Mi Ciuad de Zamboanga Photo Competition 2016

Celebrating Zamboangueño creativity and ingenuity, the local government on Tuesday, April 26, recognized the winning entries of two summer festival competitions – the Mi Ciudad de Zamboanga Photo competition and the 1st Zamboanga Chalk Art contest.

For the photo competition, the entry of Gerard A. Pacaña was adjudged the best among the field of 30 photo submissions. Entitled ‘Baile’, Pacaña’s photo featured fire dancers performing in the City’s Rizal Shrine.

Berlito Bolotaolo’s ‘El Cross Mayor’, a photo depicting devotees in Abong-Abong, landed the second spot, while Ulysses John Almocera’s ‘Yakan Kaleidoscope’ featuring the Yakan hand-woven fabric, claimed both the third place, and the voter’s choice award with 623 likes and 101 shares on Facebook.

Winners received cash prizes and plaques of recognition.

Making up the finalists line-up were the entries of Joseph Lou Sta. Teresa (Vela De Ezperanza), Rudmar Villanueva (Vida’y Vinta), Arthur Joshua Rodriguez (The Sea is what I See), and Fouad Isahac Arakama (The Builder). Click on the Photo for gallery view. Photo courtesy of the City Government of Zamboanga


Top 10: Entry #20. #VelaDeEsperanza
by Joseph Lou Sta. Teresa
February 27, 2016, Paseo del Mar
Camera: Canon 70D
Description: A vinta can never go further than where the waves bring it but the sail that spreads out brings hope to new journeys and brighter future. The Vinta is an iconic symbol of Zamboanga’s diverse culture and colorful, harmonious city life. #DiaDeZamboanga


Top 9: Entry #18. Vida’y Vinta
By Rudmar Villanueva
February 8, 2016, Sta. Cruz Island
Camera: GoPro Hero4
Description: Vida’y vinta, nuay piho. Vita’y Vinta, ta segui lang man anud. Vida’y Vinta ta segui lang si onde liba el coryentaso. Pero el Vida’y Vinta amo ya hace conose con aton.


Top 8: Entry #5. Candle Light
By Gerard A. Pacaña
March 19, 2016, Rizal Shrine
Camera: Nikon D7000
Description: In every candle we lit, it produces a burning flame. A flame that lights up a path in saving mother earth hand in hand.



Top 7: Entry #6. El Luna na Paseo del Mar
By Berlito M. Bolotaolo
March 12, 2016, Paseo del Mar
Camera: Fuji X-M1
Description: Paseo del Mar, a very romantic place, especially if you get lucky and get to see the majestic moon shining while the sun is setting.


Top 6: Entry #26. Master Weaver
by Ulysses John P. Almocera
February 16, 2016, Sinunuc, Zamboanga City
Camera: Fuji X-A2
Description: One of the most intricate hand woven fabrics in the Philippines is the Yakan weave. A village in Sinunuc, Zamboanga City is one popular tourist spot which houses traditional weavers who makes intricate fabrics patterned from bamboo, diamond, flowers and leaves. The photo features a master weaver who is making a very intricate and symmetrical fabric. #JustGoPilipinas #JustGoZamboanga
Check our more photos at www.ujalmocera.com


Top 5: Entry #28. The Sea is what i See
By Arthur Joshua Rodriguez
January 15, 2016, Paseo del Mar
Camera: IPhone5s
Description: The Coastal living in Zamboanga is known for its majestic presentation as to how the city was able to embrace diversity; they came to live and breathe the sea breeze for it is where they have cultivated their hopes and dreams as they paddle forward to their destination.



Top 4: Entry #11. The Builder
By Fouad Isahac Arakama
April 12, 2016, Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Camera: Nikon D3100
Description: A construction worker arranged the bricks for the sidewalk for the beautification of NS Valderosa Street. This simple job shows how they love and want the Zamboanga city to be attractive to people. Even though there is an exchange for money, he still chose the certain kind of job. He subconsciously wanted to do it.


Third Place: Entry #25. Yakan Kaleidescope
by Ulysses John P. Almocera
February 16, 2016, Sinunuc, Zamboanga City
Camera: Fuji X-A2
Description: One of the most intricate hand woven fabrics in the Philippines is the Yakan weave. A village in Sinunuc, Zamboanga City is one popular tourist spot which houses traditional weavers who makes intricate fabrics patterned from bamboo, diamond, flowers and leaves. The photo features a bamboo patterned fabric during its production stage. #JustGoPilipinas #JustGoZamboanga
Check our more photos at www.ujalmocera.com


Second Place: Entry #7. El Cross Mayor
By Berlito M. Bolotaolo
March 25, 2016, Abong-Abong
Camera: Nikon D90
Description: Each year, devoted Zamboangueño Christians pay a visit in this giant cross to light a candle and pray.


First Place: Entry #4. Baile
By Gerard A. Pacaña
March 19, 2016, Rizal Shrine
Camera: Nikon D7000 (f/5.6, .5, ISO 500)
Description: El fuego na ritmo de baile. Celebrar un advocacia, salvar a nacion y su mundo vida.

Check out the rest of the entries at the official facebook page of Zamboanga Hermosa Festival here. Like and share to spread these beautiful images of Mi Ciudad de Zamboanga! #SummerNaZambo2016
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25 April 2016

1st Zamboanga Chalk Art Contest

The City Government of Zamboanga celebrates summer of 2016 with colors and a lot of fun activities for everyone. The latest of which is the first ever Chalk Art Contest which is open to young Zamboangueños with a creative imagination and sheer talent for drawing.

Held at Jardin Maria Clara Lobregat, Pasonanca, on April 24, 2016, the Chalk Art contest is a preliminary event leading to Dia de Maam Caling, a commemorative day of the first Zamboangueña Mayor, Maria Clara Lobregat.

13 teams battled it out at the streets of Pasonanca, as they try to show express through their art how they love Mi Ciudad de Zamboanga. Here are the 13 amazingly colorful street art in top view. Click for gallery view.


#1. Gladys A. Saavedra, Nestor L. Alam-Alam Jr., Joseph V. Floreta, Crisaldo H. Cordura, Nurshyquin A. Jafar


#2. Gladys A. Saavedra, Nestor L. Alam-Alam Jr., Joseph V. Floreta, Crisaldo H. Cordura, Nurshyquin A. Jafar


#3. Soren G. Abunin, Merrica Joy D. Tan, Francheska M. Vicente, Vachel Dahl D. Wee, Joped A.Dejecacion


#4. Arwa Ajirim, Chad E. Delos Santos, Abigail C. Dayrit, Gazelle N. Lenes, Fatima Abeer W.Uking


#5. Jacques Aldors F. Corral, Maria Elyzabeth R. Tuban, Nicole Erika A. Lim, Megan L. Dayak, Joshua Adonai B. Diaz


2nd Place: #6. Isabella G. Entoma, Jhucel P. Rodriguez, Daniella C. Aporador, Hazra A. Ibrahim, Erika Joy M. Rosales


#7. Khaled T. Majid, John Joshua G.Peña, Sean John A. Porillo, Kendrick E. Rico, Nur-Heider H. Abusaman


#8. Carmel Ann A. Bello, Jinky Remoto, Annie Rose Remoto, Farah Hussain, Norly M. Carpio


#9. Nicole Priscilla F. Corral, Kreenalee-Kyra D. Tabar, Angela Mae Delos Reyes, Lou Bernadelle Julian, Dain Kim


1st Place: #10. Charmaine Mae M. Toribio, Gerald Miles I. Tuballa, Agnes Alexandria A. Andico, Rizafe F. Legal, Allanie Ross F. Timosa


#12. Shahira Abbie, Fatima Nashrene A. Sultan, Almaeedha Naing, Diana F. Corral, Farrah Louise I. Paber


#13. Mary Clarence B. Cuenta, Jermi L. Sali, Edzmar Turabin, Mary Therese B. Cuenta, Joshua D. Morgia


3rd Place: #14. Florenel R. Tuble, Mitos A. Saavedra, Nhollie Ghean L. Obena, Baby Girl Kaitlyn S. Inclan, Rhealene M. Tuliao

Did you like their works? Like the official facebook page of Zamboanga Hermosa Festival for updates of the activities of the City Government of Zamboanga. Check out the behind the scenes here. And read more about the competition at the Zamboanga City Govt website. #SummerNaZambo2016 #ILoveZamboangaCity
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18 March 2016

Summer Na Zambo 2016

It's the hottest yet funnest time of the year! The City Government will hold the annual Summer Festival from April to May 2016. Some activities includes commemorative programs in honor of the city's important people and various competitions such as Hiphop Dance, Chalk Art, Photography, Neo-Ethnic Dance and Festival de las Bellas y Flores. Here's the complete calendar of activities:



This year’s summer festival will have its opening salvo on April 1 (Saturday) at 4 p.m. at City Hall grounds. The Zamboanga Hip Hop Dance Competition will entertain the young and adults alike on April 8 at 8 a.m. at the City Coliseum in Tetuan.


Download Guidelines and Entry Forms here.

April 26, the birthday of Zamboanga’s first woman mayor the late Maria Clara L. Lobregat, is declared “Dia de Ma’am Caling” and a commemorative program will follow after the mass at Jardin Maria Clara Lobregat in Pasonanca. On same day at 6 p.m., there will be Chavacano Pop Music Night also at Jardin Maria Clara.




Download Guidelines and Entry Forms here.


Download Guidelines and Entry Forms here.

Joey G of Side-A Band will have a concert on April 29 at 8 p.m. at the City Coliseum. May 18 is declared “Dia de Gen. Vicente Alvarez” and a program is slated at 8 a.m. at Plaza de Gen. Vicente Alvarez (fronting Plaza Pershing).



The annual Festival de las Bellas y Flores will be on May 21 at 5 p.m. at City Hall Grounds. “Danza Verano” (Street Party) will regale Zamboangueños of all ages at Paseo del Mar Esplanade.


Download Guidelines and Entry Forms here.
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27 January 2016

Visual Identity Project by COM116 Class

Visual Identity or Branding, are Visible elements of a brand, such as color, form, and shape, which encapsulate and convey the symbolic meanings that cannot be imparted through words alone. In a broader (corporate) sense, it may include elements such as building architecture, color schemes, and dress code (src: BusinessDictionary). For the midterm project of my COM116 (Desktop Publishing) class, I asked them to develop a visual identity for a logo that they designed in their previous exercises. Here are their outputs:


Blue Coffee Cafe + Bar by Mina Alfad


Silver Shoes by Hazel Arias


Sweet Saliva by Marese Malvar


Crimson Babe by Rach Marquez


Red Ninja Agency by Riza Narag


Pink Spoon Ice Cream Parlor by Gab Pareja


Blue Ocean by Mohd Sarajan


Telly Vision by Alvin Serondo

I am really impressed with most of their works. I really noticed how they did their researches and took my recommendations very well. Im happy that their works looks professional and has a high potential for real life work. Which project is your fave? Like and leave your comments below.
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07 January 2016

2015: A Year of Wonders

In 2014, I had the best year of my life. And 2015 didn't fail me, too. Life gave me a lot of new opportunities to experience and grow. 2015 is a milestone for me coz i've already lived a "quarter" of my life. There were a lot of surprises and I can only be grateful for all the blessings that God gave me. 2015 is a year of Wonders. A year to explore the wonders of the world, my career, my relationships and of my self. I've stood by my motto "Carpe Diem", to seize the day, learn to appreciate and enjoy life. Here are the highlights of my 2015:


January. Had our traditional new year's day outing at Abong-abong River with the family. Our cousins from Davao visited the city and had some bonding sessions. At work, I had my first SOCA experience where we stayed late up night to do the reports and presentations. At the end of the month, Ate and I went to Manila for Graphika Manila. We went to the National Museum with Pey, Binondo with our little bro Aljo and explored the BGC and Makati Area. The last day of January was the first day of Graphika Manila.


February. Second day of Graphika Manila. My artwork was included in the GM Book. I learn a lot from the speakers and went home with lots of inspiration. Together with some NMCA friends, we created an installation art #RTLIM100 at Plaza Pershing in commemoration of the 100th Birthday of Sen. Roseller Lim. For the first time, I went to Sagada with Ajhay, Sam and their college friends. We had spelunking at the caves and trekking at the rice terraces. We went to the famous Kiltepan Peak but we didn't see the sea of clouds due to heavy fog. We also passed by Baguio before heading back home. I organized the Zamboanga Film Festival for Dia de Zamboanga. It was very fulfilling especially when I saw my student and friends who are passionate in film and animation and being recognized by the Mayor during the Awards Night.


March. I had my first unplanned travel. I was sent by the office to attend the International Festival for Language at the Resorts World. I had the chance to visit my friends is Manila, too. Wella, my cousin, also had her college graduation and we had a party at home. Then, I had my 2nd surprise travel. Sir Reymond of Vista and I went to Manila to present a demo reel video we created for a mining company. I had a chance to meet my friends again. Back in Zamboanga we celebrated the Earth Hour and did some on the spot doodle session and candle lighting at Plaza del Pilar.


April. Started the month with a family vacation. We went to Dapitan, Dakak, Misamis, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon. I did the white water rafting for the 2nd time, but now with my family. We went to Dahilayan Nature Park in Bukidnon and tried the ziplines and had picnic at the pine forest. I love the roadtrips and bondings with the family. Back at home I rekindled by artistic side and explored new techniques like brush lettering and paper cutting. At work we officially kicked off the Summer Na Zamboanga festival. I had my first mountain run challenge "Murok 3.0" and finished 13.8k in 1 hour and 47 minutes, a new personal record. We conducted a scriptwriting workshop with the local film makers group called Cinema Castellano. My childhood best friend, Farhana, also graduated in medschool!


May. Celebrated Labor day at Sta. Cruz Island with my Sagada buddies and my sister and Wella. (The photo is in April collage, my bad). For the summer festival we had the annual Kite Festival and was just amazed by the beautiful kites! I invited the cosplayers too in that event. My main event is the Zamboanga Hiphop Dance Competition which, for the first time, is divided into different categories (Junior, Varsity, Adult, and Megacrew). I was just amazed by the talented young dancers. We also had the Juego de Antes, a festival of traditional Filipino games. Wella and I created "Well-crafted hearts" our brand for our art and craft products like paper cut and hand painted art. We also had the "Festival de las Bellas y Flores" or the Flores de Mayo. To end the summer festival, we had a street party "Danza Verano" at Paseo del Mar. It also featured an Art Fair where we displayed and sold our artworks. It was one of the best summer experience I had!


June. It's back to school time! I'm teaching Visual Communication once again. Beacon Newsmag, ADZU's student publication where I trained for layout and design, invited me to create a hand-lettering mural for the OrSem. At work, we celebrated the flag days, independence day and Dia de Fundacion de Chavacano. My main event is the CineChavacano Film and Animation Festival. It was another fulfilling event!


July. Had a vacation with Jervin, Pey and Coline at Ilocos Region. We went to Laoag, Vigan, Paoay and Pagudpud. Despite the typhoon, we enjoyed each other's company especially during the Paoay 4x4 ride. We went to a lot of tourist spots and had so much laughs and photos. I also had several talks for Campus Journalism workshops. At work, we are already preparing for the Hermosa Festival.


August. My birth month! To start the month, I was invited to do a live art exhibition at Ateneo for the CSIT Acquaintance Party "VOX". It's my first time to do such thing. I also spent a day visiting barangay halls at the west coast to distribute letters for a cultural mapping project. For the first time, i stepped on new territories and was amazed by the picturesque beauty of some barangays like Muti, upper Dulian and Sibulao. I had a surprise travel to South Cotabato to attend the Koronadal International Folklore Festival. I spent my birthday there together with some employees from the Secretary Office. We went to Lake Sebu and experienced the highest zipline in Southeast Asia at the Seven Falls. We watched folkdance performances from different countries like Poland, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and Mexico. It was an amazing experience especially because we're always in the front rows. Back at home, I had dinner with the family at the new restaurant just outside our house, Carls. At school, it was Midterms time! My student created artworks and had a gallery exhibit/presentation. It was a lot of fun!


September. Maam Beng's birthday. It's been 2 years since the Zambo siege happened. Our office came up with an exhibit "Dos Años Despues". A turning point in my life happened. I gave myself a second chance to feel again :) My high school friend Galen got married and i did their musical SDE. We did all preparations for the Hermosa Festival. I designed an emblem which was turned into lanterns and was decorated on the street lamps. What an amazing feeling looking at my design around the city. At the end of the month, we had the pre-fiesta event Bandoreal Parade at both districts. It was my first time to witness a bandoreal and it was really fun! I also had the chance to be with the Azkals / Meralco Sparks when they visited the city. I gave mama a beautiful fondant cake for her birthday!


Ocotber. It's fiesta Pilar month! For the first time, our office is assigned to organize the biggest festival of the city! The Opening Salvo was really amazing especially during the lighting of the giant emblem! My main events are the Art Exhibit, Original Chavacano Video Music Festival and Danza La Vida. Wella and I created the float entry of Unique Motor Center for the Parade of Lights and we won 3rd place! We really enjoyed the street party at the Butterfly Garden as VIP's. I got to be in the backstage with the guest DJ's Ashley Rivera, Nina Saputil and Marc Marasigan. It's the best street party this city ever had! After the exhausting fiesta, I went to Manila met with Jotie and went to Tagaytay. Had dinner with my Ate who was under training in Laguna. I met her boyfriend RJ. It's wasn't the best time for a vacay because of the typhoon but I still had a good time with my travel buddy.


November. 2nd Sem at school, and i'm teaching Desktop Publishing once again. I was invited by the AdZU Alumni Association in an art exhibit "Past to Present". I went to Cagayan de Oro with Jotie for the Mindanao Communicators Network Congress and met other PIO's from the region. We had a social night and had my first ever costume party. The theme was Enchanted Night, so Jotie and I came as the Lost Boys from Peter Pan. Had so much fun with the #ArribaBanco team. We also did the White Water Rafting (my 3rd time) and Dahilayan Adventure. I tried the python zipline, dropzone and luge for the first time. Back at home, we celebrated Papa's birthay and promotion. I gave him a watch as a present. At work, we made an installation art for Dia de Cesar then we did the preparations for the Christmas Festival.


December. It's our favorite time of the year! We opened Pascua na Zamboanga with the theme Candyland. You can watch the SDE here. Me and my adventure buddy had a short weekend vacation to Pangasinan. We went to Bolinao and explored its beautiful caves and falls. Another bucket list item was ticked off when we did island hopping at the famous Hundred Islands in Alaminos. In Manila, we went to Makati to see the amazing lights display at the Ayala Triangle. Back in Zamboanga, a new big mall is opening, the KCC Mall de Zamboanga. I went to Manila again to participate the Philippine Visual Arts Festival (PVAF) at the University of the Philippines - Diliman Campus. It was my first time in UP and I was just honored to be one of the participants. My artwork "Regatta de Zamboanga" was my entry in the group art exhibit at the Palma Hall. We had workshops and seminars, too, which gave us a lot of knowledge and inspiration. I learned casting from a master sculptor, Manolo Sicat, at the UP College of Fine Arts. It was a fun experience and i just felt blessed being there. It was a childhood dream to study in UP Fine Arts, and during the closing program, I felt like a fine arts student receiving the certificate from the NCCA director for Visual Arts in front of artists around the country. Another dream became a reality when we joined the UP Lantern Parade as front liners of UP Fine Arts. Finally, I really enjoyed my Christmas holidays with family and friends. It was a really a great year!

2015 was simply wonderful! God answered a lot of prayers and I faced the year with a lot of positivity and perseverance. I'm contented with my life but still I hope for better things to come. 2015 is a turning point and it's just the start of another crazy chapter in life. Here's to all the memories and for future adventures! Cheers! Thanks for being part of my life one way or the other. I wish you a prosperous and great 2016! Carpe Diem and God bless!
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