Photographers launch ‘Bayanihan para sa Batanes’ to help quake victims

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 2, 2019   •   1787

Breathtaking rolling hills of Batanes | Photo by Freician Cantero

The spirit of bayanihan has proven itself timeless.

In the digital age, a group of photographers has gathered together to launch ‘Bayanihan para sa Batanes’.

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In their Facebook page, they put up their works for sale. All the proceeds will go to the victims of the Itbayat earthquake. 

Like a digital art gallery, the Facebook page of Bayanihan para sa Batanes is filled with moments — moments of nature, of people captured in the eyes of various photographers.

According to one of the photographers, RA Valderama, it all started with a group of friends who dearly love Batanes.

“It started by just selling a few photos, and calling attention of other photographers who want to help as well in this advocacy” he said.

Bayanihan has also proven itself limitless, it is not just about neighbors helping neighbors. According to Valderama, more than a dozen photographers across the country have submitted their works for the campaign.

“Before we know it we are almost 50 in number,” he said.

The spirit of bayanihan today goes beyond the willingness to share your physical strength. For these photographers as long as they can, they will.

Valderama said they are still open for more photographers.

“We still accept photographers who want to share their art and help this cause,” he said.—AAC

4.3 magnitude earthquake hits Camarines Sur

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—A 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit Camarines Sur on Thursday evening(October 14), according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Based on a bulletin, the center of the quake was located in Canaman, Camarines Sur. It was of tectonic origin with a depth of one kilometer. Due to the impact, several establishments within the area were damaged.

Phivolcs reported the following intensities:

Intensity V – Canaman, Camarines Sur
Intensity IV – Calabanga, Camaligan, Gainza, Ocampo, Pili, and Sipocot, Camarines Sur
Intensity III – City of Naga
Intensity II – Buhi, Camarines Sur

Phivolcs also reported the following instrumental intensities:

Intensity VI – Pili, Camarines Sur
Intensity V – Sipocot, Camarines Sur
Intensity III – Iriga City, Camarines Sur
Intensity II – Legazpi City, Albay
Intensity I – Mercedes, Camarines Norte

Authorities continue to conduct assessment, while responders are ready for deployment. AAC

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake hits Calatagan, Batangas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 8, 2021

A 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit Calatagan, Batangas at 2:14 a.m. on Friday (October 8), according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

The quake has a depth of 131 kilometers and Intensity II was felt by residents in Calatagan.

Phivolcs said the earthquake was an aftershock of the magnitude 6.6 quake that occurred in the same area on July 24, 2021.

No damage was reported and no further aftershocks are expected. AAC

 

NDRRMC suspends nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill due to ‘Jolina’, ‘Kiko’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) suspended the Third Quarter Online Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill due to Typhoon Kiko and Tropical Storm Jolina.

The online nationwide earthquake drill was scheduled for Thursday (September 9). However, due to bad weather, the agency said it will move the online drill to a later date.

During the drill an alert button will be pressed signaling the public to duck, cover and hold in their homes and offices. With the online setup, the NDRRMC aims to reach more individuals to participate in the drill.

 

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