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It rained real hard the night before and there were rumors of severe flooding in the city (Metro Manila, Philippines). The morning brought sunshine and by mid-day one would assume that the floods would have significantly subsided. So I commuted to the old part of Manila to do photo related errands (buy spare bulbs for my strobe, have a lens CLA'd and shoot with some friends in a museum). I took a bus--a fateful decision--instead of an "FX" (...a van posing as a taxi of sorts usually plying a fixed route taking up to a dozen passengers). The first half (in terms of distance) was uneventful but then things stopped to a standstill. The trip usually takes over 30 minutes and that second half of the trip would take over an hour and forty five minutes. Then I became aware of the reason--the road was still flooded from last night's rain. Most of the traffic crawled away from the flood except for trucks and buses which were high enough to negotiate the waters. That woke me …

SALT & LIGHT - The Book!

My first collection of photographs in a coffee table book, now available in (click on photo). Contains an autobiographical note and some essays.

Inclement Weather

It's the monsoon season here in South East Asia and am sitting around waiting for clear skies to shoot an aerial survey...

Tears for Cory

Rasgones para Corazón
PENTAX K10D + SMCP FA 80-320/4.5-5.6
It's been a heady week. You can never be prepared for a funeral.  This one was not something to be missed. I explained to my son that I would not go out of my way for any Filipino president except for Cory Aquino.

Same Place...

Taken in August 1983, on Ninoy Aquino's funeral
Canon AE-1 + Vivitar TX 100-300/5 + Kodak 100
I planned to meet Cory Aquino's funeral cortege in the intersection of Epipanio de los Santos Ave (EDSA) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). I parked my car in my brother's house in Makati and waited for the appropriate time walk over to the intersection. My brother (Noel) and I, along with his wife and afriend, went together; they were shooting video. It quietly dawned on me, with a little prodding from by brother, that we were together in 1983 to meet Ninoy Aquino's funeral cortege in the same place.

Ninoy's funeral was witnessed by approximately 2 million while Cory's had around 300,000; it was raining badly on Cory's, of course, and many had the benefit of the media covering it thus had the alternative of staying at home to watch it on TV. Ninoy's funeral was totally ignored by the media controlled by then dictator Ferdinand Marcos and may have forced people …