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VIP Speakers In Philippines
Welcome to attending our VIP Seminar Programs during DRT Show Philippines 8-10 Sept 2017.
Mr. Mike Bartick, USA

Mike is a Marine Wildlife Photographer, Writer and Photo-Pro. He has insatiable love for finding unique marine life, observing and photographing it’s behavior and sharing his insight and knowledge with others. His curiosity and drive for first-hand experience has leaded him across the globe in search of that special critter encounter. Mike is widely published with work appearing monthly in international magazines, websites and internet publications. He also hosts photo clinics seminars concentrating on the different aspects of Underwater Photography and the natural history of South East Asia and the Indo-Pacific.
Mr. Jerome Kim, Korea

Born and raised in Korea, Jerome Kim has been based in the Philippines for the last 18 years. He considers Anilao as his favorite dive spot in the whole Coral Triangle because of the great macro opportunities. Jerome is professional architect and considers underwater photography as just a hobby but he enjoys it immensely. He is able to translate his skills as an architect into designing the perfect shots underwater. He likes macro photography and taking photos of small critters specially in the Philippines waters. Jerome Kim is multi-award winning photographer in local and international competitions and his works are regularly introduced in many dive magazines and newspapers.
Mr. Ivan Manzanares, Philippines
Photographer/Diving professional

Ivan Manzanares is a PADI Digital Underwater Photography Instructor and Philippines Department of Tourism's Compact Camera Photographer of the Year 2015. His photos have been published in both local and international publications. A career spanning over a decade, Ivan is one of today's most sought after dive guides in Anilao, having worked with many of the industry's top names and having been a part in developing some of the new generation's underwater champions. His comprehention of camera systems big, medium and small topped with his years of macro and muck dives, he has carved a reputation amongst enthusiasts worldwide as being one of the few "must dive with dive guides" today.
Mr. Bo Mancao, Philippines
Photographer/CCR Diver

Bo’s award winning underwater photography and articles have been printed on international publications and books on marine conservation. The Philippine Department of Tourism has been using his images in various international advertising campaigns and dive expos around the world. He hopes that his images will inspire more people to take up scuba, appreciate what lies beneath the ocean and in turn help safeguard the planet’s marine treasures.
Mr. Parnupong Norasethkamol (Nu),Thailand
Underwater Videographer

Nu was born and grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. He studied architectural design and started his first dive in Phuket after he had graduated from university. Nu is an avid Thai diver who has a strong passion in the marvelous diving locations in Asia and around the world. He works full-time as a U/W videographer on many liveaboards that operate in best Asia’s dive destinations such as Komodo, Raja Ampat, Andaman sea, Palau ,etc. His underwater skills lead him to get awards in prominent world-class photo competitions. Now he works full-time on liveaboard in Indonesia. He is enjoyed with exploring the diverse reef in Indonesia. He loves to share his work to inspired people for saving our Ocean. Our Ocean, Our Responsibility.
Mr. Alex Santos, Philippine
Technical Diver

At age 9, Alex began using scuba and in 1993, he introduced technical diving to the Philippines. Alex is a certified DMT and has over the years, developed procedures in oxygen in-water recompression to support PHILTECH’s commercial diving projects. He has administered the same to injured sport divers and has successfully reversed symptoms of DCS in all cases. Alex is usually called to the scenes of underwater accidents and maritime disasters, and has trained foreign and domestic recovery teams in body recovery techniques from deep inside wrecks. His greatest passion however is cave diving. He is a member of the Filipino Cave Divers, a select group of individuals with diverse academic backgrounds and skills who apply their combined expertise in the study, exploration, and preservation of underwater caves and springs. On rare occasions however, Alex can be seen looking at fish and loves to video marine life behavior.
Mr. Ram Yoro, Philippines
Underwater Photographer/Instructor/Cave Diver

Raised in archipelagic Philippines, Ram had an early love affair with the ocean. His young exposure to colorful reefs made him pursue a career in scuba diving as an instructor and underwater photographer. Now a multi-awarded underwater photographer, Ram is at the forefront of Cave Diving and Bonfire Diving in the Philippines. As member of the Filipino Cave Divers, he is active in exploring and documenting local underwater cave systems. While back in his base in Anilao, Ram is a proponent of the Bonfire method for Blackwater diving.
Mr. Pipat Cat Kosumlaksamee, Thailand
Underwater Photographer

Born and raised in Bangkok. He has won several awards and has been involved in diving for over 25 years. His work is the result of diving journey to exotic locations which takes him to many exciting places around the world. He strives to capture the underwater realm in a way that will help create an awareness of the fragile marine environment….. thus began a love affair with photography. From 2015-2017 he became one of the judges of UWMP and Underwater competition events in Bangkok.
Mr. Ben Sarinda, Indonesia

Ben Sarinda was born in Maluku, Indonesia, and his journey in the diving profession happened by chance when he was given the opportunity to move from boatman to diver in 2002. Today, with more than 10,000 logged dives, Ben has earned a reputation amongst divers and underwater photography enthusiasts, especially those who frequent Lembeh, for his extensive experience and understanding of marine life behaviour. Through his years of working with accomplished underwater photographers, he has developed a hands-on understanding of critters and their characteristics, making him the guide of choice for many established names from all over the world.
Mr. Reggie Reyes, Philippines
Coral Reef Rescue and Rehabilitation Advocate/Conservation Photography Coach

A Professional conservation coach and Photographer with several International Photography Awards for published books and documentary work. A Director of Coral Quest Rehabilitation Philippines, a movement that helps educate coral rehabilitation to benefit coastal communities. Reggie is an Ocean Geographic Masterclass Graduate, a member/underwater photographer in the exclusive Ocean Artists Society among global ambassadors who love the oceans. A Camera Club of the Philippines member, a distinguished and invitation only camera club founded in 1928.
Mr. Scott Gutsy Tuason, Philippines

Scott was first handed his underwater camera at the age of 16 though he started diving before he even hit puberty. Decades later he’s still a passionate photographer, and the element of doing things just at the edge characterizes how he gets his images. From throwing himself into a feeding frenzy or dangling off a line in open water at night, Gutsy as he is known thrives on the thrills. His photography has won awards, notably the Palme D’or at Antibes festival for his co-authored book Anilao in 2000, but the real gratification lies in sharing the marvels of the ocean and inspiring others to help preserve it. His latest Book 《Blackwater Open Blue》 won the Underwater Photography Book of the Year 2017 at the UPY event in London.
Mr. Penn De Los Santos, Philippines

A PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor since 2009 Penn De Los Santos, or simply known as Penn DLS among his friends, learned taking underwater photos with a film camera soon after he got his open water certification in 2004. His passion for UW photography has already won him some awards both from local and international competitions. He shoots with a compact camera with accessories he gathered from joining competitions. He likes presenting ordinary subjects in creative angles and lighting. But he is also on the lookout for special critters, big marine life, and animal behavior.
Mr. Bernil H. Gastardo, Philippines
Cave Diver/President and co-founder of the Filipino Cave Divers

Diving since 1993, Bernil is a passionate cave diver. Happiest when exploring, he together with his late friend Dr. Alfonso Amores explored many underwater caves in the Visayas and Mindanao, including the world famous Enchanted River of Hinatuan. Bernil is the President and co-founder of the Filipino Cave Divers, a non-profit organization comprised of members with various academic degrees and competences directed at the scientific study and preservation of underwater caves and springs. He also has a seat at the National Cave Committee, a multi-sectoral organization attached to the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Philippines. Being a fulltime scuba instructor, he dedicates his spare time coordinating with Local Government Units and Regional Cave committees in crafting measures to preserve cave systems throughout the Philippines.
Ms. Marese Secades, Philippines
AIDA 4 Freediver/Freediving Coach

Marese Secades is an ocean lover, AIDA 4 Freediver, content creator and founder of Apnea Philippines where she teaches introduction classes and promotes safe and responsible Freediving.

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