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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Photographing Architecture in Taal, Batangas

FUN SHOOT SERIES | Photographing Architecture in Taal, Batangas
July 25, 2009 (8 a.m. –5 p.m.)

Would you like to learn more about photography outside the confines of a classroom? Come join us on a photo trip out of town!

The Fun Shoot Series integrates a brief lecture with on-the-spot photo critiques. After the trip, the best photographs will be showcased in a group exhibit to be held at FHL’s The Alcove photo gallery.

Next stop is the heritage town of Taal with its centuries-old architecture. The old edifices of this quaint town in Batangas are of cultural importance not only to historians but to photographers as well. The photo trip will put an emphasis on capturing the over-all design and intricate details of a structure, as well as reflecting its character digitally or on film.

Taal is home to the largest Catholic church in the Philippines, the Basilica of St. Martin of Tours, or more commonly known as Taal Basilica. Another place of worship is the Caysasay Church where the miraculous 400-year-old image of Our Lady of Caysasay is enshrined.

Many may not know that Taal is one of the most prosperous towns in Batangas in the 19th century and that wealthy locals or Taaleños resided in what are now fine examples of bahay na bato. Included in the trip are the ancestral homes of Marcela Agoncillo, the main seamstress of the Philippine flag; Doña Gliceria Marella de Villavicencio, one of the heroic women who contributed money and exerted effort to help the revolution; and Don Gregorio Agoncillo, a banker and known supporter of the Katipunan.

Photographing Architecture in Taal, Batangas is scheduled on July 25, 2009. A short lecture will be held at the Filipinas Heritage Library before going to Taal, Batangas. To complete the trip, participants will get to sample a traditional Taaleño meal.

- Basic knowledge in photography; must have taken FHL’s Digital 101 or an equivalent course
- Camera, digital or film based
- Tripod and other camera accessories (optional)

Speaker-photographe r
Jay Alonzo puts local history high on the agenda whenever he travels. Knowing a place well, he is able to take better pictures of it during his visit. He has photographed various structures and buildings for his corporate clients. On the personal side, he has a penchant for colonial churches and other examples of centuries-old architecture.

Joining fee
The workshop fee is P3,000, but due to the limited number of slots, interested participants are requested to preregister by paying at least P1,500 (nonrefundable) on or before July 11.

Previous and currently enrolled workshop participants of The Alcove shall receive a P500 rebate if full/discounted amount is paid on or before the deadline.

For more details, please call 892-1801, send an SMS to 0917-5594417, e-mail, or visit

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