionaries who, through their exemplary practice of the visual arts today, symbolize the hope and promise of a nation.

Ateneo Art Awardees over the past years have included Louie Cordero, Geraldine Javier and Jayson Olviera (2004); Annie Cabigting, Ronald Ventura and Eric Zamuco (2005) ; Poklong Anading, Mideo Cruz and Maya Munoz for (2006); and Lyle Buencamino, Wawi Navarroza and MM Yu (2007).

The 2008 Ateneo Art Awards Jury is composed of Ramon E.S. Lerma, Director and Chief Curator the Ateneo Art Gallery; Fr. Rene Javellana, SJ, Director, Ateneo Fine Arts Program; Virgilio Aviado, Visual artist; Dr. Flaudette May Datuin, Associate Professor, Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines (Diliman); Gina Fairley, Independent curator and Regional Contributing Editor, Asian Art News, Hong Kong ; Gilda Cordero-Fernando, Multi-awarded writer and Filipiniana publisher; Dr. Patrick Flores, Curator, National Art Gallery, National Museum; Gustaff Harriman Iskandar, Director, Common Room Network Foundation, Bandung, Indonesia; and Rina Ortiz, Art collector.

The Ateneo Art Awards will be conferred at a ceremony Thursday, 7 August 2008. An exhibition of the short-listed and winning artworks will be held from 1-10 August 2008 at the Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza , EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City .

The three Ateneo Art Awards winners will also be considered for the 2008 Ateneo Art Gallery International Studio Grants, the only program of its kind organized by a Philippine cultural institution. The residencies provide the selected Ateneo Art Awardee with roundtrip airfare, accommodation and a work studio for three weeks, an allowance, as well as an invitation to exhibit at the Ateneo Art Gallery upon their return.

Nomination forms may be downloaded here or from the Ateneo Art Gallery section of the Ateneo de Manila University website. For more information regarding 2008 Ateneo Art Awards: Zones of Influence, contact Siddharta Perez, 2008 Ateneo Art Awards Project Coordinator, at sperez@ateneo. edu or tel. 426-6488.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Living by Water Photo Exhibit

Alcove Perspectives
Filipinas Heritage Library
Ayala Triangle, Makati City
May 12 to 27, 2008

Graphic artist and travel blogger Ferdz Decena, whose award-winning blog Ironwulf is considered the guidebook of many Filipino travelers, is launching his first solo exhibit at the Alcove Perspectives, Filipinas Heritage Library on May 12.

Entitled “Living by Water,”Decena’s exhibit pays homage to bodies water by which age-old civilizations have thrived and grown.

With images of Badjao stilt images in Basilan, the Muslim Stilt Village of Rio Hondo in Zamboanga, the fishermen of Siquijor, the T’Bolis of Lake Sebu, the rugged shores of Itbayat in Batanes, and the tranquil coasts of Iloilo, Decena reveals the living conditions of Filipinos who live by the coast, their culture, and their stories of survival.

A fine arts graduate, Decena worked as a graphic artist and Web designer for three years and pursued photography as a hobby. His work in publishing enabled him to embark on a new career as travel photography, and led him to weave his travel tales on Ironwulf.

Source: Pinoycentric

FOTO BARYO Photo Exhibit


Cultural Center of the Philippines
Roxas Blvd., Manila
June 5, 2008 - July 6, 2008

Opening reception: 5 June 2008 at 6:30pm

Please join Fernando Afable in celebrating the opening of FOTO BARYO, an exhibition of students' works from the Tanauan, Parañaque, and Sagada projects, shown together for the first time. Opening reception: 5 June 2008 at 6:30pm, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

DARASA (3rd fl. hallway)
Fernando Afable creates a collage of found objects and students’ images, celebrating the home as a sanctuary of happiness and embodying the transformative way of seeing imparted by photography. The images were taken in 2007, when Giulietta Verdon-Roe and Daniela Merino encouraged students from the Darasa riles community in Tanauan to mirror their dreams and aspirations into film.

Students: Orlando Magpantay, Angelito Talaton, Rogelio Onte, Rodel Macaisa, Catherine Gonzaga, Kathleen Gonzaga, Ella Maceda, Nina Onte, Abby Onte, Renziliana
Maceda, May Kimberly Mosende, Anne Khristine Opano, Maria Ethel Icamen, Mona Liza Militar, Ansherina Madeja, Ann Gellen Rubio, and Mary Grace Lat

Curators: Fernando Afable, Josie Miner, and Rina Malonzo.

NATURAL LANG: Images of Childhood in Tropical Palace (3rd fl. hallway)
The Tropical Palace in Parañaque was a lavish resort that was razed by fire in the late 70s. Led by Emily Schiffer, the Parañaque Project involves 10 young adult leaders, ages 16 to 27, from the Tropical Palace community and neighboring areas. The class immersed itself in the community, to see its life through the eyes of children and capture their natural ability to embrace love, fear, pain, and joy.

Students: Joanna Rickafort, Jhe Ann Rickafort, Shobe De La Cruz, Jun Amador, Rowell Tabalan, Rocel Valintino, Bea Peralta, Y Rickafort, Jetrick Rickafort, and Ariel Martinez

Curators: Emily Schiffer, Claro Ramirez and Rina Malonzo.

The Natural Lang project was funded by Fulbright Foundation.

SAGADA (4th fl. hallway)
Embodying the strong sense of sharing and ancient tradition that is alive in Sagada, the students reveal their personal and collective thoughts and the quiet complexity of the society in which they live. The project beckons all beyond the veil that surrounds Sagada. Tommy Hafalla leads the Foto Baryo Sagada Project. The show is a combination of student works from classes taught by Pinky Urmaza, Daniela Merino, Giulietta Verdon-Roe, and Nina Gonzales from 2005 to 2007.

Students: Siegrid Bangyay (Dumay), Cheryl Agnapan (Tambay), Shawnee Anongos, Violeta Miranda, Vixienne Calulut (Banganay), Marlene Pascual, Brenda Fotchay, Cora Degay, Atty. Bob-bob Daoas, Michael Cadiogan (Pas-it), Ruel Bimuyag (Kabbigat), Arce (Gat-ay) Bosaing, Abegail (Log-ay) Batnag, Raquel Dulay, Nereen (Ingga) Bumatong, Imelda (Bat-ei) Badongen, Maureen (Ommay) Malabong, Jazybelle (Lamina) Pacyaya, and Deseret Daluyen.

Curators: Tommy Hafalla, Rina Malonzo, Nina Gonzales, and Trina Dela Rama.

FOTO BARYO will run from 05 June to 06 July 2008 at the third and fourth floors of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Manila.
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