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Yearly Archives: 2012

REPORTAGE: Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao

I am reposting this reportage to announce another upcoming fight of this great Filipino boxer against Juan Manuel Marquez this coming Saturday in Las Vegas. Check out my documentary as Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao does his training in preparation for a fight…

It is not everyday you are given the opportunity to follow around a World Boxing Champion as he prepares himself physically and spiritually for his upcoming fight. During my last trip to Manila, Philippines few weeks ago I was very fortunate to get an exclusive access to document a day in the life of this incredible Filipino boxer.

World Boxing Champion and Congressman Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao begins his training at the MP Tower gym in Manila in preparation for his fight against American boxing champion Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas. The MP Tower gym is a six-level building located in the outskirts of Manila and it is used to be the old L&M Gym, where Pacquaio first trained as a young boxer at the age of 17. I was amazed how he turned this old boxing gym into a modernized building and a great facility for training young and aspiring Filipino boxers. Below are a few images from my REPORTAGE on Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

Pacquiao gets a shoulder massage as he conditions himself before his training.

Pacquiao wraps his hands before putting on his gloves.

How do you like to be one of Pacquiao’s trainer? Here, childhood friend and assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez (left) receives a punch from World Boxing Champion and Congressman Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao.

During this particular training session, members of the Philippine National Police (in the background), who are part of a group called Servant of God Police Choir came watch the champ as he trains. The group also sang religious songs for Pacquaio, who recently converted to a ‘Born Again Christian’.

After his conversion, Manny Pacquiao has given up gambling, drinking and womanizing. He also became familiar with Bible verses, quoting them in each media interviews he has. And part of his routine in between his work-out is to pause and pray for a few minutes.

You can feel the power of every punch that Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao throws during his training.

Wearing his signature Nike shoes…only for a real boxing champ.

Just watching how Pacquiao throws those punches on those punching mitts, I feel bad for assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez….but this guy has helped him become so sleek in boxing.

And at the end of the day, the Team Pacquiao prepares a feast for the champ in his office desk at the MP Tower gym. Here, Pacquiao says his prayers before his meal.

The experience was priceless, and the coverage was amazing. A special thanks to a good friend – Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson, who is a close friend of Manny, for all the help and hospitality during my trip to Manila and Vigan. Also thanks to Dr. Carlos Almeda for all your kindness.

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admin - Thanks Mariah! Your works is amazing by the way!December 28, 2012 - 9:01 am

Mariah Milan Maui Photographer - Wow! What an opportunity to follow along with Manny Pacquiao! Amazing!December 28, 2012 - 6:37 am

Congrats to Jacqueline & Brandon – A Wedding at The Park Savoy, New Jersey

I am so pumped up to be part of the special day of one of my favorite couples – Jacqueline and Brandon, who will be exchanging vows at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ this weekend. A reception will then follow at The Park Savoy in Florham Park, New Jersey.

Jacqueline and Brandon are one of the coolest people you will ever meet….aside from their love of health and fitness, this couple has a very good heart for the poor. That’s pretty evident when you see them coming out to the streets of Newark, NJ to feed the homeless on Sundays. That’s why when we did their engagement pictures, I made sure these two aspects of their relationship are well documented….check them out -

We shot at their favorite gym in NJ…I did not know it is possible to kiss while lifting a barbell…LOL

This is where Jacqueline and Brandon will be tying the knot – Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ. Pope John Paul II said his evening prayer at this historical Cathedral in 1995 during his Papal visit.

Love this shot of them holding their childhood photos…

Can you see, what I am seeing? I mean those muscles on Jacqueline. WOW!

Jacqueline and Brandon give FREE HUGS to the homeless during their “feeding of the hungry” mission in Newark. What a good hearted couple. I wish you guys all the best in your marriage…you are a match made in heaven!

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A Photographer’s Thanksgiving Prayer

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For a wonderful wife and our two sweet dogs,
For love, family and friends,
For the many talents you gave,
For protecting my Canon gear every time I’m out on assignments,
For sending me the most generous and understanding clients,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

Thank you for all Thy blessings.

- Parts of this prayer are taken from Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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Congrats to Angela & Andy – Aruba Destination Wedding

So excited for today’s wedding of two wonderful people. Angela and Andy’s story first started when they met while attending the American Bar Association Employment Law Continuing Legal Education Conference. Though they live in different states,love and fate brought them together, and the rest was history….and today they will be tying the knot at the La Trattoria El Faro Blanco Restaurant against the backdrop of a gorgeous Aruban sunset.

Here are some images we shot at one of their trips to Washington DC last summer….check them out -

Angela and Andy in their fashion mode…

Love this shot against the falls at the Ben Franklin Memorial

And can you say WOW to the ring!

Love this shot at the Washington DC Union Station…

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ARUBA IN TRAVEL + LEISURE MAGAZINE

I guess you can call it  ”an image that went viral”…LOL – another use of this Aruba image was recently spotted at one of the best travel magazines in the world – TRAVEL + LEISURE. Check it out! Stay tuned for more announcements..

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ARUBA in BRIDES MAGAZINE

Check out this month’s issue of Brides, an international award-winning bridal magazine, which features a whole page advertisement promoting the island of Aruba. One of my images from Kara and Anthony’s wedding was used for this ad. Kudos to the staff of The Concept Farm Advertising Agency for doing an amazing job with this campaign!

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BREAKING NEWS: RON SOLIMAN PHOTOJOURNALISM has reached the highest reviews!

We are very happy to announce that RON SOLIMAN PHOTOJOURNALISM has reached the highest reviews on weddingwire.com, one of the leading wedding source in the USA. Here’s the latest review from a recent bride…(click on the images below to see ALL THE 100 plus reviews)

THANKS TO ALL OUR CLIENTS who continue to believe in our talents! We owe it all to you guys!

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Aruba Tourism Ad in Canada features Ron Soliman’s Destination Wedding Photo

..we are proud to announce that our Aruba wedding image has made it across the borders to Canada, here’s one that ran on Toronto Daily Star recently…

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Featured in Equally Wed Magazine

We are so excited to announce that one of the weddings we photographed was featured on Equally Wed Magazine!

Click on the following image to see their wedding story…

Thanks to Anna and Sharda for making us part of this special day!

Stay tuned for the new Same-Sex wedding we documented to be featured next month!

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Anna + Sharda = Best Friends – A Liberty House Restaurant Wedding

To celebrate our first same-sex wedding, I would like to congratulate the newly weds from Sunday – Anna and Sharda, by posting some images from the same day edit that we showed during the reception. The LIVE slideshow by the way was a BIG HIT! Thanks to all the guests who appreciated it.

Got to say that we had so much fun documenting Anna and Sharda’s wedding at the Liberty House Restaurant. Not to mention the surprises everyone got at the reception. You can find out what happened from these images below.

Photographing two wedding dresses at the same time is pretty tough…but getting the right image is an awesome feeling!

An emotional moment between Anna and her mom, especially after remembering Anna’s father, who passed away very recently. He was remembered during the wedding ceremony by lighting a candle. The wind that was blowing during their ceremony was an indication that Anna’s dad was present during her wedding day.

Love their invitation….oh did you notice the Cartier wedding bands in this picture? LOL

Love the blue sky! What a perfect day for a wedding.

Happy newly weds…

Shooting at the Liberty State Park on a gorgeous day like yesterday was a treat for any photographer. Especially if you have two brides full of energy. Love the city line of New York in the background.

During the reception, a fireworks display surprised everyone. The fireworks display was actually for Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC reality series “Cake Boss,” and his lovely wife Lisa who were dining at the restaurant.  And few minutes after the display ended…another surprise came…

….a grand entrance by the Cake Boss himself, with his wife Lisa!

And of course got to get a souvenir picture of the newly weds with the Cake Boss, Lisa and the drag queen dancers, including a Beyonce impersonator.

The evening was perfect for a romantic evening reception at The Liberty House restaurant. An awesome place for a wedding reception. Special thanks to the staff of Liberty House Restaurant for treating us well! And thanks to Lyna and her team of Kasal NY for helping us out throughout the day. And it was also a pleasure to work with Meghan from Hello Super 8, can’t wait to see the film they did. She’s quite an artist!

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admin - Thanks Ate Nora!September 20, 2011 - 6:21 am

Nora - You captured the occassion magically Ron..congrats to Anna and Sharda I wish you both Everlasting Togetherness! And to Ron keep up the magic touch! World class Pinoy indeed! We are so proud of you!September 19, 2011 - 6:38 pm