Aliwan Fiesta 2012



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Yesterday Manila Bay was flooded with vivid colors, cheerful smiles, sick drum beats and amazing dance moves for the annual Aliwan Fiesta 2012. Aliwan Fiesta brings out every major Fiesta (festival) event in the whole Philippines and brings it to Metro Manila. Every year the bay is packed with people who came in with camera (from DLSRs to smartphones) to capture photos in the event. I came in late so I was able to photograph only a few of the contestants but luckily I was able to catch up to see the contenders of Oriental Mindoro which is my province. For this year I tried to do a photojournalist approach using my wide most of the time and staying (the hell) away from my prime and telephoto lens since I really wanted to get up close to the contestants and give a wide view of everything that's happening. 





The real "photo-wall" 


I never could pull off the Barong-Shorts
combination but this guy rocked it.






Spin cycle!


Somehow this image feels like its defiant or something.
Yep that's a huge ass gown and yes I'm just kidding.
The kid hollers like a pro.
Bells in the city

Father teaching his son who to fly a 20 pesos
flying contraption a midst the busy crowd.

With the aid of my tripod and her being stable I got this.
I am cursing myself for having shaky hands since this
would look really nice if only my hands are steady.
 I didn't finish the event since I don't feel like walking up to Aliw Theater and find myself stuck in a crowd where I couldn't take photographs but all in all the event was a blast. Hopefully next year the event would be bigger and better. Next year, I might try to bring in my lighting gear (and a assistant hopefully) and take photos using a one light setup.


Hit the link for those interested who won the street dance contest.



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Patrick Jude M. Ilagan born June 24, 1990 is a graphic designer, photographer and content specialist based in Manila, Philippines. Patrick is a graduate of University of Santo Tomas wherein he earned his degree in Fine Arts major in Advertising.

After graduating he worked as a graphic designer and art director for on Gadgets Magazine under Great Minds Media Inc. which is a publishing company based in Quezon City, Philippines in 2011 until 2012. He then moved to Web Providers Dev. Pro as a content writer which later on became Digital Room Inc. (Philippines) wherein he became a digital marketing specialist. In the same year he moved to Web Providers Dev. Pro he also part-timed as an instructor for a local college based in Makati, Philippines wherein he taught graphic design.

Patrick wrote and made downloadable content for You the Designer which is a graphic design lifestyle blog in 2012 until early 2014 with artist Kerby Rosanes. In mid-2014 He shifted his efforts and co-founded photography lifestyle and inspiration blog named You the Photographer with George Nacpil. He is currently the blog's editor.

Patrick often refers to himself as a pixel craftsman since he is mostly working with a computer. Patrick mostly uses Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Lightroom for his work.

When not working Patrick immerses himself in TV shows, movies, books and games. He is also a fan of underground live music shows, food fairs, art exhibits and roaming around museums.

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