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Winners for photo contest to promote Philippines tourism announced

2018/09/11 13:00:44

Photo courtesy of MECO

Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) A photo taken on the beach where super typhoon Yolanda first struck the Philippines in 2013 won the top prize in a photo contest organized by the Philippine representative office in Taiwan to promote travel to the country.

Shot by 55-year old amateur photographer Antonio Corado, the winning photo "depicts the beautiful view from inside a cave in what is now called Yolanda beach in Salcedo, Eastern Samar," and serves as a sharp contrast to the havoc wreaked by the super typhoon in the Philippines, according to the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taipei recently.

At least 6,300 people died when super typhoon Yolanda, known as Haiyan in other parts of Asia, struck in 2013. It also left 89.6 billion pesos or US$184 million in damage to houses, bridges, roads and other infrastructure in the Philippines, according to the Philippines government.

Corado, who works and resides in the Philippines, also won the third prize in the contest with his photo of a blossoming rose cabbage garden in the mountains of Atok in the northern province of Benguet, the primary source of vegetables in Luzon, MECO said.

Winning second overall prize is Ruwen Verdaguer, from Imus, Cavite, who submitted a night shot of the Basco Lighthouse back dropped against a sky full of stars in Naidi Hills in the island of Batanes.

Verdaguer also claimed a special category prize for his adventure photo of a torpedo boat ride in the rapids of Ulot river also in Eastern Samar, in a tie with another photo from photographer July C. Balboza, a migrant worker.

The winners of the top three prizes will receive NT$15,000, NT$10,000 and NT$5,000, respectively, said MECO.

The winner in the phone photography special category is the work of photographer Angel Mendoza who captured the view of Kayangan cove in Coron, Palawan using his mobile phone, according to MECO.

The photo competition was launched in March and ended in May. It is aimed at promoting the natural beauty of the Philippines and the works of its nationals in Taiwan.

It was opened to both amateur and professional photographers, who could submit any number of photos depicting the scenery of the Philippines or some aspect of Filipinos' lives in Taiwan, according to MECO.

Aside from cash prizes, the winning entries will be put on exhibit at the Red House in Ximending from October 13 to 14, along with other photographs chosen as the top 50 picks in the contest, it added.

The contest was organized with MECO in collaboration with Litratista, an association of Filipino photographers based in Taiwan. Out of the 80 photographers who submitted entries, 13 were Filipino migrants.

(By Joseph Yeh)