Sunday, August 05, 2007


It was an awe-inspiring three-day event that featured speakers who are veritable masters in their respective area of expertise in photography -- Jun de Leon, Val Rodriguez, Romy Gacad, Alex Baluyut Jose Enrique Soriano, Gunther Deichmann, Wig Tysmans, Dominique James, Mark Floro, Ibarra Deri, and John Mateos Ong. And there was also the award winner videographer, Jason Magbanua.

The event was organized for the Philippine Star by Chito Vecina, who at the young age of fifteen pursued a career as a photojournalist egged on by his father who was at that time a chief photo editor in one of Manila's leading broadsheets. It was the strength of Chito's friendship with these great talents (who were also neophytes at that time) that pulled them all under one roof -- Greenbelt 2's Cinema 1 -- to share their knowledge with delegates (some of whom came from as far as Bohol, Iloilo, and Bicol) who became richer for the insight gained in those three days.

The entire event was moderated by Arlyn de la Cruz, an intrepid journalist and anchorwoman. She attained global attention for having gained access and an exclusive interview with Martin and Gracia Burnham during their captivity by the Abu Sayyaf. Her video reportage was picked by the CBS News, Reuters, and many other international media organizations worldwide.

Suffice it to say, FotoFest was the most powerful photography event I had attended in the Philippines. It was well-organized; each resource speaker an undisputed master of his art, every delegate already making plans to attend the next year's event.

I will feature individual articles on these speakers, as well as more on Arlyn and Chito in the upcoming days.

Chito Vecina taking a break with Arlyn de la Cruz who, by the way, is now doing work as a freelance producer, writer and videojournalist; that is, besides contributing to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Romy Gacad of Agence France Presse, a Pulitzer Prize nominee and whose photographs have graced the cover of Time and other leading magazines, showing some of his
notable pictures taken within the conflict zones of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Megz Garcia, delegate, receiving setup and shooting tips from
food photography master, Mark Floro.

The Philippine Star 21 Years of Excellence in Photojournalism
photo exhibit at the Glorietta Mall.

Also included in the photo exhibit: The top ten entries of the Philippine Star/Canon Nationwide Photo Contest. On the right panel are the top three winners.

Does the picture of the Rizal statue on the left panel look familiar?
Click here for attribution.


posted by Señor Enrique at 9:54 AM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw that picture yesterday when I dropped by Glorietta. Galing talaga! Congrats! :)

August 05, 2007 3:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that's a cool fest!

Well, we don't have photo fest here (I've never seen one) but I think it's going to be great if I ever get to experience such an event.


August 05, 2007 4:55 PM  

Blogger Photowalker said...

I was there yesterday. Congratulations!! Saw your picture Mr. Issac, very nice. It was a nice event, though I came late in the afternoon, I was still able to enjoy foto fest. And I saw this Dicapack & Gorillapod that gave me a couple of ideas for my future blog posts.

August 05, 2007 8:09 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

They raffled off one of those gorilla pods that you like, Photowalker. The young man from Bohol got it.

I also won -- a coffee mug and T-shirt, which I tried to talk the guy who got the gorilla pod to do a trade with me. No such luck, though ... hehehe.

Many thanks!

August 05, 2007 8:23 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I know some of the local resource speakers (photography practitioners and teachers) do travel to other Asian countries to conduct seminars, Kyels.

You may want to get the consensus of how many else in your city who'd want to attend such seminars. I can then hook you up with some local organizers.

August 05, 2007 8:27 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Many thanks, LAR!

August 05, 2007 8:27 PM  

Blogger Watergirl said...

Congratulations SE! And those gorilla pods are fun. I have one for my point and shoot.

August 05, 2007 9:09 PM  

Blogger Francesca said...

thats the beauty of dropping by at senor's blog.
Always post of the life in Philippine events. With photos.
Saya saya!

August 05, 2007 10:47 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Yes, those gorilla pods are neat :) I may get one for myself.

Many thanks, M. Tan!

August 06, 2007 6:47 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Talagang napakasaya nga ng event na ito, Francesca. Most important, very thrilling to meet our country's incredibly talented masters of the world of photography.

August 06, 2007 6:50 AM  

Blogger Ean said...

two thumbs up long will that exhibit last? i hope I can still catch it. ^_^

August 06, 2007 8:44 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

It might go for another week, not sure though.

Many thanks, Ean!

August 06, 2007 11:17 AM  

Blogger -= dave =- said...

Ooh, so you've been in that Philstar exhibit at Glorietta! One recent striking frontpage photo comes to mind: it showed the little daughter of Kiko Pangilinan and Sharon Cuneta mingling with local children attending one of her father's provincial election sorties. Truly great photography that, I must admit, appreciated more due to my frequenting photoblogs like yours :)

And you have new contacts from the Star! I'm glad I know someone with considerable clout like you, Señor E; because, interestingly, I have just posted an entry about their website that they might want to consider, hehehe.

August 07, 2007 12:31 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I just finished reading your entry on Philstar's website; very smart observations, indeed.

Sent you an email.

Thanks, Dave!

August 07, 2007 7:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow! Your picture made it. Galing talaga. :) Congrats!

August 08, 2007 10:54 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Naka-chamba na naman, Irene! Hehehe!

Thanks :)

August 08, 2007 11:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senor Enrique,

Galing galing ng Blogspot mo. Most especially is your great eye on photography. Clap clap!!! Looking at your photos makes me feel like I'm there. Thanks so much for your site.


August 13, 2007 11:16 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Maraming salamat, Ed!

I've also checked out your interesting pics on multiply! Thanks for visiting and stop by again :)

August 13, 2007 1:00 PM  

Blogger  gmirage said...

Senor, PAhiram ng link, i'll post it in a forum with reference to your page....=) Thanks without confirmation? =D

August 15, 2007 7:37 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Sure, go ahead. Thanks!

August 15, 2007 8:36 AM  

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