Tag Archives: Philippines

Wawi Navarroza

Wawi Navarroza

Wawi Navarroza is a contemporary artist and photographer with her pieces exhibited in Europe, Russia, and Asia. Wawi is also multi-awarded, she has received numerous awards for her work, with Saturnine winning in the Ateneo Art Awards in 2007 and Polysaccharide a finalist in 2006. Abroad, she won “Con Otros Ojos” Concurso Fotografico in Barcelona, Spain. Wawi was also named Best in Photography in the 54th Art Association of the Philippines Art Competitions in 2001

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Jun Abe photographer

Street Photographer Jun Abe visits Manila, Philippines 1980’s

Manila, Philippines. August, 1983. Then President Ferdinand Marcos just lifted Martial Law a few years prior but still hold absolute power over the Philippines. The country was in a state of constant flux due to President’s’ aggressive development plans under his dictatorship. This dictatorship was met with heavy opposition from his political rivals. Most notable is Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. It is in this month that Ninoy was shot dead in the then called Manila International Airport. With political turmoil and social instability plaguing the country, it was in this period when Jun Abe, armed with his camera, photographed the city of Manila. Read more

Filipinos and Coney Island

Claire Prentice book,The Lost Tribe of Coney Island‘, is an extraordinary read and uncovers and examines 1905 Coney Island. In 1905, hundreds of indigenous people from the Philippines were put on display in various entertainment venues, to run a series of ritual dances and fun for the spectators. Racism, slavery and many other explanations are behind this type of entertainment, which treated the man like an animal circus. Prentice book researching the incredible attractions on offer at America’s most famous amusement park in the early 1900s she discovers a wonderful fantasy world. Nothing, and I mean nothing, was too spectacular, outlandish or bizarre for Coney in its heyday. Read more

Xyza Cruz Bacani Documentary photographer

Filipino maid captures dreams through photography

Filipino’s are considered hard working, loyal and devoted people, when Filipino’s leave their country for a new life as a domestic worker, they don’t expect a life of abuse and to be treated like modern slaves.

Former domestic worker Xyza Cruz Bacani turned to documentary photography to bring to the attention ‘the grass isn’t always greener on the other side’. Xyza Cruz Bacani will be exhibiting her photographs at a 900 square feet exhibition entitled ‘Hidden Hope’ which is her story about domestic workers abuse in Hong Kong. Read more