By: Raymart Bagacay
Contributor, The Astrals


     To bring pride to the country, Northern Iloilo State University and Philippines bet Cyril Jhay De Angel landed 3rd place in Thailand's recently concluded 2022 International Photo Competition. The said international competition lasted from April-July 2022 with the theme: "Flow of Beauty: Interconnecting Folks and Living Creatures," divided into Reportage Photo and Campaign Photo categories to promote conservation and sustainable use of water resources.
The 22-year-old De Angel, a freelance photographer and an incoming 4th year BSEd Social Studies from the College of Education, bested more than 255 competitors from around the world in the Campaign Photo Category through his entry entitled: "Marine Biodiversity: Hearing the Sirens, Echoing the Unsung" and will receive a $100.00 and a trophy. After a 4-month leg of the online competition, Dr. Peeranut Kanhadilok, Director of the National Center for Public Awareness of Science, National Science Museum of Thailand, announced the winners on August 1, 2022.
     The winners per category are the following: Reportage Photo 1st Place- Muhammad Amdad Hossain of Bangladesh; 2nd Place- Norachai Kulvespattarawong of Thailand and; 3rd Place- Napat Wesshasartar of Thailand; Campaign Photo 1st Place- Bambang Wirawan of Indonesia; 2nd Place- Aung Chan Thar of Myanmar and; 3rd Place- CYRIL JHAY G. DE ANGEL of the PHILIPPINES.
     De Angel said in an interview that he found his photographic prowess during the pandemic and already has an eye for culture, environment, and livelihood media as subjects for his art.
"I hope nga ma dala man ang name sang NISU and also the whole Philippines sa international stage," said De Angel as to his inspiration upon joining the competition. "Dako gid akon pasalamat sa mga nagsuporta," he added.
"Cyril is an example of great talents waiting to be discovered in our academic community. Let's discover more of them, nurture them and guide them for a brighter venture ahead," said Dr. Jeff George V. Delima, III, Director of Student Affairs and Services, on De Angel's international win.