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Photo exhibit on Benilde athletes

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Path to Glory, an exhibit of photographs taken by Miguel Sy, features the hard work and dedication of the student-athletes of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB). It will open on Jan. 26, 6 p.m. at the sixth floor gallery of the School of Design and Arts (SDA) Campus.

The show is curated by Architect Gerry Torres.

Members from the Blazers’ 21 teams were handpicked to serve as representatives of their respective sports, such as arnis, athletics, badminton, basketball, chess, fencing, football, lawn tennis, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, and cheerdancing.

Miguel Sy captures the hardships of student-athletes in photographs 

Robin Serrano, Benilde’s Vice President for Advancement, says, “This is an opportune time for the exhibit, it gives the members of the community a glimpse of the hardships of the those who vie for honors.”

“This all possible due to the guidance of our alumni who worked with us on this project, and the support that Smart Communications Inc. has extended to us all these years,” he continues.

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Photographers Veejay Villafranca, Andy Spyra and Thies Rätzke mentored Sy, who in 2014 graduated at Benilde’s AB Photography program.

“This is what we don’t often see about players: their hard work, the point when they push themselves more just when they are about to give up.” he reveals.

Afernee Lopena of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s Men’s Athletics 

He admits that working with non-professionals as models proved to be a challenge, although this enabled him to delve more into each athlete’s character. Sy said, “The photos were focused on their eyes and their body language, because these are at the heart of the picture.”

He now runs his own 361 Degrees studio.

Path to Glory, which will run until March 25, is produced by the Center for Partnership and Resource Management (CPRM) and Center for Sports Development (CSD) through the Center for Campus Art (CCA).  The exhibit is made possible through the collaboration of the Office of the Vice President for Advancement and Smart Communications Inc..

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