The Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT) launched a promotional video reportedly funded by a whopping $900,000 of government money. It was launched on June 27 under the “Love the Philippines” campaign, and caused a bunch of netizens to troll them, big time Why, you may wonder? Because some of the shots didn’t show scenes from the Philippines at all!
On Saturday, 27 July current year, two strong earthquakes hours apart struck Batanes, an archipelagic province in the northern Philippines. About 60 people were injured, eight were killed, and there was huge material damage. Medical and rescue teams and the military are working on helping people, but Philippine photographers are giving their contribution as well. They have teamed up to sell prints in order to raise funds and help the victims of the earthquake.
I live in the Philippines. Not everyone here can afford going to school, let alone having a decent graduation portrait. Last month a friend contacted me and told me she was looking for a photographer for her project – free graduation pictures to the less fortunate.
When I heard about this Project I immediately contacted a photographer friend, Jay De Guzman, and my girlfriend, Jubcy Sebastian to also help out with the project.