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Get to know the man behind the lens.
Who is Bjorn Manila?




Changing the world one photograph at a time.

He lives by the aphorism “carpe diem”. Photography has been his passion ever since he was a kid. From being the president of his high school La Salle Green Hills’s photography club to landing his first billboard campaign at the age of 21, he has definitely achieved so much at a very young age. His personal style and photography became his two outlets of expressing himself and social media paved way for his distinction in the industry and success so far as a professional. Because of these two, he has been featured and has contributed to numerous magazines, broadsheets, and online fashion media sites. His blog paved way to more opportunities and collaborations with big brands in the Philippines. He is taking up Multimedia Arts in De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde as he wants to improve his versatility as an artist. He focused on improving his skills in graphic design, web design and film throughout his four years in college. He continues to experiment with these mediums in expressing his art.

Currently, he is the photographer and one of the ambassadors of SM Youth. He is one of the few who started early in pursuing one’s passion in life and is very proud of it. He is also one of the noted street style photographers in the country. He is known for his project Kalsada - the first ever and biggest Philippine street style project that will be published as a book by 2014. He wants to be one of the most successful photographers in the Philippines and by carrying Manila in his name, be recognized internationally someday and make his country proud of his talent. For now, he lives day-by-day doing the best that he can to express himself through this medium called photography.

His story
2007May

He launched his first ever blog when Multiply was at its peak in the social media scene. His passion for photography started ever since. He took classes from the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation in order to master the basics in photography. He later on became the president of his school La Salle Green Hills's photography club.

2010August

He started his career in fashion photography during his freshman year in college with the guidance of renowned photographer Niccolo Cosme. Social media paved way for his works to be discovered around the country especially through his blog. He then landed some projects throughout the first year of his life as a professional photographer.

2011July

At the age of 18, he became the youngest photographer to become a finalist in the first season of reality show MEGA Fashion Crew. He placed fourth out of twelve teams. The exposure he got from the show helped him land magazine jobs a few weeks after the airing of the show.

2012February

He became one of the brand ambassadors and the head photographer of SM Youth producing quality content for the brand ranging from monthly look books to street style features. He also got to show his fashion styling skills on some of the look book shoots that they produced.

2013June

He launched KalsadaPH - the first and biggest street style project in the Philippines wherein he photographed more than 500 Filipinos in 26 cities across the country. The project will be published as the first ever Philippine street style book on 2014.

2014January

At the age of 21, he shot his first billboard campaign featuring celebrity Dennis Trillo for Hanford Philippines. The billboards are up around the country until the end of the year.

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Services

I am passionate about producing quality work for your audience.
Photography
I create visually stunning images focused on fashion and beauty.
Design
I design to provide creative solutions and to communicate the message to your audience.
Branding & Marketing
I work hand-in-hand with you to create a long-lasting brand and help you get the word out there.
Skills
100% Complete Photography · 100%
90% Complete Graphic Design · 90%
70% Complete Web · 70%
70% Complete Branding · 70%
80% Complete Marketing · 80%
Achievements
Best Photographer, MMA Awards 2013
3rd Runner-Up, MEGA Fashion Crew Season 1 (Reality Show)
Best Online Portfolio Finalist, Preview Style Bible: Virtual Style Awards 2013
Best Photographer Runner-Up, MMA Awards 2012
The Face To Watch Out for 2010, Tongue In Chic
Graduated in the Top 7% of La Salle Green Hills Batch 2010
St. Mutien Marie Award, La Salle Green Hills 2010
Photography Club Award, La Salle Green Hills 2010
Computer Gold Award, La Salle Green Hills 2007-2010 (4 consecutive years)
St. Brother Benilde Award: Academic Achievement, La Salle Green Hills 2006
Antonio Montenegro Anieva Foundation Inc. Award Finalist, La Salle Green Hills 2006
Rio Mints Photography Workshop 2012
Goody Hair Accessories Come Play Event 2012
De La Salle University Dasmarinas - Junior Marketing Association Event 2012
Assumption College - STUDIO: Blogsphere 2012
Saint Pedro Poveda College Photography Club Talk 2012
San Beda College Manila - AIESEC: Dare To Move Assembly 2012
University of Santo Tomas - TomasinoWeb: UST Blogcon 2013
La Salle Green Hills Project Big Brother 2013
Atenedo de Naga University Alternative Class Program 2013
De La Salle University Lasallian Enrichment Alternative Program 2013
De La Salle University Lasallian Enrichment Alternative Program 2014
Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo Lingua Ars Cultura: ARTiculation 2014
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Portfolio

Check out some of my works from 2010.
My Clients

Metro Magazine

Chalk Magazine

Mega Magazine

Meg Magazine

Look Magazine

Status Magazine

Manila Bulletin

Philippine Daily Inquirer

SM Mens Fashion

SM Youth

SM Accessories

Hanford

Hangten

Sprinto

Goody Hair Accessories

Gold Dot

Trunk Show

Pormada

Blog

Relaunching Beyond Manila on 2015.
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Bjorn Manila Studio
B32 L13 John St. Annex 35
Parañaque City
Metro Manila, Philippines
hello@bjornmanila.com
+63 917 522 56 76
The studio is nestled in the laidback part of Parañaque, just 20 minutes away from the busy cities of Makati and Manila.


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