Getting back to your roots

Filipinos are among the world’s first nationalities who now epitomize the term “global citizen” – leaving the homeland for greener pastures in faraway places. Once settled down in their newly-adopted foreign lands, however, the yearning-for-home passion suddenly ignites and burns fiercely deep inside their hearts. Except for a relatively few cases of migrants who completely cut off ties with the homeland, most Pinoys look forward to and yearn for the time when they would be able to “go home” and visit their place of birth. And touch base with relatives and old friends.

Filipinos abroad form into groups and associations which instantly provide ample support system for adjusting to living in a foreign land. Others move a step up further – they try to find ways on what they can do to help those left behind in their homeland.

Taclobanon friends now based in Los Angeles and elsewhere in Southern California recently came back to Tacloban. Aside from the more trivial reasons for coming home, they came this time for a more noble cause: to help those in need of basic medical attention, specially those belonging to the poor sectors of the community.

With the help of local government entities and a medical volunteers group, the An Taclobanon Association of Southern California, headed by president Peter Caludac, conducted a medical mission July 2-4, 2008 at the Leyte SMED Gymnasium at the Capitol Grounds, Tacloban City.

We were there to document the affair.

  • With additional photos by ludette ruiz

View the full gallery of the An Taclobanon Assn of So California Medical Mission ’08.

View the full gallery of their Presscon and Volunteers Orientation

~ by gerryruiz on 2 September 2008.

13 Responses to “Getting back to your roots”

  1. What a wonderful photo essay. I love it. Helping them must have really made the people there happy. Great documenting with the camera. The photography is beautiful as is the message of goodwill.

  2. Thank you for the kind words, Matt. Helping the needy always generates great food for the soul!

  3. This is what we probably call, “Sharing one’s blessings.”

  4. I give my applause to the medical volunteer group/Taclobanon Association of So. California for caring and helping their fellow Taclobannons.
    God bless their hearts.

  5. You capture the heart and soul of your subjects in your photos. Now you are in the level of art photography. I salute you, my friend. Keep it up.

  6. Butz, thanks a lot for your kind words. Coming from another photog, it means a lot to me. Salamat, bro! 🙂

  7. On a slow day at work and after surfing the net for a while, I stumbled upon this. All I can say is: You’re damn good!

  8. Wow kaupay! once in a while maupay it nabulig hit iya ig kasi-waray. Baga la kita hito hin nakanta kan Sto Nino nga diri naton ig bubulag. Usa kita ka pamilya mga waray… let’s keep doing what is good para ha aton…

  9. President Peter, thanks for the kind words! Glad you liked it! 😉

  10. Gerry,

    Peter told me about the pictures and I want to thank you for taking this very painstaking task. I know you enjoy doing it but I just want you to know how much we appreciate what you are doing in behalf of An Taclobanon Association of Southern California. We need your support, no doubt. Yaya Banez and a few others had been dogging us for updates but we just got back to more backlogs we had to take care of. Salit, I am finishing a short article of my impression on the medical mission first hand. Salamat, pare. Hope to see you soon.

    Manuel “Nonong” Agner

  11. Mr. Ruiz, please keep posting them beautiful photos and thank you so much for keeping us “in touch”.

  12. I second the motion — DAMN, YOU’RE GOOD!

  13. Thank you Dulce, Nonong & Harvey! You made my day, guys!

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