December 4, 2013

Twenty Days After: Post-Haiyan Lives at Tacloban

The highways are already cleaned up. The debris in the pictures are from the coastal streets especially Magallanes and the one by the public market. Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is conducting a “cash for work” program. People—around 6000 of them—are paid P500 a day. They shoveled dirt, put them on a fan’s guard—dragged them on the highway, where the garbage truck picked them up. The cleaning was unnecessarily meticulous. But it was the intention of the foundation to provide jobs to those who decided to stay in their beloved city. The market is alive despite the price hikes. There is a visible, […]
November 21, 2013

Project Rebuild for Haiyan Survivors

To donate, click here or directly deposit it  through Paypal under the email backpackingwithabook@gmail.com. More than food, survivors need shelter and livelihood to start their life anew—after Haiyan claimed and orphaned thousands of lives, damaged billions-worth of properties, left thousands homeless and jobless, traumatized those who survived. We will help them in building their life and we will start with their livelihood. The donation will be used in repairing fishermen’s boats in different towns in northern Cebu. We will also conduct art therapy for kids. We have coordinated with reputed organizations in different towns and photos will be posted here. You […]
November 14, 2013

Sun.Star | Portrait of Bohol after the Quake

“Ingon sila silot daw nis Ginoo nato. Pero para nako, grasya ni,” Tatay in his ’50s claimed after taking several gulps from his glass of tuba. “Daghan kaayog grasya naabot human sa linog,” he further shared. The tuba vendor scooped a spoon of lilong doused in native vinegar and spiced with onions and sliced siling hangad sa langit for me. Her two relatives removed the gut of this small fish on a bamboo bench next to her table of small trading. A fellow market vendor complained why the anchovy-looking fish were not halved and deboned like kinilaw should be. Nanay […]
October 7, 2013

Badian: A Sea, a River, Friendship, and Yes, Love

Photos of and in Kawasan Falls and Terra Manna Badian Cebu June reminds me of sun-, sea-, river-kissed skin, of beautiful girls supporting my silliness, of falls jumping, of marine beauties, of Camiguin, of Terra Manna. June reminds me of distance suspended. Once more. June reminds me of not my here and his there, but our own here and there. Truthfully, writing stresses me out. When it does, I turn to photography. Either I go out for a photo walk or picasa (yes, not photoshop) some of the excessive files. Here are some memories of June, the memories that my cameras […]