2020 Q3 Selfie Excluded Travel Log

Peaking through peeks off the shutter

The three photographs below are original shots taken by a consummate photographer, Leon Paulo Zaragoza.  These works of art fall under the intellectual property belonging solely to the photographer and may require his consent for their use by others, original or derivative, in any medium of communication or advertising, online or otherwise.  There are many versions of similar subjects by many other photographers populating the internet.  But Leon’s versions are unique in terms of the many facets of conception, composition, creation, and production, where individual style and expertise are pithy elements that drive quality, hence peaking through peeks right off the shutter.  Attesting to the mastery of his craft, Leon Paulo Zaragoza has earned a number of distinction in his creative journey.

The Grand Mosque

Aptly called the Grand Mosque, there is nothing small about this picture in all sense of the word.  Massive architectural work of art that blends different distinct Islamic cultural accents that trope messages of diversity, tolerance, and peace.  The light reflection overhead symbolizes divinity, a perfect element that lifts the spirit and energizes faith, while the water foreground seemingly skirts access to sublimity where it connotes the precursor of sacrifice supplicated in prayer to reach the apex of spirituality.  The pride of the Islamic faith, The Grand Mosque is resting in the heart of Cotabato City, in Mindanao, Philippines.

Exotic T’boli Woman

Stunning and exotic, this woman in traditional T’boli attire depicts ideal and traditional characteristics and traits typical of a Filipina.  Simplicity, among others, is one aspect that accentuates beauty and admiration and is the conscious preference of many Filipinos.  The Tboli people are one of the indigenous peoples of South Cotabato in Southern Mindanao, Philippines.

The Grandiose of Mayon Volcano

Mayon volcano, taken at its best form during a perfect overcast day, can hardly be duplicated.  Timing, patience and keenness are main elements that resulted in this astonishing panoramic shot.  The choice of the foreground subject, a farmer trudging on ridges, was a brilliant overlay that temper the torpor state of the volcano.  Mayon volcano is the centerpiece of the Bicol region where its grandiose is prominently ubiquitous in the area, situated in the heart of Albay, Philippines, some 320 kilometers from Manila.

Ted Fullona
“Fray Ted” entered the Dominican seminary in 1973 at Peñafort Hall in Aquinas University of Legaspi (now UST-Aquinas). After completing the novitiate at Villa Lizares in Jaro, Iloilo, Ted majored in English at Letran (and cross-enrolled for journalism in Lyceum), where he served as reporter for The Lance, vice-president of the Letran Chorale, and president of the Humanities Literary Circle, up to the time of his departure from College and the seminary in 1978. Ted briefly worked for a stock brokerage firm in Manila before joining Saudi Aramco in 1981. While there, he managed the publication of the weekly Oasis Times. He married Mayette in 1982 and two years later was blessed with an unico hijo, Thomas John. The family immigrated to Canada in 1988 where he landed a job at Cadbury. The computer knowledge he acquired from Aramco made Ted indispensable as Technical Support Coordinator. In 1990, he augmented his credentials in the field of Computer Systems at Sheridan College. In 1993 he founded Cadbury’s in-house graphics department where he catalyzed and transformed several in-house graphics systems. As graphics manager, he led his team in developing and designing advertising and marketing collateral for a variety of Cadbury iconic brands. Ted’s tenure with Cadbury, and later became Mondelez Canada Inc., was capped at 27 years when he took advantage of an early retirement offer in 2017. Not wanting to be sidelined, he attended George Brown College for a Copywriting course. Ted is now managing his own design company, Artyoom Inc., contracting product catalogs design projects and writing brand style books for a number of brands.