107/365: This afternoon’s colors

april 17
A “merienda” (snack) place near where I live. I love the smells, sounds and the feel of this street whenever I walk around here especially in the afternoon. 

59/365: Supremo

59/365: Supremo

I was walking with my friend along Philcoa overpass and saw this amazing mural of Andres Bonifacio aka “Supremo”. It was painted by artist friends from Philippine Collegian. I remember they had this awesome freedom wall in our office back in UP (too bad, it was repainted. must post the “rewind” pic soon!)

After college, these guys formed an art collective called “Gerilya” (Guerilla) and they’ve been bringing life to street walls ever since!

Rewind: An early hearts day post

I used to teach at a university near the old downtown Manila where everything–people, jeepneys, and vendors bustle about. These photos were taken after work / after school on Valentine’s day last year. It was kind of “a date with my camera”, an attempt to capture the “hearts day mood” as I walked around for an hour on my way to the bus stop. I was fascinated to see almost everyone rushing, carrying flowers, heart balloons, chocolates, bears, roses… and I love how the mood of a place changes as the sun goes down.

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21/365: A dream come true!

Mmm! Yay for being part of such fantastic photo book!
Photo by John Lucas Reyes
I love photo books and getting parcels especially if it’s free and my photo’s on it!

Thank you Aday.org for sending me a copy of my first photo to be published in a photo book. It’s an honor to be one of the 1,000 images selected from 100,000 submissions around the world.

Last May 15, 2012, thousands and thousands of people  from 165 countries picked up their cameras and documented their day to join Aday.org. It’s quite an exciting idea to see pictures of one day taken by different people in different places so I gave it a shot. I uploaded 10 pictures on their website without knowing the selected pictures will be published in a book.
But my most favorite is the picture below, a scene that really captured my heart that day… 
Boys sleeping soundly amidst a busy train station in Vito Cruz, Manila.

It took me several shots to get this moment when the boy stretched. I was afraid I would wake them up and was struck by the irony of the scene. It reminds me of lullabies, childhood afternoon naps, but the lingering question on my mind as I walked away was “How far could homelessness go?” People can be a bit too busy to take notice.

My photo on page 36.
Again, thank you.
My mother, overwhelmed with the 512-pages thick book!
Shadow couldn’t believe it!

Now I take this dream come true as a challenge to create more images and the start of making my own photo book come alive! 🙂