Earlier today, I agreed to meet up with Mico Banayo and had coffee while reminiscing how we met in 2002 through a choir group we were both members of.
I used to call him Kuya Mikey back then.
He was chubby and brown-skinned. :)
Mico and a high school friend
he's a two-tones darker Tom Taus look-alike. :)
Growing up, Mico and his family lived a happy and simple life.
He even told me how fun it was to cook and sell balut on nearby villages.
Mico always see things on a glass half-full.
Until one day, the acid-attack happened.
This was Mico before the vitriolage.
And this was him after.
It was one of his darkest days, literally.
Mico's left eye has been damaged and can no longer be saved.
But in times of painful sorrows and hopelessness, all is not lost. Help came.
He has been featured on different TV shows that led to assistance in his medical needs and surgery.
Today, Mico works as a freelance photographer and graphic designer of his own photography network—Miconography.
Mico knew how it felt to be hopeless.
And now, he gives back to the Super Typhoon Yolanda victims along with his friend, Andrew Alsaybar to celebrate their birthdays.
Adolf Guerzon and Andrew Alsaybar
On December 7 (Saturday), join Mico Banayo and the rest of his friend give light and hope for the Yolanda victims through the Raise Your Flag Open Photoshoot at the Beyond Yoga Studio, Westgate Filinvest, Alabang with proceeds donated through Philippine Red Cross.
Physical fitness trainer Jan-a dela Paz
Priced at Php700.00, the photoshoot includes:
- Grooming services and face/body paint
- Photo prints of one (1) 4R size and two (2) wallet size
- and digital copies of the photos.
For inquiries and reservations, contact 0915-5660652 / 09088192619
This benefit event is also made possible by Mayor Jimmy Fresnedi of Muntinlupa City, Beyond Yoga Studio, Southern Living, Sweet Creations for the Cupcakes.