Photojournalists help colleagues affected by Yolanda

Posted at 03/04/14 8:07 PM

MANILA - The Photojournalists' Center of the Philippines (PCP) will hold an exhibit-cum-fundraising campaign at the Oarhouse Pub starting on Wednesday, March 5.

Titled "Paglaum" or "hope" in Bisaya, the exhibit is an effort by some 30 photojournalists to help colleagues affected by super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).

While "Paglaum" will run until April 5, the prints will be auctioned off on the first night, with all proceeds going to journalists who were affected by the typhoon.

At least five journalists in Samar and Leyte lost their lives when Yolanda hit the provinces last year. Some of them were in their line of duty.

Others, meanwhile, lost their homes and sources of income after local publications and radio stations closed due to the disaster.

PCP Board Member Joe Torres said the term "paglaum" was chosen to show to the public through images that despite the disaster and the difficulties that journalists encounter in their lives and in the course of their work, there is hope, "especially if we rise up to the challenge to help each other."

"Aside from raising what little we can provide them financially, we want to show to our colleagues that we are one with them and that they are not forgotten," added Torres.

PCP is a non-profit and non-stock organization of working photojournalists established in 1997, according to its website. The group aims to help professionalize the practice of photojournalism in the country.

The Oarhouse, owned by Ben Razon, himself a photojournalist from the 1980s, is located near the corner of J. Bocobo and Malvar streets in Malate.

PCP is also arranging other venues for the exhibit so that more people will be able to view the photographs.

Here are some of the photographs featured in "Paglaum."

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