Saturday, August 28, 2010

PhotoHunt: FRAMED

View from my car of the Drive Thru counter of a McDonald's located (conveniently) beside a very popular church. Feeding the body, feeding the soul.

Newport City development in Pasay City, November 2009, using a digicam.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Like stamps, a country's currency is one of the most tangible, iconic items any traveler can literally take home. More than just a printed collection of numbers, currency symbols, and security details, paper bills and coins offer a glimpse of what or who the nation holds dear and in high esteem. For me, they are wallet-and-coin-purse-sized history books and museums.

While preparing for a presentation about the Philippines in a course I took in Finland with Filipino classmates a couple of years back, I snapped a photo of our 500-piso bill. It contains the image and life and times of a modern-day Filipino hero- the late Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. He was at the forefront of the fight against the Marcos dictatorship that spanned from the late 60s to the mid 80s until their eventual toppling via the bloodless 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. Aquino's political savvy, sharp wit, excellence as a communicator, and all-consuming love for the nation inspired a whole legion of Filipinos to stoke the tiny embers of hope for a truly democratic Philippines.

He is widely hailed as the greatest Filipino to be not elected president- he was assassinated at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport (now named after him) exactly 27 years ago today- un/fortunately. His death in 1983 increased the rumblings of discontent on the ground until it became one gigantic push to overthrow the Marcoses in February '86. His widow Corazon became President and since then, the Philippines enjoyed a (relatively) stable democratic form of government. Ninoy's son Benigno III is now Philippine president.

He only had one life to live but he offered it up for the nation because he is the firmest of believers in these most important words he has ever uttered- The Filipino is worth dying for.

More on the Ninoy's life can be found in a colleague's blog here.

Tampere, August 2007, using a digicam.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: ATTENTION

A knight stands guard at the facade of the Biltmore House, protecting decades of American history, culture, and splendor.

Biltmore Estate, December, 2006, using a digicam.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

PhotoHunt: ORANGE

Sometimes, oftentimes, the best journeys are those we take in exploring the common, the familiar, the unnoticed, the under-appreciated. Like the sunrise viewed from one's bedroom.

Taguig City, earlier today, using a digicam.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Tucked in one of the smaller rooms of the Museo De Oro is a collection of ceremonial garb donned by our indigenous lumad communities in the southern part of the Philippines. This is a most precious collection considering that 21st century life is encroaching into their way of life fast and unrelenting.

Xavier University campus, Cagayan De Oro City, March 2009, using a digicam.