Wednesday, September 23, 2009

International Coastal Cleanup

The International Coastal Cleanup - Philippines was done in various parts of the country last Saturday, September 19, 2009.  We, the Advocacy Photographers was tapped to be the official photographers of this activity.  We have correspondents in Batangas and Paranaque while I participated in the Baywalk area.

It was a great experience being my first to shoot with a very nice group, Advocacy Photographers, and a meaningful shoot at that.  As what our tagline says, "To voice out what light has written, we shoot for a cause."  It also felt good seeing people from different walks of life working for a common goal.  There were students, military personnel, bankers, factory employees, etc.  I just hope that it does not end after that activity.  I just wish we all get together and think the same way to help improve our beloved country, the Philippines.

Well,  I was so excited that day and woke up around 4:45 to be there early and of course to have a nice spot to park.  I also have to be there early since this is my first time to meet the AP group. Got there at around 5:45am since the registration is supposed to start at 6:00am.

Here are some pictures...

Serious mode...

Photo courtesy of Ena Terol

Here are some of my shots at the event...

Group Hug: Romyr, Aaron, DanM, Gerry Reyes (ICC Philippines), Lian, Joan,
MarkQ (sitting), Stewart, Me, Ena, Jason, Rommel

You may visit my Flickr account for more pictures

We cap off our documentation with a brunch at the Harbor Square.

Let's do our share for a better Philippines.  We start from ourselves, we cannot easily influence our politicians.  As what JFK said, "Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country."  Let's start small. Candy wrappers or our little trash can be kept in our pockets for a while if there are no trash cans around.  Each day you can think of ways to help our country.  Better if we can convince others to do it also. Do it everyday and who knows, a better Philippines will unfold in front of our very eyes.

If this dog can do it, why can't we?