By Raffy Paredes
Here are today’s featured readers and their photos.
We Both Reflect (Geno Santiano)
Untitled (Vincent Galang)
Untitled (Geraldine Gaco)
Untitled (Dan Alexander Abas)
Sundo (Rey Cuerdo)
Kwentong Mcdonalds (Roniel C. Laguinlin)
Home Along Da Riles (Norman Dy)
Celebration Of Colorful Heritage (Xyrill Jan Gallaza)
Bangketa (Rob Solidum)
Antipolo Festival Of History (John Carlo Galanto Sateniaman)
From Laguna, student and aspiring photographer/photojournalist Dan Alexander Abas sent in the untitled photo of a puppy. He shares: “Since when I was a child, I liked to look to aesthetic photos from books and Internet sites, and since then, I dreamed to take photos like that. I started taking photos on my first phone and I liked what I have done. I was chosen to be the photojournalist in my junior high school. I competed at the DSPC and I won first place in Photojournalism English Category. Now, I am the current photojournalist of my senior high school. Someday, I want to be a famous photographer.”
The nature photo, “We Both Reflect” comes from Geno Santiano. “I took this photo of an egret standing on some broken drift wood located near the fish market of Don Galo of Parañaque,” writes Geno. “I had a window to take this picture with minimal floating trash, hence the mirror-like image reflecting the subject. Now we see bodies of water with our waste, and this could be an example of what it could like without it.” While he has been a photo enthusiast for some time, engaging in different genres of photography, Geno shares that he is rooting for wildlife and bird photography as his main genre “to capture the beauty of nature and to protect it.”
Geraldine Gaco of Olongapo shares an untitled mother-and-child photo in black and white. She writes: “This is just one afternoon nap where a mom like me silently looks at her child, making the most of it as he sleeps in her arms because she knows that kids grow up so fast. Sooner or later he will grow up, but pictures like this will remind him of how precious his childhood is with his mom.”
From John Carlo Sateniaman of Antipolo, currently a senior BSBA Marketing Management student at Rizal Technological University Boni campus, is the photo titled “Antipolo: Festival of History.” “I started doing photography last year,” shares John Carlo. “I also joined different competitions to gain experience and self-esteem. With this experience, I and my friends put up a small business (creative shots photography) which helps us to learn how to communicate with clients. At the same time it helps us to fulfill some of our expenses in school. I didn’t enroll myself in any photography and multimedia school because I believed that experience is the best teacher. At the same time, some friends from photography also help me to learn such things. Aside from being a photographer, I also joined a dance troupe which helps me to improve my knowledge about our own culture.”
Norman Dy contributed the photo titled “Home Along Da Riles.” He shares: “Kuha ito sa Caloocan kung saan ang mga bahay ay malapit sa riles ng tren, at ito’y nagbigay ng atensyon sa aking paningin na kahit may peligro sa pagtira malapit sa riles ng tren ay masasaya at payapang naninirahan ang mga pamilya dito na may mga makukulay ding kwento at karanasan sa buhay.”
The photo titled “Sundo” comes from recent ex-banker Rey Cuerdo. “This was initially a bridal peg shoot,” writes Rey. “But while playing around with the lights, somehow a scene of an angel picking up a departed played in my mind and in that instant I had a story to create through my photo. I added the blue/red hues to represent heaven and hell.” Rey shares that he is “testing the waters” if he will go full-time as a photographer or go back to school and pursue a CPA license.
Call center agent Rob Solidum sent in “Bangketa,” the photo of a market vendor. “This photo reminded me of my childhood,” he writes. Growing up, we used to sell some goods din para pandagdag sa school allowance. I can see the hard work and motivation of ate.” Rob shares that photography helps him deal with the stress of night shift work.
Roniel Laguinlin of Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya submitted the black-and-white photo, “Kwentong McDonalds.” “Kaninang umaga lang I saw a mother and her daughter dine at Mcdonalds Bambang,” relates Roniel. “Napansin koy ung nanay ng batang babae umorder ng pang-isang order lang at pagkaupo nila sa table yung bata lang ang pinakain ng nanay niya. I was moved by the scene so I decided to take a picture of them. Nakita ko yung bata sobrang saya niya habang kumakain. Saludo ako sa nanay ng batang babae. Sobrang swerte nung bata na magkaroon ng ganong nanay. Tipong ‘Hindi na baleng ako ang magutom, mabusog lang kita masaya na ako.’ Saludo ako sa nanay na ito.”
Vincent Galang, a street photography enthusiast of Pandacan, Manila shares an untitled black-and-white photo of a fisherman gathering his net silhouetted against the late afternoon sun.
And from Xyrill Jan Gallaza a grade 9 Science Technology and Engineering (STE) student of Sto.Tomas National High School in Davao del Norte is the photo, “Celebration of Colorful Heritage.” The photo was taken during the Sinawug Festival in Asuncion, Davao del Norte and is one of his winning shots at the Division Schools Press Conference Photojournalism tilt. “We were challenged to visualize the colorful heritage of Asuncion through the said celebration,” shares Xyrill. “Sinawug Festival is an annual event of thanksgiving of the lumads.”
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