Typhoon Washi, locally known as “Sendong” hit the southern Philippines on December 16, 2011 triggering flash floods and landslides which resulted into 1,268 confirmed dead in the rampaging floodwaters brought by the tropical storm.
A major island in southern Philippines that was made synonymous to war and terrorism by the western world, Mindanao is a place unconquered by outsiders until the Americans came in during the turn of the century.
Flagellantism began as a militant pilgrimage and was later condemned by the Catholic church as a heretical practice .The practice had it’s origins in the 13th and 14th centuries. Flagellation is a form of penance in the church for sinners to atone for their sins.
A solid mass of humanity awaits the feast of the Black Nazarene every 9th of January, considered one of the most spectacular religious events that takes place in the Philippine Calendar.
It’s a common perception amongst us mortals to think of cemeteries and graveyards as eerie places to find ourselves in at. Throughout our history from folklore to pop culture; to even the devout and the pagans; mankind has established any burial grounds as something that is hallowed for the departed.
I had the most profound changes in life in being a father. And change isn’t always an easy thing. I think all first-time dads feel this spectrum of emotions from self-doubt and fear to excitement and fulfillment in their new role.
An interview with Filipino photojournalist John Javellana about his project on life in the Vitas, Tondo dumpsite.
Today, Filipinos still lift everything on the ‘divine’. May it be a result of an examination, daily grace, or resuscitation of life, it is all prayed upon.