Luis Manzano's constant love for almost a decade now is scuba diving.
Three years ago, he started documenting his dives in photos.
Though he rarely posts his snaps on Instagram, now it can be told that he's good at underwater photography.
At his launch as the new brand ambassador of Shakey's yesterday, August 31, Luis gleefully told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "As a diver kasi, once you've been through all the sites, parang you've been looking for the next challenge."
He added, "Sometimes, you're looking how to capture that memory in particular."
And this was the reason he started taking pictures.
Like any newbie, the Family Feud host also went through the process of studying the basics.
"I studied talaga, it was just a simple point-and-shoot, then I studied my camera, I studied different techniques, different angles," he said.
Over time, he learned macro photography, which is taking close-up shots of extremely small things.
Who influenced him to start such new hobby?
He said, "Kasi yun yung, logically, next step. Magsasawa ka rin after a while, diving at the same spot all over again.
"So yung mga dive masters ko, sila din yung nagtuturo sa akin."
Luis named two diving sites in Batangas that are perfect for underwater photographers: Basura and Bethlehem.
It was only recently when he felt the need to share his underwater adventures.
"Na-realize ko lang the other night, nung nililipat ko sa computer ko yung mga shots, bakit hindi ko nilalabas?"
Thus, he plans to have his own coffee table book for his underwater shots.
PHOTO CHALLENGE. On August 30, Luis announced on his Instagram account that his photo landed ninth place in the Underwater Photo Challenge (UWPC) of Diving Resort Travel Expo Philippines, which picked 100 photos among entries sent from various parts of the world.
He was proud to share that one of his shots was already featured in the last dive expo.
This international diving and marine life expo will be held from September 9 to 11 in SM Megamall Trade Hall.
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AND....ONE OF MY PICTURES WAS CHOSEN!!! ?????? honored to be included in a list with some of the best underwater photographers in the world!!!----- Countdown 12 days??? Can’t wait to see the 100 beautiful underwater photos, they are 9 of 100 and chosen from thousands of candidates. Not only the photographer of the most voted photo during the DRT Show Philippines will win the Shearwater Predix Dive Computer, the voters also have a go. Visit www.philippinesdiveexpo.com for more information.