Photoshoots for a Book Project

Pictorial glimpses of childhood and innocence while taking photoshoots for an upcoming coffee table book project on the connectivity of waters, peoples and cultures in Muslim Mindanao.


“Like the Simorg in Fariduddin al-‘Attar’s ‘Mantiq al-Tayr,’ the Sarimanok will rise and soar high again by means of knowing its true self,” said Orak as he’s looking through the window.

Daughter of a Yakan textile weaver, this small girl was requested to perform Pangalay (“Pakiringa-pakiring”) dance for which she received some money from the spectators. After the performance I asked her for a selfie which she gladly accepted with a smile. Thereafter, I whispered to her, “Let’s divide the money you have collected between us two, okay?” She just stealthily left me – without any smile anymore. 

Learning how to play the kulintang ideally begins at childhood.

A visage of childhood and innocence.

The photographer – professional or not – is truly an unsung heroine of events and occasions. She’s a gallant warrior whose formidable weapons are camera lenses and right angles. She’s a zealous missionary whose lofty mission is to capture non-retractable moments and instances in our lives. She is an ardent lover who is infatuated with imagery, enamored by panorama, and enchanted by vista. Her favorite serenade is “Ready, one, two, click!”
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