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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“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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Habakkuk: Torrents of hope

Habakkuk : A photo story

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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.

_DSC1217 copyManang “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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