I have once again been asked who my photographs me. There's only one person that I trust.
Born to a family of entrepreneurs and artists, Jojo Mamangun explored his creativity at an early age when he entered the Philippine High School for the Arts as a student specializing in folk dance. Upon completing secondary level, he moved to Davao City and became a protégé of Agnes Locsin. It was during this time that he developed his folk dance technique to classical ballet and modern dance.
In 1999, Jojo joined Ballet Philippines as an apprentice and was later on promoted to Company Member. In his 6-year stint with the company, his fascination for the human form and movement intensified, along with his new-found passion of capturing on film the grace and athleticism of dance. While performing with the company as a soloist, he was also its resident photographer. In 2003, some of his works were put on exhibit along with those of Noordin Jumalon, Victor Ursubia, and Dodie Campos at the Main Theater Lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
In 2005, Jojo flew to HK and became part of HK Disneyland’s Opening Team. The more flexible schedule that this new undertaking offered gave him a bigger venue to develop his photographer’s eye. In less than two years, he has established a reputation among his fellow performers and photography hobbyists as an artist’s photographer of choice. A few of his subjects have been: Jinky Llamanzares, Pheona Barranda, Alex Dagalea, Anna Fegi, Jing Fegi, Kris-Belle Paclibar, Rye Bautista, Ben Rosagazo, Bianca Cashman, Noel Rayos and Erin Gray. He has produced a collection of photos --- portraits, head shots and still life --- considerably huge for an emerging, self-taught newbie. His online publication of works has garnered numerous awards voted by fellow photographers: hobbyists and professionals.
In June of 2007, he was one of the 7 Filipino photographers whose works were featured in the Hong Kong photo exhibit billed as “Pagbabalik”, an endeavor put together by the Pinoy Photographers Club HK in commemoration of the Philippine Independece Day.
Being one of its pioneer members, Jojo has recently been tapped to be the Project Coordinator of PPC-HK.