Oil Spill Exhibit opens in Iloilo

October 4, 2006

Text and photos by Janice V. Busil
The News Today, Oct. 4, 2006

FRESH from the 15 days photo exhibit at the University of the Philippines Visayas, the Photographic Society of Iloilo (PSI) opened the “Guimaras Oil Spill” at the Lower Ground Floor of SM City Iloilo last October 2, 2006.


The photo exhibit is the first of its kind. Pictures of oil-soaked Guimaras’ mangroves, vivid images of Guimarasnons working together to save the province and pictures of living evidences of the tragic fate of the island were on display.

Embracing socially-relevant subjects, members of the PSI sailed across the Guimaras strait to document images of what is said to be the most catastrophic environmental tragedy to ever hit the country. Bona fide PSI members explored the once-bountiful shores of San Roque and Lapaz in Nueva Valencia town as they captured the real face and drama behind the most-talked about ecological destruction in history.

At the opening, the Guimaras Gov. JC Rahman Nava was represented by his spouse Dr. Ma. Lucille Nava, who was so deeply touched with the groups’ endeavor. “I am much thankful for this [exhibit]. This could help open up the eyes of the people and could raise awareness among those who didn’t have the chance to visit the oil-stricken portions of Guimaras. Right now, we are providing relief goods and evacuation areas to around 5,400 families. We are very thankful for those who extended their help,” she said.

The photos will be exhibited at the Philippine College of Physicians on October 18-20, 2006, followed by the Western Institute of Technology.


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