Linus Guardian Escandor II is an Independent Photojournalist and Documentary Photographer currently living in Manila, Philippines. He focuses on themes of environment, health, social and human rights issues.
Marawi: On the War's End
This book compiles the unfolding stories of people who fought against terrorism armed not with guns and ammunitions but with unwavering faith and determination to guard the most precious possession that man holds dear - the liberty to simply exist. For over 5 months of intense armed conflict resulted to immeasurable loss of lives and properties and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of innocent people, Marawi has become the living manifest of our nation’s commitment to secure the ASEAN region from the spread of radical ideologies and violent extremism. Marawi has taken all the beating in order to make our country safer and although half of the city is now in ruins, the destruction can not and will not embody the Meranao’s collective resolve to recover from the fall and in the process regain their pride and dignity robbed from them during months of heavy fighting. The narratives of the survivors depicted on still images captured by the photographer correct the long-held misconception that Marawi siege is a product of a religious war for not only did the photographer able to present the sad realities of war but he also educates us with a simple truth that fanaticism and violent ideology driven by terroristic impulse recognizes no religion and aligns with no established religious order.