Sunday, April 4, 2010

Banaue: Facets and Faces

One of the most valuable things you discover when traveling is the fact that everything is relative. Ask a local how far a certain place is from where you are and chances are, if he says it's just near like about a 30 minute hike away, it's likely to be 60 minutes following your pace.  The picture above is a concession to us lowlanders -- a hut that houses the wood-fired stove for heating our bath water.  Consider the fact that the Sunday we were there at the Ethnic Village, locals from surrounding areas were trickling in to swim in the cold spring-fed pools!  Talk about the feeling of coldness being relative.  Why, even the roaches were coming out of the woodwork because the El NiƱo phenomenon is making the weather warmer than the highland people (and creatures) are accustomed to.

Meeting people on the road, I also find out that beauty is indeed relative.  The people here wear unadorned, warm smiles that belie the cold clime. No perfect, pearly white teeth; no rosy white skin that came from a bottle; just unadulterated innocence and honesty.  I just supplied the titles but honestly, no captions are really needed.  Click on the individual image/s to see a larger version.

Bokiawan Girl

Hapao Boy with the Almond Eyes


Aparanga-O Mumbaki



Viewpoint Lola
Bokiawan Lolo

17 comments:

Traveler on Foot said...

What beatiful portraits Ogie! You can see God's face in these children. Happy Easter to you and your family Ogie.

witsandnuts said...

You always take nice portraits. Btw, I liked your blog's new theme.

Happy Easter!

lagalog said...

Hey Glenn, happy Easter to you and your family, too :D Thanks for dropping by.

Hi Wits, thanks so much. Glad you liked the new theme. The old one was over two years old so I felt like making a change especially with the new features of Blogger. Happy Easter!

Andrea said...

Hi Oggie, it's different when something is portrayed thru a different eye. I sensed a different feeling in seeing these, than earlier when i saw them in their environment. Umangat ang kanilang kahulugan!

lagalog said...

Hi Nids :D glad I was able to make you see them in a new perspective. I think I shoot them with that viewpoint in mind, that they're beautiful by themselves and I am praying the camera would capture that innocence, that beauty for others to see. Happy Easter!

SandyCarlson said...

Your portraits are as amazing as your thoughts. Thank you. Sometimes I think we must go away awhile to better appreciate home.

lagalog said...

Thanks Sandy. I agree with you, at times, going away gives you a better appreciation of what you have.

the donG said...

it proves that living a simple life, one can still be happy.

Photo Cache said...

All is relative indeed. You should be holding your own exhibit someday, if you already didn't have one.

Have a great summer.

Ferdz said...

Lovely Portraits Og! Haha I remember those forest cockroaches. Buti they're not as icky as those in Manila :P

lagal[og] said...

Dom, indeed, we can be happy in being simple. Come to think of it, the simplest people can be the happiest.

lagal[og] said...

Photo Cache, thanks so much. That comment made my day. Am still searching for a sponsor/s for that exhibit :D Have a great summer, too!

Ferdz, thanks. I remember the forest roaches as well. Di nga sila nakakadiri like the ones we have here in the city.

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

pangalawang pagkakataon ko!

ganda nung tema ng header!

lagalog said...

Salamat Lito sa pagdalaw :D

Sidney said...

Lovely portraits !

Lawstude said...

time and again i will always say that you are probably the most talented portraitist (imbentong term) i have ever met. ibang klase eh, tatak ogs talaga.

lagalog said...

Oman :D

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