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PCCI (Philippine Center for Creative Imaging) Institute of Photography

The Institute

PCCI Institute of Photography (PIOP) is the country’s premier training hub for the country’s growing pool of photographers. We offer the widest range of intensive hands-on workshops in photography and digital imaging.

Aside from our ever-popular Basic Photography course, we offer workshops and seminars on specialized fields of photography, such as wedding, portrait, and food. We have workshops for every skill level, beginner through advanced.

PIOP is a division of the Philippine Center for Creative Imaging (PCCI), the country’s first and only training center authorized by Canon and Adobe, as well as Apple, Corel, and Wacom.

Canon Digital Learning Center

Recognizing PCCI’s expertise in the field of digital photography and imaging, Canon Philippines has designated PCCI as its Digital Learning Center (DLC) in the country. As the Canon DLC, PCCI (through its Institute of Photography) provides Canon digital camera users organized instruction on maximizing the use of their cameras, scanners and printers.

Adobe Authorized Training

Training courses in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom are offered under PCCI, the country’s first and only Adobe Authorized Training Center (AATC). The AATC certification is your guarantee that PCCI’s courses and training on Photoshop and Lightroom meet the Adobe standard of excellence.

Learn from the Pros

PIOP taps some of the most respected professional photographers in the country to lead its seminars and workshops. So class participants gain much more than the conventional techniques taught in photography books. They benefit from the instructors’ real-world experience.

Training Technique

PIOP uses the instructor-led, participant-centered approach to training, which has been proven highly effective in providing the right environment conducive to fast and effective learning.

Intensive, Hands-on Workshop Method

Training experts agree that learning by doing is the fastest, most cost-effective way to acquire new skills. And doing it in a workshop environment promotes a high-degree of interaction and involvement among participants. A workshop is a short, intensive, total-immersion learning experience.

One-Day Seminars

In addition to hands-on workshops, PIOP offers several one-day seminars. These seminars, while not hands-on, explain in simple terms the basic concepts and issues participants need to grasp before taking the corresponding hands-on courses.

State-of-the-Art Training Facility

PIOP has two fully-equipped photo studios, while PCCI has several computer labs that’s used for computer-based classes (Photoshop, Lightroom, etc.).

Each computer lab offers each workshop participant the use of a Mac or Windows computer, a Wacom graphics tablet, and Canon photo-quality printers. PIOP also has a library of photography books and periodicals for in-house use by class participants.


The Faculty

Jun Miranda

Jun Miranda

Jun is the first Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) and Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) in Photoshop (2000) and Lightroom (2008) in Asia. He is likewise a Canon EOS Brand Ambassador and a Canon PIXMA Brand Ambassador.

He is the president, creative director and resident photographer of PixelMagic, a digital imaging studio and service bureau since 1996. He is a CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+ Certified Professional) and is also the president and program director of PCCI.

Jun is past president of the Camera Club of the Philippines, and was founding president of both the IdN Club Philippines (the country's first association of digital artists) and Club de Camera Digital (the country's first association of digital photographers). He is also a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

He is a product of the Maine Photographic Workshops (Rockport, Maine), Dynamic Graphics Educational Foundation (Peoria, Illinois) and United Digital Artists (New York). He also took Creative Training Techniques under Robert Pike and a class on Corel Painter under Jeremy Sutton, instructor, lecturer and author of several books on Painter.

Jun writes a regular column for Manila Bulletin called “Digital Focus”, and lectures at different trade shows here and abroad.

Romir “Rem” Aglugub

Romir “Rem” Aglugub

Romir “Rem” Aglugub is a passionate scuba diver since 1982. A nurse by profession for more than 30 years, but spends almost all his free time scuba diving & on photography. Certified PADI Instructor since 1994, & Certified PADI Underwater Photography/Videography Instructor since 2000. A dedicated scuba instructor & underwater photography instructor. Being a certified Basic Life Support & First-Aid Instructor, & Marine Injury First-Aider, safety & injury prevention is always his primary concern when teaching underwater courses.

On December 26, 1997 – Discovered the presence of Whale Shark (Butanding) in Donsol, Sorsogon, Philippines. Underwater amateur video footage was presented to WWF Philippines. On March 1998 – GMA-TV Saksi anchor Karen Davila made a full media coverage of the discovery by Rem of Donsol Whale Shark. It is now popular as the “Whale Shark Capital of the Philippines”.

Sara Black

Sara Black

Sara Black was born and raised in Manila. Upon finishing her Communication Arts degree at Ateneo de Manila University, she jumped into her first job working at a photography studio as an assistant. While steadily learning about the craft, she was pulled on to the other side of the lens as a model — a happy accident to which she credits her better understanding of her subjects, a factor so crucial in all kinds of portraiture.

Sara has since photographed countless models and celebrities for the country’s top prestigious magazines such as Mega, Meg, and Metro, Chalk, Metro Working Mom, Metro Society, People Asia, Marie Claire, Cosmo, Smart Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and Philippine Tatler. She has photographed many high profile Filipino celebrities such as Dawn Zulueta, Claudine Barretto, Kristine Hermosa, Maricel Soriano, Kim Chiu, Bea Alonzo, Anne Curtis, Marian Rivera, Korina Sanchez, Imelda Marcos, Carmina Villaroel, Ruffa Gutierrez, Richard Gutierrez, Jericho Rosales, Willie Revillame, Vice President Noli de Castro. She has also shot for advertising clients such as Biolink, Maxipeel, Skin White, Myra E, Globe, Just Jewels, Human, Bench, Belo, Careline, Cinderella.

Her first book was published in 2009. When I Look in the Mirror is a series of extreme close-up portraits of real women with facial imperfections, meant to provoke contemplation in a society growingly obsessed with vanity and perfection.

Sara Black is one of the country’s leading beauty and fashion photographers. In a male dominated industry, Sara’s feminine touch leaves a distinct mark. She is renowned for her fresh and arresting portraits of women.

Rommel Bundalian

Rommel Bundalian

Award-winning digital artist, both here and abroad, and one of the most talented photographers. Rommel is a past president of the IdN Club Philippines, the first and leading organization of digital artists in the Philippines. He is also an all-around photographer but who specializes on wedding portraiture and coverage. His photographic works have been featured in several local publications which includes i-mag photography magazine, Lifestyle Asia Magazine, Lifestyle Asia Travel, Mega Magazine, People Asia, and View Magazine.

As a digital artist, he was a featured artist of Wacom Asia in its March edition couple of years ago. His works were also featured in Corel Painter Official Magazine. The magazine's editor wrote, "Rommel Bundalian has become a firm favourite of the magazine website, so we decided to find out more about the man behind the art."

Jijo de Guzman

Jijo de Guzman

Jijo is a part-time professional photographer and photography instructor focusing on Sports and Action, Landscapes and Travel. For Sports and Action Photography, his client list include Marlboro, Timex, PLDT, Nestlé, Milo, Adidas, Mizuno, Bike King, Unilab, Neilpryde, Philippine Windsurfing Association and Philippine Swimming Association. Since starting his part-time professional career in 2008 has shot close to 60 sporting events with about 20 on the national level, 12 on the international level including 3 world championships and has conducted over 35 sports and action photography workshops, talks and clinics. He is also very experienced in editorial sports photography and is currently the resident photographer of New Leaf Multimedia Outsourcing Inc. for Endurance Sports Magazine.

Jijo is a top-notch Landscape photographer and Travel photographer as well. He won 4 IPA awards in 2015 and has been part of local and international exhibits. He is a regular member of the Camera Club of the Philippines. Since joining the club just quite recently in 2013, he has already won a total of 31 awards the highlights of which are being a 2-time Black and White Photographer of the Year, 2-time Single Shot Color Photographer of the Year, On-The-Spot Photographer of the Year, 2-time Master Photographer 2nd Placer and the Master Photographer of the Year for 2015.

He is a Canon Crusader of Light/Brand Ambassador and also a Brand Ambassador for Benro, Black Rapid and Transcend. He is supported by Lowepro, Formatt Hitech and Hoya Filters as well.

With a rich set of background, experiences and achievements, many consider Jijo as a very talented all-around photographer and instructor.

Steve De Neef

Steve De Neef

Steve De Neef is a Belgian who has found a second home in the Philippines. He is very familiar with the diving around the archipelago and its marine life. He has won awards for his underwater photography, is a regular contributor to popular blogs like DivePhotoGuide and has been experimenting with dLSR video since these cameras came out. His portfolio can be found on stevedeneef.com, Blogspot, Flickr, and Vimeo.

Dail Deri

Dail Deri

A photographer, instructor, and writer, Dail combines her father's technics with her own. With experience in running a portrait studio and home-service portraits, and photographing celebrities and "ordinary" people, she has shared her knowledge in photography in various seminars and workshops in the country. Dail took up communications arts major in photography at De La Salle University.

Ibarra Deri

Ibarra Deri

Ibarra Deri, a renowned portraitist, is the first photographer to be included in Huwaran Filipino Achievement Awards' Who's Who in the Philippines. Deri (as he prefers to be called) started photography as a simple hobby. He has three college degrees unrelated to photography: a bachelor's degree biological sciences, a masters degree in teaching in biological sciences, and a degree in dentistry. For love of portraiture, he founded the Society of Portrait Photographers of the Philippines. An avid magician, Deri spices up his photography lectures with magic tricks. He owns and operates three photography studios in both Metro Manila and Bicol.

Mark Floro

Mark Floro

Mark, a Canon (EOS) Brand Ambassador, is one of the most sought-after food photographers in the Philippines.

In his twenty-year career, he has put together a client list that includes some of the biggest names in the food industry, such as Chow King, Jollibee, Manila Peninsula, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Purefoods, Robinson's Convenience Stores, and San Miguel Corporation. He is past president of the Advertising Photographers of the Philippines, and former director of the Advertising Suppliers Association of the Philippines (through the photography sector).

Mark also has a degree in commercial advertising photography from the Arts Center, College of Design (Pasadena, California). His portfolio can be found on markfloro.com and markflorophotography.com.

Jojo Guingona

Jojo Guingona

Jojo has been a freelance professional photographer for 11 years and has been a hobbyist for more than 30 years. His career in photography began with mostly editorial assignments for local glossy magazines. Although he shoots mostly commercial assignments now, he still occasionally does editorial work. Architectural photography has always fascinated Jojo and his eyes inadvertently revert back to it when on assignment or while travelling. He is a member of the Camera Club of the Philippines as well as the Advertising Photographers of the Philippines.

Tilak Hettige

Tilak Hettige

Tilak, a product of New England School of Photography in Boston, USA, has worked in the photography industry since 1981 in places like Boston, Washington D.C, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the Philippines. He is an accomplished author-photographer. He first won international recognition when he became the photographer of the year in the International Photographic Society, Washington D.C. in 1997. In addition to winning many subsequent awards Tilak’s work has been published in many books, international newspapers, magazines and calendars. His photographs have also been displayed in many exhibitions in the Philippines and outside and several of them are in private collections in several countries. Among his publications are the recently released Tilaka: The Spiritual Third Eye and Saffron Robes: A Photographic Essay on Buddhist Monks. Currently he is working on two more books. He now resides in Manila and has joined the country's most prestigious Camera Club of the Philippines.

Raymund Isaac

Raymund Isaac

A graduate of De La Salle's Communication Arts, Raymund Isaac is the president and resident photographer of Portfolio Photography & Studio, Inc. He started his career as a photographer by being an assistant photographer to Nap Jamir II and Neal Oshima. His client list includes local and international publications like Cosmopolitan,  Mega, Metro, Metro Wedding, Philippine Tatler, Elle, American Photo, People Asia, and Icon; advertising agencies like Publicis Manila (Nesvita, Nestea, Nido), Pacific Asian Advertising Specialist (Marie France, Facial Care, Svenson), Ace Saatchi & Saatchi (oxygen, Penshoppe), McCann Erickshon, New Direction (SM), BBDO, Ogilvy & Mather, etc.; and direct clients like Jollibee, Bench, Bayo, Kamiseta, Folded & Hung, Adidas, Gift Gate and Warner Music. A multi-awarded photographer here and abroad, Raymund was the 2002 Overall International Winner in the Glamour and  Beauty category of the American Photo Magazine (New York). His works were also featured in other magazines such as Elle and Quo.

Tino Ley

Tino Ley

Tino himself is a walking example of his own premise: He got hooked on photography at the age of nine, and today runs a portrait and video studio servicing De La Salle (Manila and Lipa), Letran, PWU, U.P., International School, to name a few. A longtime member of the Camera Club of the Philippines, he himself has attended many of PCCI's classes on photography and Photoshop and is also one of the Center's success stories.

Lon Liwen

Lon Liwen

International fashion photographer Lon Liwen was involved in a variety of careers before going full time in photography. Lon Liwen is the professional name of Raymond Lontok.

During the Nineties, Li was one of the youngest fashion designers in the Philippines to run a flourishing line of ready-to-wear clothes. He branched out to publication by starting one of the country's esteemed publishing houses and conceptualizing and realizing its premiere fashion magazine. He also managed a modeling agency that maintained an international portfolio.

He produced widely read publications that focused on the nude male form and gender issues such as Rice, Brief Encounters and Brief Moments. He provided the template for the highly popular Bench underwear shows by conceptualizing and producing its first two productions. He created Preview magazine and founded Summit Media. He also published Fashion Forecast, a trade publication devoted to Philippine fashion.

In the early 2000s, Li started an international career in fashion photography with bases in Canada, Milan, Paris and New York. He helped nurture the careers of a number of today's top fashion models by lending them his keen eye and creativity.

Li now makes the Philippines his home, frequently traveling around the Asian region for a variety of assignments.

Richel Mascariñas

Richel Mascariñas

Richel began capturing perfect wedding images early on as a hobbyist while still studying Architecture at the University of Santo Tomas. Upon graduating in1990, his wedding photography was relegated to weekend bookings while he worked in an architectural firm in Makati.

His practice became fulltime in 1994 when he decided to give up his career to pursue his passion and he opened up his first studio (Heritage Home Video Production) a year later. He has covered wedding rites and receptions in almost all Christian and Non-Christian churches in Metro Manila, in different provinces and abroad.

He is currently an officer of the biggest and the most respected Wedding Photographers' organization in the country, the Wedding and Portrait Photographers of the Philippines (WPPP).

His passion for photography has made him one of the most sought after wedding photographers in the country and his expertise has been featured several times in TV programs, wedding magazines and major dailies.

Menchit Ongpin

Menchit Ongpin

Menchit has photographed for various newspapers and lifestyle magazines such as Sense & Style, People Asia, Cook. She has also taken on physically demanding assignments such as industrial photography.

As a lifestyle photographer for a leading magazine, Menchit’s “beat” included not just the expected people photos but also architectural exteriors and interiors, food, fashion, and culture. Because a professional food stylist was usually not part of her team, she learned to do the styling and plating herself.

Her background as a real estate broker gave her an insider’s view of architecture, besides developing her skills for dealing with all kinds of clients.

Working for magazines taught Menchit the discipline of adapting to situations, especially when photographing celebrities and businessmen, and working fast.

A personal project, photographing a ballet dancer nude in gymnastic poses, was published in a photography magazine.

Albert Pedrosa

Albert Pedrosa

Albert Pedrosa is a commercial photographer who loves shooting fashion. He teaches photography for both basic and advanced. He also covers beauty and fashion retouching. He writes for SunStar Daily and IMAG photography magazine about photography.

He is an Adobe Certified Expert and Color Specialist. He started shooting during his high school days and continued shooting in College. He spent more than a decade in print advertising and decided to shoot again sometime 2009.

Andy Samaniego

Andy Samaniego

Andy has always been fascinated with taking photographs since his childhood days. In 1999, his enthusiasm for portraits, events and scenes that captured his imagination elevated his desire to take photography to the next level, thus turning his childhood passion into a career.

2002 marked Andy's entrance into the wedding industry, and since then his craft has been in constant development, not only with the latest trends but also with the artistic vision he wishes to express. Taking this as a positive challenge, he honed his skills in portraiture,product illustration and travel photography. Andy also expanded his repertoire to include corporate requirements and aerial photography.

Since then, Andy has always captured the hearts of his peers and clients with the images he produces, both personal and commercial. His photography is as passionate as his faith, and he always looks forward to new and exciting challenges and opportunities to express his deepest emotions while communicating his distinctive vision.

Edwin Tuyay

Edwin Tuyay

Edwin is a photojournalist who shoots for international publications, including Newsweek, Time, Fortune, Paris Match, and Esquire. He has also done 4 covers for Reader’s Digest magazine, that were printed in the magazine’s 19 editions. Currently, he is the official Bloomberg News photographer in Manila.

From 1986 to 1988, Edwin was a staff photographer of the Manila Chronicle, covering the Senate, Malacañang palace, military and congress beats. He was also the first staff photographer of Asiaweek (from 1988 to March 2001). He covered major events, and photographed movers and shakers of the Asian region.

His book credits include Mt. Pinatubo: 500 Years After, Eyes on Asean, Philippines: Spirit of Place, The Philippines: A Journey Through the Archipelago, 100 Years of Meralco, DBP: 50 Years, EDSA People Power 2, The Cory Aquino Funeral by ABS-CBN, Avida, 20 Years, 65th Year of DBP, and the Land Bank of the Philippines’ “Harvest of Heroes”.

Currently, Edwin is the Vice President (Internal) of Wedding & Portrait Photographers of the Philippines (WPPP) and Photography Roadtrippers International.

Patrick Uy

Patrick Uy

Patrick is one of the most sought-after wedding photographers in the country. His clients include some of the biggest names in local industry, politics, and show business. He also specializes in advertising photography and is the proprietor of Pacific Light Studio. He is past president of both the Camera Club of the Philippines, and of the Advertising Photographers of the Philippines. Patrick has a bachelor's degree in business management from Ateneo de Manila University.

Ed Yap

Ed Yap

Ed is the former managing editor/art director of i-mag photography magazine. He has lectured on photography, creativity, digital file handling for laymen, and career opportunities in image editing. He was formerly creative director at Dailey & Associates, Graphic Atelier, Ad Strategists, and at his own design studios, E/FX Graphics, Design Matrix, and Show & Tell. The hats he has worn are those of advertising copywriter, website designer and administrator, audiovisual producer, and graphic designer.