The Church Photographer’s Sin Echoes of God’s Love
When Noli I. Yamsuan, Jr. started to be drawn to photography very early in life, being a “Church photographer” was the furthest thing from his mind. In fact, he didn’t know that such a thing could be possible. As a young man, he thought of photography as taking pictures of beautiful women, sceneries, and dramatic events. And that was where his photo hobby lay until he was taken in by the newspaper, Philippine Daily Express (PDE) as a member of its photo staff. Thus did his hobby become his career, putting aside his degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas (UST), and his license as a chemical engineer.
At PDE, he further honed his skills through the many different assignments he was given. It could be sports one day, fashion the next day. He would take pictures of food, homes, artworks, landscapes, parties and fires, politicians and criminals, accidents and pageants. He would take home various photography awards for his published photographs. One day, he was assigned to take a picture of the installation of the new Archbishop of Manila at the Manila Cathedral. This was in 1974, and it was the first time he saw this man who, in less than two years thence, would be Jaime L. Cardinal Sin.
There was much excitement about the new Archbishop of Manila. Nobody had heard about him before his appointment by Pope Paul VI, just that he was the Archbishop of Jaro, Iloilo, and that he was a native of Aklan. Everyone in cosmopolitan Manila had wondered why this young archbishop