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By Dexter R. Matilla
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:30:00 10/27/2008

MANILA, Philippines - If a picture is worth a thousand words, would printing it on a 64-inch-wide large format printer increase its worth to a million?

With the Epson Stylus Pro 11880, Epson Philippines Corporation (EPC) has set the standard once again in large-format pro-graphics.

Launched recently at Marciano’s in Greenbelt, Makati, the Epson Stylus Pro 11880 is made for professionals in the photography, fine art and proofing markets with its high-resolution printing without compromising print scale and media versatility.

Engineered with Epson’s leading core technologies, the Stylus Pro 11880 includes Epson’s latest Micro Piezo Thin Film Piezo (TFP) printhead that fulfills all the requirements—quality, durability and speed of a professional printer.

The nozzle density has doubled from 180 to 360 dpi for each color, the world’s highest for an inkjet printhead using piezoelectric technology, resulting in a faster printout for increased production speed.
The Stylus Pro 11880 also has an eight-color inkset that features Epson’s renowned formulation of UltraChrome K3 ink with Vivid Magenta, which significantly widens the color gamut and enables superb grey balance and precise color without any color cast.

It likewise incorporates nine 700 ml high-capacity individual ink cartridges, with automatic switching between photo and matte black inks, with ink status LEDs for each cartridge.

The new Gigabit Ethernet interface delivers fast data transfer speeds, together with the on-board data processing module. A new screening algorithm, Epson’s Super Halftone technology enhances all the more the image’s tone and definition.

According to James Lim, business development manager at Epson Singapore, the Stylus Pro 11880 also prints photos that do not emit any odor. It’s also environment-friendly.

To show just what all these new technologies bring to the table, Epson printed a photograph by one of the country’s top photographers, George Tapan. A large format reproduction of a fiesta scene had been printed by the end of the launch.
The reproduction, along with those of seven other of the country’s premiere photographers and graphic artists—BenCab, Bien Bautista, George Tapan, Jun de Leon, Quincy Castillo, Ryan Agoncillo, Drew Europeo and Robert Alejandro—will be featured during “Epson PRO,” an exhibit at the Alliance Total Gallery of the Alliance Francaise de Manilee (209 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air 2, Makati), opening Oct. 29.

During the launch, Epson will also hold a charity sale of the works by the Epson PRO artists.
Proceeds will go to charity.

The Stylus Pro is priced at P895,500.
The launch is in connection with the 10th anniversary of Epson Philippines Corp.

Top 30 entries

Meanwhile, Epson has announced the top 30 entries of the 2008 Epson Color Imaging Contest. The entries will qualify for Merit Award Prize winners for the Epson Color Imaging Contest 2008.

Photography (Professional). “Bright Star Rising,” by Jay Jallorina; “Catata,” by Brigido Alcaydo; “Faith,” by Rosemarie Razon; “Framed,” by Samuel de Leon; “Haladaya,” by Erwin T. Lim; “Hand Over,” by Lee Cahili; “Magic Dusk over Manila Bay,” by Jay Jallorina; “Nail,” by Brigido Alcaydo; “Padyak,” by Renato Bondoc; “Rain or Shine,” by Erwin T. Lim; “Sunrise in Mayawyaw,” by Arnulfo Gabilo; “Sunset Solitude,” by Luisito Cleofas; “The Light at Days End,” by Luisito Cleofas; “Valugan Dawn,” by Jay Jallorina; and “Wood Gatherer,” by Ramon Castillo

Photography (Amateur). “Calesa on the Run,” by Fara Vargas; “Cape Bojeador,” by Leslie Chua; “Corrigidor’s Topside Panorama,” by Romeo Remalante; “Crater,” by Juvi Diente; “Crucifixions and Flagellations,” by Mary Kristine P. Villanueva; “Festive Dance,” by Mike Sabarre; “Love God,” by Gregori Dantes, Jr.; “Playa Calatagan Panorama,” by Romeo Remalante; “Pottery in Vigan,” by Ma. Kristine Sabarre; “Sunrise at Mines View,” by Peter Ang

Graphics. “Achieving Perfect Earth,” by Gary George Clotario; “Bahay Kubo, Kahit Munti,” by Samuel de Leon; “Manila,” by Alexander Defeo; “Pinoy Turo-Turo Wonderland,” by Ray Marvin Brazas; and “Unity Dancer,” Albrecht Deft Pagaduan

All the 30 entries will be given merit prizes of Epson TX200 multifunction printers each and a chance to compete in the country, regional and international levels.

Three of them will be chosen as the best in the Philippines and win the following prizes:
1st prize: PhP 30,000 + Epson P-5000 viewer

2nd prize: PhP 15,000 + Epson Picture Mate PM270 printer

3rd prize: PhP 10,000 + Epson Picture Mate PM270 printer

Judges who screened the 800 entries were
Bien Bautista of the Camera Club of the Philippines, Manila Bulletin Picture Perfect editor Ronald Jayme, Inquirer arts editor Lito Zulueta, Digital Photographer of the Philippines managing editor Nick Tuason and Epson Philippines PR and marketing communications head Roe Dillera.

The top 30 entries will vie for the Regional Award and later, the international competitions in Japan.

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