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Pamana ng Lahi is now set to receive entries for “Best Picture of the Year” for its photo contest

Pamana ng Lahi participating artists (from left to right) Magoo Valencia, Boi Sibug, Vics Magsaysay (standing 4th from left), Luz Spanks (seated 7th from left) Sal Floriano (seated) and Johnny Otilano (seated). Also in photo are PILAC president Bernie Targa-Ganon (seated 5th from left), FACLA 1st vice president Pol Julian (standing 2nd from right) and FACLA 2nd vice president Art Garcia (seated extreme right). Photo © Vics Magsaysay

THE ongoing Pamana ng Lahi, a month-long art and photography exposition at the Filipino Cultural Center in the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles, is now set to receive entries for its “Best Picture of the Year” photo contest.

Bernie Targa-Ganon, president of Philippine Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (PILAC) said trophies and cash prizes await would-be winners to the photography competition. At the same time, she invited the public to visit the Filipino Cultural Center to see the ongoing art show of distinguished Filipino American artists participating in Pamana ng Lahi.

The artists on the show are Rey Garcia Zipagan, Sal Budhz G Floriano, Parts Bagani, Vics Magsaysay, Luz Balbin-Spanks, Bienvenido Sibug, Magoo Valencia and Johnny Esj Otilano.

Exhibition hours are from 11: 00AM to 6:00 PM Monday to Saturday.

“It’s a great opportunity to support Fil-Am artists from Los Angeles and suburbs,” Ganon added.

Ganon added that artists Sibug and Valencia are going to do on-the-spot portraiture during the closing day on October 28.

As for the Best Picture of the Year photo competition, the guidelines are as follows:

  1. Participants should be Filipino or Filipino American.
  2. Entry should have been taken from October 1, 2016 to October 1, 2017.
  3. Subject/s of entry should be about Filipinos in the US, Filipino Americans and/or about Philippine arts, culture and events.
  4. Entries should have been published in local newspapers, the social media and or the internet for whatever purposes (dates and places of publication should be indicated in the entry.)
  5. entries should be submitted before October 17, 2017; printed on minimum size of 10 x 8 inches frame (cardboard frames will be accepted and as well as other kinds of frames); titled and bearing the name of contestant, date when photo was taken and where/when published.
  6. Three outstanding photos will be chosen by a five-member panel to be selected by PILAC.
  7. 1st Prize, 2nd Prize and 3rd Prize will be selected by the judges.

Judging criteria:

  1. Relevance/importance to the Filipino American community
  2. Composition, display of photographic skills
  3. Impact on viewers
  4. Less use or absence of technological enhancement

No member of the Pamana ng Lahi organizing members can join the exhibit, as well as members of PILAC and FACLA. Entries can delivered personally or mailed to the Filipino Cultural Center at 1740 W Temple St., Los Angeles 90026.

For more information please contact Bernie at (323 683-6477 ) and Art at (213) 318-9065 or email us at

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Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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