CALGARY, ALBERTA — Filipinos in Alberta with a passion for photography have captured their challenges, struggles and successes in the first photo exhibit documenting the life of Filipino migrants in this part of Canada.
Photographer Nwel Saturay and Migrante Alberta started photography workshops for kababayans in Calgary and Edmonton in 2018.
The participants came up with an idea to create an exhibit showcasing their talents and their stories.
The exhibit is called “Kwento’t Litrato: Stories of Filipino migration in Alberta told through photography.”
“We’ve been working with a lot of temporary foreign workers and through those years we hear a lot of stories. And the main premise of this exhibit ay para marinig natin ang mga istorya ng ating mga kababayan particularly iyong mga migranteng pilipino, gayun din ang mga dumating dito at nanirahan na dito sa Alberta,” says Marco Luciano. “Ang objective talaga ng photography exhibit is to tell our story, the Filipino’s story in pictures here in Alberta.”
The group decided to look for funding and approached the ministry of culture and tourism.
Organizers believe this is just the start of something bigger for the Filipino community.
“Hindi sa exhibit natatapos ang nasimulan namin. Una nga pinaplano namin mag-release ng book, tapos iyung mga participant ng workshop magkaroon sila ng experience sa exhibition, sa photography, so what we are hoping is iyung community engagement over the coming years,” said Saturay.
The participants plan to have the book published in early 2020.