Saturday, August 04, 2007

Glimpses of the Past Month

Photos from my work & travels in the Philippines...

It's been a while since my last post.

The past few weeks I've been sucked into a whirlwind of activities that have just now died down long enough to post new content before I get swept back up.

Once again my work and personal interests have taken me to disparate regions of this archipelago. Whether hanging out in the province with relatives, snapping photos of girlie bar culture for my upcoming website on trafficking, recording music in a high rise home studio for my album on trafficking, or attending workshops on social enterprise in rebel-infested rural areas, each day brings a new surprise and a new lesson.

Let's begin:

Jeepneys decked out in garrish colors and designs blaring loud music are an inseparable part of the Manila landscape.

70 students + 1 teacher + 1/2 a classroom + tropical heat + 1 fan = high school in the Philippines. And yes, the students in front are literally touching the front wall.

High school marching band in Capiz

Piles of beef, pig, and goat are chopped and prepped for a massive feast in the countryside

Hostesses, or guest relation officers, entertain customers with conversation and sometimes more at bars across the country.

Standing up for worker's rights at a GABRIELA event

Hip hop meets human trafficking- in the studio working on my album

Making the (trafficking) documentary- cameras draw crowds

Hoop dreams Philippines style

Music festival in Malate, Manila

Camiguin- hot & cold springs, hidden waterfalls, volcanoes, and lush jungles.

White Island, a spotless sandbar surrounded by crystal blue waters 15 minutes from Camiguin.

Monument to Andrés Bonifacio and the Katipunan
(or KKK)- Philippine revolutionaries who fought for independence against Spain.

Staff from social enterprise NGO Unlad Kabayan gather in Iligan to discuss community development in the Philippines.

Big article coming late next week, smaller articles before then...

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