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 were being sold at exhibits at higher prices without their knowledge, and in some cases were used by certain foreign groups to obtain funding.
“We are not artifacts,” stressed Roy Bacani, a kagawad and a leading community representative in Nabuklod.
This time, though, I was allowed to take photos because they were needed for a project.