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Marvi Lacar December 5, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Philippines.

Pampanga, Philippines 2006

Born in 1976, Marvi Lacar is a native of the Philippines and moved to the US at the age of 15. She received a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from a liberal arts college in Michigan. Instead of continuing on to medical school, she opted to work in non-profit organizations focusing on migrant and women’s health issues. Her experiences led her to pursue a Master’s in Journalism at the University of Texas in Austin. Marvi has been a nominee for Joop Swart Masterclass and recognized by Communication Arts, PDN and American Photography, Days Japan and Santa Fe Center for Photography Project Competition. Her clients include The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, Paris Match, Fader and Marie Claire. She is continuing her work on a story documenting female genital mutilation and early marriage in Kenya as part of a longer-term project on Women in Poverty. She is also working on a project about depression.

About the Photograph:

Rose Ann Calma, 8, is craddled by her mother, Susan, 46, in Pampanga, Philippines. Roseanne is the youngest of 5. Her mother, Susan, is a fulltime housewife and her father, Herminio is a construction worker who is usually away on out of town jobs during the week. Roseanne was conceived at the former US Airbase motorpool, Clark Airbase Communiations Command (CABCOM) where the family stayed for two years. Roseanne eats a soft diet of oatmeal since she cannot digest solid foods. She cannot walk or talk so she requires constant care and attention from feeding and bathing and is usually in her mother’s arms. Her affliction has not been medically diagnosed because of her family’s lack of financial resources although she is among the children supported by non profit organizations who cater to the needs of individuals who they believe to be affected by the high levels of toxicity inside CABCOM. To this day the US government refuses to clean up the former US bases pointing out a clause in the contract that states that the US government is not required to return the bases to the Philippine government in its original state.


1. Chris - December 5, 2008

What a powerful photograph – the girl’s expression, the mother cradling her and at the same time glancing around like a watchdog, tired yet still protective. The colors are vibrant, the focus unmistakable, the depth of field absolutely perfect. One of the few times I wish photos had sound.

Your capture draws the viewer into the sad story it tells.

2. Millard - December 5, 2008

Yes, a nice photo indeed and reflects the plight of this family.

3. James - December 18, 2008

A first rate job of story telling!

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