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August 03, 2009


On Dec. 11, 2008, I had the privilege of attending the lecture on “Landscape Photography” by renowned photographer Carlos de Leon Esguerra. He is a Filipino who was born in Taytay, Rizal, Philippines and is now based in Elmshurst, Queens, New York, USA.

He came to the Philippines to receive the “Pamana ng Filipino” award at Malacañang Palace. The simple ceremonies was held at the Rizal Hall in Malacanang and also marked the opening of the celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos and the International Migrants’ Day (Dec. 10).The Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas is a biennial event institutionalized in Dec. 1991 by virtue of EO 498.

His co-awardees included Amelita Besa and Romeo Dorotan, (New York); Bayani de Leon, (New York); Federico Hizon, (Singapore); Libertito Pelayo, (New York); Dr. Teresita Ramos, (Honolulu); and Engr. Nilo Villarin, ( Washington).

The awardees were evaluated by Philippine consulates and embassies prior to the final selection by the technical committee.

Esguerra studied Business and Economics at the University of the Philippines, and obtained his MBA from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He worked for more than 30 years as a programmer analyst at IBM Corporation in New York and later founded his own company, CLE Systems, Inc. Since retiring from the said company, he has since devoted his time to his passion: photography.

Some of Esguerra’s photos have been published in several international magazines and publications such as Interior Design Magazine, Photo Life Magazine, Best of Photography Annual, Spa Magazine, Popular Photography and Imaging, Photo Life Magazine, Hasselblad’s FORUM Magazine and Shutterbug Magazine. He is recognized by many as the modern-day Ansel Adams.

In his lecture, he said that what he considers greatly in any photography, past all the technicalities, is still the “soul” of the picture or what takes in the viewer.

See samples of Carlos de Leon Esguerra’s photography at his web site: