12 October 2015

Worldwide InstaMeet 12 in Baguio, the City of Pines

Last October 3-4, more than 30 Instagram enthusiasts made their way up north for #WWIM12_Baguio organized by Purveyr, Sino Pinas & InstameetPH and sponsored by Globe. All participants gathered in Camp John Hay, and kicked it off with an intro session of the scheduled activities for the 2-day InstaMeet. As our first stop, we headed to the BenCab Museum to appreciate art by National Artist, Ben Cabrera, and other contemporary artists housed in the museum, and to marvel in the beauty of the place with its own garden and majestic view of the forest mountain. Our second location is the Diplomat Hotel in Dominican Hill, which is known for being one of the most haunted and hauntingly beautiful places in Baguio. We capped off the first day with creative group photos before we all went out for dinner. The second day was short and sweet as it started with a quick trip to the Strawberry Farm and the Buddhist Temple, and ended with visits to known tourist spots such as Camp John Hay and Mines View Park.

The #WWIM12_Baguio hangover lasted for over a week, until we had to announce the winners of our #wonderful photo contest. The contest had 10 judges, 6 of the judges are organizers Marvin Conanan, Alexis Lim, Raniel Hernandez, Karl Presentacion, John Austria & Jelito de Leon, while the remaining 4 are Filipino grammers based in different parts of the globe: Rey Canlas Jr., Herald Herrera, Corinth Suarez & Fritz. All of them had the very challenging task of picking the winners of our awesome prizes; from choosing 10 of their favorite photos, to scoring them accordingly, and ranking them until we end up with just 5 winning photos. And here they are, winning a FujiFilm X-M1, GoPro Hero+, Braven BRV Outdoor Wireless Speaker, Poler Field Pack and How to Photography Everything by Popular Photography, in this order:

1st Place: Photo by Gerald Tipones

2nd Place: Photo by Kimi Juan

3rd Place: Photo by Thomas Caja

4th Place: Photo by Jonas Roque

5th Place: Photo by Franz Weber

And for recognition, here are the other half of the top ten photos among hundreds of eligible photographs. You can visit #WWIM12_Baguio to check out all the photos from this short trip to the City of Pines.

6th place: Photo by Benj Ramos

7th place: Photo by Val Christian Andag

8th place: Photo by Gerald Tipones

9th place: Photo by Christian Armin Lopez

10th place: Photo by Nella 

Congratulations to all the winners of our #WWIM12_Baguio, truly well-deserved! And to have a glimpse of the 2-day event, let our photos taken by Andrei Suleik bring you some of the things that happened. You can check out all the photos below.


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