Photographers pick up lens for Philippine charity event
24 Sep 2016 - 14:14
By Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula
DOHA: The Alliance of Filipino Journalists in Qatar (AFJQ) – the first and only organization of Filipino journalists and media practitioners in the country– yesterday gathered photography enthusiasts for a charity photoshoot at Philippine School Doha (PSD).
The “Shoot for a Cause” event, which saw the participation of 54 photography professionals and enthusiasts from seven organisations , had a twofold purpose.
“The purpose of this event is to raise funds for World Vision Philippines and help in the construction of PSD’s new building. We may have more events like this in the future to help other charitable organizations,” AFJQ Vice Chairman Alvin B Abainza told The Peninsula.
World Vision Philippines is considered the world’s largest international children’s charity that has been active in various rural and urban poor communities in the Philippines .
“We invited all the photography clubs to give them the chance to have a photoshoot with Justine Mae “Jaya” San Jose, who was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International 2016,’ said Abainza.
This is Doha resident San Jose’s homecoming after her victory at a major beauty pageant in Manila over a month ago which gives her the opportunity to represent the Philippines in the Miss Tourism International 2016 scheduled in December in Malaysia.
Wearing a glittering crown on her head, the Filipina beauty queen looked stunning in her gold and green gown by Doha-based designer Celso Collado Dahil.
Apart from charity events, AFJQ has lined up events and activities aimed at honing the skills of students and professionals in the field of journalism.
“We have already established the timeline for our projects which includes the continuation of our journalism seminar in which students of PSD and Philippine International School in Qatar (PISQ) will be joining,” explained Abainza.
A conference for professional journalists to be delivered by prominent journalists from the Philippines is also in the works.
“We are planning to invite journalists to share global trends. This will help local journalists to upgrade and enhance their skills in the field whether in broadcast, print or other areas. We are still planning on how to have this our flagship programme,” he said, adding that regular lectures on specific aspects in journalism will also be held for AFJQ members.
“As a group, it is our goal to train and inspire students as well as encourage practitioners to really hone their skills,” he stressed. Documentary filmmaking, which will shine the spotlight on Overseas Filipinos in Qatar, is another possible project which AFJQ is mulling in collaboration with other Filipino organizations, he added.