Against the Current

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Against the current. Fermar Andrada, a junior student, does not mind people passing against him while doodling his favorite characters on the pavement. Every Sunday people of Baguio releases their creativity with chalks while enjoying a walk. The single lane on Sundays at Session Road had united the people of the city on these days.

Ever since that Session Road closes one lane from motorists every Sunday, people are seen coming together to enjoy the freedom to stroll, and conduct different activities. A common idea exist among creative individuals of Baguio who find the street as a blackboard or a canvas to paint and sketch doodles, pictures, or any expressions on the pavement using colored chalks.

Meet, Fermar Andrada, a third year college student who spent his time this afternoon

 

finishing drawings of his favorite online game characters. The street served as his big canvas for him to release some stress and anxiety he felt before the examination week begins at the university he goes to.

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Fermar did not mind people passing against him. He drew as mush as he could. People could see his passion while doodling on the solid round.

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Parallels Meet ( a poetry)

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This is my community
photo @gerbaymax. Longlong, La Trinidad Benguet, Philippines. nokia1. mobile photography.

 

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“Dissecting the Blades”: ‘Mang Yuli’ Leaf Blade

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Barung – Leaf blade and the Gigunting – Long grass knife; these are traditional Filipino blades. Forged in fire by hands of a true legend, a real master of blade arts, GM Yuli Romo (follow his story …).

These blades, lesser known in the Filipino culture dissect a long lived and long kept tradition of our fellow Filipinos from Cebu … in Camotes Islands particularly… The art of blade fighting, a practice of original Filipino settlers in the south hundreds of years ago.

 

 

 

The Master Yuli Romo is not only a legendary bladesmith, he is also a true blade fighter, an heir to an indigenous tradition of bloodline of warriors from a clan among Tausugs…

Know more about GM Yuli and his traditional art in our feature story: “Finding an Ancient Art…”. 

There is more about Filipino’ History you need to know. Stay tuned and follow our stories for more discoveries yet to be told.

Connect with us for more info about #GMYuliblades. Email us, comment below to know how to get customize and personal blades of GM Yuli. 🙂

Connect with GM Yuli @ GM Yuli Romo page

 

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Creative Sleepy

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Creative Sleepy.Malcolm Square, Baguio City. 2018 (Nikon 3100)

Too much to drink? No ride home? Or just being creative?

‘Cause why not? In this city where it is full of creative individuals, you can be also creative in your sleep. 🙂 Individuals taking a nap at the benches set up at Malcolm Square in Baguio City is not unusual. This place welcomes people from all sorts of background, artists and sleepers alike! :))

Sleep tight my friend! 😉

 

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Seen & Stare

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Serenity turns nimble

As dawn wanes

Hours ago

Life on the streets

Begins. Everybody’s

On the go

Surged on the scene

One early morning

Merged among the hustles

Of scurrying furs

And muscles

I’ve seen.

One corner stales

Tip of an eye

The one on the left,

Caught something

Someone squats still

The hurrying blurs

Suddenly focused

Someone stares

In an omnibus.

I had seen.

Is it a greet,

Or a grin.

His eyes blink enigma

Captured another stigma

The lenses

Of this borrowed camera

Only prints a porn

A little drama

A riddle, an illusion

All entertaining

Through illumination

Back to enigma.

Standing still

Trying to find focus

His veins turned

Gaze slurred

Shutter burned

I was shunned.

The enigma was real.

Reality slammed finally

As arms, boots, and elbows

Shook me.

Back to enigma

Is it a greet,

Or a grin.

Is he still

or had too much

to feel.

He kept still.

Only his gaze

His grin

His scene

Is moving, bustling

His own enigma.

Only he can tell

If it’s a greet

Or a grin

Or he grits

For he doesn’t

Choose this scene

Is it a smile

Is it a whine

Or he warns

I’ve been seen.

And stares deemed,

I had seen, and stare

From those who

scrolled pass him

It’s sinister.

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Street Sweeper

via Street Sweeper

Street Sweeper by Grassroots’ Advocate

Strictly Street…

Found here are photos I took from the streets.To tell my story I have to tell it from the street, strictly street.

About the Sweeper’s journey…

I’m a trying hard, undergrad, amateur… novice student of Photography… I’m an advocate. I learn by doing and and grow through failing. Not my best masterpieces, even so… Welcome to my gallery! – grassrootsadvocate

Re-‘Sili’-ence

Street Night Photography

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Re’sili’ence. I love this photo for its contrasting element. Red-hot chili peppers, natively known as “siling lauyo” is a staple among Filipino dining tales. (Nikon3100.f5/6.ISO400.1/2sec.)

Re-sili-ence. Every year, when the “ber” months approach, supplies in the country, big or small, no matter what kind or type, their costs continue to change.

The siling labuyo, this small, but loved-by-all commodity shook every pinoy foodie’s attention by the hike in its price.

While inflation causes heightened concerns among Filipinos, there are a lot of factors which affect increase among prices. The Philippines is vulnerable to threats caused by Economic, political, social, and natural disturbances like weather and other disasters.

There is a great call for resilience among the people. One of the suggested innovation every household can do is the planting of mini vegetation or “plant on pots” or plant boxes in the people’s backyard.

The real concerns which flood Filipino consciousness is that planting is only realized among farming communities. People in the urban areas find it hard to visualize this practice especially in houses which mostly built with no vegetative space or soils around their area.

More than the ways on how-to’s in solving problems within different aspects in the community, being “innovative” is one attitude common among Filipinos of every generation that has to be revived and relived. Once every pinoy get to realize her/his true value and capability, true resilience would be a reality and not just a projection, propaganda or policy.