La Salle scholarship fundraising photo exhibit 2011

Photo exhibit aims to raise funds for La Salle scholarship program
By Walter Ang
March 14, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The idea of "access to education" inspired "The Green Light Project," a fundraising photo exhibit featuring 40 works by ten photographers.

Organized by De La Salle University, the exhibit aims to raise funds for the One La Salle Scholarship Fund. "The fund is the centerpiece project of our centennial celebrations to be held in 2011," said Br. Bernard Oca, university vice chancellor for external relations.

"The scholarship fund aims to raise one billion pesos to support approximately 18,000 students on full scholarship in the 17 La Salle schools in the country across all levels and courses."

Set to tour the country, the exhibit was launched at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5 Mall. The exhibit was stationed beside the Swatch store for one month.

Also launched was the DLSU Centennial chronograph by Swatch. The chronograph is part of a limited four-design commemorative wristwatch collection.

The chronograph comes with a book titled "11: Time for Hope," containing stories of 11 scholars "who are now reaping the benefits of their Lasallian education, and sharing the best of themselves in their respective fields."

Green heritage
All the exhibited photographers are alumni of La Salle schools here and abroad.

"The collection is very varied. The photographers were given the liberty to define their views on what it means to be a "green," what is means to be a Lasallian," Oca said.

Celebrity photographer Raymund Isaac and commercial photographer Francis Rivera defined green as "go" by featuring images taken during travels and by revisiting the uniqueness of La Salle architecture.

Conceptual portraitist Niccolo Cosme and sports photographer Vic Icasas depict modern interpretations of famous religious images and glory moments of the DLSU men's basketball team, respectively.

US-based photo hobbyist Sal Gabaldon Campos and wedding photographer John Mateos Ong capture nature and greenscapes.

Underwater photographer Perry Aragon and Photoshop master Jun Miranda interpret green through the dynamism of light and space.

Child photographer Louie Aguinaldo and celebrity photographer Ronnie Salvacion capture the oneness of a growing network of La Salle schools.

Accessible education
Available for purchase is a limited number of 11x17inch prints on Fujifilm YKL Crystal Archive paper, mounted on acid-free boarding with acid-free mylar paper covers.

For every P1000 donation to the fund, donors receive a limited-edition note card collection (available in five different sets) featuring the exhibited photos. The sets come in specially-designed metal packaging that resembles a lomo camera.

"The Green Light Project Note Card collection is the idea of alumna Raissa Posadas, a member of the university's centennial committee," said Oca.

All proceeds will go to the One La Salle Scholarship Fund. The fund is managed by De La Salle Philippines, the umbrella organization that handles the network of schools run by the De La Salle Brothers of the Philippines.

"The network shares capital and intellectual resources to make Lasallian education more accessible and equitable," he said.

"Our founder, Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, dedicated his life in educating the less fortunate. It's only proper that we remain faithful to his noble goal. At the core of these schools is the mission to provide an empowering Christian education. We seek to teach minds, touch hearts, and transform lives, and we want our Lasallian education to be accessible to more of our deserving but poor students. "

DLSU was the first La Salle school in the country, founded in Paco, Manila in 1911. It eventually moved to its current location in Malate, Manila. The network, with Br. Edmundo Fernandez as president, now includes 11 schools in Luzon, three in Visayas and three in Mindanao.

The Green Light Project will tour La Salle schools across the country, starting with The Museum at De La Salle University from January to March 2011.

Order items at or call 524-4611 loc. 290. Orders from abroad accepted. To donate to the One La Salle Scholarship Fund, call LASALLE (5272553) or email

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