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19 December 2007

Urban Decay

(click for a larger image)

A quick 'experimental' composite image I've done for a personal project. Shot somewhere in Pasay City. The title immediately popped out into my head and indeed what an apt title. Wikipedia defines urban decay as a process by which a city, or a part of a city, falls into a state of disrepair. It is characterized by depopulation, property abandonment, high unemployment, fragmented families, political disenfranchisement, crime, and desolate and unfriendly urban landscapes.

11 December 2007

Photo Exhibit gives Tribute to Upland Farmers

By the time that the friendly barista of Cordillera Coffee hands over your order of freshly brewed coffee, you have just experienced a hundred pages of rich coffee history.

The Philippines, being a coffee-drinking nation, is one of those countries which undergo the full process of coffee drinking - from its arduous production to its satisfactory consumption. Cordillera Coffee being dedicated on this cause, will hold a photo exhibit featuring the faces responsible for that rich and intense cup of coffee- the coffee farmers themselves. The exhibit is entitled, “Bin-i: Stories Behind Coffee”.

Coffee AID (Assistance for Indigenous Development), founded by Cordillera Coffee Company, is a non-profit organization that helps our coffee farmers in the interesting and intricate culture of coffee harvesting. Cordillera Coffee boasts of coffee beans directly harvested from the mountains of Cordillera. They believe that it is time to give something in return to those farmers who meticulously harvest coffee beans for us to enjoy in every cup.

Bin-i will showcase the works of Bicol-native photographers, Dennis Rito and Buck Pago. The exhibit will commence on December 16, 2007 at the Cordillera Coffee shop in SM Baguio at 5.30 p.m. Bin-i will be opened by Tomas Kilip, an agriculture consultant and Tommy Hafalla, a documentary-photographer. It will run until January 18, 2008.

The exhibit will highlight the people responsible for the best coffee in the Philippines, the coffee farmers, through the lens and artistic eyes of our very own celebrated photographers. Rito’s photographs are known for their candid quality while Pago’s (better known as the “nomadic” Buck) style borders more on political and human-nature themes. Both of the photographers are frequent participants in group exhibitions, national and international photo conferences with several commissioned works to boot. Rito is currently working on a photo essay and his previous works could be viewed at and Buck is incessantly working on his independent take on investigative photojournalism everywhere he goes. Samples of his works may be viewed at

The said event, among other socio-civic affairs conducted by Cordillera Coffee, aims to bring awareness to coffee-drinkers as to how coffee comes a stirringly long way before reaching our cups.

Bin-i: Stories Behind Coffee is also sponsored by Gallery 7 Digital Studio in partnership with Cordillera Coffee.

10 December 2007

Silverlens Portfolio Review with Romy Vitug, Jose Enrique Soriano & Isa Lorenzo

Just attended the portfolio review last Saturday (12.08.07), organized as part of 5 Photographers: A Tribute to 5 Pioneering Masters of Philippine Photojournalisn (currently on exhibit until Dec 20) at the Silverlens Gallery. I was expecting a multitude of participants lined-up waiting for their work to be critiqued but I was wrong - many attendees are familiar faces whom i met in the first portfolio review I have participated in with Marvi Lacar & Ben Lowy at the CCP a year ago - Bahag, VJ Villafranca, Paolo Picones, Jes Aznar, Tammy David, Dennis Vega and Estan Cabigas. Erick Lacson and Anton Diaz was there too.

Each was given a number and lined-up to the Photographer he/she is interested to present his/ her work. But all was delighted to know that we can go rounds! Imagine being critiqued from three different point of views - Cinemtographers' (Romy Vitug), Photojournalist (Jose Enrique Soriano) and Personal (Isa Lorenzo), all at the same time! I myself had my a-ha! moments with Romy Vitug but most especially with Jose Enrique Soriano (too bad I haven't had the chance to present my work and seek critical advice from Isa).

Jose Enrique Soriano stressed the importance of the Self in the photographic process. This is very true not just in the field of photography but even in other disciplines of visual arts. It’s what differentiates a Luna from Malang.

Many of us left wanting for more :)

05 December 2007

Sumilao Farmers' Walk for Justice

I am personally touched by the utter determination of the Sumilao Farmers who trekked 1,700 kilometers from Bukidnon to Manila, who now are on the final phase of their march.

While it is forbidden in their culture, some 13 Sumilao farmers have shaved their heads as a way of protest in front of San Miguel Corporation Head Office in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

But honestly, how far would you go for something you believe in?

23 November 2007

Candle Lighting in Support for Sumilao Farmers

Various groups - students, religious, concerned citizens, headed by Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB) have expressed their support to Sumilao Farmers through a candle-lighting ceremony held along Katipunan Avenue. Yesterday, the farmers are on their 44th day of 1,700-km "Walk for Land and Justice" to Manila. They are expected to arrive in NCR on the 3rd day of December.

Related links:
Backgrounder on the case of the Sumilao Farmers
A Position Paper on the Sumilao Farmers’ Struggle for Access to their Land
Sumilao Farmers' Online Petition
Walk for Justice videos on YouTube

20 November 2007

Portfolio Review at Silverlens

Portfolio Reviews are seldom held in the Philippines except for the critiquing sessions in some photography workshops around Manila. It's a great opportunity every photographer should attend. It is where your work is evaluated in terms of your logical 'next step.'

As part of '5 Photographers: A Tribute to 5 Pioneering Masters of Photojournalism', Silverlens is inviting photographers to sign up for a FREE one-on-one review with the remaining of the 5 Photographers (RSVP required: 816-0044). This will be on December 8, 2007, 3-5PM.

15 November 2007


I went to Benguet recently to continue my work on a photodocumentary on coffee farming community where organic Arabica are being grown and processed in the old traditional way. While at work with one of my subjects, this young girl grabbed my attention. She looks curious to what am I doing. Though she only speak in Ibaloi, one of the native tongue in the Cordillera, I tried to establish rapport by way of body language and gesture. And while a bit shy, she had managed to flash a beautiful innocent smile.

14 November 2007


If there's one positive effect the NPC-Neo Angono issue has brought, it is the heightened awareness of artists over their copyright. Obviously, Neo-Angono Art Collective, has enjoyed enough clout and support from journalists, concerned individuals, various groups and most of all, from art community. So strong was the outcry from artist groups that NPC decided to remove the mural from its walls. Things that seem impossible if it concerns an individual artist versus a big, 'moneyed' and influential organization.

I wonder - what if NPC had hired only one artist to do the mural? And prior to its unveiling, it was retouched by unknown artist as the case of Neo-Angono Artist Collective. I doubt if the artist who drew the mural had the guts to file a complaint, single handedly, against an institution as influential as the NPC. Neither the artist can generate enough clout for his case to be heard and his complaint be heeded, like Neo-Angono can.

Maybe, the artist can summon his guts and complain or blog about it in the hope that his case can be heard. Or perhaps, as in the case of many artists who's work had been infringed, wait in vain - like Anton Sheker, Bobby Timonera and many other photographers and artists out there. Indeed, pursuing copyright infringement on an individual capacity remains to be difficult and costly. But this can be addressed through a collective society, a privilege that is being enjoyed by fellow Filipino artists in the music industry (which took them 20+ years to organize).

In the Photojournalism eGroup where I was a listmember, a friend asked me if the IPO has some police power and if they can prosecute an infringer. "IPO has no police power. IPO can mediate, but a case for IP violation must first be filed with our Bureau of Legal Affairs. Pwede rin i-mediate directly if it involves dispute relating to the terms of license involving author's right to public performance of other communication of his work" said Atty. Louie Andrew C. Calvario, Chief-Dispute Settlement Division, Documentation, Information & Technology Transfer Bureau, IPO Philippines. For questions and queries on Intellectual Property Rights, you may call IPO Philippines at Tel: 752-5450

06 November 2007

Freedom Mural Alterations

I bought a copy of last Sunday's issue (November 4th) of Philippine Daily Inquirer but I'm so busy and was not able to read it, except scanning a few pages. Though vividly, I can recall its front page photo and headline - "Freedom Mural Defiled: Artists outraged by NPC Censorship" which now is the talk of the town.

Much as I want to delve into the deeper issues, I'd like instead to focus on the issue of copyright. RA 8293 define's artists rights - both economic (right to earn or obtain financial benefit from their original creative work) and moral rights (right to the integrity of the creative work).

This means that the art work, even sold to another party cannot be altered, defaced or destroyed without permission from its creator. Moral rights include the rights to - require that the authorship of the works be attributed to him, To make any alterations of his work prior to, or to withhold it from publication; to object to any distortion, mutilation or other modification of, or other derogatory action in relation to, his work which would be prejudicial to his honor or reputation; and to restrain the use of his name with respect to any work not of his own creation or in a distorted version of his work. Ref: RA 8293 Sec. 193

It cannot be denied that Neo-Angono Collective who was commissioned by the NPC has moral rights over their work and even though the physical work (mural) belongs to the NPC, the intellectual property remains with the artists. Copyright, of course, has its own limitations. Unless the work was not done under a work-for-hire agreement, and unless there is a written stipulation where author's copyright is being transferred or or waived, the artists retains ownership of copyright.

What complicated the matter was that the artists who made the alterations are not the original creators.

You may view the original mural and its alterations here.

See related stories (updated):
Truth In Art
NPC offers ‘bastardized’ mural to Inquirer
International press body condemns mural alteration
NPC mulls sale of ‘edited’ press freedom mural
More artists bewail altered press freedom mural
The National Press Club’s Political Censorship
The NPC's Clubbing of Freedom of Expression
National Press Club embroiled in censorship row
Ingrates, NPC execs call Angono artists
Bastardized mural reflects dark side of journalism
Akbayan solon seeks probe of mural censorship
A Question of Truth
NUJP hits NPC move to censor press freedom mural
A Camel of a Mural
Mural Rights
Burgos slams NPC over retouch of mural
Media group bewails NPC mural ‘censorship’
NPC exec threatens to declare artists ‘persona non grata’
Old NPC mural ‘stolen’; new one censored
Scandalous Art
Drawing the Line
Kiko decries desecration of NPC Mural...
Prominent artist agrees changes in press club’s mural wrong
Mural on Philippine press freedom gets censored
What Press Freedom?
Freedom Mural Defiled
Artists decry defilement of commissioned mural at press club

Photo of original mural from the Neo-Angono Artists Collective website. The altered mural may be viewed at the Headline Restaurant on the fourth floor of the NPC building.

05 November 2007


Oarhouse is an old Manila bar and restaurant, founded in the mid-seventies by a retired U.S. Navy pilot by the name of Charles 'Chuck' Monroe, in the city's bohemian district of Malate.

See rest of the photos here.

Photographed for Mabuhay Magazine.

02 November 2007

In Memoriam

Care to know how the world celebrates the day of the dead? Read here.

29 October 2007

Barangay/ SK Election 2007

I thought the campaign period for both Barangay and SK Elections commenced last Saturday night, October 27 as clarified by The COMELEC. These kids greeted me as I made my way through Salapan Elementary School in San Juan.

Navotas public school teachers in Bagumbayan Elementary School wear black as a sign of protest following the filing of criminal charges against 13 of their colleages last october 23 by a mayoralty candidate who lost in the may 14 elections. See related story here.

See my dirty finger!

27 October 2007

Join! iBlog Mini: Blogging and the 2010 Elections

iBlog Mini: Blogging and the 2010 Elections
Bloggers as Election Watchdog
University of the Philippines - College of Law
24 November 2007
9:00 AM - 12NN


9:00: Welcome remarks - Bloggers as Election Watchdog (Atty. JJ Disini and Luz Rimban)

9:20 - 9:50 - Blogging and Philippine Elections (Manuel L. Quezon III)
Review of how bloggers played a role in the past Philippine elections. Examples of how bloggers participated in other countries can be cited as well. What were the problems encountered? How can it be improved?

9:50 - 10:20 - Getting Bloggers Ready for 2010 Elections (Janette Toral)
How can Bloggers participate more effectively in the 2010 elections?(present a program where bloggers can be prepared for the 2010 elections)

10:20 Reactor Insights (Rachel Khan)

This event is free. As seats are limited, you are encouraged to register ahead.

Thanks to Janette for the invite.

17 October 2007

Hands-On IP

Got an invite from Ms. Zephora 'Pie' Telan of IP Philippines about their upcoming basic orientation on Copyright called "Hands-On IP" which will be held this coming Friday, October 19, 2007:

In line with the Intellectual Property Rights Week Celebration (October 2007), IP Philippines invites you to the Basic Orientation Seminar on Copyright:

HANDS-ON-IP – Open to the Public

HANDS-ON-IP is designed for scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs and artists scheduled every Friday of the month at 1:00 p.m. The participants will attend a free basic orientation seminar with IP volunteer lawyers on hand to provide free legal and technical assistance.

October 19: Copyright - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Venue: IP Philippines Multi-Purpose Hall, 6/F, IPO Bldg., 351 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave., Makati City


For confirmation, please call at 752-4869 or 897-1724 and look for Ms. Pie Telan or email at

Click here to download confirmation sheet.

Likewise, IPR-Photo Philippines will be coming up with a seminar on IP exclusive for photographers/ visual artists. Schedule and seminar details will be announced later.

Know your rights and uphold photographer's/ visual artists' Intellectual Property Rights, join IPR-Photo Philippines.

15 October 2007

Blog Action Day: On Solid Waste Segregation

I was made aware through the Philippine Blogosphere of Blog Action Day - an international initiative of bloggers with the aim of uniting thousands of blogging voices talking about one issue (environment) for one day. So I thought of writing about the current situation on solid waste segregation - based on my observations.

While it is true that many establishments – both commercial and residential – have adopted this idea of waste management, there are still few who do not put this into practice. Aside from the effort being done by residential and business establishments, I wonder if garbage collectors and waste management companies are doing their share?

Obviously, the success in the implementation of this scheme depends much, not just on the government/ LGU’s but more importantly, from the household/ barangay level - including the building/ apartment owners. Among the measures that will help in the implementation are monitoring, enforcement similar to fire compliance (for apartments), etc.

It’s time everyone implement solid waste segregation scheme, because environmental protection is everybody’s concern.

14 October 2007

Pursuing Copyright Infringement Committed Against Photographers

Copyright infringements committed against photographers’ works often remain unsolved and many have a hard time pursuing the case because of the high fees involved. The photographers, who like many in the creative field, are dependent on the income generated on the usage (licensing) of their photos and are often on a disadvantaged position when this happens. They are literally at the mercy of those infringers (only in the Philippines?).

Ideally, such case can be dealt through a Collecting Society but it might take long before this can be realized. But for the meantime, Atty. Louie Calvario of IPO Philippines advised that the easy way for photographers to claim damages is through an out-of-court settlement. Some photographers told me that, upon discovery of the infringement, they send the billing to the infringing party/company and get paid - but this is not always the case though.

Others tried an alternative route - like photographer Anton Sheker who chose to write a story on how his photographs was infringed, which, eventually was picked-up by ABS-CBN Interactive through Ron Cruz who featured Anton's story in their Special Feature section.

And so I think other photographers who has a similar case can post their stories online (see Anton's post) through IPR-Photo blog. It may not generate instantaneous response or solution but exposing copyright infringements committed by companies/ image-users will put them into bad light. And in a way put pressure on them to take action especially if such stories were picked-up by the press or big media entities, such as Anton’s case. One alternative avenue for photographers was the IPR Photo blog which is looking for stories related to copyright infringements. Submit your stories now!

07 October 2007

'Opportunistic' Photo Contests Abound

"Opportunistic" photo contest still flourish and these are being targeted to photographers who are new in the craft and are not aware of their rights. Some contest organizers even have the guts to stipulate an exclusivity clause stating that all entries shall become the property of the contest organizers - just like the "Me and My Adidas Originals" Photo Contest, which in their mechanics states: Entries become exclusive property of Adidas Philippines, Inc. and maybe used for any advertising, promotional, publicity or retail purposes.


01 October 2007


Last August 28, 2007 I posted a link in my multiply page regarding the upcoming Bangkok Photography Workshop of James Nachtwey & David Allan Harvey (November 24-30, 2007). The workshop is designed for emerging and committed photographers, semi-professionals and professionals who are seeking to work on their style to the next level. And both workshop facilitators are of international renown- James Nachtwey is one of the founders of VII Photo Agency while David Alan Harvey is associated with Magnum and National Geographic. Attending this workshop is a dream for many (myself included) except for its workshop fee of $ 2,750 (P126,500!). The fee is quite steep and obviously, it's not designed for third-world-country-photographers =)

But do you know that David Alan Harvey has been a blogger since the beginning of 2007? In fact, his blog is one of the most popular photography blogs among photographers out there. Through his blog, David shares his thoughts, advice and insecurities with those of us who don’t have a chance to attend one of his workshops. And it’s FREE! - visit David Alan Harvey's Road Trips.

26 September 2007

Thank you!

Today i got featured in the Adobe User Group Philippines (AUGPhil) blogsite. AUGPhil, by the way is the first Adobe-sanctioned user group in the Philippines. It is a community for students, enthusiasts and professionals who use Adobe software.

Likewise, AUGPhil is formed as an educational organization for the sole purpose of educating the public in the Philippines about graphic and web design, web development, software development, usability and accessibility, graphical user interface development and software systems in general; and particularly the software applications from Adobe. Additionally, the group shall provide a forum wherein members can exchange information, deliver technical presentations and provide a knowledge base where one can go to receive help with problems. Thanks to Regnard Kreisler Raquedan and Eleanor Joy Tan.

In addition, there is an exhibit/auction coming up which is worth supporting. It's the Cancer Institute Foundation Auction to be held at Silverlens. My good friend Toni Cuesta, who works with Silverlens, emailed me an invite which reads:

As part of the Cancer Institute Foundation’s (CIF) campaign on cervical cancer prevention, a photo auction will be held on Saturday, 6 October, 6pm at Silverlens Gallery in Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati. To be auctioned off are photographs by Jo Avila, Bahaghari, Miguel Fabie III, Ronnie Lazaro, Jun de Leon, Isa Lorenzo, At Maculangan, Billy Mondoñedo, Emmanuel Santos, Ivan Sarenas, John Silva, Pilar Tuason, Wig Tysmans, Lilen Uy, Jake Verzosa, and Denise Weldon, and an etching by National Artist Benedicto Cabrera. Proceeds from the sales of the prints shall help support the Cervical Cancer Prevention (CECAP) Program. The Program aims to empower Filipino women with information and knowledge in preventing cervical cancer, and to influence them to take part in the first cervical cancer support group in the country.

In the Philippines, as in many parts of the world, cervical cancer is second only to breast cancer as the most common potentially deadly disease that afflicts and kills women. In the Philippines, estimates in the year 2000 placed the number of cervical cancer cases at between 35 thousand and 70 thousand, and there are 7 thousand new cases that are added to it every year. This is mainly due to late detection, the lack of awareness about the disease among Filipino women, and the stigma associated with cervical cancer.

The good news is that cervical cancer is highly preventable through healthy lifestyle and regular pap screening. It can also be prevented by a breakthrough vaccine that could be given to young girls as early as 9. Cervical cancer is the only cancer with a vaccine.

The Cancer Institute Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, non-stock foundation that provides support to among others, the Cancer Institute, and its other accredited cancer management network institutions with clinical, research, advocacy, and to the extent possible, financial assistance, especially for the prevention of cancer and/or their treatment. The CIF campaign is made possible through the support of: Marks & Spencer, L’Oréal Professionnel, MSD, The Philippine Star, Figaro Coffee Company, Crossover 105.1 FM, Neo Spa, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Ayala Malls, Rustan’s Essenses

See Exhibit/Auction - Cancer Institute Foundation Auction at Silverlens

25 September 2007

Pinoy Nga!

Filipinos are known to be warm and fun-loving people. They never fail to laugh at themselves even in the midst of hardships (I wonder why we we're beaten by the Danes in a recent happiness survey). This driver has found a creative way to entertain his passengers by placing a sign along the mirror (read it for yourself and have a good laugh =)


In General Santos Fishport, hundreds of fishing vessels, from purse-seiner to this tuna fishing boat (above) unload their fresh catch daily. However the tuna fishing industry, which the city is known for, now encounters a decline in tuna catch.

19 September 2007

Call me "Gng. Anna"

This woman insists that I call her "Gng. Anna" (Mrs. Anna), one of the coffee farmers from Atok, Benguet where organic Arabica Coffee is being grown on mountain slopes at 7,400 ft above sea level. The coffee tree behind her is century-old and is still producing coffee up to this day. (Photographed for an on-going project)

12 September 2007

Join IPR-Photo Philippines eGroup

IPR-Photo Philippines is the brainchild of photographer-participants in the 'Seminar on Collective Administration of Visual Arts in the Philippines' which was organized by Intellectual Property Office-Philippines (IPO) and International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CSAC) last July 12, 2007.

The group aims to help and promote Intellectual Property Rights for Photographers through discussions/ fora, sponsored talks, establishing networks and linkages with other like-minded organizations, and advocacy programs specifically aimed towards promoting viable photography industry in the Philippines.

Likewise, IPR-Photo Philippines aims to form a Collecting Society for Filipino Photographers to represent and act as a direct right broker on their behalf. The Collecting Society will provide efficient and effective way for photographers and rights owners to administer their copyrights on a national and international capacity. Collecting Society can license specific works, for specific uses and pays the copyright owner a royalty for the reproduction.

The benefit of Visual Arts/ Photography Collecting Society in the rights market is one convenience for the creator, but also provides:
  • Collective muscle in the negotiation of licenses and royalties, and their appropriate distribution;
  • Infringement services to members when their works are improperly used or attributed; and
  • Necessary advocacy for Photographers when Intellectual Property and copyright legislation requires reform.
The group is working hand in hand with IPO Philippines towards the realization of this goal.

Join the IPR-Photo mailing list/ egroup. Register Now!


Direct Licensing Book & Magazine Publishers, Museums and Educational Institutions, Licensing and Enforcement of Primary Uses of Rights in the Visual Arts by Chrissy Tintner, CEO-Viscopy, Australia

10 September 2007

Changing Places: A Photo Exhibit by Dennis Rito & Antonni Cuesta

Changing Places
Photographs by Dennis Rito and Antonni Cuesta
September 14 - October 19, 2007
Bliss Cafe, Baguio City

About the Show

There is an encounter here. A photo-documentarist and an artist working with photography meet in a peculiar exhibit that deals with each one’s relationship with places. As both photographers agree, “Whether we move or we stay in one place, where we are is what determines what we see.” Changing Places calls to attention how individual experience is ultimately determined by one’s spatial specificity.

While one would imagine an exhibit about places to be filled with pictures of sites and spaces, of volumes and perspectives, Dennis Rito and Antonni Cuesta circumvents the idea of the show, albeit unintentionally, by including images that engage the topic from different directions.

Coming from the tradition of documentary photography, Rito’s preoccupation is the portrayal of the everyday, of the ordinary and of the unnoticed. To do this, Rito moves from one to another, in search of “unguarded moments in the mundane,” populating his photographs with people he meets in various locations: at street corners, inside the mall or even under a bridge. He shares, “These images represent a cross-section of my visual experience of Life in the Philippines. My photography seeks to capture scenes of human struggle and beauty.” From images of grit to those of moments of comical delight, Rito’s photographs can be seen as a collective portrait, sincere and unpretentious, of the Filipino’s varicolored character.

Whereas Rito produces his images by shifting from one location to another, Cuesta makes his photographs by being a body in stasis. “There is nothing more moving than standing still in the middle of an empty room,” reflects Cuesta, “when you are confronted with emptiness, a strange comforting feeling comes over you, as if you can see more in the absence.” Cuesta was fascinated with the various ways that light behaved in his immediate space, a photography gallery where he works, interestingly enough. “It is light that flows, permeates, reflects, spills over, and illuminates, becoming the key feature of the space aside from its immediate architecture.” This project is an abstraction of that attribute—the light being the subject of the photographs—and thus dissolving the place entirely.

Changing Places is atypical but at the same time logical. The difference between Rito and Cuesta’s photographs are clearly distinguishable, making the exhibit almost irreconcilable. But one will discover the underlying insight about the project when one sees that more than anything else, this two-man show is about an encounter between genres, sensibilities and photographic practices. It is a project about dislocating the eye, and repositioning the retinal experience. Because only through this process that one can realize where he stands and where he wants to go.

Changing Places will be on show from September 14 to October 19, 2007 at Bliss Café, Munsayac Inn, Leonard Wood Road (across Teachers Camp), Baguio City. Everyone is invited to the opening night on September 14, 6 PM, where the artists will present their work. Cocktails will be served. This exhibition is for the benefit of the Columban Companions in Mission.

For inquiries, please text or call 0917.846.4729 or email

Assessment of Visual Arts Market in the Philippines

The Seminar-Workshop on Collective Administration of Visual Arts in the Philippines last July 12 had brought significant issues and concerns that affect the visual arts sector, particularly on the collective management of copyright. The event was attended by writers and artists from various fields. IP Philippines would like to help the visual arts sector to benefit from their copyright. But we have to prepare the ground work and assessment must be done.

All visual artists from various fields (photographers, painters, sculptors, printmakers, digital artists) are encouraged to contribute by answering the questionnaire which you may download here. Your inputs will be a valuable contribution to IP Philippines' endeavor to help the visual arts sector to benefit from their copyright.

Please send your answers not later than September 12, 2007. Answers and comments to the questionnaire may be forwarded to-

Atty. Calvario's letter and Questionnaire used with permission.

09 September 2007

Intellectual Property Updates

Here are some information which might be of interest to photographers, and visual artists in general:
  • There will be an open house at IP Philippines from October 1 to 31 during work days where they will provide free legal assistance and technical assistance relating to the filing and prosecution of applications every Friday in October.
  • Conduct Introduction to IP Basic Orientation targetting science high schools (and the Philippine National High School for the Arts).
  • IP Philippines will open two IP Satellite Offices - in Cebu on October 23 and in Davao on October 24.
  • Last week of October as Intellectual Property Rights Week as declared by Presidential Proclamation no. 79.
For more info, please contact:
IP Philippines
752-5450 to 65 Loc. 201 to 205

Thanks to Harvey Chua for the info.

29 August 2007

Opening of "Reflections: A Painting and Photography Exhibit"

Inspite of the rains, the opening of 'Reflections: A Painting and Photography Exhibit' pushed through last August 10, 2007 at Granos De Cafe. A Group Exhibit featuring: Jose Barja, Grandier Bella, Jes Evangelista, Lucy Fernando, Kara Iñigo and Dennis Rito present photos and paintings in “Reflections” on going until sept 10, 2007 opens 11am-11pm, Granos de Café, 39 Timog Avenue, Quezon City (Sir Williams Hotel/infront of ZIRKOH).

06 August 2007

Photographers Right

The incident last June 16 2007 which I discussed in an earlier post has prompted me to do a research on Photographer's Right. But before that, let me clarify that I am not a lawyer and this post was written on a photographer's perspective and neither take this as a legal advise.

Based on my research, I found that there is really no written law or a specific legal prohibition that limit or prohibit anyone from photographing in public places/ public structures (unless of course there is a city ordinance stating a legal prohibition on photography). I also found useful guides which can be used by photographers as reference. But these guides vary from country to country. So far, the guidelines on Photographer's right I found are from the United States, UK, Canada, Ireland and Australia. Contents of these guidelines needs to be modified for applicability in Philippine context. But I think, since many of our laws was based on the US, we can refer to the US version as reference. All invoked their rights based on their Constitution (as for the Philippines, it's under Section 4 of the 1987 Constitution which partly reads "No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press..."). No articles was found on photographer's right with basis on Philippine Law.

As mentioned, there is no written law that prohibit photographers from doing photography in public places but it's quite ironic that photographer's right is now being curtailed around the world. It was observed that assaults on photographer's right has changed drastically since 9/11 and the world is far more 'security conscious' than it ever used to be. Photographers in the US especially photojournalists have faced an increasing wave of harassment, intimidation, and obstacles often in the reason of national security (see 'Patriot Act'). By far, New York has been the most strict in imposing photography restrictions. Recently there has been a Petition called "Picture New York" (see also New York Times' article as reference) which calls upon the city to dismiss restrictions on photography. The much publicized internet campaign collected at least 31,000 signatures and brought New York City Government to Rewrite Proposed Rules on Photography Permits.

Some countries including Australia and New Zealand manifest worrying trends, their Governments charge high fees on photography of National Parks as Nick Rains wrote in his article The Erosion of Photographer's Rights. Aside from security, issue on privacy is another thing (see Photographers Guide to Privacy).

02 August 2007

Child's Play

Seldom do I see kids playing traditional games such as this (called Luksong Tinik). In this time and age, kids prefer playing games alone by themselves on their Personal Computers. Shot somewhere in Tanay, Rizal Province, Philippines.

31 July 2007

Reflections: A Painting & Photography Exhibit

REFLECTIONS - A Painting & Photography Exhibit
Granos De Cafe, 39 Timog Avenue, Q.C.
August 10, 2007 - September 10, 2007

Group Exhibit featuring: Jose Barja, Grandier Bella, Jes Evangelista, Lucy Fernando, Kara Iñigo and Dennis Rito present photos and paintings in “Reflections,” which opens on August 10, 2007, 6 p.m., at Granos de Café, 39 Timog Avenue, Quezon City (front of Zirkoh).

As the title of the show suggests, the works represent each artists’ personal interpretation of different subjects through two mediums, the camera and the brush. Exhibit runs until September 10,2007.

For information, email at: or text/ call: 09154814388 / 09209071303.

30 July 2007

Pitik 3

It was my nth time to attend photography forum which is organized by Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University in cooperation with World Press Photo in the recently held Pitik 3: Forum Series on Photojournalism and my second time to hear Dr. Shahidul Alam, Director of Drik Picture Library and Founder of Chobi Mela Festival of Photography in Asia (Bangladesh) who discussed “Imaging the South in the Globalized World.” With him present was Dave Clark, Course Leader, International Photojournalism, Documentary and Travel Photography, University of Bolton (UK) and Dalian China/ Panos Pictures London who discussed ‘International Image Economy and Representations” and Alison Morley, chairperson, Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program at International Center of Photography (ICP) who talked about “Recent Trends in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography.”

I took interest on things discussed by Dr. Shahidul Alam and Mr. Dave Clark (no, he’s not the singer your grandma knows), particularly the issue on how the world’s images are being controlled by large organizations/ photo agencies. It was they ‘who control what the world want to see’ and how these images are being used. Two contrasting issues was the use of foreign photographers, who flew in with lack of knowledgeable of the issue, culture and subject vis-à-vis local photographers who is more knowledgeable of the issues, its culture and have access to the subjects. It was apparent that local photographers can do the work in a more efficient and timely manner but due to lack of access to publications/ publishers, local photographers have a hard time getting in. But this trend was being reversed in Bangladesh with the establishment of Drik Picture Library under its visionary, Dr. Alam. A pioneering effort ‘to represent a group of media professionals that other agencies did not cater for.’

"It was seventeen years ago. A small group of people set up a picture agency in the unlikely location of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Named Drik, the Sanskrit word for vision, the agency set out to represent a group of media professionals that other agencies did not cater for, practitioners living and working in the majority world. In the years that have followed, many others from Asia, Africa and Latin America have joined the original group. All of them share a common vision; one that sees the majority world, not as fodder for disaster reporting, but as a vibrant source of human energy and a challenge to an exploitative global economic system.

Drik's social commitment is central to its work ethos. While its professional team making up the library, darkroom, studio, gallery and publication, multimedia and Internet departments provides state of the art media products for an international clientele, it also provides support for its network of creative individuals around the world who challenge western media hegemony. Its training programmes range from providing education for working class children to training the region's brightest young photojournalists through Pathshala, its education wing, where top professionals from Magnum, National Geographic, Time, Contact Press Images and other leading media organisations make up the visiting faculty. The launch of the first festival of photography in Asia, Chobi Mela, and Drik Partnership, a global conglomerate consisting of some of the most innovative organisations in Asia, Africa and Europe, will ensure that the majority world continues to carve out a space for itself in world media. "

Will this happen in the Philippines? It is for the new and upcoming photographers to answer these for themselves.

And if i may borrow the saying... The future belongs to the brave!

27 July 2007

Know the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2007

This coming August 1, 2007 will be the 'judgement day' for all participants who joined Janette Toral's Emerging Influential Blogs 2007. This will be held at Max Restaurant, Park Square 1, Makati City from 6PM-9PM. Please confirm your attendance by posting a comment here.

Janette will be drawing the 10 winners on this day who will get $100each. Those who can't attend are still part of the draw and can win. If your blog was cited and would like to attend this eyeball, then please write an entry as well citing your Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs. Again, here's mine.

By the way, I also would like to thank the following who had nominated this blog in the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blog 2007:
Have I forgotten anybody, please send me a note and I'd gladly oblige. To all my virtual friends and blog readers, hope to see you on August 1st.

26 July 2007

Tips for Protecting your Images

Even with the existence of Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (RA8293), many photographers still are victims of copyright infringement. And the poor photographer can’t even sue the infringers (because of the money involved in pursuing the case) against corporations and publishing houses – which are more moneyed than the photographers themselves. The photographer can’t help but gnash their teeth in disbelief.

Meanwhile, here are some tips (though not fool-proof) that can deter infringers from using your images:

Read the fine print
This is usually taken for granted. Too often we find ourselves caught in some nasty surprise by not reading the terms and conditions. So, before uploading any images, read the fine print of that particular site offering a free on-line gallery service. So, don’t rush into clicking that ‘accept’ button. 

Avoid Rights-Grab Photo Contests
If you can, avoid photo competitions which are ‘manipulative’ (Yes, we have many of these here in the Philippines, contrary to the contests being organized abroad). I say manipulative because often, the rules/contest mechanics are obviously pro-organizers. Sometimes, I can't help but wonder if those photo contests was organized to just collect photos from photographers. Ironically, this has been going on for quite sometime. So, as much as possible, select the competition you enter where, even if you win, you still retain the ownership over the copyright of the image. Read the contest mechanics carefully. Here's the things you need to know about rights-grab photo contests.

Low Resolution
Do not upload files larger than 72 dot per inch (dpi). Since the purpose is to view images (online), said resolution is enough - 72 dot per inch (dpi) is same as that of the PC. As for me, I usually resize my images into 4x6 inch (proportionate to the full frame image area) at 72 dpi. 

Be sure to put watermarks on your images. You can watermark your images digitally or if you’re techie enough, you can embed a javascript (no right click script) or you may try Stephen Chapman's alternative means of image protection. But the simplest and most common means is done via Adobe Photoshop. You just have to lessen its opacity and place your watermark on prominent areas of the image. 

Before uploading, it may be well worth it to embed an IPTC data (International Press Telecommunications Council- a standard regarding meta data which is widely used in news images) on your pictures. This can be done with Adobe Photoshop (file> file info). There you can enter the title of particular image, author, caption, copyright notice, including keywords. Embedded IPTC data is helpful in image retrieval and makes it easy to locate images on a particular subject.

No Right Click
Images on the web can be easily copied and saved on a PC - through 'right click' and 'save-as' or through your page source but you can restrict copying of your image from your site by installing a javascript in your page. Here's a Javascript code you may use.

Lastly, avoid dealing with people who are after ‘freebies’ This is your way of educating your clients that, to produce an image is not an easy task and entails cost on your part. Charging a fee is the only way for you to have your expenses recovered and make profit out of your photography. As much as possible, know how/where your images will be used. Ask what do they intend to do with your images - will it be used for commercial purposes, a publicity, etc. For how long?

Just within the week, I encountered people posting in Multiply site asking for photographers who are willing to do event photography for free, and aside from that, they are asking for a resume and a portfolio of the photographers. Don’t you feel insulted reading it?

At the Picket Line (SONA 2007)

20 July 2007

Motorcycle groups rally vs. helmet policy

Atoy Santa Cruz, Director of Motorcycle Philippines Federation (right) presents to MMDA General Manager Robert Nacianceno (left) their petition papers.

Motorcyle riders came in all sizes and kinds of models ranging from high-end bikes to the smallest bike - the one driven by Renren Yjan, the youngest rider (4 years old) who also joined the protest with his father.

Renren was an instant favorite among the crowd.

Hundreds of motorcycle riders took part in the protest.

For related story, click here. Thanks to Geri Barcelona who informed me about this.

19 July 2007

Human Security Act

Tomorrow, June 20,2007 will be the 'formal' launch of RA9372 also known as the Human Security Act. This morning, as I was monitoring the news over the radio (DZRH/ DZMM), even police officers are doubtful of its loopholes and was concerned over the provisions under Section 41 which partly reads: "...Upon his or her acquittal or the dismissal of the charges against him or her, the amount of Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,OOO.OO) a day for the period in which his properties, assets or funds were seized shall be paid to him on the concept of liquidated damages. The amount shall be taken from the appropriations of the police or law enforcement agency that caused the filing of the enumerated charges against him/her".

I just hope that this law will not be used against its people. May God bless us all...

'Can't find a fitting video. If you find the video disturbing, please try to concentrate on the lyrics. It's one of the most touching songs I've heard. Peace!

18 July 2007

i-Witness Documentary Festival

Are you fond of documentaries? Well, I am. If you are, too, catch up with I-Witness' Documentary Festival to be held this July at SM Cinemas. I-witness will screen its best documentary films at SM Manila Cinema 4 on July 21 and SM Megamall Cinema 4 on July 28.

1st Set - 12NN

Sandra Aguinaldo’s “Lahat Legal Wife!"
Jay Taruc’s “Maestrang Bulod"
Kara David’s “Anghel sa Dapithapon"
Howie Severino’s “Best Friend"

2nd Set - 4PM

Sandra Aguinaldo’s Gold Medal-winning “Boy Pusit"
Jay Taruc’s “Gulong ng Buhay"
Kara David’s “Sa Mata ni Ekang"
Howie Severino’s “Huling Hala Bira!"

Open forum with the filmmakers follows after this screening. And, the best thing- admission to the I-Witness Documentary Festivals is free!

Source: GMA News

Leprozo-Palangchao Exhibit

Photojournalists David 'Kulot' Leprozo, Jr. and Harley Palangchao's images are currently on exhibit at The Mountain Province Museum, Gov. Pack Road, Baguio City. The exhibit (which opened last July 16) will run until July 31, 2007. Afterwhich, the images will be toured in different universities in Baguio from August 1 to 31.

The exhibit titled "Litrato (Picture)" highlights the richness of culture and traditions of the proud villagers of the Cordilleras in northern Philippines. Some of the images on display are the award-winning images of the two photographers, which include the documentary of the daily life of indigenous peoples.

The set of images was first displayed at SM Baguio last February before it was transferred to the Baguio Country Club. Selected images from the set will be shipped for exhibit at the Aarhus University in Denmak hopefully before the end of this year.

Leprozo works as photo correspondent of the Manila Standard Today but also moonlights in different magazines while Palangchao works as news and photo correspondent of The Manila Times and a staff reporter of the Baguio Midland Courier, the oldest regional paper north of Manila.

Catch them up!

13 July 2007

The 1st Internet & Mobile Marketing Summit

International and local internet and mobile marketing giants will be in Manila for the 1st Internet and Mobile Marketing Summit at the Hotel Intercontinental, Makati City on 9-10 August 007. The two-day summit was organized by the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP), the premier marketing associations for Internet and mobile organizations. With "Global Trends for an Interactive Philippines" as the theme, IMMAP invited the world's forward-thinking and competitive minds to speak about powerful campaign strategies and techniques for Internet and mobile marketing as well as interconnection, integration and innovation in the industry.

Speakers include Tom Sipple, managing director of Yahoo! Southeast Asia; George Gallate, CEO of Euro RSCG; Aileen Apolo, country consultant for Google Philippines; Yota Mitsunobu, chief consultant of Dentsu's Interactive Communications Division; Donald Lim, CEO of Yehey; Anders Kager, regional marketing manager of Nokia Networks; Bob Masher, chief technology officer of Isobar, a digital media agency; Ferdinand de la Cruz, head of the Wireless Business Group of Globe; Arthur Policarpio, CEO of Global Wireless Connections Inc., a mobile marketing agency; Enrique Gonzalez, CEO of IPVG, an online gaming company.

The Internet and Mobile Marketing Summit 2007 will also be the launching ground for the Boomerang Awards, the first and only awards that give recognition to the most creative and innovative Internet and mobile campaigns that made their mark in the country.

DAY 1, August 09, 2007 (Thursday)
  • Using Digital Channels to Connect with Prosumers
  • Pinoy Attitudes and Behavior Towards Internet and Mobile Advertising
  • Building Brands through Internet Marketing: A Local Perspective
  • The Digital Brand Experience
  • Emerging Trends in Internet Marketing
  • Building Brands through Mobile Marketing: A Local Perspective
  • International Best Practices and Future Trends in Internet Advertising
DAY 2, August 10, 2007 (Friday)
  • How the World's Largest Internet Company Helps Bring Together Brands and Consumers
  • New Approaches in Digital Marketing
  • Multi-Channel Marketing Effectiveness: Successfully Integrating Internet and Mobile with Traditional Media Channels
  • Marketing Opportunities in Online Gaming
  • Creating Time, the New Brand Challenge
  • Marketing Opportunities in Mobile Advertising

Collective Administration of Visual Arts in the Philippines

IPO Philippines in cooperation with International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CSAC) had jointly organized the Seminar-Workshop on the Collective Administration of Visual Arts in the Philippines which I attended recently (originally scheduled last June 29). The seminar was held as part of the 10th year of Intellectual Property Code (or RA 8293) with the theme “Celebrating Creativity.”

Three foreign speakers shared their invaluable knowledge and expertise: Mr. Ang Kwee Tiang, Regional Director of CSAC Asia-Pacific Region talked about Basic Principles of Collective Management of Rights; Ms. Carola Streul, Secretary General of European Visual Artists and General Manager of OnLineArt discussed Collective Management of Rights in the Visual Arts, The Droit de Siute, and the Administration of Rights in Visual Arts in the Digital Environment while Ms. Chryssy Tintner, CEO – Visual Arts Copyright Collecting Agency (Viscopy) for Australia & New Zealand talks about Direct Licensing and Book and Magazine Publishers, Museums and Educational Institutions, Licensing and Enforcement of Primary Uses of Rights in the Visual Arts – The Practice in other Countries and its Applicability in the Philippines. Filipino counterparts are Atty. F.D. Nicolas Pichay who talked about Copyright in the Visual Arts and Mr. Albert Avellana, owner and curator of Avellana Art Gallery who talked about The Visual Arts Market in the Philippines.

It is interesting to note that VISCOPY Australia has 7,000 professional visual artist members, comprising of fine artists, sculptors, photographers, cartoonists, illustrators, designers and a number of high end architects. 40% of their members are Indigenous visual artists (Aborigines) which speak a total of 38 languages. Viscopy also represent over 250,000 International artists for the territory of Australia, both exclusively through their 42 CISAC affiliates. They have started with only two staff and now have eight permanent staff running the Collective Society.

More than ever, copyright infringements are now rampant with the growth of the digital market and ease of access to the internet – be it music, digital photographs, illustrations and other form of creative work to the detriment of its creator/ author. These infringements were done by various levels of users including magazine and newspaper publishers, advertising companies, and individuals. Even schools are guilty of this – it was noted that schools usually use copyrighted materials (photo and literary work) in their academic packs. The author is usually at the mercy of these companies who make money out of their creation. In the Philippines, artists and authors have no collective voice, which find themselves in a difficult position to pursue these infringers. Of course, with the exception of musicians who, through FILSCAP, was able to track down and pursue cases against copyright violators.

Mr. Ang Kwee Tiang, Regional Director of CSAC Asia-Pacific Region, expressed his concern over the proliferation of Filipino painter’s masterpieces being sold at foreign auction houses with its creator receiving none since there has been no resale right (Drois de Suite). He noted in particular, the auctioning-off of Anita Magsaysay Ho’s painting in Singapore for $15,000. Under Drois de Suite, which is a French concept and is being applied in all European countries, artists have a share of the profit should the artist’s works be resold on professional art market. Philippines is a gold mine for art and with nearby Singapore, aiming to be the art auction capital of Asia, visual artists must collectively assert themselves over control of their works.

Sometimes, I see online photography sites particularly in Multiply which the author has included, next to his copyright notice, a clause which reads:” Violators shall be prosecuted to the full extent of the law." Honestly, I don't know if the photographer really mean what he says because to file a case you will need, according to Harvey, P25,000 for attorneys fees notwithstanding the fee for successive hearings. If you are a photographer just starting out, will you spare trouble of pursuing the case?

Indeed, individual management of copyright is difficult thus, an establishment of Collective Management Society is important for artists. The Collective Society also functions as an alternative recourse in pursuing copyright infringements outside of the courts (which entail considerable amount of money on the part of the artists). According to EVA's Code of Conduct, the basic function of Collective Management Societies is to administer rights on works of their members; the authors. They license uses on a collective basis applying tariffs, collect royalties and distribute those royalties in a timely fashion to the authors. They are not-for-profit entities and operate as fiduciaries. The Collective Management Societies act as fiduciaries for the artists and should always operate in best practice models which strike a balance between efficiency and cost effectiveness, while reaching the highest possible level of transparency. Their main objectives are: efficient licensing of primary rights, such as reproduction and broadcasting; efficient collection of renumeration for secondary rights; fair and quick distribution to authors, nationally and internationally; facilitating the dissemination of works, without active promotion; protecting author's rights' and promoting further economic and moral interests of their members. This Societies represents a broad scope of creatives and this includes painters, sculptors, photographers, designers and artists of applied art, estates of artists and their heirs (which administers Droit de Suite, Reproduction, Broadcasting, Cable retransmission, Public lending and renting, Photocopying, Blank tape levy and Press Mirrors among others).

Later in the afternoon, we were asked to form two groups and discuss among ourselves the issues presented. Atty. Louie Andrew C. Calvario, Chief - Dispute Settlement Division, Documentation, Information & Technology Transfer Bureau of the IPO, urged participants to take a closer look at RA 8293 and assured the group that the IPO is open to suggestions. Another lawyer from the IPO stressed that Intellectual Copyright Law in the Philippines is still on its infancy and has no jurispundence yet so it’s good to start with art communities. IP Code does not even have provisions for CM. Fellow photographer Nathaniel Salang, raised his concern about the effect of Collective Management in standardization of photographer’ fees - which I think is difficult if not impossible to implement since each photographer has a different skill and level of expertise. Reggie Fernando, also pointed out the problem being faced by photographers who enter into a work-for-hire projects - a situation where photographers are on the losing end. I've known from Ms. Streul that Collective Management is different from an Artist's Rep since with CM, you have the freedom to accept projects all by yourself - meaning there's no exclusivity of work. However, the CM will not be able to prosecute infringers on projects entered outside of the CM. Government policy will be of great help too, in swaying market forces.

Furthermore, CM is a new development in Philippine Visual Arts and will become a collective voice that will empower artists to have control over their intellectual property rights. Artists, photographers in particular must be responsible enough to know their rights and exert efforts to educate users as well. It is only through safeguarding our basic rights over our artistic creation that we, photographers can have a sustainable photography industry. This is a good start indeed!

Thanks to Louie Aguinaldo for the heads-up. Likewise, I would like to thank Ms. Pie of the IPO Office who was kind enough to give me extra slots and was able to invite Harvey Chua and Kat Palasi. Kudos to the IPO Philippines for this very worthwhile initiative!

11 July 2007

My Travel Type

I was just browsing blogs when I came across Gala Pinoy's blog. So I tried to find out what 'kind' of traveler I am (via series of questions that I think is designed to gauge personality types) and where should I go - and where I shouldn't... Get your own travel Profile here.

'Think this confirms my quest for adventure. It's been my longing to travel to Kathmandu, Madagascar, India, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil and other exotic places (I should earn a fortune first to do that in my lifetime!). I had proved that, when traveling, I prefer what is practical - bringing only the necessary things. On a work-related trip to General Santos City, an officemate of mine was so surprised to see me carry only two bags (one camera bag and the other containing my luggage enough for a 3-working day).

I had though my most uncomfortable bus ride several years ago. It happened during one of my Christmas vacations. It is during this time when I made it a point to go home in the province (Albay) and spend Christmas time with my family. And usually, I prefer to ride on an ordinary bus over airconditioned ones due to practical reasons. To avoid the rush, I reserved a ticket (it's an ordinary bus) in the old BLTB Station in Pasay City prior to my trip. I left the terminal assured that I have a sure seat. On the day of my departure, I arrived just on time. It's Christmas rush and everyone's desperate to go home. The bus was almost full when I arrived. As I board the bus, I was greeted with luggages and cartons stacked along the bus' passageways, ubiquitous cans of biscuit which almost every passenger buys for a pasalubong, passengers of all sizes and smell, and fighting cocks crackling at the back - quite a feast for the senses you might say. As I searched for my reserved seat, I was caught by surprise to see an old lady sitting on the seat assigned to me. I greeted the old lady and informed her if I can take the seat reserved for me. The lady, which is approximately 80 years of age, seems to have a hearing defect and can't hear me. I asked the passengers beside her if the lady had a companion, they told me there was none. Poor Dennis! I have to stand along with other chance passengers. The bus left the terminal and looking at us, we seem like bats hanging on a wire. And we swayed to and fro as the bus wiggled its way down South. The journey become torturous upon reaching Quezon Province, where, at that time, majority of the road are being repaired so we have to contend with the bumpy ride. One of the passengers lend me his can of biscuits for me to sit on. What a relief! I had only taken my reserved seat when we're in Daet, Camarines Norte. The rest was history :)

10 July 2007

SBN - 2666

Voyeurs Beware! SBN-2666 known as the Anti-video voyeurism act authored by Sen. Miriam Santigao penalizing Photo and Video voyeurism pending approval in the Philippine Senate:


The advances in technology have brought about many comforts in our everyday activities. However, some unscrupulous individuals have misused these technological advances to the detriment of their unsuspecting victims. An example of such misuse is photo and video

Photo and video voyeurism is the act of capturing an image of a private area of an individual without their consent, and knowingly doing it under circumstances in which the individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy. With the proliferation of camera phones, webcams, PDAs and a host of other miniature lenses, some individuals have become victims of photo and video voyeurs.

In the U.S., “cyber peeking” is often focused on fetish photographs taken from cameras mounted on shoe tops, labels and hats. In addition, U.S. law enforcement authorities report a steady increase of hidden cameras in bedrooms, bathrooms, public showers, locker rooms and tanning salons. From there, millions of photographs and video hit the Internet. While the situation is not that bad in the Philippines, there are several instances when individuals, mostly women, become the victims of “high-tech” voyeurism.

For the victim, it is obviously very embarrassing and degrading to be photographed in a compromised position. It is a form of invasion of personal privacy. Since it is the duty of the state to guarantee the right of its citizens to privacy, this bill is aimed at fulfilling such duty.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Should this be made into law, an offender shall be punished by imprisonment of not less than one (1) year nor more than five (5) years or a fine or not less than ten thousand pesos (P10,OOO) nor more that fifty thousand pesos (P50,OOO) or both at the discretion of the Court.

Source: Senate of the Philippines website

09 July 2007

Boomerang Awards 2007

Boomerang Awards, the 1st Internet and Mobile Marketing Awards is now up and online. This is the first and only awards that recognizes the role of Internet and Mobile platform in building the business of brands, services and companies in the Philippines The awards give recognition to campaigns that utilizes the web/internet and mobile devices as vehicles in meeting business objectives in the most creative, innovative and breakthrough manner.

How one handles a Boomerang dictates how it performs and "goes back" to the handler or user. If one throws it properly, more likely than not, it will perfectly "boomerang" back to him, thus "meeting his objective". This is what the awards is all about.

The competition is open the public. Internet and Mobile campaigns launched by companies in the Philippines between January 2005 and March 2007 is qualified to participate in the competition. Because the competition put premium on the significant contribution of the campaigns to business of brands, services or companies, IMMAP reserves the right to authenticate business results submitted in the entry form.

Entries must fall under any of the following classifications:
  • Internet/ Web Marketing
  • Mobile Marketing
The Entries will be judged based on the following:
Strategic significance in meeting the desired business objectives
Creativity and innovativeness in using the web/internet and mobile devices as communication mediums


Gold Boomerang
It is awarded to the campaign that has most effectively utilized both the Internet and Mobile platforms demonstrated by a creative, breakthrough manner with remarkable advancement in business performance.

Cyber Boomerang
This award is given to highly effective campaigns that use the web/internet as its central communication platform.

Mobile Device Boomerang
This award is given to highly effective campaigns using mobile devices as its central communications platform.

Board Of Directors Boomerang
This special award is given by IMMAP board of directors to honor individuals and/or organization for their significant contribution in the promotion and progress of Internet and mobile marketing industry in the Philippines.

Boomerang Awards require an entry fee of P1,500/ entry.

Submit an entry to the Boomerang Awards: the 1st Internet and Mobile Marketing Awards