Fil-Am Community Paper Banners 2 Photoville International Photos
Two photos taken by two Photoville International (PVI) members were used as banner photos in two successive issues of Philippine Mabuhay News (PMN), a weekly community newspaper for Filipino Americans in Southern California. The photograph of PVI member Eldon Bite titled Hero’s Farewell
appeared as main photo on the front page of PMN in its October 28 – November 3 issue. In the photo, Bite captured the moment when the Philippine flag was about to be draped on the casket of 2Lt John Delfin Khe during the full military honors conferred to him by the Philippine government at Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes Cemetery) in the south of Manila, Philippines. Khe was a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Masidlak Class of 2010, who was among 19 soldiers killed in Al-Barka, Basilan in the southern Philippines last Oct. 18 by alleged rogue members of Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
In the succeeding issue of the paper, a photo of another PVI member featuring Filipina singer Charice was chosen. The member’s photo featured the 19-year-old international singing sensation during her return to the Philippines upon knowing the death of her father, Ricky Pempengco, in the photo titled Grieving Diva
Charice faced the media during the funeral of her father, who was stabbed to death by the suspect Angel Capili Jr.