LOCKDOWN BREW

It’s not illegal to drink alcohol in Manila. The liquor ban prohibits the sale and distribution of alcoholic drinks — not their consumption. So, if Juan has a stockpile of wines and beers prior to the liquor ban, it’s for Juan to keep and enjoy. If not, he would have to find spirits where spirits … Continue reading LOCKDOWN BREW

THE RISE OF BEGGARS

A man walked up to me one day asking for alms. Not the common beggar, he is part of a construction crew apparently holed up at the Rizal Memorial Stadium facelift project, mothballed by the lockdown. They were left to fend for themselves, with no other recourse but to beg people. When the city shut … Continue reading THE RISE OF BEGGARS

PHOTO STORY: SUFFER THE LAST SUPPER

“Suffer The Last Supper” is a photographic experience with Iriga City’s noted artist Alfonso “Al” Oliva. A chronological look at the making of what could probably be his most taxing project: life-size sculpture of Christ’s final meal with the apostles, built atop a sacred hill called Inorogan. Schoolteacher-turned-painter-sculptor-landscape artist-madman, Alfonso Oliva is the artisan behind … Continue reading PHOTO STORY: SUFFER THE LAST SUPPER

THE EGONGOTS

An enlightenment I picked up somewhere for this covidlization: The World says “PANIC, PANIC EVERYTHING IS OUT OF CONTROL” The Buddhist says “Relax, relax, everything is out of control” ___ There is a healing process going on. Silent and painful. I have to look back at the Egongots. See if there is a sign of … Continue reading THE EGONGOTS

BINTANA PHOTOGRAPHY: WHEN YOU HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD BUT CAN’T GO OUT

Home quarantine an ordeal for you? For street photographers, it’s twice the agony. I was aching to see the empty streets of Manila yesterday, and got the opportunity (and legitimate reason) to drive around so. The feel was incredibly eerie. The barren city seemed like a lay of the land unknown to us. Driving was … Continue reading BINTANA PHOTOGRAPHY: WHEN YOU HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD BUT CAN’T GO OUT

HOMELESSNESS

On this day in 2008, I started malate.wordpress.com. In glorification of Manila’s finest district: Malate. My adopted battleground. Ironically, today, on this same date, and for an ordinary reason, I am leaving the place. After twelve years of residency. Let me see. I have been to Malolos. I have been to Quezon city. I have … Continue reading HOMELESSNESS