Industry pioneer Milo Torres has undeniably consolidated his presence in the UAE’s highly competitive market for commercial photography. Dubai Duty Free, Air France, Emaar, Yamaha ME, and Patchi are among the many prestigious brands he has worked for in the last 15 years since he established his company in TECOM/Dubai Media City. As a Filipino who has established himself firmly within the field, he affirms that his fellow Filipinos can also achieve a high level of success through forming mutually beneficial connections with one another: “We should collaborate, even beyond the media production industry so we can achieve oneness in our goals.”
An engineer by trade, but a creative at heart who puts importance in helping other Filipinos, Milo, has been an active volunteer in the Filipino community through the years. Apart from providing his photo and video coverage services at community events – including the Palarong Pinoy in Dubai and Umm Al Quwain, the Pinoy Spring Festival, Pinoy Winter Festival 2018, Wet Olympics (Dubai and UAQ) – and serving as a Contributor and Art Director for many Philippine Independence Day celebrations, Milo for the past decade has also conducted free training sessions in photography, website development, programming, and computer assembly/networking for kababayans.
Engineer Milo Torres
There is no deficit in talented Filipino photographers and visual artists in the Gulf, but few have reached the level of success and relevance that Eng. Milo Torres currently has. As a digital media creative, he has had over 13 years of success in designing various material for an impressive lineup of clients, including Dubai Duty Free, Sharjah Duty Free, Air France, Turkish Airline, MAERSK, University of Wollongong in Dubai, EMAAR, Yamaha ME, Giordano, and Patchi. He is also a seasoned photographer, as evidenced in the numerous recognitions he has received through the years, such as placing 3rd in this year’s Emirates Heritage Club Photo competition, and being shortlisted in the “Abu Dhabi Through Your Eye” Photo Competition. Moreover, he was recently made an adjunct faculty member at the Amity University as a Photography and Videography professor in the MBA PR & Events Management course.
Eng. Milo places volunteerism high on his list of priorities. In 2016, he helped organized the Kabayan Fun Day at the Sharjah Expo Center, in partnership with the Sharjah Book Authority. He also contributed his talent in raising awareness for the importance of Overseas Absentee Voting, posting various visuals on social media to convince Filipinos to exercise their right to vote.
Of his legacy, Eng. Milo says: “I would love to be known as an engineer with creative talents.”
Photo by Alex Callueng; Photography Assistant – Bethoven Filomeno Special thanks to – Giordano, Nikon, Liali Jewellery, Lulu, Mitsubishi and Western Union.