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#Mobile Phone Street Photography /2017

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Me and my umbrella #1, Baguio City/2017

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Silang dalawa (Two of them)#1, Baguio City/2017

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Shoorsp! #1, Baguio City/2017

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Me and my umbrella #2, Baguio City/2017

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Silang dalawa (Two of them)#2, Baguio City/2017

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Shoorsp! #2, Baguio City/2017

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2017 in Street Photography

 

mobile phone street shots /2016

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While she waits, La Trinidad/2016

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Children playing, La Trinidad/2016

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Gee! My hair feels terrific, La Trinidad/2016

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What’s up there?, Baguio City/2016

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Mall of Asia, Pasay City/2016

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2017 in Street Photography

 

trying street photography

For the past two months, I dabbled in street photography. My significant Others are not in favor of this genre of photography. They would scold me and tell me I should not take pictures of people without asking permission from such souls of the streets, parks, malls, supermarkets, restaurants, and side walks. Stubborn that I am, I still take pictures of interesting people of the streets. Below are some of the souls my lens have captured.

Vendor by the Door

Vendor by the Door, Baguio City/2016

text mates at the mall

Text mates at the Mall, Baguio City/2016

Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait, La Trinidad/2016

Waiting...

From above, La Trinidad/2016

 

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2016 in Street Photography

 

BURNHAM PARK—the gated face

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Upon entering the huge metal gates of Burnham Park, a festivity greets the visitor. In front of the stage, two native dancers, a man and woman, sway their bodies to the music of gongs and a log drum. And as the dancing goes on, three women are cooking foods on two large pots at the right side of the stage. From the looks of it, it appears that the women are cooking rice and sweet potatoes (camote). Close to where the three women are, not far behind the dancers and instrumentalists, two men roast a pig while another man keeps the fire ablaze by fixing the firewood in place. On the left side close to the dancers, three men (perhaps elders) are busy tasting the rice wine; one man sips from a cup, while another hands over a cup of wine to an elder. Oddly though, the celebration is soundless; a revelry in total silence.

Fittingly, at the middle section of the platform, a bust of a thickly mustached man atop a square-shaped upright pillar (perhaps 12 feet high) stands tall welcoming the visitors entering the gates. A plaque plastered on the column reads:

“Daniel Hudson Burnham

“A world renown American Architect from Chicago, United States of America, who at the turn of the 19th Century designed the land use patterns of the city of Baguio, specifically the city’s main park which bears his name – Burnham Park”

Visitors acknowledge Burnham’s greeting in many ways. There are those who, upon seeing the monument, would immediately take a photo of Burnham’s bust. Others would pose in front of the pillar and take pictures of themselves. Still, others would simply stop for a moment, gaze at Burnham, and descend the stairs leading to a flower garden. Very few would take time reading the commemorative dedicated to the man from whom the park was named.

This gated face of the park is the main entrance, although you can enter the park from many directions despite the fences surrounding the park. Behind the Burnham Monument is the renovated Rose Garden.

Entering through the gated face offers visitors a quick panorama of the Park. From afar, you can readily identify SM Baguio mall as it dominates the southeastern skyline of city. But besides the Rose Garden (with its “few” roses), there is not much to view. Trees are scattered all over the place. Their leafy crowns hide the Park’s other main attractions from plain view.  These; however, create a sense of anticipation; an anticipation of what the Park has in store for its visitors.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in Burnham Park

 

demoCRAZY at its best–Repost from 2007 (Kampanya ken Eleksyon manen)

DemocraZy–’buy’ the people; ‘off ‘ the people; ‘poor’ the people–that’s how I [and probably many others] dismally feel and think about the kind of politics that Philippine democracy has evolved to…

On political campaigns

On TV, on radio, on newspapers, and along the streets, the politicians [esp. trapos] are on a campaign spree again. Needless to say, it’s election time that’s why. We see wannabe leaders [granted they would win] donned in their simple-yet-elegant attire with their best grin as they shake hands with students, farmers, vendors, istambays pleading for the people’s ‘sacred’ votes…Yeah! it’s ‘buying’ time again.

And along the campaign trail, we hear these promises: “With me as your elected leader, life would be better,” [translated as, Ang-GARA ng buhay ko ‘pag ako ibinoto n’yo]. “With me in Senate, I would scrap EVAT!” [translated as, E-VAT (eh, ba’t) ngayon mo lang sinasabi ‘yan? Nung isinasalang pa sana yang batas na ‘yan, eh, pinatay n’yo na]… Yeah! It’s time for the hyper-BOLA again.

Every aspiring “savior” of the impoverished masa put on every gimmick just to please the unsuspecting victim [i.e., the unwily voter], and when the politician wins, the poor voter realizes how T-A-N-G-A [stupid] he was for believing too much on lies [or promises meant to be broken]. A number of politicians ride on the popularity of showbiz personalities to win. Still, others awfully try their best to show their ‘innate’ skill of acting [like morons] and singing [singingtunado–out of tune]. And WOW! the audience love them!?!?

On the qualifications of aspiring government leaders

We are in a democratic country and so everybody–lawyers, businessmen, landlords, movie artists, boxers, basketball players, farmers, clowns, etc.–could become a government official.

To be qualified, say a Congressman, you just show you know how to read and write and speak a little English, and that’s it. Oh! by the way, you need to tell the people that your sincerity to serve them [as a Congressman not as a philanthropist] is what pushed you to defy all odds and insist of running as a lawmaker. Never mind if you don’t know the rudiments of making laws. Never mind if you would be debating with highfalutin-tongued lawmakers in Congress for your sincerity to serve your people is what counts most. In short, never mind if you’re making a joke of yourself. Remember, clowns and objects of ridicule are most-welcome in Philippine government…[they are the KUPITan, SenaTONG, and CongCRAZYman].

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in Politics

 

“Saykopat”

Sweet, charming lady
Petite, full of confidence
Shyly greets with smile

Manipulative
Confuses, controls greenhorns
Yeah! Witty, wily

Looks to be docile
Yet feeds on others’ secrets
So apathetic

“Friends”–she may have some
Poor creatures, they are victims
Trapped in a quagmire

Easily annoyed
By ignoramous persons
Yet detached and cold

With her guile, she plays
People of weak character
She will devour them!

Sweet, charming lady
Petite, full of confidence
Shyly greets with smile

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Type: Haiku
Author: Tecs
Title: “Saykopat?” [Psychopath]

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Poetry

 

ewe

Silent as meek lamb
Lovely in form, beautiful
Young, truly vibrant

The “one who supplants”
He who “perseveres with God”
Falls in love with her

Their union bears fruit
Two children of good stature
Who would be great men

Her first child is sold
Her second causing her death
Is “son of the south”

Allusions to her
Speaks of tenderness and love
Sacrifice and pain

“She cries ceaselessly
Foes held her children captive
She mourns, weeps deeply”

“Seeks for God’s mercy
Pleads for her people’s freedom
Wins the Lord’s mercy”
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Type: Haiku
Author: Tecs
“Jacob’s wife”

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Poetry