Earlier this year, Photogs For A Cause (PFAC) ? a group of professional photographers who do pro bono work for NGOs that have no budget for their photography needs ? braved dangerous trails to go up the mountains and visit Brgy. Buscalan in Kalinga.
They brought Epson to the quiet, quaint place to provide a unique gift for the people of Buscalan.
Aside from visiting the new birthing facility in the area and bringing some basic supplies, their mission was simple: to take portraits and give the pictures to people who have never had their own photographs.
?It?s a simple gift, and yet the joy that they exhibited upon receiving their photos can?t be quantified,? said Donna V. Ferro, head of Epson Philippines marcom and PR.
?These are people who have never owned a photo, and so this was incredibly precious for them,? added Ferro.
Tracey Heppner, founder of PFAC, said it was not the first time that people came to the place to take photos.
?The visitors always say they will come back when they have the photo print outs, but they aren?t able to deliver on the promise, probably because of the treacherous paths that you need to take to get there. But now, with the Epson printer that we?ve brought to the mountain, for the first time, the locals get a copy of their photos,? said Heppner.
Epson provided an L800 genuine ink tank system photo printer to provide stunning prints to the people of Buscalan.
?There are a lot of stories here, and it was a pleasure capturing them through photographs. There was a father who posed with his kids ? he lost his wife a while ago. There was an old man who has never even seen a photo of himself. There were a couple of kids who were waiting on me the whole day, and when I finally gave them their picture, they ran straight home to keep it safe,? said Heppner.
?But perhaps the most memorable is this old woman who asked me how many months it would take for me to produce photo ? she had cancer, and she was anxious that she won?t be around when I come back. When I explained that she?d get it right away, there were tears in her eyes,? Heppner added.