PBA QF: Rain or Shine keeps Finals hopes alive by defeating TNT – 20170927

Recap by Charmie Lising / Photos by Winston Baltasar

“The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters sizzled from beyond the arc and held off a furious TNT rally to claim a 106-102 victory over the KaTropa and force a do-or-die match in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup, Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

J’Nathan Bullock fired seven triples en route to 31 points, to go with 15 rebounds, and three assists.”


PBA Quarterfinals: Ginebra Kings eliminate SMBeermen to quelch Grand Prix run

Recap by Charmie Lising / Photos by Winston Baltasar

“No more Grand Slam for the Beermen.

The Barangay Ginebra Kings played great basketball from start to finish as they dominated the San Miguel Beermen, 104-84, in their 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals matchup Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/ginebra-completes-20-point-rout-ends-san-miguels-grand-slam-hopes#ixzz4tvw1v9i1

UAAP80: UP makes 16 triples on the way to beating DLSU – 20170923

Write-ups by Yoyo Sarmenta / Photos by Winston Baltasar

“The UP Fighting Maroons just did the improbable.

UP took down the mighty De La Salle Green Archers, 98-87, on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in a stunning display of grit, determination, and a whole lot of belief.”


_S1A6202 UP's Jun Manzo tweeted before the game Walang imposible sa taong naniniwala
UP’s Jun Manzo tweeted before the game “Walang imposible sa taong naniniwala.”
_S1A6121 UP Rookie Robert Ricafort (#2) celebrates with his team
Controversial UP Rookie Robert Ricafort (#2) celebrates with his team


Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas basketball team in 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup – Promo Material

Less than a fortnight ago, on Sep. 13 to be exact, I was asked to shoot the Chooks-to-Go star players for Sports5 promotional material. 

It was a challenging three hours, both physically and mentally, as I tried to find good angles with which to shoot the players. They were seldom still, often frenetically running up and down the basketball court. 

I did pose some of the players according to the pegs that Sports5 marketing maven, Rissa Guilas. (Yes, she has an appropriate name for covering the Philippine team.)

Shot volleyball libero Jheck Dionela for Sorrento Sunwear – 20170130

We’ve been getting athletes to endorse Sorrento Sunwear. Jheck was one of the first. She’s vibrant and fun with a large following on social media.

_P2A1704 wm Jheck running towards the camera

We’ve also shot her at one of our Photography workshops.

Photo above shot by Eric Fagerheim at the old Winsam Studio roofdeck.

I don’t like using cliches but Jheck is a great gal. Really fun working with her.


Photo of the Day: Jica Lapeña 

Sometimes it’s great working with an inexperienced model, not saddled with stock poses and attitude. 

I shot Jica when she was still a freshman Fine Arts student, if I remember right. She was new to modeling but she was bold and audacious, which suited the dramatic lighting and concept of the workshop shoot. 

Teaching at De La Salle U – 20170918

Photos and words by Winston Baltasar

What can we say to the youth? Are they still called Millennials, these college students?

I’m on my second day of teaching 2 classes of Sports Photography to 50 plus students. 

Photography I can teach because I’ve been shooting since the 1970’s and teaching is in the blood; my parents, uncles and aunts from both sides have been teachers. 

But how does one relate to students? I don’t watch the same movies they do, nor do I listen to the same music. Fortunately, we have common ground in sports. All of my students are athletes from the DLSU’s Sports Management program. 

When I talk about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, they understand intimately and with a visceral reaction. 

We also have the school in common. We bleed green, as they say; although I have to tone down my loyalty to appease my Atenean wife.

Have to run to my next class. Will post photos taken by my students next. 

UAAP Season 80: Adamson Soaring Falcons defeat turnover-prone UST Growling Tigers – 20170916

Recap by Yoyo Sarmenta / Photos by Winston Baltasar

“The Adamson Soaring Falcons earned their first win in UAAP Season 80 after an impressive 88-81 victory over the UST Growling Tigers on Saturday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Robbie Manalang (#0) put up 19 points, four rebounds, and five assists while Kurt Lojera scored 16 points. Papi Sarr returned to action for the Falcons after missing their season opener against Ateneo and registered 10 points and four boards.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/collegehoops/article/uaap-season-80-falcons-soar-to-first-win-vs-turnover-plagued-tigers#ixzz4su7y3bpN