I've met quite a bunch of interesting people while going around the Philippines – people I had become friends with, people I had learned lessons from, people who had left an impact in my life. But my favorite will always be my encounters with children while on the road. The fleeting moment when I see them in their most natural demeanor, the time I start engaging then on a small talk, the time they start romancing my camera, and finally the sad and quick goodbyes. From these short meet ups, they would usually leave behind profound and very heart-warming photos – the kind of travel photos that never fail to make me smile whenever I do a trip down memory lane.
Here are some of my personal favorite raw and unedited photos. Go on, look, read, and smile (or weep) with me.
|Masbate City, 2012. Saw these school children practicing what appeared to me as a dance prod. They reminded me so much of my grade school days -- the easy-breezy-eight-to-five life.|
|Boracay Island, Aklan, 2010. This charming little girl was building a sand castle along the White Beach when I approached her to say hello. She didn't say a word. She just smiled.|
|Banaue, Ifugao, 2011. While basking in the September sun, with the magnificent rice terraces on the background, I met these two youngsters going for an early morning stroll.|
|Manila, 2010. I was walking along the streets of Malate, with my good friend Risa Miyoshi, when we chanced upon these boys. They were fierce, bold and hungry when they faced our cameras.|
|Calapan City, Mindoro Oriental, 2012. After a day of volunteering, teaching a group of 20 children how to make paper flower and bead a rosary, nothing compares to the feeling of seeing a smile as bright as this one.|
|Zamboanga City, 2012. I bet with everything that I have that he did not enter Mcdonald's to buy the fries. I wonder if there will ever come a time when the Philippines will be street children-free.|
|Bontoc, Mt. Province, 2009. I saw this adorable duo while I was roaming the streets of Bontoc. I fell in love with them instantly.|
|Davao City, 2012. These kids were super show-off. They did head stand and tumbling moves in front my camera. Ahhh, they were just too pleased and happy to be photographed.|
|Sagada, Mt. Province, 2009. My very first close up photo of a child I have met on the road. A young and vibrant Sagadian.|
|Mt. Pinatubo, Zambales, 2009. With my friends May and Megs, meeting these Aeta kids was an awesome surprise along the way.|