1. bj pascual
this up-and-coming photographer has already launched his first book, titled push: muses, mischief, & how to make it in manila. his instagram account is virtually exploding with followers eager to take in his perfectly staged and timed images of the country’s hottest young celebrities. still under 30, this self-taught photographer has already shot more than 100 magazine covers.
2. marc nicdao
although marc nicdao is not exactly new on the scene, his photography created a stir from the moment it showed up—and still does. his career has expanded beyond the philippines, and he’s photographed the likes of catherine deneuve, tommy lee jones, and adam levine. he was nominated for fashion asia’s top fashion photographer award in 2011.
3. paul quiambao
the early success of paul quiambao’s work is inextricably linked to his alma mater, the university of santo tomas. paul’s dramatic and unforgettable images were sought for the university’s 400th-year celebrations. his atmospheric pictures of the university’s ancient grounds and buildings were culled into a book and a photo exhibit, which launched his career in the philippines. quiambao has since found his niche in travel photography, and has founded the thomasian photographers guild.
4. xyza bacani
xyza bacani is one of the most remarkable successes in philippine photography. she began taking images of street life in hong kong and on the strength of her work, won a scholarship from the magnum foundation and the chance to hone her craft in new york city. she uses her photography to draw attention to human rights stories, and has picked up a number of accolades, including bbc’s 100 women of the world 2015, and forbes 30 under 30 asia 2016.
5. niccolo cosme
a provocateur by nature, niccolo cosme is a visual artist and conceptual photographer who has tapped his talents as much to raise awareness as he has to express his creativity. one of niccolo’s best friends was diagnosed with hiv in 2008. the experience led him to his first photo exhibit, “aware,” which went on to be featured at unaids in geneva. it was the first of several causes niccolo would tackle through his lens. so far he’s held two solo exhibits of his stylized photographs in new york.
6. geloy concepcion
a young street artist and photographer with a passion for shooting the streets, geloy concepcion’s images show the struggles of life in manila in a way that is immediate and human. the portraits in his portfolio are natural and unscripted, which isn’t a surprise as geloy often shoots the same streets where he grew up. before the age of 20, geloy’s pictures caught the attention of the 7th angkor photo workshop, and he’s exhibited his work as far afield as japan, taiwan, and singapore.
7. nico villegas
the son of noted filipino photographer arnel villegas, nico villegas grew up surrounded by art. he mastered digital and film photography in college, and went on to shoot for local newspapers before pursuing the subject at the art center design college in the united states. in new york, nico landed an apprenticeship with xander angeles, a filipino photography and film-making icon, and spent two years working in the big apple. these days, he shoots fashion and advertising projects for edge of light, one of the philippines’ most high-profile studios.
8. gabby cantero (food photography)
if food shots people took every meal were to be featured in a contest, gabby cantero’s photos would emerge to be the winner. gabby is a known excellent food photographer, having her works featured in various prints such as preview, rogue, and the philippine star. aside from food, she is also known for lifestyle photography, directing, and prop styling.
9. rem zamora (photojournalism)
award-winning photographer rem zamora is the country’s best when it comes to photojournalism. this has been proven when he won the gold prize in general news category of the first asian press photo contest. he bested five hundred photojournalists’ works, and his work—among 20,000 entries- won the award. he works for the philippine daily inquirer.
10. jaja samaniego (wedding photography)
“every press of the shutter is a chance to turn memories to tangible nostalgia,” said jaja samaniego, a manila based wedding photographer and a part-time photography professor at de la salle university. she is the lenswoman behind various wedding magazines such as metro weddings and wedding essentials. she is one of the best picks when it comes to wedding photography.
11. jay tablante (cosplay photography)
jay tablante is the man behind the best cosplay photography scene in the philippines. his works of art are truly inspiring, visually-appealing, and remarkable. tablante’s work in commercial photography has made him one of the most sought-after photographers when it comes to big brands.
1. Cathy Garcia Molina - a 48 yr. Old, Filipino film and television director. Some of her films were considered top-grossers here in the Philippines.
Her achievement was the following;
23rd PMPC Star Awards for Movies - Movie Director of the Year (2007) for the movie, YOU ARE THE ONE
24th PMPC Star Awards for Movies - Movie Director of the Year (2008) for the movie, ONE MORE CHANCE.
38th GMMSF Box Office Entertainment Awards - Most Popular Film Director (2008), for the movie, ONE MORE CHANCE.
39th GMMSF Box Office Entertainment Awards - Most Popular Film Director (2009), for the movie, A VERY SPECIAL LOVE.
27th FAP Luna Award - Best Director (2009), for the movie, A VERY SPECIAL LOVE.
6th Golden Screen Awards for Movies - Best Director (2009), for the movie, A VERY SPECIAL LOVE.
25th PMPC Star Awards for Movies - Movie Director of the Year, (2009), for the movie, A VERY SPECIAL LOVE.
40th GMMSF Box Office Entertainment Awards - Most Popular Film Director (2010), for the movie, YOU CHANGED MY LIFE.
7th Golden Screen Awards for Movies - Best Director (2010) for the movie, YOU CHANGED MY LIFE.
59th FAMAS AWARD- Best Director (2011) for the movie, MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY.
62nd FAMAS Award - Best Director (2014) for the movie, FOUR SISTERS and A WEDDING.
30th PMPC Star Awards for Movies - Movie Director of the Year (2014) for the movie, IT TAKES A MAN AND A WOMAN.
63rd FAMAS AWARD - Best Director (2015), for the movie, SHE'S DATING A GANGSTER.
47th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards - Most Popular Director (2016) for the movies, A SECOND CHANCE
2, Eddie Romero - National Artist of the Philippines in 2003.
FAMAS BEST DIRECTOR - 1967,The Passionate Strangers And 1981 The Aguila.
3. Amable “Tikoy” Aguiluz - founder of the Cinemanila International Film Festival in Manila in 1999
In 2003, Tikoy was awarded by the French government with the Chevalier dansl’Ordre des Arts etLettres for his remarkable contribution to Philippine Cinema.
FAMAS BEST DIRECTOR: 1998 Rizal sa Dapitan , 2012 Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story.
4. FERNANDO POE JR. - Honored as a National Artist of the Philippines for Film.
FAMAS BEST DIRECTOR: 1985 AndPadrino 1996 Kahit Butas ng Karayom.
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