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Always colorful, always full of merry-making, always festive: that is the Philippine town fiesta.

Once a year, each town, village, or barangay celebrates its fiesta, usually to honor a patron saint.

It’s that time of the year when people, young and old, don costumes and dance to infectious beat.

It’s that time of the year when pigs are roasted

and served on the table, along with other favorite foods, for everyone to enjoy.

It’s that time of the year when vendors like him get so very lucky with their sales,

because people troop to the streets to watch their favorite drum and bugle corps.

It’s that time of the year when Filipinos who work and live abroad go back to honor their patron saint, renew their identity and strengthen the ties that bind them to the place they will always call home.

Posted 4 years, 2 months ago at 9:27 am.


Dragons in the Sky

These, these made me wish I was looking through a telephoto lens so the jets would look bigger and closer.

For a change, it’s all photos for today, folks. So you won’t get tired with my words haha! Enjoy!

Photos taken at the Philippine Hotair Balloon Festival, Omni Aviation Complex, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

Posted 4 years, 7 months ago at 5:31 pm.


The Young, Vibrant, and Colorful Faces of Aliwan Festival 2012

I was looking for a chance to use the 50mm 1.8 lens which I bought second-hand, and the opportunity came last Saturday, in Manila, during the Aliwan Festival 2012 parade. Since it’s a short lens, it requires much leg movements to shoot the subject’s face. So after the parade, my legs were really tired hehe.

The shots I got, though far from being great, make me happy pa rin 🙂 Here are some of the results from my first experiment:

I walked away after the festival with a big smile on my face and a heart hoping that the passion I have sensed while these young people were dancing and chanting during their performances was indication of the pride they have in the place they came from.

Posted 5 years, 6 months ago at 6:09 pm.