Monday, June 16, 2014

2:10 AM

Entries For 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Now Open!

The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, organized by the World Photography Organisation, are now open for entries. Professional, amateur, youth and student photographers from across the world can enter their best work for free at Photographers will compete for a range of cash prizes and the latest cutting edge digital imaging equipment from Sony.  Overall winners will be announced at a gala ceremony held in London on 23 April 2015.

2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Since its launch in 2007, over 700,000 images from 230 countries have been submitted to the Sony World Photography Awards. Seeking the very best in international contemporary photography, the awards have established themselves as one of the world’s leading photography competitions.  The most recent winner of the L’Iris d’Or/ Photographer of the Year title is American photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz for her series ‘Shane and Maggie’ a powerful and intimate examination of domestic violence as a process.

The winner of the 2015 L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year title and the Open Photographer of the Year will both receive cash prizes. All category winners will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony, and the Student Focus winner will receive a range of new, cutting edge Sony digital imaging equipment for his or her university. Winning and shortlisted photographs will also be published in the 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book and exhibited at Somerset House, London.
The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards include the following competitions:
  • Professional – 15 categories judged on a series of work
  • Open – 10 categories judged on a single image
  • Youth – three categories for photographers under 20. Judged on a single image
  • Student Focus – for higher education photography students aged 18-30
The Open and Youth competitions will close for entries at 23.59 GMT on Monday 5 January 2015 with the exception of the Professional competition, which will close at 23.59 GMT on Thursday 8 January 2015.  A list of categories can be found in the notes to editors.
The brief for the 2015 Student Focus competition is to shoot a single image that symbolizes contemporary consumer culture. The image can be sensationalist or low-key but it must be something the photographer feels is a reflection of today’s society. Entries to the Student Focus competition close on 6 December 2014.

The key dates for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards are:
  • 6 December 2014 – Student Focus competition closes
  • 5 January 2015 – Open and Youth competition close
  • 8 January 2015 – Professional competition closes
  • 17 February 2015 – Shortlist for Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus competitions revealed
  • 17 March 2015 – Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient announced
  • 31 March 2015 – Open and Youth winners revealed
  • 23 April 2015 – L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year plus Professional category winners and Open Youth and Student Focus Photographers of the Year revealed at gala ceremony held in London
  • 24 April-10 May – 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London
Further details about the Sony World Photography Awards and the World Photography Organization can be found at

Photo Courtesy of: | Photo of Sophie Gamand, France, Winner, Portraiture, Professional Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Thursday, June 12, 2014

2:28 AM

Metro Vigan Cafe Served Delectable Dishes In Vigan, Ilocos Sur

My family and I are so glad that we become part of the Vigan Day Tour courtesy of Metro Vigan Inn.  As one of the budget friendly hotel in the Vigan City. They also open their cafe where they serve authentic Ilocano dishes as well as other Filipino cuisine. 

Metro Vigan Cafe have a wide variety of food choices. It was my first time to try Bagnet in different recipe such as Crispy Bagnet, Kare-kare Bagnet, Pinakbet Bagnet and Sisig Bagnet. My husband love it so much although its not advisable for people like him who has a high cholesterol and heart problem. Bagnet is one of their specialty and they even served Bagnet Burger.

They provide a huge list of menu right on the first day of the trip. Looking at those bounteous food makes you feel filled but we need to taste it one by one and a foodie like me will never say no to try it. Let give a try with these foods and we have Spring Roll Longanisa, Poki-poki, Kare-kare Bagnet, Sinanglao, Pinakbet na Bagnet, Metro Vigan Pansit Canton, Metro Vigan Chicken, Steam Malaga, and Crispy Pata served with steamed rice and watermelon as our dessert.

We supposed to eat dinner at Metro Vigan Cafe that night but all bloggers had full stomach due to the food tour in Hidden Garden, Seniorita Dulce, and Hotel Salcedo de Vigan.

On the second day, they served another batch of food again which makes us wow... this is another challenge. So what I did like before in every food review I have is to try is in a small amount, just to taste the food so that I can savor every flavor of the food that they served. This time we have the Sisig Bagnet, Pinaputok na Tilapia, Bulalo, Crispy Bagnet, Hito at Talong, Chopsuey, Kalderetang Pato served with Metro Vigan Fried Rice and Puko Pandan for our dessert.

Although their Chef had their own version of the recipe in every food that he served to us. I would say that food in Metro Vigan is great in overall. One of my favorite is their Sisig Bagnet eventhough its kindda spicy but perfect for appetizer to boost your appetite.

Also, their Kare-kare Bagnet is perfect becaus the Bagnet itself compliments the Kare-kare sauce while their Sinanglao is a bit sour but matches the flavor of beef. Metro Vigan Pansit is winner as well as the Bulalo which is always my favorite.

I have notice that most of their menu had Bagnet into it, maybe because its one of the famous food of Ilocos Sur.  If ever I will go back to Vigan, I will definitely go back to Merto Vigan Cafe to eat. Why? because their food is great and very reasonable when it come to prices that makes also called their hotel to be one of the budget friendly. 

For prices and list of their menu or even for reservation you may visit their website at Metro Vigan Cafe is located at Bayubay Norte, San Vicente Metro Vigan, 2726 Vigan, Ilocos Sur with Telephone number (077) 674 0448 or you may email them at

Monday, June 2, 2014

11:31 PM

Metro Vigan Inn: A Budget Friendly Hotel With Ilocano Hospitality

Thinking about traveling with family sound exciting. For me, family bonding is very special because we don't usually see each other. Vacation time plus family together equals marvelous fun. They said quality time with your love one's will help you lessen your stress. That is why I'm so thankful to Powercom for giving us a chance to experience a day tour in Vigan. 

Metro Vigan Inn as a budget-friendly hotel, provides quality accommodation to satisfy the demands of all kinds of travellers in the growing tourism industry in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. Staying in Merto Vigan Inn will give you the opportunity to sojourn comfortable with a memorable experience. 

They have a unique architectural design that fits to the city heritage, very accessible, affordable rates and hospitable staff that will assist you in all your needs. They not only provide quality accommodation packages, and they also offer Calesa Tour for Php 700 per person with a minimum of four hours plus a one night room per person.

How to get to Metro Vigan Inn

By Air - Flights from Manila to Laoag City Ilocos Norte, which is one hour and a half going to Vigan. Taking via local bus or if you are checking-in to Metro Vigan Inn, they offer to pick up from the Laoag Airport. 

By Land - An 8 hour drives from Manila, along Manila-Ilocos Highway. There are many buses bound to Vigan from Manila regularly. 

Getting Around - when you are traveling the best way to get around as always is by foot. However, you can experience Kalesa ride around Vigan for only Php 150 / hour or ride the tricycle for Php 10 each.

Metro Vigan Inn offers different room types from Standard double rooms to Superior Triple rooms, rates from Php 1,300 - Php 1,900. They also have Deluxe Twin who is excellent for four people and the Backpackers Room, which is three double deck good for six persons. The amount is Php 1,700 for two pax plus Php 250 per additional person and Php 600 per person respectively. 

All rooms are inclusive of complementary breakfast by Metro Vigan Cafe, although an extra charge per person is applicable. Pick season surcharge is applied like Holidays, Convention Period, Holy Week, etc. They also give complementary accommodation for two children aged 10 years old and below. Checked-in time is 2pm and check out time is 12 nn the following day. 

Check out their Amenities

  • Fully Air-conditioned Rooms
  • Private Toilets and Baths
  • 24 Hour Running Hot and Cold water
  • LED Cable TV
  • Free WIFI
  • Wide and Secured Parking lots

So, if ever you visit Vigan City, why not stay at the Metro Vigan Inn to experience notable Ilocano hospitality in enjoyable and budget friendly vacation trip to the worlds known as one of the Worlds Heritage Sites in the Philippines. 

Metro Vigan Inn is located at the Bayubay Norte, San Vicente, Metro Vigan. with Telephone number: (077) 674-0448 and Mobile number: (0917) 824-3800 / (0917) 824-4800. You can email them at and Like them on Facebook at or visit their website at for more information.

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