Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Wild Side: An Open Photoshoot Competition

O-N International Production Phil. Corp., in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, the Province of Quezon, and the Town of Alabat, Quezon,  presents "The Wild Site Open Photoshoot Competition", featuring Beauties in Nature.

This is open to all photographers nationwide to compete in this Open Photoshoot Competition to be held on:
  • Photo Shoot 1 & 2: June 23 and July 14, 2012 (La-Villanueva Beach Resort, Alabat Island, Quezon Province)
  • Photo Shoot 3: July 28, 2012 (Cavite)
  • Photo Shoot 4: August 11, 2012 (Batangas)
  • Photo Shoot 5: August 18, 2012 (Laguna)
  • Photo Shoot 6: August 25, 2012 (Rizal Province)



The beauty of the Philippines’ natural environment will be showcased in a photo competition that combines nature and fashion in one composition.  The concept borrows from the style of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. The concept will put focus on the natural beauty of the Philippines in a novel way and, consequently, generate attraction to the various natural wonders of the country. It will test the mettle and competence of the participating photographers, motivating them to use full creativity in capturing the beauty of the Philippines in a refreshing way.

The contest, will feature the photographers’ own models to be shot against the backdrop of Alabat Island in Province of Quezon. If the photographer does not have a model, a model will be provided upon request.

The photographers will have a chance to show their skill in any of the three (3) categories determined by the fashion components that the models will be wearing, namely:
  • Two-Piece Swimsuit
  • Intimate Fashion (Lingerie/Underwear)
  • Sports/Rugged Wear

Note: Photographer's models will provide the aforementioned outfits themselves.

Photographers will submit only one of his/her best photos through memory cards to the contest committee at the end of the photo shoot day without any computer digital manipulation. In camera editing is allowed.
The entries will be judge according to the following criteria:
  1. Technical Proficiency – 35%
  2. Artistic Merit – 35%
  3. Over-all Composition – 15%
  4. Interpretation of Contest Theme – 15%
The Top (3) three winners will be awarded giveaways and cash prizes
  • 1st Place  P50,000.00 cash + P50,000 worth of goods = P100,000
  • 2nd Place P75,000.00 (50% cash + 50% goods)
  • 3rd Place  P50,000.00 (50% cash + 50% goods)


The first part of the competition takes the competing photographers and their models (one per photographer.

On the photoshoot dates, makeup artists and hairstylists will be provided to do the styling as per the photographer’s concept. Each model will be allotted a particular time frame for the hair and makeup, during which styling must be finished. The sequence of the models for their hair and makeup sessions will be determined through the drawing of lots by the participating photographers. The first hair and makeup session will start at 4:00 am on the day of the shoot.  In case the photographer wants to bring his/her own hair and makeup team, they may do so at their own expense.

Photographers have the whole day to shoot and have to submit their best photo to the committee by 7 pm.  

On August 31 and September 1, 2012, the second part of the competition will be the trade fair awarding night-cum-photo exhibit of the entries of the participating photographers and party to be held at the open concert ground in PAGCOR NAIA, ParaƱaque City. The event will be a trade fair with fashion show and performances by some of the country’s premier rock bands and celebrity guest performers.

Registration fee is only P 3,500 pesos.  The registration fee covers for the photographer's and his/her model's:
  • Registration fee
  • Transport from agreed rendezvous point to the resort venue and back
  • Accommodation on sharing basis at the resort/venue if overnight stay is required
  • Food during the stay at the resort
To avail of  further 10% discount, just mention my name Ted Claudio during the registration.

For more inquiries and registration, please call or text the following numbers:
  • 0921 592 6670
  • 0927 386 8303
  • 0932 853 9989
or visit O-N International Production Phil. Corp. website, http://o-ninternational.com.

As photographers, this is your chance to showcase your talents and experience this unique event.  Winners will be featured in different partner publications for publicity and exposure.  What are you waiting for?  Join Now!


Iterenary for June 23 Photoshoot:

JUNE 23, 2012


3: 00AM                     - DEPARTURE (Assembly @ O – N International Office)
6: 00                           - ARRIVAL (@ ATIMONAN FORT, QUEZON PROVINCE)
7: 00                           - BREAKFAST
8: 00                           - MAKE UP (For the Models)
9: 00 – 12NN             - PHOTO SHOOT
12NN                         - LUNCH BREAK
1:00 -5PM                 - RESUME PHOTO SHOOT
5: 30                          - SOUND CHECK OF PERFORMING BAND
6: 00                          - DINNER

7: 45 - WELCOME REMARKS BY: _________________________________
8: 45 – 9:45 - (FIRST SET) – DIGNITY BANDT
10: 00 – 11:30 - GO GIRLS
11: 30  - 12: 30 - (SECOND SET) – DIGNITY BAND
12: 30 – 1: 00 - 2ND Y CREW DANCERS
1: 15 – 2: 15   - (THIRD & LAST SET) – DIGNITY BAND


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Venice Piazza At McKinley Hill Brings A One of a Kind Venetian Night Market

Savor the flavors of Spain, Italy and the Mediterranean in our one of a kind weekend market at the Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill.

Explore the seven sections of The Venetian Market and get your fill on Cold Cuts, Savory, Pizza and Pasta, Organic Produce, Sweets, Gourmet Snacks, and Beverage. Having this many options proves there’s never been anything like this before in Manila.

Let the Venetian Market take you in a unique marketplace experience with their color charted wine pairing suggestions that are perfect with gourmet delicatessen.

Food Wine Combinations

Lechon is perfect with a glass of chilled Chiraz.

Savor the flavor of Rose Wine with some cold cuts and cheese.

Try some grilled chicken with a glass of Chardonnay.

Indulge yourself in everything Italian at the Pizza and Pasta section

I attended the May 25 media launch to experience the Venetian Market and savor the food.  The place was busy even for the 1st day.

Entrance to the air conditioned tent

Busy even at the 1st day

Customer were spoiled with a lot of choices.  Here are some of the ones I tried and liked:

Old Vine Grill: Meat Pizza & Beef BBQ Rib

Meat Pizza with 3 cheese:  The cheese they use really made this pizza special

East 38 Catering: Broadway Brisket Sandwich and Jamaican style grill chicken skewers

Jamaican style grill chicken skewers (left)

Cucina Rusticana:  Chicken Parmesan with matching Parmesan Potato Mash 

JD House of Lasagna:  Pesto Lasagna & Beef Lasagna

The Cheese Steak Shop: Classic Philly Cheese Steaks - Chicken

Bottela:  Tiramisu flavor cocktail

Wine Depot:  Selection of wine and cheese

Sol Gelato: Mango Gelato

For dessert, they offer one of the best gelatos I have ever tried here in the Philippines.  They encourage their customers to try out the flavors before buying. I tried all the 7 flavours they have at the display: rice (yes rice), mango sorbet, Belgian dark chocolate, green macha tea, black chocolate, banatoffee, ferrero.  It was really tough to choose since all of them were so good. I settled for the mango sorbet. It's like eating a sweet chilled ripe mango. Umm... so yummy!

Cap off the Venetian Market experience with scoop of Italian gelato from Sol Gelato

    The Venetian Market will open from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on the following dates:
    • May 25 & 26
    • June 1 & 2
    • June 22 & 23
    • July 20 & 21
    Dine and enjoy. Bon appetit!

    Please leave your comments in this post on your dinning experience when you go there.  Let me and the other readers know what you have tried and enjoyed.

    Thursday, May 24, 2012

    SkinWhite and Nuffnang bring you Snow White and the Huntsman

    Snow White & The Huntsman will be showing at cinemas in the Metro starting May 31.

    “In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.” – IMDB

    “Kristen Stewart (the Twilight saga, On the Road) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil Queen Ravenna (Oscar winner Charlize Theron of Prometheus, Hancock) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagines was that the young woman who has escaped her clutches and now threatens her reign has been training in the art of war with a Huntsman named Eric (Chris Hemsworth of Thor, The Avengers) who was dispatched to capture her.” – Snow White and the Huntsman Official Website

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    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    ESSAY - A Basic Photojournalism Workshop by PIAPC

    The Philippine Institute of Architects Photography Club (PIAPC) will be conducting a Basic Photojournalism Workshop on two Saturdays June 9 & 16, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The workshop will be held at the 4th Floor, PIAPC Lounge, Philippine Institute of Architects (PIA) Center located at # 65 East Capitol Drive, Barrio Kapitolyo, Pasig City.

    Edwin Tuyay, one of the industry's leading photojournalist & wedding photographer, will be conducting the workshop.  He has worked with Bloomberg News, Asia Week Magazine, and the Manila Chronicle to name a few as a photojournalist.

    Some of Edwin's Magazine Covers
    Credits: Photos used with permission from Edwin Tuyay

    The basic PJ workshop will cover the following:

    Day 1 (June 9)
    • Basic Photojournalism
    • Practical Approach
    • Caption writings
    • Documentary basics
    • Photo editing basics
    • Photojournalism Ethics
    • How to shoot for local/international publications

    Day 2 (June 16)
    • Quick review of Day 1 lectures.
    • Submissions of photo assignments.
    • Projections and analyzing the photographs.
    • Closing and distribution of certificates.

    The workshop fee is only Php 1,200.00. 

    For registration or inquiries, you may contact the following:
    • e-mail: [email protected]
    • Ar. Ric Afuang (09178483618)
    • Ar. Chris De Belen (09193451436)
    • Ar. Mike Rojas (09335490802)
    • Ar. Mitch Tapang (09329160135)
    • PIA Secretariat at 634-1762 & look for Arch. Mitch Tapang
    For more details, please check their event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/166843873444337/

    It's definitely a workshop worth attending for those who are interested not only in photojournalism but also for other photographers are interested in documentary, reportage, and street photography.  Don't miss it!


    Coverage of this workshop: Coverage of ESSAY - A Basic Photojournalism Workshop by PIAPC


    Daan Photowalk - Sneak Peak Avenue

    Daan (Street), a Street Photography (SP) group, is having a photowalk on May 19 from 8am onwards along Taft Avenue.  They are inviting photographers who wants to get into this exciting genre of SP.  Seasoned and all levels of street photographers are also welcome for camaraderie enjoying the common passion for SP.

    Meeting place will be at the Plaza Salamanca on the corner of Taft Avenue and T.M. Kalaw at 8 a.m. where participants will be oriented about the photowalk. 

    The first leg of the walk will have the theme of "Overcoming Fear in Street Photography".  Some tips will be given by experienced street photographers. Armed with the tips, the photowalk then commences.

    A pit stop for snacks somewhere in Herran and some review of photos taken in the 1st leg.  A short talk on tips and techniques in creating great street photographs in preparation for the second leg of the walk.

    The walk will culminate somewhere in Vito Cruz (venue to be announced) for lunch (KKB) and orientation about the upcoming seminar of Eric Kim in Manila.  There will be also a c & c session / open table discussion for photos taken during the PW and Q & A as well.

    Don't miss this photowalk!  This is a free orientation for getting into the exciting world of street photography.

    For sign-up and inquiries, please e-mail: [email protected] or contact the following:
    • Joval 09435478626
    • Reddi 0933329011 or  09333290118

    For updates on what's happening in the photography scene, please visit my Photography Events Calendar.

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

    Bawal Mag Shoot Dito (BMSD) Pilipinas Ayala Malls Photowalk

    On May 11 2012, Bawal Mag Shoot Dito (BMSD) Only in the Philippines held their Ayala Malls Photowalk.  This photowalk in the Greenbelt Malls in Makati is also a protest walk to denounce the strict rules of photography in the Ayala Malls.  BMSD is advocating for more relaxed rules on photography in the malls and public places open to the public especially with DSLR users.

    The assembly started at 11 am at the McDonalds in Paseo de Roxas in front of the Asian Institute of Management in Makati.  Around 11:30 am, they assemble in front of the restaurant to start the photowalk. With the press present interviewing Mel Cortez, the founder of BMSD, the Ayala security personnel were trying to stop the media from using their video because they did not have any permit to shoot.  After sometime, the issue was resolved and the photowalk started around 11:50 am.

    The photography enthusiasts walked around and inside the Greenbelt Malls and surrounding areas. One of the spots they stopped was at the mural of Jaime Zobel's photos.  It was an IRONY that Jaime is into photography yet the Ayala Mall's policy toward DSLR users does not sympathize much towards the photographers.

    At the Jaime Zobel's Photos Mural in Greenbelt

    They passed by Ayala Museum, Phil. Stock Exchange Plaza and then proceeded to the Ninoy Aquino Monument at the corner of Paseo De Roxas and Ayala Avenue for group shots.  The walk did not have much of the usual resistance from the security personnel. I think they have been instructed to allow the photographers to shoot freely.  There was freedom contrary to what DSLR photographers experience usually when they shoot in Makati especially if you include buildings in your photos.

    The second part of the photowalk was to join and support the protestors in front of the Chinese Embassy at The World Center, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue to protest China's bullying of the Philippines over the issue of sovereignty of Scarborough Shoal.  The photowalk concluded there.

    Here are the photos of BMSD taken in different locations of Makati during the photowalk:

    Near McDonalds at Paseo De Roxas Infront of AIM

    At Greenbelt Park

    In front of Ayala Museum

    In front of the Phil. Stock Exchange Plaza

    At Ayala Ave cor. Paseo De Roxas
    Group hug at the Ninoy Aquino Monument in the corner of Ayala Ave and Paseo De Roxas

    Another group hug at the Ninoy Aquino Monument in the corner of Ayala Ave and Paseo De Roxas
    In front of the Chinese Embassy, The World Center, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave.

    In front of the Chinese Embassy, The World Center, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave.

    Here are the videos of the photowalk.

    Playlist version of the videos.  All of the videos plays in sequence.

    Individual videos:

    Although small in numbers due to the photowalk being held during a work day,  this photowalk was a significant milestone for BMSD.  After it's accomplishments in putting into light photographers right to shoot in public places, this adds to the lists of photowalk protests done in Luneta, Intramuros, QC Circle, and SM MOA.  It's definitely still an uphill struggle and a long way to go.

    As a DSLR users, definitely you have encountered problems with mall security not allowing you to take pictures.  Even DSLR are so common nowadays, it still have the stigma that you are a professional photographer or you will use your picture for commercial purposes when you take a picture with it.

    Please feel free to comment and share your Bawal Mag-Shoot Dito moments with mall security.

    Yours truly, covering this event
    Photo credits to Jonple Baltar


    Monday, May 14, 2012

    Samahan Ng Mga Litratistang Pinoy (SLP) Photo Contest Results

    Samahan Ng Mga Litratistang Pinoy (SLP) Manila Inc.,  a SEC registered photography club headed by Edwin Pranada,  had a on the spot photo contest last May 13 2012 held in the Quiapo Area in Manila.  Since it was Mother's Day, the theme was "Mother's Day"!  Around 30 photographers joined the contest.

    The photographers were given 2 hours to shoot for the competition around the colorful busy district of Quiapo.  The submission and judging was held at Mang Inasal at Evangelista St.  Entries submitted were given to the lab for printing.

    Mr. Dante del Mundo and Ms. Claudine Callanta, seasoned professional photographers,  of the Rizal Digital Photographer Association, were the judges of the competition.

    One of the highlights of the competition was the live judging and critique.  The judges selected the pictures that did not make the cut.  They called the photographers who owned the photo, explained why the photo does not work and gave them advise as well on how to improve the composition!

    Here are the winning photos:

    1st Prize - Bernard Laca 

    2nd Prize -  Herman Lumanog

    3rd Prize -Brayan Banzuela

    4th Prize - Bernard Laca 

    Here are the photos and videos of the live judging, behind the scenes and the awarding:

    Judges Claudine & Dante reviewing the entrees

    Judge Claudine critiqued one of the photos.  In the center holding the photos is Edwin, head of SLP

    The snack PIZZA has arrived. Yes, it's that big!

    3rd prize awarded

    2nd prize awarded

    1st prize awarded
    It was fun and photographers also learned more about composition, and have experienced the challenges of an on the spot photo competition.  According to SLP head Edwin, there will be competitions to be organized by the group monthly.   Visit the blogs calendar page regularly for updates on photography competition, and events at http://www.wazupphilippines.com/p/photography-events-calendar.html.

    If your photography club have an event you want announced and/or covered like this, please email me at [email protected].

    See you on the next event!  Please leave your comments and suggestions.


    Thursday, May 10, 2012

    Zalora Philippines Grand Launch Event

    Zalora Philippines, the newest fashion online shopping website in the Philippines, had their Grand Launch at the Skye Lounge, W Building at the Fort last Wednesday, May 9, 2012.  The venue was packed with guests and fashionistas!

    Event was hosted by the lovely Sarah Meier. There was a presentation and after that the party started!  With the open bar, fashionistas, and a great venue, the launch was a blast!

    Here are some of the photos and videos of the event.

    Sarah Meier hosting the event

    Thanking people for the initial success

    Watch this video of the Zalora experience presentation

    The Big Bosses at Zalora:  Pedro Domingues, Brian Cu, Paulo Campos

    Toasting with the crowd

    Sarah Meier with Arianne Kader (Marketing Manager of Zalora Philippines)

    Congratulations to the staff and management of Zalora Philippines for their successful Grand Launch!

    Visit http://www.zalora.com.ph/ and check out this new convenient option for your buying your fashion needs.  Enjoy the free same day delivery in Metro Manila and you can pay COD.

    Thanks Zalora and Nuffnang for the invite to this event.