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guitar bodhisattva, coffee drinker and image blender
  • Nikon D40, iPhone, Kodak V800, Nikon D5100, Lumix LX3
  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.4, 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 70-300mm, 28mm f/2.8, 24mm f/2.8
  • Wide lens adapter, jelly lens

The Continuing Story of an Informal Settler

Published September 30th, 2013

I have featured for a few years the community of informal settlers near the Philippine Senate in a series of photo essays. This year, 2013, they will finally be relocated to Hugo Perez, Trece Martirez, Cavite. Their community will give way to an expanded national road and a garden by the bay. I have chronicled here their life, livelihood, games, faces. They were part of my journey in photography. I bid them farewell to hopefully a better life, a better chance of survival.

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Million People March, 26th August 2013, Philipp...

Published August 26th, 2013

I've talked to doctors seeing their patients die because their public hospital didn't have the medicines needed; teachers complaining of lack of classrooms and books; children knocking on cars for change, or selling flowers; homeless families vomiting on spoiled food on some sidewalk. Yet, billions in people's taxes go to personal coffers. On August 26, 2013, the Filipino people decided enough is enough. The battle has just begun.

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Life of an Informal Settler

Published August 9th, 2013

They used to be called "squatters". These are people migrating to the cities to find jobs, and not being able to afford rent, occupy unused public and private land. Some have been occupying these lots for decades and generations. People trapped in the cycle of crushing poverty from grandparents to grandchildren. The government had always grappled in finding the right solution for this social crisis. Decades ago the Human Settlement program by then President Marcos started relocating these indigent families into housing projects. Several presidents later the problem persists due to a "Manila-centric" economy and the inability to launch a true population management program (due to the Catholic church sway). Recently, their numbers have begun clogging waterways and "esteros" contributing to massive floods during the monsoon season. The current administration is into an ambitious relocation program but is hampered by the lack of employment opportunities of those willing to be put under gov ...

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Portraits vol. 2

Published July 26th, 2013

A friend of mine told me that photos are about stories. If it doesn't tell one it's not worth showing.

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Published July 26th, 2013

I just bought a a book on sale by National Geographic about portraits but showing instead some street shots. I realised I was doing the same for sometime now without knowing it.

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