(From Left to right) James Walinski, photographer’s manager; Dr. Jelieta Walinski, photographer; Dr. Ronald Tangente, Chair of Kaugmaran Pagpagahum Foundation, Inc.; Gabriela Former Rep. Luz Ilagan; and Sr. M. Josephine Bacaltos, RGS celebrate the exhibit’s opening through a ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo by Aivy Villarba.

By Gracielle Deanne B. Tubera

The Kaugmaran Pagpagahum Foundation Inc., in partnership with Ateneo de Davao University, launched the fundraising photo exhibit at the Rodriguez Hall, Community Center of the First Companions.

The exhibit will run from November 21-26, 2016. This activity, as approved and sponsored by Fr. Joel E. Tabora, will showcase the photography of Ms. Jelieta M. Walinski, a Mandaya digital photographer who is currently based in the United States.

Ms. Jelieta M. Walinski studied Professional Photography in the New York Institute of Photography at New York. Her exploration of astrophotography has received worldwide acclaim and recognition.

Her photographs were published in Canon Europe Website in 2010, Headline Photo in Western Update in 2011, published in Capture Minnesota Books in 2012 and 2013, and awarded the Most Followed Photographer for both publications. Her work was also published by CBS television in 2012, and WCCO television in Minnesota in 2014. Walinski also won the international Grand Jury Winner prize of the Boulders Photo Contest in 2014.

Some of her award-winning photography will be up for sale during the photo exhibit. Proceeds of this photo exhibit will be donated to the Kaugmaran Pagpagahum Foundation Inc. in order to boost funds for their services to indigenous communities.

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