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Friday, September 18, 2009

Philippines: Everyday Life for the Native People

One of the saddest things about the Philippines is the massive amount of poverty here. The first time I came I had a very hard time, it was a culture shock and it has impacted me greatly. This time it was a tiny bit easier because I knew what to expect. Something that I love about the Philippine culture is their dedication to family. They may not have much but what they do have gets shared equally and the ingenuity to make do with what they have, the creativity there is really amazing to me.

Here are some random shots of country life that I thought were interesting in the Philippines that I shot throughout my trip.

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THE COUNTRYSIDE ALMOST MAKES ME CRY IN JOY IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL

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ENDLESS FIELDS OF RICE REMIND ME OF THE CORN FIELDS BACK HOME

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HE LOOKED SO PEACEFUL WATCHING OVER HIS COWS

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TOP VIEW RICE FIELD

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THIS SINGLE FARMER SPREADS OUT HIS RICE BY HAND TO DRY BEFORE DESHELLING IT

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THE LARGER LAND OWNERS PAY SOMEONE ELSE TO DRY THEIR RICE FOR THEM

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A WORKER CARRYING COCONUT HUSKS TO BE BURNED TO MAKE CHARCOAL

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THE PEOPLE HERE COVER MANGOS FOR EXPORT WITH NEWSPAPER SO WE GET UNBLEMISHED FRUIT IN THE STATES

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CAN YOU IMAGE COVERING EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF FRUIT ON A TREE (THEY DON'T COVER THE TREES OF THE MANGOS THEY USE IN THEIR MARKETS)

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AN OLD WOMAN BEGGING FROM CAR TO CAR FOR SPARE CHANGE

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FISHERMEN TAKE OUT THEIR HANDMADE BOAT TO CATCH DINNER

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EVERYONE HAND WASHES THEIR LAUNDRY IN THE RIVER AND LEAVES THEM OUT IN THE HEAT TO DRY

Ah the city life here is insanely crazy. Imagine a cross between New York without any rules or regulations. It is complete chaos.

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BIKES AND MOTORCYCLES ARE THE MAIN WAY OF TRAVELING HERE

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YOU EVEN SEE THE HORSE AND BUGGY STILL USED

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MINI BUSSES CALL JEEPNEY'S ARE USED FOR PUBLIC TRANSPERTATION

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THE MADNESS ON THE STREETS IS UNPARALLELED

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AT OUR HOTEL THE OPULENCE OF OUR SURROUNDINGS ARE PROTECTED BY A TOWERING CEMENT WALL WITH BROKEN GLASS

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ECONOMICAL USE OF SPACE

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EVEN IN THE CITY THE LAUNDRY IS HUNG EVERYWHERE

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I DON'T EVEN WANT TO THINK OF THE MASSIVE FIRE HAZARD HERE WITH ALL THESE ELECTRICAL WIRES

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