Another year has come to pass for KLM’s On Assignment photo contest. Among the three finalists is “The Little Details of Vigan” by Julius Andres Manzano. Superb photography! (And so are the other two) Why my spotlight goes to his photo narrative is simply because I, too, banked on Vigan City as my subject for this year’s competition. Except that my photo narrative dwelt more on Ilocos region in general AND — it sort of failed to put the judges under a spell. But it’s clear, I think I was right all along in picking Vigan — being the picturesque city that she is — as my entry of choice. For she does have a fighting chance.
In other words, I have it all locked in on the target and –bang! Missed.
Moving on now and to wrap up my mini-series on the Ilocos expedition, here is a collection of street shots from Laoag to Vigan featuring the locals themselves, the Ilocanos. “Saluyot,” as my favorite journalist Max Soliven, may he rest in peace, would often refer to this folks. Saluyot (local spinach) is a green leafy vegetable that grows just about anywhere. Nutritious, easy to prepare, cheap. “In a way, resilient as the Ilocanos.” Manong Max — the saluyot himself — reputed.
Ladies and gentlemen, the saluyots: