I don’t usually go out like this.

I really wanted to be a musician. I still do. But alas, I have about as much talent in music as there is chicken broth in a traditional apple pie. So here I am.

My name is LJ Pasion. Please do not make the mistake of putting two s’s in my surname. It kind of irritates me a little. Don’t get me wrong; I have nothing against passion. I even like to think I have some myself.

I’ve been working as a news photographer for the Manila Bulletin since July 2010. In my short career, I have shot protests, celebrations, disasters, daily life, the President, criminals, pageants, Senate hearings, sports and food, among others. Currently, I’m covering the graveyard shift, which I think is literally the bloodiest shift of all.

I love photography. I’ll probably keep taking pictures until I die. But from a career point of view, I feel that I need to expand my horizons a bit more. That’s why I enrolled in the Asian Center for Journalism’s Multimedia Journalism program. With moving pictures, audio, social media and a bunch of other stuff, I know the potential is there to tell stories in a more compelling way. I just wish I could do just that.

For now, I’m just trying to learning as much as I can. Maybe I’ll learn a little more about music on the way, too.


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