PHOTO CHALLENGE # 7 | Case Study | Portraiture


“Mag-isa ako pero hindi ako lonely…”

In a certain street along Blumentritt, Manila lives a 62 year-old lost artist who goes by the name of Rodolfo Encarnador or “Bebot”, as everyone would call him. A homeless artist, a painter, and a signage maker who believes in the essence and importance of Art.
Art has been said to be ‘an expression of both hope and despair’, which embodies all facets of the human condition.

It is most commonly associated with pieces of work in a gallery or museum, whether it’s a painting from the Renaissance or a modern sculpture. However, there is so much more to art than what we see displayed in galleries. The truth is, without being aware of it, we are surrounded by art and we use it on a continual basis.

In my encounter with Bebot through an activity and as he tells his story, I learned that most people don’t realize how much of a role art plays in our lives and just how much we rely on art in all of its forms in our everyday lives.

Art is the only constant companion of Bebot throughout his journey.




I tried doing a 30 day writing challenge before, and I faaaaailed! 😦
So, I was browsing through my reader and saw a new one which seems easier and more fun too.
I hope I finish this challenge for real! 😀

Photo Challenge #3 | ARAW NG MAYNILA : Reflections of My City Today

Jammed Manila: A Photo Essay

“A healthy city is a passable one.”

As our beloved city progresses–may it be for the better or worst, the value of space has been compromised.

Street vendors have occupied pavements making walking not a habit for most Manileños.

Aside from street vendors, public utility vehicles, such as jeeps and motorized pedicab (kuliglig) have occupied pedestrian lanes and sidewalks intended for the walking public.

Despite the efforts of the City Government of Manila to regulate street vendors, stubborn and illegal vendors still insist to place their merchandise along prohibited areas.

Up to now, the issue of Manila being a congested city is being taken for granted by its citizenry. Moreover, the lack of interest among Manileños is one of the factors that contributes to the never-ending problem of the city.

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(Photo Essay by: Louise Litonjua and Gian Nazario)

Hindi tayo si Popoy at si Basha

Mga Salitang Balbal Ng Batang Ligaw


Hindi tayo si Popoy at si Basha.
Dalawang tao lamang tayo na pinagtagpo ng kasaysayan at pagkakataon.
Na kailanma’y hindi na muli magkukrus ang mga landas.
Dahil hindi tayo tauhan sa gawa gawang pelikula na naniniwalang may happy ending.
Na may pagtatagpo matapos ang mahabang prusisyon.
Na umaasa sa mga bagay na kailanman hindi naman na maibabalik pa.

Hindi tayo si Popoy at si Basha.
Narito na tayo sa bagong yugto,
Na kung saan may kanya-kanya na tayong kabanata at pag-iral.
Na kung saan kailangan na nating tuldukan ang napakahabang pangungusap.
Dahil salungat na ang kwento ng buhay nating dalawa.
Ikaw, patungong paglimot at paghilom.
Ako, naiwan dito na wasak at miserable.

Hindi tayo si Popoy at si Basha.
Tapos na akong umasa na sana ako nalang.
Sana ako nalang ulit.
Lunod na ako sa kamandag ng serbesang naging kaibigan ko sa malulungkot na mga gabi;
Puwing na sa…

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If he gives you a good talk about how he’d like to commit to you or how he wants to settle down with you someday, but he doesn’t actually take action to make it happen, it’s best to cut your losses and move on.

Sure, life can get in the way of the best plans sometimes. But if you look back on all your time together and see nothing but a trail of broken promises in the wake of all his good talk, then you need to realize that the relationship isn’t going anywhere.

And if he is only lukewarm about committing to you, then it’s time to leave.