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2018 “Best Picture of the Year” competition opens on October 1

By Abner Galino

Jhay “JhayO” Otamias shows the trophy and the Manny Pacquiao victory photo that won him the top spot in the Pamana ng Lahi’s Best Picture of the Year 2017 photo contest. Photo © Teodoro Yap

THE 2018 “Best Picture of the Year” competition is set to open on October 1, as the Filipino American History Month is celebrated throughout the US.

The photography contest, which is on its second year, is jointly sponsored by the Philippine Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (PILAC) and the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA).

Deadline for the submission of entries will be on October 13 and the awarding of winners will be on October 27.

FACLA is the organization that runs the Filipino Cultural Center (FCC) at 1740 W Temple St., Los Angeles. It is where the entries are to be put on display and as well as where the ceremonies will take place.

Last year, the “Best Picture of the Year” photo contest was won by Jason “JhayO” Otamias, a boxing photo enthusiast from Torrance. The second place went to the prolific and award-winning painter Bienvenido Sibug. The third place went to Irwin Jazmines. The three winners were given trophies and cash prizes.

The photograph of Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao with his arms in raised in victory after beating Mexican-American Jesse Vargas won the first place for Otamias. The photo was taken on November 5, 2016 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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A five-person jury picked the three winning photos from a pool of 21 entries.

The panel was composed of Maestro Dexter Grey (formerly a concert pianist), Romeo Balboa (professional photographer), Cao Yong (Chinese artist and photographer), Cesar Angeles (Public Information Officer of Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles) and Fernandico Gonong (president of Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA).

Here are the guidelines for the photo contest:
1. Participants should be Filipino or Filipino American.
2. Entry should have been taken from October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2018.
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 20, 2018; 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.

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 team can join the contest, as well as members of PILAC and FACLA.

Entries can delivered personally between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday or they can be mailed to the Filipino Cultural Center at 1740 W Temple St., Los Angeles 90026.


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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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