Category: People

Environmental Portraits: Civet Coffee Bean Gatherer

Lucinda the Civet Coffee Gatherer (Olympus E-PL1, Lumix 20mm, f1.7, 1/250, ISO 400)

This is Lucinda, a Civet Coffee Bean gatherer in Talisay, Batangas. Every morning, for half a year, she and her husband would wake up before the sun rises and traverse three mountains, including Mt Malarayat in Batangas to find the precious fecal remains of the Civet Cat. These cat poop are then processed to become the world’s most expensive coffee, the Alamid Coffee. Here, Lucinda shows a four hours old cat poop with coffee beans in the forest of Mt Malarayat.

Environmental Portraits: Photographers Infront

Allan (Olympus E-PL1, Lumix 20mm, f1.7, ISO 200, 1/800sec)

We’re always behind our camera that’s why photographers are seldom seen on our pictures. We can be so absorbed during shoots but while walking on a bird hide path at Candaba Bird Sanctuary in Pampanga, that corridor of bamboo walls was just too scenic not to ignore. So with my Olympus PEN E-PL1 along with the Lumix 20mm f1.7 I thought of taking environmental portraits of a couple of my photographer friends with me.

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Dispatch: Deep into the T’Boli Culture

Lang Dulay
National Treasure Lang Dulay (Olympus E-PL1, 17mm Pancake, f2.8mm)

We’re just closing the 2nd day our Backpack Photography Lake Sebu Photo Tour. Lake Sebu continues to mesmerize even on the 2nd time around. There are some big changes so far most of them are good. We also delved deeper into the T’Boli Culture this time around which made me appreciate them more. Here’s a snap portrait shot of the living Philippine National Treasure, Lang Dulay, a famous Dreamweaver. A few more days here in the south.

Thank you Cory Aquino

Cory Aquino memorabilias
Cory Aquino memorabilias

I was still on my early childhood when I got to know former President Cory Aquino. It was before, during and after the 1986 EDSA Revolution when she became a majore personality for me running against the Marcoses. It was an unusual sight to see a person mostly garbed in yellow and raising an “L” sign with her thumb and point finger to symbolize “Laban” or “Fight”. Today August 1, 2009 at 3:18am Philippine Time, Corazon Aquino passed away battling colon cancer.

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Art Valdez rebuilds the ancient Balangay and sets it for voyage

Art Valdez at the front of the Balangay
Art Valdez at the front of the Balangay

I have always wondered what it’s like for our ancestors to travel through open waters. The ancient Filipinos are originally seafaring people and proof of this is the discovery of an age old Balangay sea vessel excavated in Butuan dating as far back as 320 AD. And when I heard that someone rebuilt a Balangay in Manila, crafted by the Bajaus of Sibutu and Sitangkay of Tawt-tawi using methods originally done during the 14th century, I just had to see this.

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