Friday, March 30, 2007

Tenement Housing, Tondo Manila

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Signs of the Times

Tondo Manila, 2007

Bahay Kubo Manila

LeicaM4-2 GR 28 mm lens- TriX@ ISO 400
I tried using Parodinal developer at a dilution of 1:25 and it turned out to be very grainy. Master Jay Javier convinced me to do a dilution of 1:100 next time to achieve finer grain qualities.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A Muslim couple waiting for the start of a mass wedding ceremony for both Catholic and non-catholic couples

Tech Notes: This was shot using an expired kodak Tri-X film rated at ISO 400 and processed with Parodinal at a dilution of 1:25. From what I remember in the past, Shooting in situations like this where there is a great difference in light meter readings inside this shaded area and outside where the sun is at it's peak, I used to rate my film at half the ISO rating which is at ISO 200 and then reduce the film developing time by 25 percent which effectively is shooting an overexposed but underdeveloped film to reduce the contrast .
I also re-learned that the Parodinal solution is better with a dilution of 1:100 to reduce film grain. Everybody should have a refresher course in film developing if possible because digital shooting makes you forget thr beauty of film's behavior.

Divisoria Market

Street Gangs of Tondo

"TRIBU" excerpt from the filming of the "Indie" movie

Monday, March 26, 2007

Sunday, March 25, 2007


Ziggy Concert 2007-Philippine Plaza. The performance level of Marley was frustratingly low. Meanwhile, a night-swimmer at the Hotel's pool bask in the light.

Jim Libiran and Egay Navarro enjoys a chat during the ZZZZzzzziggy Marley concert at the Philippine Plaza Hotel.We hanged out at Jim's suitewhile watching.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Street DOCUMENTARIES visits 3Di photo club

What a great evening...Me, Akira, and Gil Nartea visit young and emerging photographers....Great Images...GOOD VIBES...POSITIVE ENERGY (photo lifted from Diana's blog)

Good ol' farming

it's been a very long time since I last saw a real live farmer toiling on his ricefiels and it's a relief to know that they still exist.
n some parts of Cavite south of Manila, the ricefields are fast disappearing.The farmlands are being swallowed up by residential subdivisions.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

I was fortunate to have escaped the city even for a week to shoot for a USAID project, If only more people begin to see the importance of our environment... then everywhere we cast our eyes on would be as awesome as this.

3 Farmers on a river raft

Nueva Vuzcaya ricefields and upland corn,2007

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Countryside streets

Just to start off a series of peeks into what's happening in the beautiful and awesome countryside.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

The Brave,The beautiful,The Women.

In these dimly lit wards, the tiny babies first see the light of their lives

28 mm. GR lens,Leica M4-2,Kodak Tri-X


Friday, March 09, 2007

Street monkeys

International women's Day 2007: Recto Ave. Manila

Kangaroo mom

A newborn premature baby being cared for kangaroo-style at a public Maternity hospital in Manila. Babies less than 2000 gms. at birth gets the body heat of their mother 24/7 through this style of caring due to the lack of incubators at the maternity hospital.
On a normal day the hospital churns out about 75-100 lovely babies daily

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Happy Land, Tondo

Shot with Leica M4-2 Jupiter-3 lens 50mm f1.5 processed in "Parodinal". Lucky SHD 100 film .

Happy Land, Tondo (digital)

Happy land... I have passed this small parch of land a dozen times already. Located a few hundred meters away from the old Smoky mountain but it was my first time to venture into this community housed in old warehouses converted into tenement styles housing. You can see a lot of kids hounding my camera while the older youth sniff their glue and solvent nonchalantly in small plastic bags.
This is uncharted territoty for me.