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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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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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 […]

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OF CHARITY AND PHOTOGRAPHY

If you are an Enrich Magazine reader you might find me on page 79 of this month’s issue — very miniscule in the background. Or you might not. Earlier today, I received a surprise message from Rose Castillo of the Isabelita Rosueta Organization (IROG). She texted me about our outreach program last October which was […]

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EVENING SHADOWS

Find out how the years have passed you by, simply by seeing how your once revered pop idols grow old. I’ve just watched a senior citizened Depeche Mode on Youtube. Another way to be cognizant of the “feebling in years”, is to observe odd sleeping habits. When I was a little boy I would wake […]

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PHOTOWALK PAETE

It’s not easy being a photowalk leader. Specially when you are herding big names in Philippine photography: Arlene Donaire, Linus Escandor, Ka Art de Vera Jr. and so on. You have to please these guys. And the rest of the pack. How did they end up in my walk is like, all the gin bars […]

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