Monday, November 23, 2015

Pinay maid-turned-photographer Xyza Bacani among BBC 100 Women 2015

Filipina Photographer Xyza Bacani was among BBC 100 Women 2015.
A former domestic helper in Hong Kong, Bacani shared her story through her snapshots.

This year, BBC 100 Women focused on octogenarians sharing life lessons, "good girl" filmmakers discussing expectations, nursing, five high-profile women, and "30 under 30" entrepreneurs.
BBC noted Bacani's usual subjects, who are victims of human rights violations against overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong.
"I left the Philippines at 19 to start work as a maid and nanny in Hong Kong and looked after six children in total. I fell in love with the city’s vibe - very different from where I come from. I started doing street photography as a hobby," she told the BBC.
"When I started visiting abused domestic workers in Bethune House Migrant Women's Refuge... I realised that I was in a privileged position to give them a voice," Bacani added.
Because of her talent, she earned a Magnum Foundation scholarship to study in New York for six weeks.  Trisha Macas/DVM, GMA News

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