Friday, November 4, 2016

Connected Community lauds Photographers for Capturing the dynamic Filipino-Chinese Culture


The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII ), in cooperation with the Camera Club of the Philippines (CCP) launched an online photography competition dubbed as "Connected Community" that aims to capture images that reflect how Chinese traditions and Filipino culture have been intertwined over the years.

Three hundred entries from photographers nationwide were received in the said competition that ran from August 8 to October 16, 2016. FFCCCII shortlisted 10 photographers from the professional category and another 10 from the amateur category. And last November 3, 2016, the top 3 winners in each category were feted by the FFCCCII in an awarding ceremony held at the Manila Hotel with Madame He Xiangqi, Charge D'Affaires of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China as guest of honor.


Froilan Rivera bested all the other professional photographers and took home the P 70,000 prize. Emerson Catindoy and Dante Peralta were announced as 2nd and 3rd place winners, and were awarded P 40,000 and P 20,000 cash prizes respectively. All finalists in the professional category were given Chinese tea sets and plaques.








Mary Grace Anne Batalla, who came in close at 5th place, was awarded a special prize of P 5,000 and a plaque for her photo entry "The Rockstar Treatment", which had the most likes and shares on Facebook.



"We were amazed at the talent and artistry of the winners in capturing the theme, Connected Community. Through this competition, the Filipino-Chinese ties really stood out. The photographers went beyondvthe obvious Chinese elements. Each photo that made into the finals really had a compelling story to tell," said FFCCCII President Angel Ngu.






On the other hand, Catherine Aragoncillo secured the top spot in the amateur category, taking home P 40,000 in cash. Ysabel Victoriano emerged victorious in 2nd place with P 20,000 cash prize, while Bernard Recirdo II was announced as 3rd place winner, bringing home P 15,000 cash prize. And just like in the professional category, all finalists brought home Chinese tea sets and plaques.



"We were amazed at the talent and artistry of the winners in capturing the theme, Connected Community. Through this competition, the Filipino-Chinese ties really stood out. The photographers went beyondvthe obvious Chinese elements. Each photo that made into the finals really had a compelling story to tell," said FFCCCII President Angel Ngu.

"The entries are all works of art. They serve as a testament to the special bond between the Filipino and Chinese people. Each image showed how deeply interwoven Filipino-Chinese culture is, and will continue to be, in the generations to come," according to CCP President Philip Clayton Yu. Check put facebook.com/FFCCCIIphotocontest to see the winning images.

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