The Photojournalist: Martin San Diego

As a kid, I was always amazed with documentaries. I would stay up until one in the morning just to watch the latest episode of i-Witness on GMA. Most of the time sleep prevailed before the show started, but the episodes I managed to watch inspired me to do what I do today and to work for who I want to be in the future.

I eventually took up Computer Science at De La Salle University. A series of events through the years slowly led me back to journalism, and eventually, in 2016, I was assigned to document the tail-end of the late Miriam Defensor-Santiago's presidential campaign for Rappler. After that, I knew I wanted to do more of it.

What inspires me now are the small voices I meet and hear along the way. I want to help amplify them.

Through photos, documentaries, and stories, I want to bring to light issues and concerns that would otherwise go unnoticed. Whenever I'm out, may it be on an assignment or a random stroll, I make sure that I always to talk to people and ask questions. Who knows? Their story today might be my assignment tomorrow.

Choosing the path to take has been a constant struggle. Freelancing comes with all the freedom you can imagine (except for financial stability in my case). But it also comes at a price. You may find yourself taking on jobs you dislike.

Just make sure you don't lose sight of the reasons why you started in the first place. Fan the little flames from inside whenever a spark is ignited. In time, it will get so big everyone will notice that you love what you're doing. One day, the jobs you imagined and loved to have will come your way on their own.

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Story and photos by Martin San Diego

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