Elvira Gumangan’s award-winning photo, “Beam of Hope,” is about the children she had encountered during her service with PLDT-Smart Foundation in one of their outreach programs in Boracay.
Annually, First Pacific holds its photo competition to engage and recognize every First Pacific Group employee’s talent in photography. Employees of all operating companies are encouraged to join the competition. This year, there were 611 entries from over 28 operating companies. Employees from PLDT and Smart were among the top winners of the First Pacific 4th Photo Competition.
Marc Edgar Sevilla from PLDT won first runner-up with his photograph entitled, “Twin Lagoon.” He received a cash prize worth $1,600. His talent in landscape photography using a drone paved the way for him to become one of the lucky winners in the competition.
“My style of photography is really more on landscaping, so my objective per photo is to immerse the viewers making them feel that they are present in that specific place. Moreover, I wanted to share those scenarios that weren’t just taken randomly, so I passed an aerial shot to show a different point of view,” Sevilla said.
Elvira Gumangan from the PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications won third place and received a cash prize worth $1,200. Her photo, entitled “Beam of Hope,” was about the children she had encountered during her service with PLDT-Smart Foundation in one of their outreach programs in Boracay.
“The photo I submitted was about the Aetas. When we were in Boracay, we had an activity with Smart for retailers since they had no livelihood at that time. When we arrived, a naked child greeted me. The child wasn’t wearing a thing, yet his joy is so visible. I went after that child and gave him an MVP shirt,” Gumangan said.
“Another child followed until there were three of them. I said, ‘I’m going to take a picture’. They were all happy. They were so into it, after taking their photos they were all excited to see their own faces. Truly, I was amused that these children can appreciate the simple things we gave them. This included the PLDT Sack of Joy with school supplies for the kids that were donated by PLDT employees,” Gumangan added.
The other top winners include Ranelle Gango from Meralco who was hailed as champion for his entry entitled “Sentinels in Rejoice.” Heinz Orais from the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation won second place with his entry entitled, “Salute”. Meanwhile, Indomie Binsar Nababan who won fourth place in the competition, hailing from the Indofood CBP company.
Truly, the First Pacific photo competition becomes an avenue for people to express their passion in art using photographs that tell different compelling stories.