Renowned photojournalist opens exhibit in Villasis

January 14, 2010 at 7:53 am Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- The photo exhibit of renowned photojournalist from this town Jose R. Sarmiento, was formally opened on January 8 at the municipal hall’s lobby…

The opening was attended by the municipal officials lead by Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica, balikbayans and guests, the photo exhibit dubbed as “Reminiscing the Past, Nurturing the Present, Looking Beyond the Future” Villasis, Now and Then.

Sarmiento, chair of the Committee on Photo Exhibition, in his welcome address expressed his thanks to the municipal officials for their support, and the primary sponsors Oriental Photographix for the cash donation and the Pop Photo Center owned by a famous photographer Rolando “Pops” Baltazar for the reprinting of the photos.

“This photo exhibit was supposed to be shelved due to the lack of photo materials as most of my negatives were destroyed during the flood in October 2009. However, upon prodding of the committee members, we have to push through using whatever photos are on hand,” he said.

Sarmiento is a professional photographer whose experience in photography span more than four decades. He started his career at the Philippine Herald, became the in- house photographer of the then Philippine Tourist and Travel Agency and Malacañang Press Corps. He held professorial work on photography at Marian College , Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and the Angeles University Foundation in Angeles City , Pampanga.

The opening of the photo exhibit started the 11-day fiesta celebration of the town.

Vice Mayor Centenielo Rizal Costales lauded the organizers of the exhibit saying that in photography there are no perfect photos but perfect moments.

Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica in his message appreciated the efforts of the committee chaired by Sarmiento for coming up with the photo exhibit which depicts the past and present development of the town.

“The theme of the exhibit is likened to our lives. We have to look back at the past and nurture our present before we could proceed to the future. The development efforts I have done are captured in the photographs and I think the new generation now would be at a loss if they look at the past of Villasis,” he said.

He added that he dreams that the town will become a city in the next decade, but it should increase its population.

A town to qualify for a city hood must have at least 100,000 population based on the criteria under the Local Government Code of 1991. The town has at present more or less 57,000 population.

The photo exhibit will be opened for public viewing at 8:00 every morning until January 19, the last day of the festival.

The committee on photo exhibit is co-chaired by Virgil Sar. Maganes with Fe Ibay-Callanta, Engr. Vladimir Torres, Engr. Vivien Guillen, Marilou Dacanay, Josue Abrenica and Richie Sibayan as members.

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