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I'm a citizen of the global village trying to cope up with the modern world no matter how people look at me from head to toe

(lifted from tibaldo/contributor)

Joel Arthur "Art" Tibaldo is a true multi media artist. He studied Fine Arts following the tradition of the conservative Thomasians.

He took up courses in filmmaking, video production and joined Baguio City's mass media in the early eighties as a photojournalist. He has produced award winning short films, MTVs and video documentaries.

Currently, he works as a Media Specialist of a government office in the uplands of north Philippines and at the same time produces and hosts local weekly cable television programs. Since 1993,

Tibaldo assumed the role of Technical Director of the Cordillera News Agency-Television. A part time university instructor, Tibaldo teaches Electronic Newsroom, Video-Television Production and Desktop Publishing to journalism students. He has also conducted numerous workshops on photography, video production and editorial cartooning.

On Photography, he sees the medium as an extension of his art and chosen career. He developed B&W films in the early eighties and documented the changing landscapes of Baguio and the mountain provinces. He has recorded on film some of the historic events in the Cordillera Region's quest for autonomy.

Tibaldo has handled Super-8 and 16mm cameras and followed the advancement of videography from U-matic, Betacam, S-VHS and today's mini-DVs. An environmentalist, Tibaldo is an active member of the Baguio Regreening Movement and the Alay Sa Kalinisan.

In 2004, He organized the first Eco Warriors Powwow that involved three hundred children of Baguio as a vanguard to the city's natural resources. He is also involved with the Save Our Street Children Foundation Inc. of which he was the Chair from 2003 to July 2005. As a hobby, Art hopes to expand his collection of old media equipments such as cameras, microphones, recorders, books etc. to be able to put up a small media museum. Among his collections include; a 1930s 16mm Projector, 1950s open reel tape recorder, a Steky 16mm miniature camera, a '50s AKG microphone, an old Royal typewriter and a Yashica twin lens reflex camera. See more of Art Tibaldo's work at: /art tibaldo and at; gallery

Interests:-Adventure -Watching Movies -Producing MTVs -Singing -Reading Image Books -Collecting old cameras & microphones -Coffee drinking -web content creation



Here's one of my early contraptions I called a "kinetic art", you can move it.


The coming of Americans to the uplands of northern Philippines was dramatized by these children while we were shooting "Igorota" in 1989.I used a Sony V200 Video-8 Pro, the best consumer camcorder at that time.


I seldom wore a Barong Tagalog that's why I requested this photo taken of me.


I'm shown doing a finishing touch to one of my artwork as a student. I finished my Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Painting at the University of Santo Tomas in March of 1982.


Only lately have I realized that one can become a crusader of shouting a battlecry for the environment through digital images.
Today, I use computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop to create contents for desktop publications, streaming media and other multi-media applications.


I wore scrubs twice when I documented the medical-sugical missions of the Interplast in 2000 and 2005 in Baguio and Benguet. Volunteer surgeons from Australian came to "fix" the unsightly harelips of many children from North Luzon.


I used to work with this kind of machines (U-matic) when I first worked with a broadcast facility (MBS Newscenter-4) in 1985. In the 90s, this machine was already considered a dinasaur because of the introduction of slimmer digital decks and PC based work stations.



When painting, I use both my left and right hands. This shot came out in a daily page of Philippine Star.


One of the weirdest thing that I did was perform with fire in 1986. The event was part of the 1st Baguio Arts Festival.


I used a battery operated Chinon Super-8 camera while filming "Hinterland" in 1983. "Hinterland", a five minute experimental feature was one of my short film projects as a student-scholar of the University of the Philippines Film Center. Today, UP Film Center offers a full degree course in Cinematography.

Create a Website, Post a Blog and Let the World Surf it.

By Art Tibaldo


Time has changed, a new world is emerging and media is rapidly reshaping society. Digital technology has long revolutionized old systems and methods and it continues to explore limitless horizons. Today, I can’t imagine reprinting my legacy black and white negatives using my old darkroom enlarger and dissolving double weight photo papers in a tub of developers and acid fixers.

Instead, I can scan my negatives in a flatbed scanner at high resolution and save it as either jpeg or tiff (depending on your preference) digital files and later reverse it into positive using Adobe Photoshop.

Without having to soak my hands in chemicals, I can later print my image at a high resolution of 300dpi (dot-per-square-inch).

In fact I don’t even have to print my image on paper if I want to share it for everyone to appreciate. I can upload this content or file through the internet and post it for everyone who wants to download for that makes me a content creator – and so with anyone else.


Mobile telephones has also changed the way communicate. We do not only use the cellular or celfon to converse with one another but we also use it to capture images and record sounds. Depending on the band width, capability and service provider of the unit, it can also transmit a gallery of text messages, images, movies or sounds through digital satellite services.


Just like mastering photography, being computer literate is a never ending process. Computer programs and softwares are upgrading faster than the operating systems of desktops, laptops or palmtops. Before you are able to master another authoring program, new ones are invading cyberspace and before you knew it, your eyesight are getting worse and your workroom have accumulated dusts and funny of it all - people will call you a geek or a nerd.


After IT Superhighway and Cyberspace comes now the world of blogosphere or whatever digital village that is nowhere to be found in the global map.

Blog or web log is an online conversational medium that caught my curiosity just a year ago and it is fast gaining ground as an alternative to an email or even a webpage. Its persistence in cyberspace is a clear example of the democratization of media in both creation and distribution.  



Many photographers have translated the language of their art into new web-based opportunities. Photographic journals that chronicle practically anything from family vacation to Pulitzer eligible stills are now posted online giving photographers a place to present their work without the intervention of a publisher or a curator.

Sly Quintos, a friend of mine who hides under the name DejaVu  posted his digital images as a camera enthusiast and he is now the top contributor of To prove that e-commerce can work with obscure and unknown photographers like this writer, I received a call from the administrator of imagesphilippines telling me to send a high resolution hardcopy (in CD) of my photo to their business address in Makati  because a client wants my image for a corporate calendar. After a week, I received a bank transfer and I never cared where my image ended up to. Now, who says that nerds and geeks can’t do e-commerce?