Luxury real estate developer Anchor Land culminated its “Iconic Impressions Manila Bay Photography” contest with an awards night at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza on July 1.
For an evening, the Boracay Ballroom was transformed into an elegant viewing gallery where captivating images of the Manila Bay and its fabled sunset went on display.
Prominent members of society, art aficionados, and esteemed guests were invited to witness the awarding of 16 photos – the front-running, final entries of the photo contest.
In an effort to capture the timeless beauty of the Manila Bay in stills, the company launched the competition with a call for the camera enthusiast and professional photographers to encapsulate the spirit of the Manila Bay in a single photo frame.
The nationwide contest ran from March 19 to June 17, accommodating hundreds of submissions from all over the country.
“My team and I wanted to come up with a plan that would promote the Manila Bay heritage and the beautiful City of Manila. After all, two of Anchor Land’s landmark developments, the Admiral Baysuites and the Admiral Boutique Hotel, are situated in the premium side of one of Manila’s most scenic locations—Roxas Boulevard by the Manila Bay,” said Anchor Land president Elizabeth Ventura in her welcome remarks.
“We wanted to find a way to highlight the incomparable beauty and magnificence of this location and help the City of Manila reclaim its old glory. And this is how the Iconic Impressions: The Manila Bay Photography Contest was born,” she added.
Anchor Land’s stately Admiral projects are the redevelopments of the original Admiral Hotel, which was once home to prominent individuals and statesmen including Admiral George Dewey and General Douglas MacArthur. The Admiral Boutique Hotel, once it opens in 2016, will be recognized as the first five-star boutique hotel in the country, and the only hotel in the Philippines that will be part of the Accor Group’s MGallery Collection.
Connected to the property is Admiral Baysuites, a residential condominium that aims to bring back the refined luxury of Old Manila lifestyle. Adding value to the property is the superb location of Admiral Baysuites by the bay and its unobstructed view of the Manila Bay sunset.
At the awards night, 16 of the best images from both the professional and enthusiast categories of the Iconic Impressions contest were recognized, specifically for their high aesthetic value and visual appeal. Uncovering unseen beauty in a locale that is on the rise, the photographers, through their stunning photos, effectively portrayed the City of Manila in an inspired and encouraging light.
Two grand prize winners were awarded in the event. The Enthusiast Category grand winner, Arthur Esguerra, took home a P50,000-cash prize, a trophy, and a certificate of excellence for his piece entitled “Manila Bay and the City.” In the Professional Category, grand winner Roberto Reyes received P100,000, a trophy, and a certificate of excellence for his photo entitled “Golden Moment.”
In the Enthusiast Category, Garibalde Alvin Enriquez, Jemma Lorraine Yason, and Danilo Victoriano, Jr. comprised the three runners-up and each received a P5,000-cash prize and a certificate. In the Professional Division, the runners-up were Edgar Castaneda, Marc Edgar Sevilla, and Carlo Zamora, who also received a P5,000-cash prize and a certificate.
The remaining eight finalists, recipients of the Highly Commended award, received a token and certificate for joining. In the Enthusiast Category, these were: Riva Jena Cabagnot, Mary Christine Grace Adriano, Ma. Estrella Baun, and Nicanor Lama. In the Professional Category, these were: Nikki Sandino Victoriano, Wilfredo Leonado, Luisito Cleofas, and Louiecell Asuncion.
The awards night carried a “Filipiniana and American 1920’s fusion” theme—an ode to the original Admiral Hotel’s heyday when the city of Manila was easily recognized as the center of commerce, culture, and tradition. Today, Manila inches its way back towards that past glory, with Anchor Land at the helm of this campaign. Acknowledged as one of the cultural epicenters of the country, the City of Manila holds much significance in the story of the Philippines. The Iconic Impressions photographs conveyed the richness that Manila still possesses in its soil and in its waters.
While guests mingled and traded stories about art, photography, and Manila, master of ceremonies extraordinaire, Johnny Litton, skillfully oversaw the evening. Also in attendance were the judges of the Iconic Impressions contest, namely, premier landscape photographer Edwin Martinez; renowned fashion designer Frederick Peralta; and architectural historian and urban planner, Paulo Alcazaren. Alcazaren, along with Gemma Cruz and Isidra Reyes, also graced the stage and shared their experiences and knowledge about Old Manila and the Manila Bay heritage.