The winners of the CCLEX Social Media Photo Contest will be announced
A lightning bolt illuminating the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway was selected as the winner of the CCLEX Social Media Photo Contest.
Photographer Nestor Vince II A. Nardo won first place in the General category and was also a finalist in the Power On category.
Nardo, a 35-year-old employee of a CPO (Clinical Process Outsourcing) company, went with his mother and sister to the celebratory lighting of the CCLEX crosses on April 15, 2021.
Nardo said he had been interested in art since childhood. He was engaged in painting, sketching, modeling and music. His interest in photography began when he got a Sony Ericsson cybershot cell phone in college. He said his interest was in street, astro, and landscape photography.
When he spotted an Instagram post about the CCLEX photo contest, Nardo decided to sign up. His mother Vivian and sister Nikki decided to go with him when he turned on the CCLEX crosses because they wanted to watch the event too.
Nardo said they positioned themselves in Plaza Independencia near the entrance to Cebu South Coastal Road. They got wet during the lighting ceremony from heavy rain and thunderstorms.
Nardo said he was lucky because he caught a bolt of lightning that lit the CCLEX.
More importantly, Nardo said, that his family enjoyed the event.
In second place after Nardo is Allan Cuizon, a pioneer of drone photography in Cebu. Cuizon had been a photographer for SunStar Cebu for years and had captured some of the iconic images of events in Cebu and the region.
With a drone he assembled, he took aerial photos of the aftermath of the earthquake in Bohol in October 2013 and the super typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.
Cuizon, who now works at the Cebu City Information Office, was using an old DJI Mavic Pro drone when taking photos of the CCLEX on the afternoon of April 26th.
He said he was planning a sunset shot, but the mountains blocked the light and he didn’t like the photos he was taking for landscape orientation. When the low battery warning sounded, he tried portrait mode and liked the result.
“It showed the cloud formation in the upper part of the frame. From my point of view at Compañia Maritima, I couldn’t see the cloud formation in the western part of Cebu City, ”said Cuizon.
Third is Mark Anthony Cosep, an IT graduate who heads the online marketing team. Cosep spends weekends and holidays taking photos, which can be seen on his website www.laagtabai.com and on the Facebook page laagtabai.
Francis Gonzaga, for his image of fireworks and illuminated crosses, receives the grand prize in the Switch-on category for photos taken during the ceremonial lighting of CCLEX crosses.
Next to Nardo, the other finalist in the Power On category is Ariel Lim, who meticulously planned his shots for the CCLEX crosses.
He was encouraged to participate by his best friend and comrade, Marvin Bucao, and they picked three spots for their photos.
They started at old Malacañang sa Sugbo, where the rain caught up with them. With a raincoat and umbrella, they went to South Road Properties (SRP) and crossed Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) on foot to get to the second point (Plan B) in SM Seaside City.
However, fireworks lit the sky on the way there. This was her shot.
“I wanted to show the balance between the darkness of the background and the light of my subject, emphasizing the light. Light is an important symbol of Christianity and the cross for Catholics, ”said Lim.
“This photo shows that there is hope through light in the dark,” he said. He thanked the organizers of the photo competition.
The Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp. (CCLEC) held the photo contest in recognition of the many beautiful CCLEX images that were posted on social media.
CCLEC employees and officers selected the winners.
“Congratulations to all winners! We would like to thank everyone who has joined, ”said Allan Alfon, President and General Manager of CCLEC.
“We appreciate those who take photos of our toll bridge expressway project and post them on their social media accounts. The work you put into capturing the CCLEX images is truly heartwarming. These photos not only inspire us who work on the project, but also those with whom you share them, ”said Alfon.
“By capturing and sharing these beautiful photos, your images will help Cebuanos, both at home and abroad, experience this new landmark that will transform the Cebu landscape, boost economic activity and improve the lives of its people,” said Alfon.
CCLEX is a 30 billion P toll bridge connecting mainland Cebu from South Road Properties in Cebu City via Cordova Township to Mactan Island.
CCLEX will be a new landmark in the country, with two lanes in each direction, allowing safe, fast and scenic passage of around 50,000 vehicles per day. It will relieve traffic at the Marcelo Fernan Bridge and the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge.
CCLEX is a project of the CCLEC in cooperation with the local government units of Cebu City and the Cordova municipality.
CCLEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC), the toll road operated by Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), a listed infrastructure holding company and a member of the MVP Group of Companies. (PR)
(All photos by CCLEC)