Monthly Photo Contest Result for June 2016 “Isn’t It Ironic (Contrasting)”

Theme: “Isn’t It Ironic (Contrasting)”
Date: June 15, 2016
Judges: Jen Perez, Jon Aguirre & Danny Yu
Venue: Jonas BGC, The Fort Strip, Taguig

Monthly Photo Contest Results:
1st Place – Jeff Dytuco

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2nd Place – Jeff Dytuco

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3rd Place – Faith Melencio

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4th Place – Rizza Singun

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5th Place – Ralph Licerio


PiPhol’s Choice Erick Dantoc

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Photo Contest Result for Bacolod OTS

Theme: OTS Bacolod
Date: June 15, 2016
Judges: Jen Perez, Jon Aguirre & Danny Yu
Venue: Jonas BGC, The Fort Strip, Taguig

Monthly Photo Contest Results:
1st Place – Zer CabatuanOTS3-01-Bacolod-Zer


2nd Place – Edwin Karganilla, Jr.

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3rd Place – Edwin Karganilla, Jr.

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4th Place – Zer Cabatuan

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5th Place – Rizza Singun

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PiPho Org Goes Milky Way Hunting (Corregidor Island)

Text by Atty. Larry Marbella

PiPho conducted its first Milky Way photo shoot at Corregidor Island last May 7-8.

The historic island was chosen because it was one of the few places closest to Manila where light pollution from the metropolis would not interfere with the observation of the Milky Way. Also, the island’s ruins and existing structures made for unique and compelling foreground elements to the Milky Way.

Even with the right location, organizing the shoot still required a bit of planning. According to Lonely Speck.com, the Milky Way is best viewed in the northern hemisphere from March to October. However, shooting is actually limited to March until mid-May because of the rainy season that starts in June. The actual dates of the shoot were chosen because it was the period of the new moon, which allowed for the optimal viewing of the Milky Way.

The Milky Way shoot was coordinated with Sun Cruises, Inc., which operates the ferry services from Manila to the island and back, the Corregidor Island Tours, and the Corregidor Inn. PiPho availed of Sun Cruises’ special photographer’s package, which included an overnight stay at the Corregidor Inn, with lunch and breakfast. Sun Cruises arranged for one of its “tranvias” to take the group from the Corregidor Inn to Topside, where most of the historic structures and fortifications are located.

The PiPho group left Manila on May 7 on the first ferry trip to the island at the Esplanade Seaside Terminal, Seaside Blvd, SM MOA Complex. The morning was spent doing an ocular inspection of Topside for possible locations for the shoot, and to take some infrared photos. After lunch and a quick nap, the group returned to Topside to shoot the sunset.

Ocular at the old Spanish Lighthouse.

Ocular at the old Spanish Lighthouse.

The actual Milky Way shoot started around 11:30 p.m. on May 7, and lasted until 2 a.m. on May 8. The initial location was the Old Spanish lighthouse, looking east. The Milky Way rose from the southeast behind the lighthouse. As the Milky Way continued its way across the clear night sky, the group moved to Mile Long Barracks, and used its ruins as a haunting foreground element.

While most of the group returned to Corregidor Inn past 2 a.m., others stayed up to shoot the Milky Way at the camping grounds and the San Jose Chapel.

There are other places in Corregidor that PiPho can explore for future Milky Way shoots, such as Battery Hearns (where the Japanese Imperial Army had their infamous victory photo taken after the surrender of the island in 1942), the Filipinos Heroes Memorial, and the Japanese Garden of Peace.

Monthly Photo Contest Result for May 2016 “Urban Ninja (Urban Nightscape)”

Theme: “Urban Ninja (Urban Nightscape)”
Date: May 18, 2016
Judges: Bong Bajo, Dodie Legaspi, Jerry Tieng & Allan Barredo
Venue: Jonas BGC, The Fort Strip, Taguig

Monthly Photo Contest Results:
1st Place – Erick Dantoc

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2nd Place – Jeff Dytuco

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3rd Place – Faith Melencio

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4th Place – Erick Dantoc

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5th Place – Faith Melencio

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PiPhol’s Choice – Jeff Dytuco

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Monthly Photo Contest Result for April 2016 “Let It Go (Frozen Moment)”

Theme: “Let It Go (Frozen Moment)”
Date: April 20, 2016
Judges: Winston Baltasar, Richmond Chi & Robert Anton Aparente
Venue: Jonas BGC, The Fort Strip, Taguig

Monthly Photo Contest Results:
1st Place – Faith Melencio

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2nd Place – Rocel Dantoc

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3rd Place – Jeff Dytuco

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4th Place – Larry Marbella

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5th Place – Zer Cabatuan

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PiPhol’s Choice – Jeff Dytuco

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Photo Contest Result for Sagada OTS

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Date: March 16, 2016
Judges: Nes Santiago, Froi Rivera & Jovi Ong
Venue: Jonas BGC, The Fort Strip, Taguig

OTS Photo Contest Results:
1st Place – Zer Cabatuan

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2nd Place – Ralph Licerio

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3rd Place – Jom Jayo


4th Place – Rizza Nicca Singun

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5th Place – Zer Cabatuan

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PiPhol’s Choice – Rizza Nicca Singun

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Monthly Photo Contest Result for March 2016 “It’s A Colorful World”

Theme: “It’s A Colorful World”
Date: March 16, 2016
Judges: Nes Santiago, Elias Guerrero Jr. & Froi Rivera 
Venue: Jonas BGC, The Fort Strip, Taguig

Monthly Photo Contest Results:
1st Place – Ralph Licerio

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2nd Place – Faith Melencio

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3rd Place – Faith Melencio

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4th Place – Faith Melencio

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5th Place – Jeff Dytuco

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PiPhol’s Choice – Ralph Licerio and Jeff Dytuco

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