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Photos from the Fluvial Parade in Bula, General Santos City

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IT’S ONLY on January 15 that you would see over 300 fishing vessels cruising Sarangani Bay in a seemingly choreographed manner. That’s all because of the Feast of Sto. Niño,  the patron saint of the people of Bula, General Santos City.



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Not your ordinary day out with the kids. This father takes his kids out into the Sarangani Bay where fishing vessels wait for the fluvial parade to start.



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One thing is sure– this man is a Kobe Bryant fan or at least one of his kin is. Devotees usually dress up their Niños during the feast, and this man chose a yellow Lakers jersey.

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Finding a boat to ride during the fluvial parade is a difficult task. You are a chance passenger. No, it’s worse. You are a chance passenger who faces the risk of getting drowned. Your “pakura” (a banca) might just get overturned by the waves or unbalanced distribution of weight. You better be sure you know how to swim. Moreover, should you be lucky enough to find a vessel that will let you in, it might just be as crowded as this.

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Fire Dancer


I WAITED for the perfect moment and I wasn’t disappointed. I caught a shot of this fire dancer shortly after he breathed fire.

The dancer was one of the participants in a local talent showdown called, “Syagit sa Kasadya,” (Shout for Joy) as part of the 11th Kasadyaan Festival, the 41st Foundation Anniversary of my hometown, Alabel, Sarangani Province.

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Colorful Costumes


WHILE SCANNING my files, I came across this photo of my fellow participants in an English Language Camp. We were asked to perform a cultural presentation during the culmination night. My group decided to present a T’boli dance. The females, however, wore B’laan Costumes. The male one wears T’nalak, a T’boli cloth. The T’bolis and B’laans are local cultural groups here in Southern Mindanao.

We had a quick shoot at the lawn before our performance. The photo above is one of my better shots.

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A Kid from Paraiso

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WE WENT to Barangay Paraiso this morning for a tree-planting activity. Paraiso means Paradise. It is part of the 4,701-hectare Calminda Watershed. An agro-forestry model project is located there.

Aside from planting trees, the team also distributed food and some candies for the kids there. Waiting in the queue was this girls who already bathed in sweat due to the very hot weather. The kids had to walk uphill about half a kilometer through a dirt road under the heat of the sun to for the joy of eating snacks from the town below.

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Wood Gatherers

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THIS IS a photo I took over a year ago at Sinawal, General Santos City. I saw a group of girls gathering sticks, which I guess they will use as firewood. The photo reveals the reaction of typical barrio lasses upon seeing a person with a camera. They scampered in all directions to avoid my lens, but the one in the middle seemed have been left with no choice.

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