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Migrants Filipino workers showing their talent in a photo exhibition in Taiwan



Taipei, October 27, 2019, as reported in CNA, there is a free photography exhibition in Taipei illustrating and showing the lives of migrant workers. The talent of overseas Filipino workers was highlighted in this event.

We all know that Filipinos are good at everything, very smart, and they show it wherever they go. Filipinos strongly believe in themselves to do what they want. Filipinos do not give up on the battle of life. This exhibition will be giving you inspiration in life.

The "Turning Point: Taiwan" exhibition was organized by the non-governmental organization One-Forty, which started last 2015 for training and help all the migrant workers giving them skills after finish their work in Taiwan.

The exhibition of the "Turning Point" Taiwan, being held October 24-30 at Taipei's Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. It about photos showing the journeys of migrant workers, featuring images of their hometowns and their working environments.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is from a prize-winning Filipina photographer and former domestic helper, Joan Pabona includes her some 30 works. She was invited to the exhibition to talk and to explain her works.

Joan Pabona was born in the Philippine province of La Union. She was a domestic helper in Singapore in 2008, and then to Hong Kong in 2013.

From the report of CNA, while Pabona still works in Hong Kong, she joined a photo competition and won the second prize at the National Geographic Wheelock Properties Youth Photo Competition 2017. Her photo titled "Sacrifice" the black and white image that shows an aerial view of a worker in hard hat among safety nets used for scaffolding. Showing off a worker that working so hard for the better life of his or her family.

Pabona said that she was inspired to pursue photography when she was shot a woman sitting alone in the dark next to a beam of light, she titled it "Solitude" in 2016 in Hong Kong. She realized that she was lonely and through photography, she wanted to show the emotions and feelings of migrant workers. And now she is a full-time photographer in her province.



Another highlight of the event was Mark Lester Reyes, a Taoyuan Filipino factory worker with his Philippine-inspired clothing. He is graduated from a vocational course in visual arts in high school.

Reyes said, he started to found his new talent when there is an accident at his work in march 2014 that gave him chemical burns on his body and started covering his scars by using make-up. Since then people ask him for tips and advice on make-up fashion shows and events. And started to make a costume in a fashion contest.

Reyes said that quickly he became famous in the Filipino community for his creations used of recycled materials that thrown out by factories.

His gowns represent the Filipinos in Taiwan at celebrations for the 120th anniversary of Philippines independence in 2018 in New Taipei.
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