A Day in the Life of the Modern Filipina

September 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Two years ago, I was commissioned by Unilever to create a collection of photographs showing a typical day in the life of a modern Filipina. Because of the nature of the project, the photographs were never publicly displayed, but I was told that they have been shown to Unilever offices around the world, from London to New York. I’ve met a few people who have seen the images and they’ve said that the photos have given them a new appreciation for the consumers they create products for. The photo above is not part of the original collection, but it does capture the spirit of the original body of work. And just like the original set, it is a reminder of the wonderful things around us we can see if we are only willing to look.

Are Foreign Travelers Safe in the Philippines?

August 26th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

This started out as an answer to a friend’s question, but has expanded into something that merits its own blog post. Please share with as many people as you can.

“Are Foreign Travelers Safe in the Philippines?”

I always tell people that all the bad things that happen in the Philippines are all unrelated to each other. And it’s true. Sure, foreigners are being kidnapped in Mindanao, tourists are being hostaged by the busloads in Metro Manila, and people are leaving explosives in the toilets of UA&P. But at the same time these events are happening, daily life on an idyllic island somewhere in the Visayas or in a verdant valley in heart of the Cordillera continues, unmindful that our standing in the international community has just been irrevocably screwed. This is the double-edged irony of the Philippines’ 7,107 islands: Some events are just too far away from some people for them to be overly concerned or minutely care. This is the first thing people interested in coming to the Philippines must realize. The country is, in truth, 7,107 different and independent places (much more, even). They are related only by the fact that they belong to the same archipelago on this lonely, typhoon-battered edge of the Pacific. Most of the time, the country’s right hand doesn’t know or doesn’t care what its left foot is doing. And so, armed with accurate information and a quick eye for trouble, anyone can drop in any time they want AND expect to return home safely with gigabytes of memories of a truly awesome time. No matter what the headlines suggest, THE PHILIPPINES IS STILL A PARADISE. There will always be a few rotten eggs at the top of the basket (And they are there anywhere you go in the world; any experienced traveler will tell you that.), but there are nuggets of gold in that bushel as well. Those with the heart to dig deeper will always be rewarded.

Good Friday Pre-Dawn Via Dolorosa

April 17th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Two hours before dawn on Good Friday, almost ten hours before I put together my Good Friday Baked Salmon, I was in front of the San Isidro de Labrador Church in Pulilan, Bulacan, wide awake and standing in the middle of a crowd of more than a hundred people, all of us waiting for town’s yearly “Daan ng Krus” or “Way of the Cross” to begin. From the church, we made our way around the poblacion, through silent streets, past quiet houses and sleeping dogs, to 14 homes that were chosen as the 14 Stations of the Cross. We arrived at the last station at around 7am, three hours after we started. Soft candlelight had given way to brilliant sun. After the final prayers, the crowd dispersed the same way it came together — with lively chatter. There was still the grand procession in the afternoon to prepare for. The day had just begun.

More pictures of the Pulilan Via Dolorosa here.

Looking for Iconic and Insightful Travel Images?

March 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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