Sefi Curada, staff of the WMSU Public Affairs Office was chosen as one of the photographers of the FOCUS: BAJAO—a campaign of the Anak Mindanao (AMIN) and Pinay Kilos (PINK) against racial and ethnic discrimination that focuses on the needs of the marginalized Bajao communities.
Further, the project, which is pursuant to the Equal Protection Act (HB 659), aims to provide equal opportunities to the marginalized group of people in terms of access to educational assistance, opportunities to formal education or alternative learning systems, health interventions and livelihood assistance.
The highlight of the project is a photo exhibit caravan which was set at the North Wing Lobby of the House of Representatives from September 9 to 12, 2014.
Coincidentally, the launching of the exhibit also marked the day of the commemoration of the Zamboanga Siege that broke out in September of last year where thousands of citizens were displaced from their homes, in which case hundreds of the families out of all the displaced individuals belong to Bajao communities living in coastal barangays.
Curada, was among the four photographers who displayed photographs of the Bajao folks in the exhibit that was intended to raise funds for rebuilding the Bajao communities.
“It’s amazing how this project has given me the opportunity to gain new perspective on many things and experience things i would not have imagined doing.,” Curada said.
Hon. SittiDjaliaHataman, representative of AMIN, who is an alumna of WMSU, spearheaded the project whose major goal is to transform the mental model of the Bajao folks to their fellow Filipinos.
The photo exhibit caravan ran from September 9 to 12 at the House of Representatives in Manila.
FOCUS: BAJAO is a collaborative project of Anak Mindanao Partylist, Pinay Kilos, internationally-acclaimed fashion designer Amir Sali and makeup by Danny Katalbas of L’oreal Philippines.
Proceeds of the project are directly turned over to the Bajao communities that were affected by the 2013 Zamboanga siege. (Mandy Dalugdug – PAO, WMSU)