Children at the Crossroads: A Photo Exhibit

Apr 16, 2016 //
Point of No Return 1
An entire battalion of the First Mechanize Brigade pose for a group photo before they leave for combat operations in the Mamasapano area. Their commanding officer said:"Kunan niyo kami ng picture habang buo pa kami. Baka pag balik anmin mamaya, kulang na kami."
(Please take our picture while we are still complete. When we come back, we may not be complete anymore.)
Barangay Kabingi, Datu Saudi-Ampatuan, Maguindanao on March 15, 2015
Taking Cover 2. Eleven children evacuees huddle under a sliver of shadow cast by their farm wagon. It is the only cool space they can find when the noonday sun pounds on the sandy road where they have settled to escape from the military operations.
A Madonna and Child in Maguindanao
These snapshots were captured by the lenses of the celebrated photographer, Jun de Leon, as he visited Maguindanao, days after the Mamapasano incident in January. 

Entitled, “Children at the Crossroads: Windows to Healing in Mindanao,”
Jun de Leon’s photographs with stories by An Alcantara was put on display from April 16-18 at the Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Felix Ave, Cainta, Rizal. This exhibit is the 4rd of the series of exhibits which aims to raise awareness on the effects and impact of armed conflict in the Bangsamoro on children.
The walk-through exhibit was laid out in crossroads formation and is composed of 28 4‟ x 6‟ panels that present the photographs in juxtaposition—two images presented as one with contrasting effect. The exhibit also featured a 10-minute video capturing the faces of children, the scenery, and the people who speak about the conflict outside and within.

This exhibit is organized by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), in partnership with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), Sta. Lucia Mall and URC Jack ‘n Jill Puff corn.

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