ART Photo Exhibit at Shangri-La Plaza


Looking to catch a glimpse of France? Of Switzerland? If it sounds romantic, the captured scenery looks even more so.

Images de Suisse et de France: les gens, les paysages, les evenments (Images of Switzerland and France: people, places and events par Raoul ),” a photo exhibit by Raul J. Teehankee, is now open at Level 3 of the EDSA Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong; it will run until August 31. The exhibit was designed by professional photographer and art director Nykko Santos.

I was astounded when I went there last Wednesday. A total of 40 photographs were on display, all of which focused on the festivals, events, mountains, and people of Switzerland, as well as those of her next door neighbor, France.

“Switzerland and France are amazing destinations of the world,” says Raul, “and I hope one can feel that vibe in this particular photo exhibit.”

His photographs cover the Swiss and French Alps, those taken from the Aigulle du Midi (Needle of the South) which forms part of the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps. Its elevation is as high as 3842 meters or 12,605 feet. Which, needless to say, is way up there.

People are also featured in the exhibit: a natural subject in Raul’s works. The subjects, as captured by Raul’s keen eye, are images teeming with life, both in a grand scale and also in each beautiful minute detail.

The annual Fete de Geneve is also featured, where the Genevoises, who are typically a conservative bunch, go to party and celebrate until the wee hours of the morning. This week-long festival happens every August, opening with a spectacular fireworks display and ending with a mammoth parade, mobile discos along Lake Geneva, and even more fireworks.

“If one lived in Geneva, France would just be a 20-minute drive, crossing the Douanne border,” notes Raul, who did live in Switzerland for over two and a half years. “The splendor of these two countries is indeed very accessible.”


Raul was the protocol officer of the Philippine Mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva from July 2004 to March 2007 until his return to Manila last April. Prior to his stint in Geneva, he headed his own consultancy firm which dealt in publications, special events, and photography. He was also a lifestyle columnist for several broadsheets for over 14 years.

For 21 years, Raul served the Philippine Department of Tourism, 10 years of which were spent as tourism attache based in Hong Kong and Singapore. In Manila, he served in a senior capacity as Director for Tourism Information in charge of media and promotional programs, including the Fiesta Islands campaign, the Miss Universe pageants held in Manila, and the direction of publications of award-winning ‘coffee table’ books.

Raul is also an accomplished photographer with three photography books to his name. His photography, originally noted for portraits of community leaders and athletic achievers, has expanded to include fashion photography, film icons and landscapes including beautiful golf courses of the Philippines.


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