It was January 2010 when The Killers were first slated to perform in Manila. About a week or two before the date, the gig got cancelled. A few months later, frontman Brandon Flowers launched his solo album. At that point, I thought The Killers wouldn't be coming to Manila at all, much like what happened to the ill-fated Oasis concert back in 2001 (or was it 2002?). Well, what do you know, The Killers pushed through after all. And it was a concert I wouldn't miss. As Brandon told their Filipino fans during the show, "Thank you for not giving up on us."
I got a patron ticket (I went solo because my sister wouldn't pay for her own ticket) and took my chances in "smuggling" in my Canon EOS M with its 22mm lens and my 135mm L with an adapter. The EOS M sure looked small so I was confident the security guards would allow me to shoot with it. I still didn't want to risk bringing a regular-sized DSLR, just imagine if it wasn't allowed and I had to leave it at the car.
I shot from about about a hundred feet away from the stage, in front of me a sea of hand-raising, device-recording fans who also want their own shots. To compound matters, the EOS M's autofocus system struggled big time with the bright lights, causing me to miss shots because of the delay in focusing. I decided to go manual focusing and trust my eyes, after all I've been using them longer than the camera's sensor.
Here are my sniper photos from The Killers Live in Manila...
A heck of a show! The Killers totally slayed it! Thanks for coming to Manila!
And thank YOU for viewing. Next concert : Two Door Cinema Club, November 26. Anyone, if you know any connections, please help me get a photographer's pass. :)
I was back in Bulacan State University to witness another edition of their Cheerdance Competition. Still high about the UAAP CDC (an event I watch live every year) last weekend, and still smarting about my beloved UP Pep Squad losing its crown to a very-deserving NU crew, BSU's own CDC event was smack on in its timeliness.
I have to admit, I loved shooting it last year, so I did another round. If only the crowd control personnel were more friendly, I would have appreciated the experience more. This year was no exception, as I was again asked if I had any accreditation ID, otherwise I can't be inside the activity center. I just don't get it that they're that strict about having IDs when obviously there are a ton of other people brandishing their cameras in front of the stage WITHOUT IDs. A little politeness would have gone a long way...or just straight-up fairness. If they don't want visitors or photographers shooting their event, then just say so.
Anyway, here are my photos. And yes, I didn't have any ID or pass. I guess because I DON'T NEED ONE to get the shots or results that I want.
And the winners are...
3rd Place, last year's champs, the CHE Tigers
2nd Place, hands-down having the best uniforms, the CICT Firefox
And the 2013 champions...
The CAL Green Cobras!
And because they're the champs, they get extra exposure to show their emotions. =)
Congratulations to the winners and all the teams! It was a superb show. Had a lot of fun. ID or no ID.
(P.S. I won't mind other people sharing or using the photos, but my watermark is there for a reason.)
It's back. Singkaban's Indakan sa Kalye is back.
I mean, the real Indakan sa Kalye. I've been shooting the Singkaban Festival since 2009, and the last couple of years, the organizers replaced Indakan with a simple street dance parade that pales in comparison to the Indakan I covered in 2009. It just hasn't been the same since then. Until this year.
Nevermind if it's only 8 teams. Nevermind if it rained and it was something really of an Indakan sa KB Gym. The important thing was the event was significant again. Our new photography club Focus Bulacan was there to cover the event.
Here are my photos :
Hooray to the organizers for bringing back Indakan sa Kalye in the Singkaban calendar. Can we request that you bring back Pasiklaban next year? :)
Thanks for looking!
Every year, coinciding with Bulacan's Singkaban festivities, the Reyna ng Bulacan pageant takes place. Top beauties from each town competing for the right to represent the province in national contests. So who's the fairest Bulakenya of 'em all? This year, I got a good, closer look.
The organizers tasked me to shoot the official headshots of the contestants. A lot of restrictions as to the look of the photos and candidates themselves, but the shoot was highly-enjoyable nonetheless. Here are some of my favorite headshots, in thumbnails to save space on this post (otherwise this would be an epic). You may click on the thumbnails to view the photos in full :
I got to see first-hand, and I must say this batch has a lot more pretty faces than previous years. Now it was up to them to show their other qualities to be considered a beauty queen. The coronation happened a month after the headshots pictorial, I'm sure a lot has happened between then and judgment night. For one, I noticed the candidates seemed more relaxed and confident. Which was a good thing, considering they'd be strutting their stuff on the big stage.
I watched and took photos of the coronation night, too. Before I present photos of the program proper, here are a few behind-the-scenes I was able to capture, before the organizers restricted access to the backstage. Click on the thumbnails to view in full.
Solo shots of some of the candidates in their festival wear. Click on thumbnails to view in full.
First batch of awards...
The organizers had a request, a very reasonable one, about shooting the candidates in their swimsuit. Of course I'd follow the guideline, so I'm sharing the swimsuit photos in groups, or these ones below in black-and-white (and not too close). Again, click on thumbnails to view in full.
A few more awards...
The Top 17 (I'm curious why the odd number)...
And then there were nine...
The make-or-break Q & A portion...
And now the final ranking and the countdown to the grand winner...
The Final 3...
And the Reyna ng Bulacan 2013 is...
Miss Vessica Sambo of Malolos is Reyna ng Bulacan 2013 and will represent the province in the next Binibining Pilipinas pageant.
I was given the exclusive chance to photograph the winners in an impromptu shoot in the dressing room. Click to view the full photos.
Kudos to the candidates, the organizers, and to everyone involved with the pageant. Job well done. It was a pleasure being part of it. Congratulations to the winners. Good luck on your next pageants. Make Bulacan proud!