The FPPF held a double event Thursday (May 11, 2017) at the FPPF Art Chambers in Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila, one formally launching SULTADA, the only cockfighting photo book through the eyes of photographers, and another honoring the winners in the recent Pahimis photo contest in the coffee town of Amadeo, Cavite.

Photo shows the ribbon-cutting rites for SULTADA with (L-R) Amadeo ex-mayor and Pahimis prime mover OJ Ambagan (partly hidden), Board of Tourism Director Cynthia Lazo, DOT NCR Regional Director Benjy Santiago, unidentified official, Intramuros Administrator Guillermo Asido, SULTADA author and FPPF President Pablo Beltran, and FPPF Chair Mrs. Eduviges Y. Huang.

Carlo Zamora receives his trophy as Grand Prize winner in the 2017 Pahimis Coffee Festival photo contest, along with P10,000 cash award, from Pahimis organizers and government officials.

Carlo Zamora, Overall Champion of Pahimis photo contest, with 2017 Pahimis organizers Amadeo Ex-Mayor OJ Ambagan and wife Laarni, and Mrs. Cora Salcedo, tourism officer of Amadeo town.

FPPF President Pablo Beltran, Ka Lito to his friends, talks to his guests during the launching of his photo book SULTADA. “What I learned from Sultada is that time flies so fast, it took six years to see the book’s completion. But if you start something, you have to finish it,” he said.

“I appreciate Ka Lito’s ideas and his wisdom,” said tourism official and FPPF friend Cynthia Lazo remembering his unsolicited advice to her daughter years ago to get out of being a student and start making money so her mother can stop financing her. “She has found her niche,” Lazo said.

“We need your support for the 22 provinces that produce coffee,” ex-mayor and Pahimis prime mover OJ Ambagan said, noting that in his town of Amadeo they have stopped converting agricultural land to housing. Under Ambagan’s stewardship, the Pahimis Coffee Festival has ran for 16 consecutive years now. His administration, through the efforts of citizen tourism officer Cora Salcedo, has secured a presidential proclamation naming Amadeo as coffee capital.

Ka Lito and Mrs. Huang addressing a full crowd at the FPPF Art Chamber 2 for the double event. Among those who came were Intramuros Administrator Atty. Guillermo Asido, NCR Regional DOT Director Benjy Santiago, Amadeo ex-mayor OJ Ambagan with wife Laarni Ambagan, Jimmy Donton of the Games and Amusements Board, John Chua of Adphoto, photojournalist Ed Santiago, celebrity activist Mae Paner with Nap Beltran, Nitz Volante of Picturebooks, Mrs. Olivia Lansang of Olivia’s Coffee of Amadeo, Singaporean photographer CJ Chan, Manny Inumerable, George Cabig, Jun Lee, and many other photographers and friends of the FPPF.

Tourism official Cynthia Lazo is interviewed by a TV crew from Channel 4 who covered the double event.

Amadeo’s ex-mayor Albert Garces “OJ” Ambagan brought his festival street dancers and a huge video wall to Fort Santiago.

The Pahimis Coffee Festival street dancers of Amadeo, Cavite doing a number of performances at Fort Santiago.

The five winning photographers, with medals are top category winners in the Pahimis photo contest, shown here with contest organizers and government tourism officials.

Ka Lito, Sultada author, poses with Gina Meneses, one of the contributing photographers for the book.

FPPF Chair Mrs. Eduviges Y. Huang addressing the crowd.