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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
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! 😉
Serenity turns nimble
As dawn wanes
Life on the streets
On the go
Surged on the scene
One early morning
Merged among the hustles
Of scurrying furs
One corner stales
Tip of an eye
The one on the left,
Someone squats still
The hurrying blurs
In an omnibus.
I had seen.
Is it a greet,
Or a grin.
His eyes blink enigma
Captured another stigma
Of this borrowed camera
Only prints a porn
A little drama
A riddle, an illusion
Back to enigma.
Trying to find focus
His veins turned
I was shunned.
The enigma was real.
Reality slammed finally
As arms, boots, and elbows
Back to enigma
Is it a greet,
Or a grin.
Is he still
or had too much
He kept still.
Only his gaze
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
via Street Sweeper
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
Street Night Photography
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.
Habakkuk : A photo story
Hope is not only seen on canvas of rainbows and green leaves and clear skies.
There is hope found waiting in the presence of the rain. Hope is when we halt colorful words, and listen to silence. A whisper of the wind is enough for the day.
When each soul does not need a word to speak, and every inch of an unsettled breath is enough to tell, “I’ll be closer, it will be fine, even not today, I know someday…” hope comes to life and reality is better than a picture or a poetry.
The face of calamity patiently waits in the presence of torrents and thunders; drought and death; necessities and uncertainties.
Manang “Victoria” (right side), not her real name, is one of the evacuees after Ompong swept their properties in Itogon, Benguet. More than 100 families found shelter in Pacalso Elementary School (source: AMPHS volunteers). Though each person in the evacuation site holds many different background and personal stories, she represents those who are like her, who will leave the center and will find another home outside Itogon. The Itogon and Benguet Province Local Government Unit has ordered that the standard number of days for evacuation centers is 5-7 days maximum.
The barangays or communities which were impaired by the landslide is still too dangerous to welcome back people who once and always lived there. The members and the families, including “Manang Victoria”, of Ucab, Balatoc and other isolated areas in Itogon, and then Benguet, will have to find home among relatives, or other dwelling places in near and even farther region. Knowing someday, Manang Victoria hopes that she’ll be able to go back to the place she always calls her “home.”
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