In my line of work, I've been lucky enough to have met people from different walks of life. It was back in the early 2000's that I was in the field or in an out of town coverage more often. Too bad, I wasn't yet that much of a shutterbug then and digital and phone cameras were still a rarity. Luckily, later on, I never left for a shoot without a camera in tow and was able to capture the faces of some of the most interesting people I've met.
And I would like to share some of their stories with you.
|October 2011. An old woman preparing to play the guitar for an Aeta ritual dance at the Pastolan Village in Subic.|
|October 2011. The children of Pastolan.|
|October 2011. The same Aeta boys amusing each other while waiting for their parents.|
|October 2009. A Meralco lineman.|
The moment the skies cleared after Typhoon Ondoy devastated Metro Manila in 2009, the linemen of Meralco sprung into action, working double time to restore the electricity in the affected areas.
|July 2010. Lawrence Chan.|
Lawrence is a stamp collector who conducts walking tours using stamps as his map. His advocacy: to revive the art of philately while re-awakening the Filipno's interest in the history of Manila (Read my entry about him here.)
|June 2011. One of the villagers recounting how they survived the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991.|
|November 2006. Another child of the Haduan Village. (Photo taken using my now-kaput Canon Ixus)|
What I'll be doing in the next few years, I am yet to figure out. But, if I'm lucky, I'll get to meet more people, be allowed to take a glimpse at their lives, and learn a thing or two from their stories.
|With the Aetas of the Haduan Village in Mabalacat, Pampanga. (Photo taken by Dhes Handumon)|