Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Mario Cardenas – Thoughtleader


Photographer, Architect


One cannot talk about “The Best Photographers In The UAE” without mentioning the name, Mario Cardenas. With over 200 photography awards under his belt, Mario is a leading figure in the Middle East’s immense community of photographers and visual artists. Not only that, he is also a force to be reckoned with in the Design & Construction industry, with over 15 years of experience in Architecture, Design, and Planning – 13 and a half of which were earned in the Gulf region.

2016 has been nothing short of phenomenal for Mario. In addition to bagging several more accolades for his photography, he was also promoted to Deputy BIM Manager/ Architect at KEO International Consultants, one of the leading architectural and engineering companies in GCC. He also had a chance to work closely with Santiago Calatrava – an international award-winning and highly celebrated architect, engineer and artist.

His advice to his fellow Filipinos: “Find where you are good at and focus on the things you love to do. Start using your skills and talents to create things that would turn your ideas into something tangible. Work hard, keep learning and hone your talent.”


Photo by Alex Callueng; Photography Assistant – Bethoven Filomeno Special thanks to – Giordano, Nikon, Liali Jewellery, Lulu, Mitsubishi and Western Union.

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