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My Mindanao: Photographs for Hope

MY MINDANAO: PHOTOGRAPHS FOR HOPE opens tomorrow, December 18, at the Sulawesi Function Room, ground floor of Marco Polo Davao, from 9am until 10 in the evening.

This special one day exhibit is for a cause. In our years of experience as photojournalists we have been lucky to be traveling around to document wonderful places, people and culture, and publish them. We have collected many images that depict the beauty of our islands. We truly believe that Mindanao is blessed with people who care for its natural resources and preservation. But Nature has its own course, as well.

Mindanao photo exhibit poster by Rhonson Ng and Jojie Alcantara

Mindanao photo exhibit poster

Last year after Typhoon Sendong, through the help of friends and a workshop (“Shoot for Hope”), we were able to raise money and deliver relief goods to Cagayan de Oro and Iligan during the Christmas Season. This year we are trying to help raise awareness of the need to reach out more to remote, stricken areas hit by Pablo.

We decided to donate forty (40) of our images. Some will be of Lumad portraits as well as landscapes, both familiar and unknown. The selection is a mix of published and unpublished photos.

The function room is open for receiving any donations and relief goods. We are tying up with NGOs who are reaching out to the lumads, and Canon, which recently delivered a truckload of goods to areas in Compostela Valley.

Canon generously printed our images which will be up for sale. They will also open a blowup printing service for photographers and interested parties. Whatever funds we raise will be donated to the families who lost their homes and hopes for a good Christmas. A mall exhibit will follow afterwards (to be announced).

Through this invitation, we hope you can come and join us in our efforts of reaching out and rekindling hope and faith in times of hardships and trials. We were once unfortunate disaster victims ourselves, and many people have unselfishly reached out to us in good faith.

We will be at the venue the whole day to welcome you. Your presence will mean a lot. Thank you very much.

Rhonson Ng and Jojie Alcantara

Below are relief drives from various sectors namely: Canon, Aromacology Sensi and LGU Davao Oriental



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Jojie Alcantara is a multi-awarded photographer, writer, artist and TV personality whose works are featured in tourism campaigns (It's More Fun in the Philippines), covers and spreads of books and international magazines. She is a frequent traveler in search of inspirational stories and heartwarming images of nature and people. She is also a brand endorser and advocate, social media influencer and motivational speaker who gives photography workshops to universities and organizations. A former TV host, she has done a few commercials, several hosting gigs and speaking engagements. In 2013, she received an award from the City Government of Davao for her significant contribution in the social media. She has been a web designer/blogger since the 90s and has seen the evolution of the internet and social media transition from the perspective of a traditional media person.

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