“Bayanihan Para sa Batanes” is an online fund drive created by a group of Filipino photographers to help Ivatans effected by the two consecutive earthquakes that hit Batanes last July 27, 2019.
A dreadful disaster
Last Saturday, around 4:16 AM, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake followed by a 5.9 magnitude quake at around 7:30 AM hits Itbayat, Batanes. These two powerful earthquakes result in a dreadful disaster in the province.
About 911 families or 2,963 individuals were affected by the earthquake according to the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Council (NDRRMC). They also added that the two quakes damaged 15 houses, two schools and two health facilities in the area.
Need for help
Because of these, a group of photographers decided to collaborate their pieces of work to provide monetary and in-kind assistance to the Ivatans.
The tremendous occurrence that happened in Batanes drives these people to unite in one mission as their way of giving back to the loving and hospitable Ivatans.
The photographer’s mission
The mission of this group is to sell their photographs online in a Facebook page “Bayanihan Para sa Batanes” in order to help Ivatans recover after the catastrophe they experienced.
In an interview, one of the volunteer photographers, Roland Garcia said that all of the proceeds of this online drive will go to the assistance of the victims of the earthquake.
“Initiative ito ng kaibigan ko na si Paul Quiambao and Ra Valderrama, who are photographers. They keep on coming back to Batanes,” Garcia also added.
Garcia said that when they realized that Batanes needed help, they have an idea to put up a page for those photographers that are willing to donate and sell their photos. And now this online campaign emerged.
Photos for sale
Ranging from 8,000 to 20,000 pesos, the donated printed photos in different sizes from various photographers are being sold in the Facebook group.
As of Sunday, Garcia said that they already earned 58,000 pesos from the photographs. He encourages also other photographers and artists to join them as they call for help through their works of art.
“Ang kailangan lang, they need to go to Bayanihan para sa Batanes page. Just PM, may sasagot naman in case they have queries and other concerns.” he added.
Batanes’ rich culture,breath-taking scenery, and great people touch the heart of many Filipinos. This is maybe the reason why despite the frequent typhoon they encounter every year, many people wanted to visit the province. This is why after the horrible earthquake happened, many Filipinos wanted to help in any way for the recovery of the province.