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Sagada shades

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The light, like the air, is crisp in Sagada.

Sagada is a town perched on the highlands of Mountain Province, Philippines. Resistant to three centuries of Spanish colonization, the place had preserved much of its indigenous culture. Only in the early 1900’s with the coming of the Americans, particularly the Episcopalians, did Sagada open itself up to outsiders.

While Sagada is now popular among tourists both local and foreign–with its caves, waterfalls, rice terraces, and other natural attractions–the town has received guests on its own terms, offering relatively spartan amenities and strenuous recreations.

This slideshow was an assignment I submitted in one of my Adenauer Center for Journalism (ACFJ) photojournalism classes. Or rather, it was a great vacation I turned into homework too.

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April 30, 2010 at 12:02 am

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Posterized city

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Last April I attended a citizen journalism training in Davao City. Co-sponsored by the Southeast Asian Center for e-Media, Ateneo de Davao University, and MindaNews, the seminar was conducted by Maran Perianen and Sean Ang. Among our activities was a quick video shoot in the venue’s vicinity. We all decided on “elections” as a general topic, and my group focused on the election campaign paraphernalia flooding the city. (Or maybe the floods will come later when all that plastic find their way into the sewers.)

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April 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm

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Prusisyon

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Catholic Church processions are often spectacular events. The Escudero-sponsored procession in San Pablo, Laguna last April 2 was no different. The statues of bejeweled saints paraded around the city on equally ornate carriages were a feast for the eyes of spectators cramming the streets, evoking from them varied reactions.


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April 20, 2010 at 12:43 am

Pabasa/pagkain

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The pabasa, literally reading, is a singing of the pasyon, the story of jesus’ suffering and death in narrative verse form. Last April 2, scores of people crammed into a San Pablo, Laguna house hosting a pabasa. While a group of elders sung for hours on end, the guests busied themselves with eating, the pasyon largely serving only as background music.


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April 20, 2010 at 12:28 am

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