“ATE BEBANG”

Amalia Alcantara is the epitome of “so others may live.” “Ate Bebang” to many, Ms. Alcantara is a human rights activist, urban poor organizer, and leader to Nagkakaisang Residente ng Pook Malinis — a depressed community on the skirts of UP Diliman. Troubled by an impending demolition, pandemic crisis, politics and police issues. Since the […]

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PLAZA MIRANDA

We stand here together in the patio. For the most part, the stage setting for affairs of the church and the state; of indignation and proclamations. Also of con men and lawmen. Peddlers and beggars. Tarot readers and believers. Looking over, the Minor Basilica of Black Nazarene. We stand together amid social isolation, loneliness, and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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PHOTO STORY: SUFFER THE LAST SUPPER

“Suffer The Last Supper” is a photographic experience with Iriga’s noted artist Al Oliva. A chronological look at the making of his most taxing project: life-size sculpture of Christ’s final meal with the apostles, built atop a sacred hill called Inorogan. In the summer of 2016, Alfonso “Al” Oliva was commissioned to construct his own […]

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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 […]

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