MAHINOG, Camiguin, March 3 — Pep Bonnet, a renowned international photojournalist visited Camiguin last Feb. 8 to 9, 2012 to capture images of women in microcredit in Mantigue island in the municipality of Mahinog, according to Raymundo C. Agaton Jr. of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) Camiguin in a press release sent to Mahinog Trumpet.
Bonnet is from NOOR (an Arabic word meaning “light”), an international photo agency and foundation established in 2007 primarily to create and distribute compelling photojournalistic works with the aim to raise awareness, enhance an understanding of the world, and contribute to visual history of mankind.
The NOOR photo agency solicited the help of PRRM for its project “Women in Microcredit.”
PRRM is a non-government organization working in Camiguin for almost two decades now, with a mission to enhance the capacity of rural communities in the planning, advocacy and implementation of sustainable development, through an integrated program of education, livelihood, health, habitat, environment, and self-governance.
According to Agaton, Bonnet chose the island of Mantigue in Mahinog, Camiguin to shoot images of women engaged in seaweeds production.
“The images of women engaging in fishing in Mantigue Island are very fascinating human interest story for this project,” Mr. Bonnet told Agaton during the visit.
”This will portray microcredit as the most visible innovation in anti-poverty policy where it has been successful in bringing formal financial services to the poor,” Agaton said.
Mahinog Town Mayor Alex R. Jajalla said since these images will be seen all over the world, this is a good opportunity to promote Mantigue island as among the alternative ecotourism destination in the region.
Mantigue island, branded as “Restoring Paradise” after local government developed the area as eco-tourism destination since 2007, has now become a popular tourist attraction in the province of Camiguin. (HRJ-PIO/PIA 10)