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“Where is Tañon Strait?” I asked a friend when he told me about the project. I’m sure I share the same sentiments with other Filipinos who have no common knowledge of Tañon Strait which happens to be the largest marine protected area in the Philippines bounded by two islands Negros and Cebu. I was invited to be one of the photographers for the Oceana Photo Safari on Tañon Strait together with underwater photographers Gutsy Tuason and Danny Ocampo, travel photographer Oggie Ramos, chief news photographer of Cebu News Daily Tonee Despojo and chief photographer of the Freeman, Ferdinand Edralin. For six straight days the group captured the beauty and bounty of Tañon Strait above and underwater. And this recent World Oceans Day, June 8, 2015, Oceana Philippines hosted a photographic exhibit showcasing images captured during the photo safari.
The photographic exhibit was curated by Yasmin Arquiza of Oceana Philippines with text captions by Criselda Yabes. I’m sure Yasmin had a challenging time trimming down about 20 photos to be printed and exhibited. These photos should be in the context of showcasing the wonders of this strait. It should effectively capture people’s interest and bring awareness to this protected area which adheres to the goals of Oceana Philippines