“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! 😀
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.
(Photo Essay by: Louise Litonjua and Gian Nazario)