For whatever destruction the Typhoon Yolanda brought on our hometown of Ajuy, Iloilo province, Capiz, Panay Island, Cebu, Samar, Leyte and the many places of Visayas, Philippines, our prayers are with you all as we rise up and build again.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippines 4:7)
[note radius=”5″]This was my last year’s meditation, the day after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit our hometown and for 24 hours we had no communication nor any news about the aftermath.[/note]
Jose is an Ilonggo, now residing in New York, New York. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Iloilo. He is married to the former Estela Velasco, BSN, also an Ilongga from Jaro, Iloilo City. They have two children who are now gainfully employed in New York.
Rekindling his passion for photography in 2011, Jose reflects about his recent photo shots:
“When it comes to this rekindled passion (photography), it is a sharing of what I see – nature and God’s hand in it – and to make it worthy of the viewer’s precious time. If the photos I share on FB bring positive feelings and thoughts to the viewer/FB friends then I feel my efforts were worth it. Too often in the course of the daily grind we do miss – either by force of circumstance if not be intent – the little things around us. It is “our job” as photographers to capture scenes, big or small, give it life as a picture and share it with our friends on FB or other social sites – friends who may not have the time for reasons previously stated.”