Steps to Sapa

I opened my eyes to rolling green rice fields. Our bus wove through the quilted landscape of terraced paddies as the sun’s pale yellow rays lightly kissed the mountain face. Inside the murmur of awakening softly buzzed, but was quickly blanketed by the quiet of the Sapa dawn.

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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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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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Faces: Siem Reap

Travel is never complete without the people you cross paths with along the way. They infuse your experience with a different kind of soul, a depth, and a dynamism nothing else could fulfill. However pretty or rotten a place is, it’s always a smile across the street from a local or a shared memory with…

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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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