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Sinulog 2014: The Grand Parade Photo Essay

Walkers are ‘practitioners of the city,’ for the city is made to be walked. A city is a language, a repository of possibilities, and walking is the act of speaking that language, of selecting from those possibilities. Just as language limits what can be said, architecture limits where one can walk, but the walker invents other ways to go.―Rebecca Solnit, “Wanderlust: A History of Walking”

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Alaska, Mambaling. The only contingent that doesn’t have a queen. Lee Gonzaga, the boy on my right, is the prince of his fisherfolk tribe. Despite their lack of coordination, they are the most grounded, the most loyal to our ancestors of farmers and fishers. Sinulog, for me, is a dance, a celebration for who and what we are.

Proud to be probinsyana,



Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at Find me somewhere else!

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