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An inspiring story from Quiapo

“Dito po sa amin sa Quiapo, halos lahat ng kabataan dito, mga naliligaw ng landas. Ayaw ko po matulad sa kanila, gusto ko po maiba. Na-appreciate ko po na napakahirap ng dinaranas namin, kaya gusto ko po makatapos ng pag-aaral,” (In our community here in Quiapo, nearly all young people have lost their way. I don’t want to be like them. I want to be different. I know that we have a hard life, which is why my goal is to get an education.) related Rodallie S. Mosende, who grew up homeless in Quiapo, Manila, yet determined to pursue her college education.
Rick Rocamora, an award-winning documentary photographer, tells a visual story of Mosende with “The Rodallie S. Mosende Story: A Photography Exhibit,” on view from April 28 to May 5 (free admission) at the
second floor of the Ayala Museum, Makati City.
Through Rocamora’s photographs, people learned of Rodallie’s plight and stepped forward to offer assistance which helped her achieve her dream of graduating from college. This exhibition aims to inspire people through Rodallie’s story, a great example of survival against the difficulties in life.
The exhibition coincides with the launch of the book Blood, Sweat, Hope, and Quiapo: Rodallie S. Mosende’s Story by Rocamora, Rene Ciria-Cruz, and Dan Amosin on April 28.
“The real story of Quiapo is not about crime and filth. Those in the know see Quiapo in a different light: as a haven for strong-hearted, hardworking individuals tenaciously trying to overcome life’s obstacles for their dreams,” said Rocamora of the book.
Rocamora is an award-winning documentary photographer who has dedicated himself to documenting issues about civil liberties, immigrant rights and immigrant contributions in the United States, as well as human rights and social justice issues in the Philippines. He is the author of Filipino WW Ii Soldiers: America’s Second-Class Veterans for which he received a Local Bay Area Heroes award from KQED and Union Bank of California. His work is part of the permanent collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts, US State Department Art in Embassies program, and private and institutional collectors. His work is also widely exhibited in national and international museums and galleries and published in print and online. His work had been exhibited at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Vargas Museum and University of the Philippines, BenCab Museum, Ateneo de Manila University, and the halls of the Senate of the Philippines.

For inquiries, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 759-8288 loc 36. To learn more about Rick Rocamora’s work, follow @rickrocamora on Instagram.

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