Filipino Businesses in the Middle East and Beyond: Photography, Videography & Media Production
ROZEN ANTONIO PHOTOGRAPHY
Founder: Rozen Antonio
Rozen Antonio is fashion photographer based in Dubai famous for his works for the UAEs top couture designers – i.e. Michael Cinco, Amato and Ezra Santos, not to mention Ryan Pacioles, Garimon Roferos plus a host of other luxe brands. Rozen has been artistically creative all his life, and transforming even the simplest things into pieces of art has always been his talent. Rozen’s photography offers endless indulgences for creative brands. His ardent sense of how to create dazzling looks and transform it into fashionable and stunning imagery has given him a definite edge in the highly competitive industry.
ALPHA MEDIA PRODUCTION SERVICES FZE
Founders: Oliver Serrano and Ernesto Flores
Alpha Media Production Services has become one of the premiere media agencies among the Filipino community. Armed with 15 years of professional experience, the team is composed of seasoned industry professionals and creatives. Through the leadership of co-founders Oliver Serrano and Ernesto Flores, the agency has worked with over 500 satisfied clients and has maintained a record of over 1000 successful projects – from award-winning television projects collaborations with large brands, institutions and government entities including the Philippine Department of Tourism, Schindler, Shell, ACM, and GMA.
MILO TORRES PHOTOGRAPHY
Founder: Milo Torres
With over 15 years of professional media experience, Engr. Milo Torres is one of the industry’s most formidable talents specializing in industrial and commercial sectors, championing in product photography, company profile design development, multimedia, website design, and video coverage. The company provides services for events, conferences, workshops, weddings, and private functions, serving each and every client with personalized and affordable packages. With one of the most impressive industrial portfolios out there, Milo’s company has served high profile clients such as Dubai Duty Free, Sharjah Duty Free, Air France, Turkish Airlines, Movenpick Hotel, Patchi, Sony Gulf FZE, Leo Burnett and Action Impact among others.
“Know your customer’s expectations,” Milo says. “It is pivotal to give your customers a good reason to come to you rather than your rival. Maintain your compelling advantage by focusing on your most valuable asset.” He also emphasizes that staying ahead of the competition is critical, “You need to find out who your competitors are, what they are offering, and their struggles and weaknesses.”
ALEX CALLUENG PHOTOGRAPHY
Founder: Alex Callueng
Fashion editorial and commercial photographer Alex Callueng has always believed that the greatest works of art come from one’s burning desire to create. Now neck deep into his craft, Alex has quickly exceeded the level of many veterans within the country’s fashion mediascape, evolving into an international photographer that has served some of the most prestigious glossies in and out of the region including Vogue Arabia, Harpers Bazaar Middle East, Harpers Bazaar Russia, L’Officiel Middle East, Grazia Middle East, Illustrado Magazine, Haya Magazine, DOTW Magazine, Men’s Fitness Mag, Crave Magazine, and Ezy Health Mag Singapore, among many others. Adaptable and always flexible, Alex’s key to success lies within his work ethic – where he encourages individuals always to be open-minded and willing to evolve beyond their current level.
CUBE3 BY JEF ANOG
Founder: Jef Anog
Jef Anog is one of Dubai’s most respected and well-established photographers. Combining his love for photography with his professional theatre background, he has always had a talent for bringing out the dramatic and beautiful within his many clients. Through his company, Cube3, he shoots fashion editorials, commercial portraits, ad campaigns, events, businesses, and private commissions. He holds numerous accounts as the preferred photographer for many corporate brands and local fashion houses within the region, having worked with Michael Cinco, Dubai Tourism, Emaar, St. Regis, Apparel Group, Majid Al Futtaim and more. As the preferred photographer for many clients, Jef has also done commissioned shoots abroad, and his works have been featured in numerous magazines including Forbes Middle East, ELUXE Paris, Garage, Velvet and Illustrado.
HYKU D PHOTOGRAPHY
Founder: Hyku Desesto
Female entrepreneur and photography all-star Hyku Desesto has taken on some of the biggest clients with her photography and videography brand since its establishment. After entering Dubai as a newbie on the scene, she has quickly expanded her network and business, setting up an office, and hiring full-time employees. Since then, Hyku D Photography has worked with Vogue Arabia, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Adidas, and more.
CHRIS CALUMBERAN FZE
Founder: Chris Calumberan
One of the Filipino pioneers of the local industry, Chris Calumberan has become an ambassador of Filipino photography in the emirates – his work has made a mark on Dubai’s automotive, industrial, beauty, retail, corporate and F&B sectors. His clientele includes prominent brands such as McDonald’s, MasterCard, Audi Magazine, Enoc, Tonino Lamborghini, and more. Currently, he is also working on creating a platform that further adds to the industry via content creation.
The creative entrepreneur swears by his long-standing good reputation, comprehensive network, and positive Filipino values and qualities that people in the industry have come to rely on, as part of his success. He also underlines the importance of keeping updated, taking care of mental and physical health, and keeping close relations with previous clients, not to mention practicing the Blue Ocean Strategy, a marketing tactic that aims to create and capture uncontested market space, to keep ahead.
Co-Founder/Managing Partner: Kristine Abante
Sandbox is a multi-disciplinary one-stop media production agency with expertise in delivering professional quality creative content. With its diverse, young team of creative experts, they specialize in the photography and videography of food, fashion, events, and products. They also offer branding, graphic and web design and 360-integrated marketing campaigns. While relatively new within Dubai’s mediascape, Sandbox has nailed business collaborations with Sofitel, Reebok ME, Jumeirah hotels, Al Futtaim, ABS-CBN, and the UN World Food Program.
THE MELRISH STUDIO
Founders: Melon and Arish Perez
Fueled by a passion for storytelling and a knack for all things art, Melon, and Arish Perez opened their own studio in 2009. They have specialized in the art of storytelling, handling the creative ventures of various corporate events as well as small businesses through photography, videography, design, and animation. “We want to give you works of art, images that will make you skip a heartbeat and take your breath away, and videos that will tell your brand’s story.” They have worked as the official storytellers of the Middle East Film and Comic-Con and the Dubai Muscle Show, and have collaborated with Ikea, Al Islami, Arabian Adventures, Cisco and more.
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