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31 July 2006


I had a chance to shoot DZMM's 20th anniversary concert in Araneta Coliseum last July 29th/ 06. Taking a rest in between performances, I managed to capture a more interesting subject - its audience :)

Hidalgo: A Proposal

This thread was originally posted on my Yahoo! 360 (;_ylt=AobLwh21zIb_tfMwQsiygySkAOJ3) which was an effort to restore R. Hidalgo St., (in Quiapo, Manila) back to its old glory. This was being undertaken by John Chua and the FPPF.

As a photography student back in the early 90's, R. Hidalgo St. was one of my favorite place for cheap films, developers and papers. It is where I usually go to have my films and negatives processed. Such memory (and am sure every Manila-based photographer has his/ her own) is the reason why I am supportive of this effort and though I was not personally able to attend meetings, I share joy in such a worthy undertaking.

Here are the updates:

More than 70 people from the photo shopowners, camera club members,wedding
photographers association, hobbyists joined forces in attending the
meeting with Mayor Atienza last Thursday July 13,2006. Mayor Atienza was
impressed with the large group who were committed to improved the
rehabilitation of R Hidalgo.. Together with the City Administrator and city engineers,
the Mayor presented his two year old plan in Rehabilitation of Quiapo
starting from San Sebastian Church. But when he look over our proposal,
he was in total agreement that its about time that He should start the rehabilitation
of Quiapo from R Hidalgo. When asked by Mrs. Imee Ong Hallare of Island if the
rehab will be finish by January, the Mayor replied that would be too far. He said that
he will start the project today. He summons Mr. Ader Khan and instructed him to
advise the vendors about the plan. Next day, the vendors were called
for a meeting at City Hall at 9:30 am and were told that they would be relocated
to another site. Thats where the problem began. Today, after four days of tensions,
Cong. Miles Roces has intervene in behalf of the vendors, But he is totally in agreement
with the Mayor on our proposal. Cong. Roces has made sure that the relocation of the
vendors should be fix properly, drainage, lighting and aspahting of the road.
The vendors has expressed their anger towards me and the shop owners,
Right now I am in Singapore attending a Adobe Workshop. I will return on saturday
and seek the assistance of Cong. Roces for a dialoque with the officials of the
vendors association. I hope cooler heads will intervene in this nasty
situation. --- John Chua
The vendors upon the instruction of the Mayor will be transferred to
the ramp beside the bridge. They will be allowed to sell only from
6am to 8pm then they have to fold up and store elsewhere their
stuff. This policy of organized vending is what we plan to
implement in the area.

The City Engineer just needs to flatten the relocation site since at
the moment, it has drainage/flooding problems. After the relocation
area is fixed, then the vendors along Hidalgo will be moved and
pedestrianization will eventually follow. I have not seen the
actual plan for the pedestrianization but will update you once I get
it from the City Engineer. Hopefully all of these will happen
within a months time.....and also the store/shop owners is expected
to do their share in the urban renewal effort of the City by fixing
up their frontage as fix Hidalgo.

Cheers to those who initiated/pioneered in this noble project. I am
one in this project and will support the Hidalgo project.

Joy Dawis-Asuncion
City Administrator's Office

11 July 2006


Taal Maiden



Am on my way towards Araneta Center when I noticed how the traffic enforcers are managing the traffic. And I thought its a job that's hard and - lonely.


Last week, as I was preparing for the portfolio review and hurriedly searching for images, I retrieved this image from among my files of previous photo shoots.

This was shot last year in Taal Lake, Batangas. It was near sunset and while waiting for my companions, I noticed this boatman approached our boat. I framed him and snapped a couple of frame. Instead of showing the 'real' boatman, I used his reflection instead. Voila!

07 July 2006

Portfolio Review

Just attended from a photo portfolio review conducted by Benjamin Lowy and Marvi Lacar who works with Corbis and Getty respectively.

I arrived a bit late (a couple of minutes) just in time to catch up with the slideshow presentation of Bahaghari. Aside from photodocumentary work, Bahag presented a very personal docu work about his father who is working in Italy. That docu moved me. Then slideshows of Ben and Marvi followed.

Portfolio review such as this is quite new in the photography community here in the Philippines and this is the first time such activity was organized. Thanks to Kat Palasi who had initiated such gathering.

Marvi was my critique of choice. It was my first time to attend a portfolio review and also the first time I will be presenting my photos (which are purely personal work) for critiquing. I am thankful of Marvi's straight forward comments and her invluable insights. I can say it's a good learning experience to know 'where' I am and what skills do I need to improve as a photographer. Not only do I learn from Marvi and Ben but also from other fellow photographers who are far more experienced than me and are generous enough to share their experiences. I enjoyed listening to Marvi's anecdotes too of those time when they were still starting out. Truly, it was an activity worth attending.

I do hope such an activity maybe adopted or replicated and be held regularly here in the Philippines particularly in Manila. After all, it was through other photographers that we become better visual communicators.

06 July 2006


Last night as I was shooting the frontage of Teatrino in Greenhills where the Cartwheel's event was, there was this old lady trying to shoot a photo of her friends, seeing her, i gladly offered help so that she can join in the photo. So she lent her old film P&S. One of her friend saw us and lent me her prosumer cam too. I waited a while for them to gather some of their friends who wish to join the m. They even managed to have Bimbo Cerrudo to pose with them. After a few instructions, I shoot a frame away. Returning the camera, the lady with the prosumer digital cam saw my F80 dangling down my neck and asked "You still use film?" I answered, "Yes, I still use film" the lady replied "Amazing!" Isip ko tuloy, ano amazing dun?