27th December. Wrapping up my year will never be complete without my Kids Charity Feeding Programme. On its 4th year, really thankful to God for all the blessings He is giving me; for the works; for bringing people close to my heart not just for entrusting my photography but for allowing me transform their business out of my photographs. I'm speechless and overjoyed. THANK YOU to all who became part of my PUCAW PHOTOGRAPHY ENLIGHTENMENT WORKSHOP - SEASON 2 IN QATAR. This charity will never be possible without your support.

Thank you also to all who helped me and my family arranged the 2 days feeding programme -- the staff and Baranggay Captains & Councilors. This year, we were very happy to fed and gave toys to approximately 800 less-fortunate children to 2 suburbs beneficiaries: Brgy. Sicsican (December 26) and Purok Jacana (December 27). MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR! LET'S ALL WELCOME 2014 WITH HIGH HOPES, SHARING LOVE & INSPIRATION TO OTHERS!
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10th December. So thrilled. That this is by far the most challenging and rewarding hotel project I ever did. Anything Luxury -- DAMAC. Watch out for the grand opening of DAMAC MAISON -- The Summit Deluxe Hotel Apartment in Burj Downtown. [Just a quick tip: Beautiful view from the rooms & pool + high end Health Club! something REALLY great to look forward to.]
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30th November. Just a quick glimpse of my recent F&B work for THE ADDRESS DUBAI MALL HOTEL in Burj Downtown feat CHURRASCO Restaurant. Watch out for more!
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28th November. Photographing Stands of BOUNDLESS during the BIG 5 Exhibition at Dubai World Trade Center. Congratulations BOUNDLESS, BAUER, AL BADDAD, BAHRAIN PAVILION & MALAYSIA PAVILIONfor such BIG successful show.
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26th November. GAUTIER - Stylish French Living finally opens its new branch in Qatar located in BARWA Avenue Complex. Congratulations to Team GLOWN for such classy and stylish setup and to the GAUTIER Team for the successful event.
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25th November. An innovative concept created by Pio Galligani Magrini, Paper Moon opened its earliest branch in Via Bagutta, Milan in 1977. Quickly becoming an upbeat hunt for international business, fashion, entertainment and sports personalities, Paper Moon’s phenomenal success eventually reached New York, USA in 1989. Today, is the official "By Invitation Only" Dinner Grand Opening for the 2nd Branch (after LA SPIGA -- W Hotel) in Doha situated in the iconic Jaida Square Building. Read more after the jump www.papermoondoha.com
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24th November. Really happy to become part of PARTY FOR A CAUSE -- A fund raising event initiated by B&F and S&M Divisions of W DOHA for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. My team did setup a quick portable studio in CRYSTAL Lounge where Staff, right after their work/duty, can have their photographs taken. Such a blast. 
  
  
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21 November. When AAMAL asked me to photograph Doha City Center Food Court Architecture, I was thrilled. The last time I photographed a Food Court was almost 2 years back in Qatar University. And yes, this is definitely another opportunity to "Think Outside The Box" -- The furniture, lighting, design and elements. Watch out for the official photos of AMAAL Company and Optimized Trading & Distribution.
 
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19th November. Currently working on with some Interior Photoraphy for AAMAL Luxury Apartments in West Bay. Just simply loving the feel of all rooms, views and furniture. Thank you Doyee for helping me move every inch of the furniture, for holding my lights and staying foot with me everytime I asked each details to be in place. Not an easy job, literally from sweat & bruises; but amazingly got lots of fun in the set. Check out their corporate website at www.aamal.com.qa
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17th November. Nothing much to say but more to show -- definitely another challenging form of Photography. Here are some of the Laboratory Shoot highlights I did for TEXAS A&M University in Qatar Foundation for their Annual Research Book. Thank you so much to all who become part of this very interesting & educational project. Especially to Sir Jamie Arexi for his endless support, trust; and the rest of the Doctors, Deans, Professors and Students.
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15th November. THANK YOU to all who came over & made the SHOOT FOR A CAUSE event a HUGE success. Such an overwhelming result out of short notice preparation. From the sponsor W Doha Hotel, Sir Jassim of Qatar Charity, Organizers, Volunteers, Models, Make-Up Artist, Fashion Designers, Group Leaders and Participants. You know who you are!
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13th November. I must confess, that the more I watch the Typhoon Yolanda Aftermath Video Coverage of CNN, the more it breaks my heart. I cannot explain how awful the situation is, how families lost their love ones and my countrymen suffered with no food, no water, no shelter.. But somehow, it calms myself to realise that in a small way, I can try to extend a helping hand. and yes, I support SHOOT FOR A CAUSE. A charity event organized by Filipino Photographers Community in Qatar spearheaded by Mr. Ian Palabrica and Group Leaders of WARP, DPSC, TCLQ, PLQ, PIKONS, SSI, TOL, TCC and NRS.

Below is the official advert. Really thankful to W DOHA HOTEL for sponsoring the venue and the Cultural Attache Office of Philippine Embassy for supporting this initiative. God bless, Philippines! Stay Stronger Than Ever! #TyphoonYolanda
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9th November. It's been a while since the last time I did an Interior & Exterior works in Dubai. And I am thankful to Sir Khurram Khwaja, Sir Jan Bak and Sir Iskander Khawaja for commissioning me to photograph ERANTIS Properties located in Jumeirah Village.
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5th November. Italian brand Paper Moon has opened its restaurant at Jaidah Square in Doha, serving up authentic Italian fare to residents. Here's the quick Portrait of Executive Chef Fabrizio De Togni and General Manager Valerio Sattin.
 
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31st October. Currently finishing the Interior Photography for Saray Musherib Deluxe Apartment and Hotel. Here are some highlightshots of their Gym, Health Club, Lobby, Concierge & Front Desk.
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24th October. Honored to be the official photographer for the BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR 2013 Event of AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE QATAR. Congratulations to Qatar Airway's CEO Akbar Al Baker for winning. Also, the event was joined by American Ambassador Susan Ziadeh, AmCham Qatar Chairman Robert Hager and the rest of the pioneering members of AmCham. Well done to all the organizers especially to Theresa Backus Dunn -- AmCham Executive Director.
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21st October. My recent works for BOUDLESS & KAMUTI during the GITEX 2013 featuring the stands of BAHRAIN Pavilion, IRELAND Pavilion, Strontium and JadoPado.com held in DUBAI INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTER.
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16th October. Showcasing the latest menu of MARKET by JEAN-GEORGES. Had sooo much fun in the set. My very first collaboration with Chef Monica -- the one and only Lady Executive Chef in the Middle East. And yes, tried a little of every dish. There's no such perfect word to best describe how beautiful and delicious the dishes are. Everything available in W Hotel!
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15th October. I am deeply honored to be the chosen Photographer and becoming part of the global celebration of COURTYARD by MARRIOTT's 30th Anniversary. With five spectacular worldwide events in HONG KONG, QATAR, BERLIN, MEXICO CITY and ATLANTA. Here in the Middle East, Courtyard by Marriott Doha City Center celebrated this milestone with VIP guests & family night during Eid Holiday. BIG THANKS to Maam Tania Hearn and the rest of the Marriott & Renaissance Team. and more power to Courtyard! Cheers!!!
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10th October. Shooting the final leg of Ras Al Khaima Project -- showcasing some of my Aerial and some Exterior works. Nothing much to say.. but more to show. Watch out for their official tourism and business investment campaign across the globe. Coming Real Soon!

1st October. To photograph 50 Dishes in 3HRS. What can I say? "Grace Under Pressure! "
Presenting the sumptous dishes of LA SPIGA BY PAPERMOON. Check out more photos in F&B link of this page. Everything available in W DOHA HOTEL.
 
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28th September. Showcasing some of the Interior works for LIVING IN INTERIORS. Check out their top of the line products at www.livingin.com
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24th September. Commissioned to photograph The Club of Grand Heritage Doha Hotel & Spa. Together with some Corporate Portraits of F&B Director, Assistant to GM and PR Manager.
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21st September. Currently working on with Nasir bin Abdullah & Sons (NAS Group of Companies). Commssioned to photograph 2 of their upcoming Hotels, Just Burger Restaurant in The Pearl Qatar, NECC Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Alwatany Travels, NAS Stores (Panasonic Showrooms) and NAS Real Estate. This is I guess the test of my dynamism in the field of Photography. Needless to say, such an honor to work with NAS whose companies are owned by Sheikh Nasir Bin Abdullah Al-Thani, a successful Entrepreneur and member of the Royal Family of Qatar.
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10th September. AGORA -- a 5 Star Turkish Restaurant situated in GRAND HERITAGE DOHA HOTEL & SPA  will launch their new menu soon. Stay tuned! For the meantime, here are two of the dishes I favorited during the food shoot and tasting.
 
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1st September. Nowadays, Filming is next to Photography I want to venture the most. 1 Week of Planning, 2 Weeks of Shooting & another week of post processing were beautifully insane. And I'm grateful to produce TRANSGULF's Corporate/Industrial Video in collaboration with RECORDBOX PRODUCTIONS. Thanks Team TRANSGULF & Family for entrusting me this project; Being a Director is not an easy job.

From sweat & bruises, this is by far one of the most challenging & rewarding projects I ever did. Seeing this vid repeatedly made me think "Did we really shoot this on Summer?" Thank you to Paul Agarao and his team. To Jerilee Java-Antic for being the writer & Vic Pacursa as my assistant Photographer. I strongly recommend to view the video in HD format.

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26th August. Thank you, QATAR TRIBUNE -- The Leading English Newspaper in Qatar for featuring me as one of the Food Photographers ( with Lydia Shaw); and including me with such talented company to your food photography article "CLICK IT, POST IT, EAT IT".

You can read and view the full article here: http://www.qatar-tribune.com/data/20130826/pdf/index.html#p=30

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22nd August. PHASES OF LOVE. Time flies! Three years feel like a week... But nothin beats the privilege to photograph TRUE LOVE. From Prenuptials, Wedding Day to Pregnancy Portrait for ROLAND + KATHIE. 
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12th August. LA SPIGA by PAPERMOON of W Doha Hotel. This is by far the most extensive Interior shoot I ever did... One of the more painstaking shots in recent memory!  What can I say? The resto is just classy & beautiful. Thanks to Doyee and Zachie for assisting me. To Maam Esra and Clara for bringing me back in Doha. I had so much fun staying in W Doha.
La Spiga by Paper Moon to deliver a fashionable, relaxed ambiance and authentic, tasteful Italian cuisine.
The menu focuses on the freshest of ingredients, with light and tasty antipasti, salads, pastas, pizzas and the best cuts of meat and quality seafood available.

A dramatic focal point of the space is the pizza oven in a bronze mosaic finished inspired by a disco ball, as well as Italian-inspired furniture.

Customers can step outside and experience al fresco dining on the chic terrace, overlooking Doha's skyline
The restaurant, designed by United Designers of London, offers a distinctive setting with the signature Paper Moon 'Wall of Fame' of celebrity photos.
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7th August. Will it be a crime if I say that I am deepdly honored to catch Ramadan shoot (on my 2nd year too) for Grand Heritage Doha Hotel & Spa? I still remember how nervous I am when I first did Grand Heritage. And this year, becomes my 2nd family. Thank you Sir Pierre & Maam Indri for always believing in me. And for the patience waiting of my return to Doha. I hope I can deliver more and kept progressing to execute your marketing plans to my photography.
 
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5th August. For the second time around, I have the priviledge to photographed Cucina Team and Renaissance's Ramadan Tent. It's nice to be back in Qatar! Really thankful for W Hotel, Grand Heritage and Renaissance for their continuous support to my photography. To Tania Hern, for always being there for me. You guys are amazing! Thanks to the Renaissance and Marriot teams. Watch out for their official campaign as Cucina will be having Sushi in their menu. That's a good news! (Especially for Sushi-freaks like me). And thanks Joe Cordero for holding my lights.
 
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3rd August. It's nice to be back in Qatar. Got a few days to complete some work. 1st leg was shooting W Doha Hotel Ramadan Tent, Souq and Wahm. Was really surprised upon checkin in the hotel that my work last year was spreaded accross all Qatar for their Ramadan advert. Sort of personal motivation and inspiration to push more of my limits in this field. Meanwhile, here are some quick glimpse of my shots last night.
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30th July. Four years ago seems to feel like yesterday... I still remember how risky and glorious those days were. From shooting the plant in the middle of the desert in Dubailand up to Mustafa, Abu Dhabi. And today, revisiting and being commissioned for another job with TRANSGULF READYMIX CONCRETE CO. LTD. has never been so "concrete" and rewarding. This time, I have yet to produce their corporate video along with Corporate Portraits (Acknowledged to SOFITEL Luxury Hotels Corniche Abu Dhabi for our location shoot). And finally, I am glad that I was able to do my first collaboration with RecordBox Production LLC spearheaded by Paul Aggarao; and my assistant Vic Pacursa.

To Transgulf family, especially to Cathy Ordonez-Rivera (HR Manager) for helping us althroughout the project, to their beloved Chairman Hamad Qasem, to Managing Director Sami Nabulsi & General Manager Assad Atout -- THANK YOU! Thank you for always believing in my talent. Thank you for always entrusting me with such beautiful works to visualize and transform your business visions to our passions. Fantastic Team. More power!

Watch out for the official corporate video to be released next month.
  
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20th July.  Showcasing some of my recent works for AL KHAN FOOD LLC from Muscat, Oman (Product Photography for Frozen Food Industry). Thanks to the amazing team for doing a job well done -- from the Food Stylist to our Chef especially to Kothari's allowing the team to use their beautiful 5 Star kitchen.
 

 
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15th July. My recent commercial works in Dubai for EMARAT, FreshPlus, Bakeria and C Store. Watch out for their nationwide campaign coming soon. Thanks to all who become part of this project. From my Agent to Logistic, Styling, Casting and Lighting. You guys are amazing!

 

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7th July. I am speechless. The moment I heard that I got this project, I was blown away. THANK YOU, Ras Al Khaima Chambers of Commerce & Industry for entrusting me this photoshoot. Such an honor to photograph HE Yousuf Obaid Al Nuaimi (Chairman), HE Nacer Ahmed Salmeen (Director General) and the rest of the Directors and Managers like Mr. Saeed Alneaimi (Marketing Director). Looking forward for the next phase of conquering the entire RAK landmarks and desert land (2nd Phase coming soon).
 

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16th June. Whilst await for Ramadan, I have yet to swing by Philippines and try to shake things around for my Summer 2013. First stop was Dubai then Manila to Palawan. 2nd Stop will be Boracay. Quite a trip, though. Still have 2 more stops to go... and I can't hardly wait.
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12th June. After the success of MARKET by JEAN-GEORGES and SPICE MARKET new dishes launching, I have yet to showcase some of the selective breakfast and take away meal of W CAFE. Watch out their official campaign. Thanks to Maam Esra (F&B Director) & Leena (W Cafe Manager) for the trust. I never had been so funky with my lightings before.. This time, I added some complex utilising the available light by the window... If you visited W Cafe, you surely know what I mean. Window light is classic but effective. Thanks to Chris Dayao for holding my lights.
 
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6th June. WORK HARD. PLAY HARD! It's time to loosen up, folks!! Showcasing some Portraits of who rock WAHM in W DOHA HOTEL -- DJ Rochart Bruno (resident DJ) and the dashing ladies emselves from W HOTELS WORLDWIDE & BURN STUDIOS -- DJs ALINE & SUNE. Catch em up close & personal only at WAHM Lounge.
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29th May.  Last night was an "Invite Only" event for W DOHA HOTEL's Open House. Here's a quick look of the Fashion Show, Banquet & Socials.
 
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23rd May. I am speechless. And this is by far one of the top-notch & most memorable high-end Environmental Portrait photoshoots I ever did. If I have to label my profession in photography, this is how to wrap definitely: Simple, classic, corporate, straight-forward & well lit. And the biggest X factor of that is to photograph the President of GRAND HERITAGE GROUP Hotels -- John Cullen.

Being commissioned as to photograph Sir Cullen is something I both felt challenging & exciting. Pinch me! Am I dreaming?

I have nothing but being thankful to Sir John. The trust & time are much appreciated. Photographing himself & his hotels have been such great joy & rewarding. Watch out for the official campaign & articles coming soon in leading international magazines.
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22nd May. Check out the newest dishes of AGORA Turkish Restaurant in GRAND HERITAGE DOHA HOTEL & SPA. A new culinary experience that I personally highly recommend. The lamb was a bomb!
 
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21st May. Another high end event coverage from Australia and New Zealand Business in Qatar with VVIP Guest Speaker Australian Foreign Minster Bob Carr and UAE/Qatar Australian Ambassador Pablo Kang to name a few. Big thanks to Maam Susie Billings (Chairwoman), Maam Rachel Morris (PR) and the rest of QANZBA. The event was held in Astor Grill, St. Regis Hotel.
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18th May. Marriott International executives from across the globe have arrived in Doha, Qatar as part of a Global Sales Mission taking place across the Middle East this month, showcasing the company's "See The World" campaign. I am honored to comissioned of covering the event that took place in Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel. Big thanks to Maam Tania Hearn for the recommendation & Maam Saran Ban (Events Manager) for entrusting me re commissioned work. Below image are the delegates of MARRIOT International headed by Mr. Vladimir Dabbah, Vice President Global Sales, Middle East and Africa.
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17th May. Grand Heritage Doha Hotel will soon launch "Food Revolution". Fantastic dishes await you at Blue Restaurant! Don't forget to check them out.
 
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16th May. From Ministry Of Sound The World Famous DJ ''SHANE KEHOE'' and From St Tropez The Legend In the House Music DJ ''STEPHANE KARL'' Live @ Crystal.
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15th May. Started working on with the new Interior & Commercial shoots for Governor West Bay Suites & Residences.
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12th May. Watch out for the upcoming FAUCHON Paris Chocolates campaign.
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9th May. Happy to become part of Malaysian Stand during the PROJECT QATAR 2013.
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1st May. Didn't realise that I have this shot during our AGORA's Food photoshoot. Such a great team of Grand Heritage Doha Hotel & Spa. And what made the experience more fun & exquisite is when you met professionals, able to worked with them and somehow never hesitated to shake things around. Epic times! Photography ain't just about taking pictures or creating images. It's the Experience.
NOTE: No alcohol was served in the set.
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30th April. Retro-active post of some Dental shots I photographed two weeks back for AL BIDAA DENTAL CENTER in collaboration with my agent Glown Trading WLL.
 
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28th April. I never imagined that I could have this much opportunities in photography. I am loving every moment and I truly believe that it shows in my images. To travel, to shoot and meet some incredible people. This is one of the rare opportunities that I can tell that it is such an honor to photograph again the lifestyle portrait of Sir Viresh Kothari & his family. Needless to say, the warmest & most beautiful house I've ever seen. Big thanks to Maam Ivy for giving me this project & Romel Vicente for holding my lights.
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25th April. Some of the quick shots taken during the 8th World Chambers Congress in Qatar National Convention Center... in collaboration with Ras Al Khaima Chambers & Industry + Ras Al Khaima Freezone. Thank you, guys!
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21st April 2013. I personally (at least to myself) believe that the best thing to get  & deliver work, is when your boss or your client entrust you to "execute" the job out from your own taste, deliveration & technique. And this is what exactly happened when Maam Esra asked me to photograph the new menu of their multi-award winning restaurants SPICE MARKET & MARKET BY JEAN-GEORGES.

Never did I imagine that my one lighting technique will be as classical as the dishes. But yeah, this is by far the beauty of Photography. You imagine, you lit, you execute, you deliver. We had sooo much fun in the set. Awesome experience to worked with Chef Lloyd from Spice Market W Hotel London and the rest of the delegates of Market by Jean-Georges from New York. Big thanks to Chris Dayao for holding my lights too. Top class & definitely one of a kind experience.
 
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I've never been too cautious about lines and shadows with my Food Photography. And believe me, took me 2 solid nights to execute this concept and make use of one light technique for this project. Apart from the fact that MARKET by JEAN-GEORGES is my personal favorite restaurant, the pressure involved & the excitement merged into one.

I feel that this is by far the most thrilling part of my photography career. I am professionally getting involved with Michelin Chefs, 5 Star Sous Cheqs & creative ones. And I have no room left for mistakes or experimentation... but I guess pure professionalism that both involves making my clients happy with the outputs and personally satisfied with the outcome. All boils into one.
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19th April. Featuring the Park Suite of Grand Heritage Doha Hotel & Spa. Thanks Romel Vicente for holding my lights.
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17th April. Such an honor to photographed the first 2 properties (Grand Heritage Doha Hotel & Spa AND Governor West Bay Suites and Residences) of GRAND HERITAGE GROUP in Qatar. And I guess another "Good Luck" shined upon when I was able to cover their Press Con for their upcoming 3rd Luxury property.

GRAND HERITAGE GROUP that owns 2 hotels in Qatar and more than a dozen in the US and Mexico, is adding one more luxury property, ‘Grand Heritage West Bay Hotel and Spa’, in partnership with Bin Samikh Holding, to its thriving portfolio in the country, John Cullen, President of Grand Heritage International, announced yesterday.

IMAGE BELOW: The Managing Director of Bin Samikh Holding Group, Dr Braik bin Saeed bin Samikh Al Marri, and Managing Director of Grand Heritage International (EMEA),  Jean-Patrick Thiry, (right) signing a contract for the management of a new hotel. With them are the Corporate Director of Human Resource of Governor West Bay Suites and Residences, Magdy Gharib Ali, (left most), and the President of Grand Heritage International, John Cullen.
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12th April. MEDI Restaurant from THE VILLAGE is launching anew signature dishes. Watch out for their campaign & trust me -- I have tried the food & all I can say -- They just don't look good in the camera.. they taste delicious!  
 
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7th April. Grand Heritage Doha Hotel & Spa is preparing something new. I am commissioned to photograph its interior and food. Watch out for the opening of AGORA -- A contemporary turkish restaurant coming real soon.
 
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4th April. Project Headshot for Texas A&M University's Liberal Arts Faculty & Staff
 
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3rd April. Well, this is the second time around I celebrated my birthday in Qatar. And this year, I decided to make it simple and quite. Got commissioned photoshoot to Texas A&M University in Qatar Foundation & later had dinner in Market by Jean-Georges at W Doha Hotel (On the house! yeeba!) Thank you Maam Esra & the rest of Market's team. #TooMuchInfo #Harhar!

Meanwhilst, here are some of the Contemporary & Environmental Portraits I did. Two lighting technique as I wanna keep it simple and subject pops from the background. Such an honor to photograph Mr. Al-Jolo of Qatar Society of Engineers, the representative of University student & a former student who was a Stars of Science finalist.
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1st April. Currently working on with Royal Tandoor's Food rebranding.  I am thrilled to work on this project.. I admit this is so far the most challenging & biggest photography project to date I'll be working on.
 
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31st March. Covering GLOWN's products along with FOUR SEASONS HOTEL Banquet Setup during the OOREDOO General Assembly Meetings 2013.
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30th March. My recent work for W DOHA HOTEL feat the "Dinner in the Sky" during the Qatar International Food Festival in Museum of Islamic of Arts.
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16th March. Glad that I was able to attend Ralph +  Mai's Wedding at St. Mary's Church, Dubai. Reception followed at Godolphin Ballroom, Emirates Towers Hotel. Here's a quick look fo the onsite AVP I did for them. Big thanks to Byze Vicente for being my co-Guest Photographer.

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15th March. Been busy for the past weeks. For the meantime, these are just some of the quick shots I took from Oman during my Client Photoshoot w/ AKF company. Big thanks again for Boundless & Kamuti for giving me this project.

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8th March. The BIGGEST (at least for me) Workshop I ever did. So little time so much to do. THANK YOU for making things happened. Especially to Grand Heritage Doha Hotel and Spa for spoiling me so much. To all the Sponsors Glown, Print Vault, IFS, IGO & Economic Group; Carla Mallari & A.L. Dee + 4 Models -- you girls made an amazing job. Indri/Farida, Mae, Kharry, Dadi Olie/Mami Edz, Herbert/Econ, Byze/May, Larra/Macky, Zachie, & the rest of my crew. Without you guys, I cannot make this possible. And of course to Doyee & Karyl who tremendously helped me running errands from A to Z.

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3rd March. Truly, I am honored to cover (for the 2nd time around) the AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN QATAR's 3rd ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT in Doha Golf Club. Such an amazing team and players from the Event Organizers to the Top Management. Special thanks to Maam Theresa Dunn & Chandice of DGC. Perfect weather, fun crowd & you guys are really amazing!
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24th February. THANK YOU QATAR TRIBUNE for writing a beautiful article about me and PUCAW... I do appreciate your support & trust especially Ailyn Angona who never get tired of featuring me to NATION section eversince I started moving in Qatar.
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19th February. It's rewarding how Photography can bring people together.. and I'm lucky to be found by one of the biggest companies in Malls specifically into Food & Beverage industry. Today, allow me showcase my recent shoot for the recently soft opened WRAP IT! located in Villagio Mall Food Court. Fresh wrap and delicious sandwiches prepared right in front of you! Watch out for their official campaign coming soon.
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Valentine's 2013 Aftermath. Thank you QATAR TRIBUNE for the quick interview about the Season of Love... but most of all, I was pretty shocked but thankful for branding me as "One of the most sought-after Photographers in the town". I do appreciate the compliment.
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15th February. Lotsa stuff are going around Qatar lately... From the National Sports Day to covering high end events in town. I just thought whilst await for the dream job I'm applying for, might as well try myself to become productive (so at least I can feed my stomach eh). Freelancing is not an easy job... But nothing really becomes impossible to a willing heart.

Below is my recent work for Grand Heritage Doha Hotel & Spa. Dont forget to check out their Indian Night Buffet.
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10th February. Proud to become part of Glown team for the xclusive event branding of illuminated furniture by BlackBerry during the event held at the Museum of Islamic Art last night to celebrate the launch of BlackBerry 10 in Qatar.
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Shoot the truth. No more no less. Working hard to get fit is not an easy job. And I am honored to photograph the recent Portraiture of Mr Nuwaid. All from sweat & blood.
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11th February. I had been quite experimental with my lighting techniques lately... upgrading equipment and designing my own style. It's a combination of pure passion and thirst for knowledge. And upon considering to shoot beauty, I have yet to kick it off by photographing one of the most prettiest faces I've ever seen in Qatar -- Ms. Saikal Ukueva from Kyrgyzstan. This is her very first photoshoot.. Quite a challenge but I am thankful after several months of planning, she finally took the plunge. Will be doing a lot more of her Conceptual Portraits soon. I promise you. [Beauty Dish as Main Light + 90x60 softbox as Fill. Nikon D700 + Nikkor 105mm Macro Lens at ISO 100, f4 & 1/160.]
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6th February. Showcasing my recent Portrait Photoshoot work for the W Doha Insiders. Check out their campaign coming soon. Thank you W Doha Team for entrusting me with this project.
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My recent Event & Product photoshoot works for Glow'n -- as they setup at the official dinner for delegates of ECA held at the Museum of Islamic Arts in the evening of Februray 5th, 2013 where Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, Hassan Al Thawadi, has provided a speech outlining preparations already underway for the FIFA 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar. Check out the rest of the images in their Facebook Fan Page & Glown website.
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1st February. I have the chance to meet and photographed Jean Artukmac (BENTLEY's Regional Sales Coordinator - Middle East, Africa and India) during the Qatar Motorshow 2013.

An impromptu shoot; Everything happened in 5minutes. Another proof how amazing Nikkor 105mm f2.8 Macro lens work... One moment, I was an inch away from my food subjects... then found myself photographing a 6feet 4inches model in a tight & low light situation. My camera settings: Nikon D700. ISO 1000, f2.8, 1/60. Ambient light.
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29th January. On my 2nd year to cover Al Wajba Motors. The exclusive distributor of LAMBORGHINI, BENTLEY, BUGATTI & MCLAREN showcasing top of the line cars for Qatar Motorshow 2013 in Exhibition Center. Check out the exclusive coverage and the rest of the images published world wide. Below is the group picture of Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim; Chairman & Managing Director Sheikh Abdulrahman Al Thani, Saher A Baaj (General Manager), and the rest of the Representatives from Bentley, Bugatti & Lamborghini.
ABOVE PHOTO (From Left): Mark Harrison - McLaren Regional Director for MEA; Geoff Dowding - Regional Director for Asia, Middle East and Africa for Bentley Motors Limited; Sebastian Henry - General Manager Europe , Middle East & Africa at Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

BELOW PHOTO: The World Debut for the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster
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28th January. I'm back to Qatar. I've been pretty busy running errands around. Meetings & photoshoots basically. Somehow trying to be productive instead of bumming around (Quiting a day job isn't fun sometimes). Although today, I am filled with such joy and hope. Soon, I will marry Photography full time... in a Corporate Industry perhaps that I trust offers professional growth in this field & will not just make my dreams come true but to a place I dream the most...

Today, allow me to showcase some of my works for Grand Heritage Hotel & Spa. One of the beautiful 5 Star Hotels in Qatar. Thank you to Sir Pierre (GM) and Maam Indri (PR Manager), to the hotel staff (Saw & Nina), to Chris for holding my lights. We also did a collaboration with Glown (Thanks Sir Hanna & Sir Mohammad).

"Wellbeing facilities at Grand Heritage Doha include six treatment rooms, fully equipped with all massage and aromatherapy amenities, an indoor pool and fitness center featuring Technogym cardio equipment. Separate male and female saunas, steam room and Jacuzzi." Check out their website and FB Fan page for more.
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20th January. My Godchild MarQ with her Teddy goes tutu.
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18th January. For the past years that I am shooting Portraits and conducting Workshops, there is one area that I don't discuss much: RETOUCHING. And as promised to bring something new for PUCAW Dubai and Qatar this year, I have yet to add cool spices in between. Through Pauline Agrabio, I met Jan Castillo (Graphic Artist. Young and Passionate). We had a chat over dinner and thought that maybe, we can do some collaborations. Combining my specialization in Lighting AND his expertise in Post Processing. Everything on our plate right now are "Work in Progress". But I am thrilled, if all plans materialise -- it'll be a bomb!

MODEL: Franco Ismael
HAIR & MAKE UP ARTIST: A.L Dee
LIGHTS & PHOTOGRAPHER: Joe Chua Agdeppa
COMMERCIAL RETOUCHING: Jan Michael Castillo

BEFORE:
RAW file and shot as is. In gray painted wall background. Using 90x60 Visico Softbox applying my cross lighting
technique to enhance the body edges. Subtle main light in front using 60x60 softbox with reflector as fill.

AFTER:
Commercial retouching by Jan Michael Castillo. Want to know more of these techniques?

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17th January. Haven't done shooting Asian Men models lately. Glad to catch Hanzell Colobong around. Such fun day shooting at Dubai Marina. More of his portraits & portfolio in his page.
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15th January. Back to civilization. Back in Dubai!

First shot of Dubai 2013. View of TECOM from Antic-Java's Residence Terrace this morning. Funny how one moment you're in the middle of the woods then suddenly woke up in the desert where buildings are just like mushrooms poppin in no time.
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12th January. It is in deed another honor to photograph one of my top model clients ABI EVERITT. Two years after making a HUGE noise and worldwide publication of my top signature image IMMACULATE... here comes the striking New Abi!

Apart from her wit and charm, her maturity and natural beauty bring out the best of her!! Flawless, beautiful eyes and above all, she carries herself like an angel sent from above. Today, I am thrilled to showcase two of my top personal favorites on her VICTORIA'S SECRET photoshoot.

Acknowledge to her family for the overwhelming support. To my crew Joseph Tayco (Hair & Make Up), Rhoda Felizarte (Styling) and Byze Vicente (for holding my lights) Working with you guys again make my life never better!
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10th January. Proud to be Palaweno, though I must admit that being away in my hometown for the past ten years made me realised that lotsa things are happening around. And as my enthusiasm to promote the tourism of my City, here is one of my landscape coverage of FIREFLY WATCHING in IWAHIG, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines.
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8th January 2013. Happy New Year, World!

For the past 10 years, I've never took a month off. So I just thought of giving myself a quick break; spending quality time both with personal Travels and Family. I only have a week left & I'm thrilled to go back in action. Today, I am glad to be back in Palawan. Thanks again to all my friends, my boss Issam and clients from Qatar to Dubai to Singapore to Hong Kong to Manila to Palawan and Nueva Ecija. You guys rocked my holidays!

Below are some images (Ampere Beach, etc) during my quick side trip in Baler, Aurora and the group shot during the
PUCAW Photography Englightenment Worshop -- The Nueva Ecija Edition to NE Snappers (Acknowledged to Sir Manny Francisco; NES President). Thanks again for coming down to Talavera; And of course, to Michael Mercado & family for their hospitality.

LET'S WELCOME THE NEW YEAR WITH LOVE, JOY & ABOVE ALL, PEACE!

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