A President’s Farewell to 2018

By: Gello Esguerra (PiPho 13 President, 2018)

When I accepted the president position back in 2017, I was not confident that I was up to the task as there were big shoes to fill. For me, the task seemed (at the time) such an undertaking to lead a group of talented photographers for a whole year. Little did I know that being president would color my year in ways that I never would have imagined. Here are some photos that I believe captured the fun and inspiring year of PiPho 13 (#PiPhoTrese) where we “Enliven our Passions” to the very best.

Here is just one of our regular monthly MPC (Monthly Photo Contest) meetings wherein you get inspired just seeing the rest of the Org’s photo submissions. I secretly wait for the contest entries of my idols Erick Dantoc (2018 MPC Champion) and Jeff Dytuco (2018 MPC 1st Runner Up) just so I can be inspired and learn a thing a two from them.

Learning is not limited to members sharing their tips and tricks, but also our judges. Here’s one of my favorite moments of the year where our judge Power Pee teaching us a few things about Toy Photography

We support each other when our founder, Regie Fernando, was invited to speak at Photoworld Asia 2018. Someone had to be there to take his photo. 🙂

Road trips are an important part of the PiPho Official Calendar. This year, we started with a road trip to Baler, Aurora.

Spending time with each other during the road trips, we often form friendships which take us to more places. Here, we have the awesome guys of “Team Di Nag Yaya” breaking off from the official calendar and creating their own side trips to shoot more. (Photos from their Pangasinan, and Treasure Mountain trips below.)

With this group, photo opportunities come up when you least expect them so you always need to be ready. Here, we have the guys from “Team Biglaang Yaya”, who decided on a whim, went straight to Mt Pulag to shoot the Milky Way.

Exhibit with Tiendesitas was also a memorable one for 2018. We were able to share our passion outside the group for Independence Day.

Photo trips are not limited to land trips. PiPhoTrese takes to the skies and explored the untapped Catanduanes province for the group’s annual local plane trip.

Not everything happened smoothly this year. We had to change destination for our annual international plane trip; but boy we’re not disappointed. Exploring a different side of Taiwan, we ended up in Taichung, and Alishan National Park. Here are my favorite photos from the trip.

So, a HUGE thank you to the 2018 officers and members of PiPho Org. Time flies when you are having fun with everyone in PiPho.

This is Gello Esguerra (PiPhoTrese President) signing off.

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