RENOWNED photographer Jay Javier shared some of his photography expertise during the first Makiling Inter-Cultural (Makilinc) Arts Festival at the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) in Los Baños, Laguna held on February 2 to 7.
On the second day of the festival, Javier conducted a photography workshop for the PHSA’s young art scholars.
Artists such as performer Amy Klement, filmmaker Raymond Red, gold and silver smith Michael Steger, and writer Oscar Peñaranda, joined the event and also conducted talks with the students.
Makilinc was organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Chairman Felipe de Leon Jr. and PHSA Director Vim Nadera as part of this year’s National Arts Month (NAM) and the Philippine Arts Festival (PAF) celebration.
The culmination Makilinc was held on February 7, which was led by Raul Sunico, the president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), and was capped by a Manila Symphony Orchestra concert.
CCP has partnered with the PHSA in its month-long Pistang Sining festivities entitled Simbuyo featuring the recitals of its creative writing, dance, music, theater, and visual arts majors.
This follows PAF’s theme “Art on the Edge: Arts for Healing, Arts for All.”
Also known as Roderick Yap Javier, Jay is a photography teacher at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Santo Tomas since 1993. He is also a mentor at the School of Design and Arts, Photography Program, School of Design and Arts at the De La Salle University-College of Saint Benilde since 2010; and Philippine Women’s University, School of Fine Arts and Design beginning this year.
He also conducts photography events and workshops sponsored by camera clubs like Nayon, Zone V, or FPPF as well as TV programs like “I Juander,” among others. He, too, is a professional camera collector and restorer of classic and antique cameras, specializing in Leica rangefinder and Soviet Era cameras. His active collection is about 200 cameras.