Aetas in Pampanga: ‘We are not artifacts’

photoPublished 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.

Organized by the International Photography Awards and the De La Salle College of St. Benilde AB Photography Department, the project entails searching for a student from an IP community to be awarded a four-year scholarship for a full degree course in photography.

This time, though, I was allowed to take photos because they were needed for a project.

Organized by the International Photography Awards and the De La Salle College of St. Benilde AB Photography Department, the project entails searching for a student from an IP community to be awarded a four-year scholarship for a full degree course in photography.  To read more about this, click here.

 

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