This Filipina Domestic Worker Won Second Place at a National Geographic Photo Contest
Last January 31, Filipina Joan Pabona did our country
“Sa eighth floor
“Sacrifice has a similarity with my daily life as a domestic worker, who works very hard and sacrifices to have a better future and [reach] greener pastures,” she adds. As first
When asked how she feels about winning, she says. “Of course [I’m] very happy kasi ako lang ang nakapasok na non-Cantonese speaking, at ako lang ang babae na nakapasok at [naging] awardee. Malaking karangalan iyon bilang isang Pilipino kasi out of 3,518 photos, lucky [ka] if makapasok ka na as [a] finalist. ’Tas marami na ring proposals at collaborations pero pinag-iisipan ko pa.”
Photography has been a hobby of
When she moved to Hong Kong, she started saving money to buy another camera. In 2015, she began self-study and attended photography and video workshops, including those of Lensational—a non-profit organization that aims to empower women through photography.
Today, she enjoys wandering the streets of Hong Kong and capturing the city’s everyday scenes. “Photography kasi sa akin ang naging stress reliever dito tuwing day off ko. Kaya hanggang nagtatagal, nahasa nang nahasa ang kaalaman ko. ’Tsaka gusto ko ring kunan mga moments, daily life ng Hong Kong. So nainspire ako nang nainspire pag may nakukuha akong maganda,” she says.
Her employers are very supportive of her artistic pursuits. “Happy at proud
Pabona has also directed a one-minute video that was included in an exhibition called Beyond
If her Facebook page is any indication, Joan Pabona is one seriously talented and versatile photographer who’s going to go places.
*This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors