Manila Textures: Binondo in Expired Fujicolor Superia

Grand old Spanish buildings sit side by side with tacky contemporary storefronts. Display windows feature random assortments of Chinese products, while street vendors roll carts piled high with produce. And the sea of people penetrates every cranny.

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Malaya

When my friend, Bernice, and I started talking about going up to Kalinga, she was still unsure of whether to get a tattoo. She wanted one but her parents were against it, and so she didn’t know if getting permanently inked was worth the trouble. As we went through the harrowing journey however, and finally…

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Kalinga Making Marks

In late January, my good friend, Bernice, and I traveled way up north of the Philippines to the mountains of Buscalan, Kalinga. Getting there took one night and one day, three different vehicles on countless cliffs, and so many miles on foot, all totaling 15 hours of travel from Manila. Buscalan, Kalinga made for an…

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The Second Time Around

Four years ago I hopped on a rickety G Lizardo bus with doors held by rusty hinges, seats that felt like hardboard, and creaky windows that let the full force of the cold mountain wind through. It traversed the winding, unpaved roads of the legendary Halsema Highway, weaving through patches of galvanized iron villages, yellow-green…

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Escaping Summer Heat

We’re at the heart of summer in the Philippines, and with temperatures averaging 39 degrees C a day (hotter than freakin body temperature!), it’s no surprise my mind is getting slowly fried. All I’m consumed with now is thoughts of the ocean, or the cool mountains, or anywhere away from the searing city, longing for…

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Sun-kissed

A couple of weeks back my photography group finally got its act together and managed to land ourselves in the beach. It was the laziest, coolest, chillest two days I’ve had all year, I think. Swinging gently in a hammock all afternoon for siesta, waking up to eat, driving to the beach, eating again, drinking every…

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Rise and Fall

I had this cool opportunity to shoot in a “battlefield” a while back. Of course, by battlefield what I really meant was a football field rigged with timed,well-placed, and very visible pyrotechnics; scattered with reenactors in complete and authentic Philippine Sout and Japanese soldier paraphernalia . It was for the annual reenactment of  the Battle…

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Finish Lines and Jumpstarts

Shot for my friend, Tipay’s, finals at SoFA (School of Fashion and the Arts). Since we were shooting bridal, there was no better place to do it than where it all started, our grounds at the UP College of Fine Arts, where everything was just a little dreamy. She pooled some friends to shoot, to…

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New Sight

I was already pining for a proper out-of-town trip when the chance to go up to Baguio presented itself. Throw in my two-week-old camera and it was just impossible to resist. It had been two years since my last visit there, which was a long time considering my family went up there at least once…

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