I submit the article below to be published without conditions nor royalties. I am dedicating a photo entry that won 2nd place in the recent Singapore Sun Festival to the Filipinos afflicted by the typhoons. May they find strength in the fathers of families as they rebuild their lives.
—Christopher J. Tuason
I am an OFW who recently won second prize in a national competition of Insight Guides Photography which is one major event in Singapore Sun Festival held annually. My entry was called Father and Child which is a picture of my friend when he was consulted by his daughter over a homework she had in school. This is the first competition I joined and beyond luck, is the family value that the love of a father matters.
As a person, this is one tiny accomplishment and is nothing compared to what others have achieved in life. However, I am proud that the photograph I have taken is an image of my race and my nation on what matters to us and what we, the Filipinos, value beyond materiality.
As a foreign worker, I have witnessed over the news and television the horrors of nature over a week when storms Ondoy and Pepeng ravaged Manila and the northern provinces. I understand and empathize with my countrymen who are forced by circumstances to start from scratch and I have heard family men interviewed over TV who submit themselves to the sorrows of nature. Many of my countrymen have lost everything and a number have lost their dearly beloved ones. To the fathers of families, know that no storm can ever defeat your strength. In times like these, your loved ones turn to you for solace and security, so do not lose this opportunity of a lifetime to reveal the father deep in you.
I am proud to be a Filipino and I am proud to see Filipino fathers conquer the most testing times in their lives.