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Vienna, Austria. The Vienna International Center Club Filipino launched the photographic exhibition of two great Austrian and Filipino photographers: Guenter Leidenfrost, the profi and Randy Ilagan, the amateur (on his way to becoming a profi).
The exhibition is one from the series of events in 2016 commemorating the 70th anniversary of bilateral relations between Austria and the Philippines. Formal relations between the two countries were established on 17 October 1946.
A number of guests witnessed the opening of the exhibition, including representatives from the Philippine Embassy in Austria, members of the Vienna International Center Club Filipino, Diplomatic Corps, members of the Filipino community, artists, and other Austrian friends.
Marizel Rojas, oft he VIC-Club Filipino expressed her gratitude to the Philippine Embassy and the Filipino Community for its full support to the exhibition.
„This occasion is an ideal time to rejoice in all the blessings we all have: talent we share, love ones and friendships we have,“ Rojas affirmed.
Günther Leidenfrost said his works captivate the richness and diversity of the Philippines, offering many tourist spots worthy of being visited.
The Austrian photographer encouraged his countrymen to visit the Philippines to see its unique beauty and invited the guests to take a look at the photographs being exhibited as a testament of what the Philippines can offer to tourists.
Randy Ilagan on the other hand, captured the beauty and melancholy of Austrian sceneries.
Ilagan has a natural eye for capturing not just great photos, but the subject’s thoughts and feelings show through in a still picture that tells a story.
“To me, photography is feeling,” said Randy Ilagan. “If you cannot feel what you shoot, you don’t expect the viewer to feel when the viewer is looking at your photos. It has to come from the heart and passion.”
Randy Ilagan is the first Filipino photographer to exhibit his works at the United Nations Building in Vienna.
The photographic exhibition features of a special “Friendship” between the two coountries evolving through decades.
Through photographs, the exhibition captures the story of the relationship – like the people-to-people links, which continue to grow at an exciting pace. Over 30,000 Filipinos now call Austria their home, continue to make a positive contribution to Austrian society.
Among the guest speakers who were present during the event were and delivered inspiring messages Rev. Fr. Jose Conrado “Dongdong” Estafia, Consul Leilani S. Feliciano and DILG ASEC Eduardo Mendoza. The Voice Choir – CFC FFL likewise performed very nostalgic Tagalog songs, evoking memories of growing up in the Philippines such as “Manila, Kabilugan ng Buwan and Harana Medley” and one special song dedicated to our Austrian friends: “I am from Austria”.
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