PRIMAVERA Residences, the first eco-friendly condo property in Cagayan de Oro, recently awarded the 10 finalists and Grand Prize winner of its Earth Day Photography Contest.
The contest was in celebration of Earth Day, and it called for amateur photographers in Cagayan de Oro to send entries that captured the theme of green living and sustainability.
Ten finalists were selected during the first round of judging on April 25.
The finalists were the following:
Entry #5: "Salvaged Wood Revolution," by Arch. Marianne Basa, which features a local artisan crafting a wooden bowl taken from salvaged fallen trees. The artisan is part of a local community that transforms fallen trees into handicrafts and furniture pieces.
Entry #6: "Solar Energy is Bright!" by Harry Sio. The photo beautifully captures rows upon rows of solar panels laid out in an open green field.
Entry #8: "Combating energy crisis by utilizing green alternative source of energy" by Angelie S. Azcuna, which according to the finalist, a wind farm is sustainable, clean and cost-efficient as reflected in his entry showing the Bangui Wind Farm in Ilocos Norte.
Entry #30: "Ground Green" by Kim Zaldivar, a beautiful bird's eye view shot of the inner courtyard at Primavera Residences.
Entry #37: "Living life without its complications" by Krizzia Demetilla; living life without its complications is "embracing the warmth of the sun, inhaling the freshest air, and delighting in life’s little surprises." Her entry features a profile shot of the cantilever at Primavera Residences, a significant green feature of the property that provides shade against the intense heat of the sun.
Entry #42: "Geometry in Nature" by Dr. Carlo Romero, M.D. The photo shows starfish lined up on a grassy shore against the backdrop of a setting sun.
Entry #43: "A New Beginning" by Dr. Carlo Romero, M.D., a beautiful representation of new life, featuring a young plant growing on a marshland amidst grown trees.
Entry #45 by Michelle Fernando, depicting how a tiny organism such as an ant plays a major role in the ecosystem. "They are one of the most efficient decomposers on the planet," she said. The photo shows a black ant perched on weed.
Entry #46: "Fishing for a living" by Victor Francis R. Orencia, a black and white photo entry that shows two fishermen preparing for a day of fishing.
Entry #48 "Uyapa, Fishermen's Home" by Victor Francis R. Orencia. This entry features colorful slippers lined up on a rocky shore that connects to a narrow bridge made of bamboo.
The grand, second, and third prize winners were announced on May 3, 2014 during the awarding ceremony at the events venue at Primavera Residences.
The third prize went to entry #6: "Solar Energy is Bright!" by Mr. Harry Sio.
Second prize went to entry #30: "Ground Green" by Mr. Kim Zaldivar, and the grand prize was awarded to entry #5: "Salvaged Wood Revolution" by Arch. Marianne Basa.
The 10 finalists received gift certificates from partner establishments, two-month memberships to Primavera Residences’ Wellness Wednesday Club with pool and gym use, and additional gift items from Smart Communications.
The top 3 received a free luxury stay at Primavera Residences, feature in the Primavera newsletter and media partners, and three-month memberships to Primavera Residences’ Wellness Wednesday Club with pool and gym use.
The Grand Prize winner received an additional LTE pocket wifi and other gift items from Smart Communications, as well as the opportunity to showcase her portfolio in the Primavera Residences website.
The team of judges that carefully selected the finalists included Arch. Romolo V. Nati, CEO and executive chairman of Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-Development Corp. (ITPI), the developer of Primavera Residences; Mr. Ranke Lim, a well-respected hobbyist photographer in Cagayan de Oro who is also an architect; Mr. Shaun Alejandrae Uy, a local professional photographer, filmmaker and media person; Mr. Froilan Gallardo, a veteran photojournalist in Cagayan de Oro; Mr. Michael Ray Ungab, a professional Cagayan de Oro blogger and founder of top-ranking blog, TsadaGyud.com; Mr. Timothy Glenn Palacio, a professional photographer and Fuji brand ambassador; Mr. Butch Enerio, another veteran journalist; and Ms. Judee Dizon-Chaves, a promising photographer who currently works as Public Affairs senior officer at Smart Communications.
Primavera Residences is a new mixed-use green property in Cagayan de Oro offering residential, commercial, and office spaces. It recently won in the Asia Pacific regional competition of the prestigious International Property Awards for best mixed-use development in the Philippines.
The official announcement of the award will be on May 9 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.