The Man Behind the Lens

Basic on Tony! Tony Arcenal is a 43 year old multitasking journalist. He writes and photographs for three national newspapers— Filipino Mirror, Pinoy Parazzi and Police Files Tonight and two semi-broadsheets— Luzon Morning Sun and The Voice of Pampangga. He is also a stringer at DZME 1530 and TV5. He is originally came from Mahayhay, Laguna but migrated in Malolos after getting married to Maria Crosini Robles. He is a father of three, Maria Angelica (21), first born; Aileen (20), second; and a grade 7 youngest, John Carlo.   School Stuffs   Unlike other fellow successful journalist, Arcenal wasn’t able to finish schooling and as he said, that what makes him unique. After finishing his Secondary level in Quezon Province, he was not able to continue his study because at that time, his father was sick so he decided to explore things like using manual cameras. Marine Engineering was his dream before but photography awakens his blood and flesh! He self-studied stuffs about photography and bought books related to it, trying to prove that he can do something big despite of being out of school. He studied manual photography at Manila under Media Eye Inc. He started as a photographer and as time passed by, he decided to send his photos in different newspapers and again, studied how to write and broadcast by himself where opportunity opened a door for him when he was hired by DZME1530 as a stringer and this is when he started to explore media industry as he covers 2010 National Election. How successful he is? Aside from being a broadcaster, photojournalist and writer of several publication, Arcenal served as the President of the Central Luzon Media Association on year 2011-2012. Also, he is a member of Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, National Press Club and Bulacan Press Club.   What about his biggest achievement and award?   *Best Photo of the Year Awardee (National) *Environmental Most unforgettable experience!   Working in this industry for so long, Tony have so many unforgettable experiences and one of those is when he was about to play for a basketball championship when he saw people sent by someone who he thinks will kill him that moment. He had to exit on the game escorted by the police so he can be safe. Tony received many death threats because of his profession.     Things you must but may not know about Tony   * He was once accused for libel. *He loves joining Photography Contests and he is currently a participant for 1st Larawang Bulakenyo Competition. *He is currently taking up Master’s Degree in Communication at Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila.   Tony’s life’s lesson  … Read more “The Man Behind the Lens”

PH Government Declares National State of Calamity Status Due to Typhoon Nona

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Blown away by the typhoon Nona, this house become roofless. Photo by Janina Elena Carpio

Forty killed, 24 hurt, and six were still missing as Nona slammed Southern Luzon and Visayas.

Due to the situation, PNoy decided to declare State of National Calamity in order to improve and hasten the rescue and government action.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said President Aquino issued Proclamation No. 1186 “declaring a state of national calamity to hasten the rescue, recovery, relief and rehabilitation efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Nona.”

The last time the President declare State of National Calamity is last 2013, during the massive destruction of typhoon Yolanda.

The state of calamity will last as long as the President said so.

As of now, NDRRMC said that there is a toatal of 76,796 were affected and 132,122 houses were destroyed.

On the other hand, typhoon Onyok was already dissolved to Low Pressure Area but still Northern Luzon will experience cold or partially rainy days because of the tail end of cold front.