Photojourn alumna holds 12th one-woman exhibit

Diploma in Photojournalism alumna Sheila Nicolas has just concluded her 12th solo photography exhibit at the Pasig City Museum in Metro Manila.

Dubbed "Pista!", Tagalog for ‘feast’,  Nicolas' 31-photograph exhibit ran Nov. 12 to 26.
Nicolas was with in Class 2006, the first batch, of the Diploma in Photojournalism program.

Pista is her first outing after finishing the program.

She is currently a freelancer photographer. 

Asked about this exhibit's significance for her, Nicolas said Pista came after three years of "prayer and photo pilgrimages to different Philippine ‘pistas’ or fiestas."

"The higher purpose revealed itself collectively in this PISTA! photo exhibit. The organic and intuitive process is an inspiration and aspiration to just go with the creative flow naturally. Without working deadlines or news themes to beat, the creative freedom and pure intentions to pursue what is true and sincerely interesting to me is luxury and rewarding," Nicolas explained.

Included in Pista are photographs of The Ascension feastday celebration in the province of Laguna, where participants and guests come in Filipiniana attire; folk dancing in Pasig City during the street parade for the Bambino Festival honoring the Child Jesus; flower festival, or the celebration for flowers in full bloom in Baguio City; and the mask festival - an artistic endeavor to uplift and boost the morale of the Negrenses after the industry of its cash crop, sugar, plummeted in the world market in the 1980’s - in Bacolod, Negros Occidental province.

The seven-course Diploma in Photojournalism was developed jointly by the ACFJ and the World Press Photo, a media NGO based in The Netherlands. It seeks to raise the bar for photojournalism in Asia by providing comprehensive training primarily for working photojournalists. Since 2006, it has graduated four batches of photojournalists and photography enthusiasts.


ABOUT THE PHOTOS: Topmost, Sheila Nicolas and her works. Above, from left, the Masskara Festival, in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental; Bambino Festival, in Pasig City; and Mass celebrating the Ascension at the Villa Escudero in San Pablo, Laguna - all from Nicolas' exhibit. 

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