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Pasay's Jesse Bustos turn to photojournalism amid COVID-19 pandemic
by Niel Victor Masoy, May 01, 2020 7:53pm
Jesse Bustos of the Pasay Voyagers found a meaningful way to keep himself busy in this time of COVID-19 pandemic.
After showcasing his talent on the hardcourt during the Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup, the 33-year-old forward is now flexing his photography skills to help tell stories about this ongoing crisis.
As a photojournalist for The Philippine Star, Bustos has been covering the happenings in Pasay, Taguig, and his hometown of Parañaque since the Philippine government implemented the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) last March 15.
Risky as his job to his health is, Bustos is one happy man to serve his country as a media frontliner in these uncertain times.
"Kailangan naming mga nasa media maging frontliner kasi trabaho eh, kaya kapag nasa coverage todo ingat na lang din," said Bustos.
"Pero masaya din in a way na nakakatulong din ako sa ibang tao na maiparating sa kanila kung ano ang nangyayari sa ating bansa."
After a day's work, Bustos shared he's taking precautionary measures to ensure that his family is safe of any virus transmission (should he get one) when he comes home.
"Sa sasakyan pa lang, nagpapalit na ako ng damit, kasi mahirap na kasi may mga anak ako, ligo rin agad ako."
Bustos also sees photojournalism as his next career once his legs couldn't take the pounding anymore.
"Inisip ko hindi habang buhay maglalaro ako ng basketball kasi tumatanda rin, kaya nagpaturo na rin ako sa mga matatagal ng photographer sa Star," said Bustos, who started taking photos for The Philippine Star in 2016.
Bustos helped the Voyagers in reaching the Quarterfinals of the Lakan Cup.
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