Sunday, December 17, 2006


It was a wonderful event blessed with great weather that was attended by about three hundred photography enthusiasts vying for almost half a million pesos in prizes. The main subject was the City of Manila and its people.

The event began with the usual registration at 9:30 am. Each participant was handed a Canon bag filled with goodies — red cap, white T-shirt, energy drink, and a copy of People Asia magazine. Everyone was required to wear the shirt and cap imprinted with the Canon Shoot & Run logo during the event.

Promptly at 10:30 am, after a brief opening statement by the president of Canon Philippines, our first assignment was announced — to shoot a landscape that depicts the splendor of the City of Manila. We were given about three hours to accomplish this task; after which, we returned to the venue, Palacio de Manila, to download our single photo entry from our camera’s memory card into a designated laptop station. At 2:30 pm, we were given our second assignment — to shoot a portrait of a uniquely Manilan face.

Since I have a Nikon dSLR, I knew my prospect of winning is nil so I simply regarded the entire event as a fun opportunity to hook up with fellow photography enthusiasts and trade some pointers. Logically, it would be silly of Canon to spend all that money only to award prizes to photographs taken by those with their competitors’ cameras. Nonetheless, I enjoyed every minute of it.

At the end of the day, with everyone’s second entry downloaded into the awaiting laptops provided by Acer, there was a free buffet and some live music provided by Snare A. Mata and her band. There were also an ample supply of San Miguel beer, but much to my surprise, didn't see too many taking advantage of the free offering; I guess most were driving home. At around 9:00 pm, the winners were announced. The winning photos truly deserved their prizes, but personally, I feel everyone came out a winner for having enjoyed such a friendly and festive occasion provided by Canon.

Here are some pictures from the event:

posted by Señor Enrique at 2:51 PM


Blogger basey said...

eric, seems that you did enjoy your day ..nice shots...asan ung mga pic na nakuha mo ??? :> have a good week ahead :>

December 17, 2006 10:07 PM  

Anonymous Ferdz said...

Looks like a fun event to participate.

Why I haven't heard of this? hahaha.

December 17, 2006 10:15 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

HI Basey! I took many pictures; one made it as among the top 50 of the morning shoot assignment. I will post some of the pics in the coming entries.

Thanks and you have a wonderful week, too, ok?

December 17, 2006 11:31 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Found out about it, Ferdz, through:

This is a very informative blog site about photography. I'm sorry ... I should have echoed his announcement with an entry on my site, too.

It was really a fun and delightful event. Anyone and everyone I would run into out in the streets who were part of it I could easily strike a conversation with like some old friend; they respond in kind. The feeling of comraderie was more prevalent than as of competitors. I must give credit to the people behind this event for having set such a warm and friendly tone throughout the entire affair!

I wish you and Tito were there. Both of you would have loved it.

December 17, 2006 11:40 PM  

Blogger Photo Cache said...

that was a great event, must be loads of fun. yeah, i guess the brand thing is a big factor huh. its like you cant go to a levi's audition wearing a lee jeans.

we'll get 'em next time, eh?

December 17, 2006 11:59 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

That's right, PC! However, Canon has to be given credit for still having welcomed those with competing gear for the sake of unity and friendship amongst all photigraphy enthuiasts.

December 18, 2006 7:00 AM  

Blogger Senorito<- Ako said...

Hehehehe.. taking a D80 on a canon contest. :)

Looked like a posh event a live band plus food ? hmm... sales are good then.

December 18, 2006 8:31 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Yes, S.A., I felt sort of like an outcast ... hehehe. But I whipped out my good 'ol CANON point & shooter and used it to document the event as featured in above photos, except for the last one with the band which I took with the D80.

December 18, 2006 9:25 AM  

Anonymous manilenya said...

gulat nga ako dahil alam ko Nikon ang gamit mo, pero alam ko nag-enjoy ka dyan :)

December 18, 2006 10:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

an event that i missed :(

I was also in Makati/Pasay/Manila doing outreach work that included a visit to an orphanage in Belair, Pasay, Tayuman and UN avenue

one of my friends joined this though. but it's ok...i know i made the right choice :)

December 18, 2006 11:49 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Melai, hirap din ako mag-post ng comment sa site mo. Ano ba 'yan? Nakakatawa pa mandin ang aking sagot, eh, di naman pumasok-pasok hanggang nagkakanda-duling na ako.

For security, sabi add ko daw ang 5 at 4; aba, eh, di daw ako magaling sa math kaya panay reject sa akin -- hanggang sa nagduda na nga ako sa kaalam ko sa basic artihmetic.

December 18, 2006 12:26 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

You definitely made the right choice, Anonymous! Yours was more spiritual than anything else; however, Canon promises another bigger event for next year (yes ... this will now be an annual event!).

Ito nga lang major event sinalihan ko kasi inuuna ko muna pagtulong sa mga taga Bicol na napinsala ng bagyo. Limited talaga mga Christmas parties pinupuntahan ko ngayong taon dahilan doon ko na lang binibigay and perang pang-party.

December 18, 2006 12:30 PM  

Blogger Iskoo said...

mukhang masaya at kakaibang experience, kasi ang daming makikilala at makakasama na pareho ang interest. at ang daming bigay ng canon ah!

December 18, 2006 2:21 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Next year, Iskoo, sumama ka kasi talagang masaya at friendly lahat ang mga participants!

December 18, 2006 3:51 PM  

Anonymous Toe said...

Wow, parang ang saya at ang dami pang freebies. And you guys also get to promote the City of Manila with your pictures.

December 18, 2006 7:31 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Ay talagang napakasaya, Toe. It also came with the blessing of the mayor of Manila; thus, we were able to shoot anywhere :)

December 19, 2006 7:11 AM  

Anonymous Major Tom said...

It looks like a grand experience for photography hobbyists. I am sure there should be a fun event like this for years to come. Sana you could win this one next year bro.

December 19, 2006 8:55 AM  

Anonymous tutubi said...


that canon event must've been the contest proper of the event last october with "magic eye" that we attended also in Baywalk.

also i noticed last saturday the manila city hall is now painted white-- white christmas?
I took photos of it from our van (with a neutral density filter on the car window)

i forgot to sign my name there..

tutubi formerly anonymous :)

December 19, 2006 5:10 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Many thanks for the good wish, Major Tom; however, let's be many talented Pinoys!!!! Ang gagaling, really. Nakakatuwa.

Although I didn't come home with a prize from Canon, I did make some new friends, though. That's my big prize ... hehehe!

December 19, 2006 9:14 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

You're probably right, Tito! Mr. Chua and the Canon folks are tight! Sana magtagpo tayo sa isang event ng Pipho.

Yes, Manila City Hall had just gone through a cool make-over complete with lamp posts along its sides. Ang ganda! I should take some evening shots of it too!

December 19, 2006 9:18 PM  

Blogger carlotta said...

finally, i can see the pics! there was something wrong with my compu for the past few days and the pics couldn't load.

anyway, how do you come across these events? that must have been really exciting.

December 20, 2006 7:40 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Usually through the people from my photography classes as well as from photo enthusiast blogsites.

What I will do Carla is advise you of any future events like this so you and your brother can come join us, okay? It is really fun, plus you get to meet lots of friendly folks who are into taking pictures.

December 20, 2006 9:15 AM  

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