I met Mang Ramon, the owner of Rita’s Inn in Batad, Ifugao while he was grinding a few betel nuts to chew in a corner by the dining area. His humble and heavily bearded appearance was deceiving as one would just ignore him as one of the elders until he speaks. His English was fluent and had stories as many as the lines in his face. Before I left Rita’s Inn, probably the oldest inn in Batad, he wanted me to see his Ifugao House which he inherited from his father. It was probably more than a century old. Inside the elaborate Ifugao House are his collections of antiques.
His name is Pol Curato, we simply call him Mang Pol. He was our guide from our recent tour in Corregidor Island. He’s been guiding here for about 3 decades now, a heritage himself yet still witty in his lectures and trivia.
Here he raises an illustration of some victorious Japanese along with the gun at Battery Hearn, where we were at that time.
As most mature photographers would say, “The Best Camera is the one you have”. This is more true now when Mobile Phone’s imaging capabilities are getting powerful and closer to replacing a common point and shoot cameras. I’ve had my Nokia N8 for more than half a year now and am very much impressed with its 12mp larger than usual camera sensors. As much as Nokia is currently having multiple personality disorders with their Operating System of choice, we can’t deny Nokia produces phones with mean hardware especially on the multimedia department. So here I’m sharing 15 of my favorite photographs taken with the Nokia N8.
It’s been a while since I traveled on my own. I went to Banaue recently to try to catch the Imbayah Festival and also to arrange things for our upcoming Backpack Photography Banaue Photo Adventure this May 13-15. It’s really hard to work on the logistics of far-off places like Batad and Bangaan so I have to go there personally. I took the Ohayami Bus, an alternative to Flordia, for the first time. Aside from it also being a freezer yet equally comfortable, it was a tad slower and I noticed that most of the passengers are Ifugao since the bus line is owned by one.
It was a Bloody Good Friday at Angeles, Pampanga. We were there to witness the Siete Palabras (The Seven Last Words) re-enactment which is a first at Barangay Lourdes, Angeles City. It was chaotically interesting I could say. But alongside there were numerous flagellants. At first I thought I couldn’t handle the gore, the pain of seeing them punish themselves and their blood splattering all over the place but it was interesting to observe their practice of this old Filipino tradition.
It took about three years before Olympus finally rolled out their upgrade for their flagship Olympus E-3. Just when everybody thought they would be abandoning their DSLRs to focus on their PEN Micro Four Thirds Line, they produced the Olympus E-5 to somehow show their commitment to the classic Four Thirds Format. But would this be enough to keep the current Four Thirds users from switching or new DSLR buyers to consider this as their purchase? Here are my impressions of the Olympus E-5 DSLR from a couple of weeks use.