Faith in the Suman of Baculud

Urban legend has it that before the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the early 90’s, some jeepney drivers that passed late at night on the road along the now-buried Don Bosco Academy of Pampanga in Cabalantian experienced several appearance of a ghost—a lady “draped” in white that terrorized commuters during that time. Sometimes mistaken as…

Lichun Kawali & Lesingan a Ema

One of the most exciting things that make me write regularly on this blog is when I write about food and the cook.  A lot of people especially the Kapampangans find featuring of food and recipe very interesting. In fact, the subject feeds a lot of personal messages on my FACEBOOK account from people who…

Duman: The Golden Rice

Nung Alayu ing Amiam, Eya Lunto Ing Duman, (Without the monsoon, the Duman will not yield)  as they say. But to Yolly Miranda Pineda who served as a town mayor of Sta. Rita, Pampanga, the old saying is more than poetic as it connotes a deeper meaning about life and idealism. ” We can always say…

The House of Lucie (Multimedia)

Presenting to you the video I created in promoting the House of Lucie in Bangkok. The gallery showcases a compendium of works from the Masters of Photography.   House of Lucie Teaser (1 minute) from TheFilmAcademy ofPampanga on Vimeo.

Sisig: Where did this gastronomic sizzler come from?

Published September 29, 2014 9:03pm It is an extremely popular dish, with variations to be found in every region and a growing number of fans abroad. But not everybody knows where sisig originated. The word can be traced to as early as 1732, in a Kapampangan dictionary compiled by Agustinian Fray Diego Bergaño. He defines sisig…

Aetas in Pampanga: ‘We are not artifacts’

Published November 11, 2016 12:21pm The last time I visited the Aeta communities in Nabuklod, Floridablanca and Pasbul, Porac, I was warned by the elders that we should refrain from photographing them as it was an abuse of their culture and an exploitation of their ethnicity. They stopped allowing photographs after finding out that the photos…

From Nachtwey to Avedon: Exhibit brings together 200 iconic photographs

An exhibition of more than 200 extraordinary images by the worlds’ most famous photographers was recently launched in Bangkok. The exhibit is presented by the Lucie Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps promote photography and emerging photographers, at its gallery the House of Lucie. It features both original prints and the published works of acclaimed…

THE IPA Gallery

More than a decade ago, I was a huge fan of IPA.I was always fascinated with the inspiring images it produces annually as a worldwide platform to showcase talent and revolutionary ideas in the world of photography. Photography has always inspired me to give tongue to my ideas and idealism. I always wanted to build…