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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
23 Sep 2013

Whang Od, age 92, rests at home after making a tattoo (December 2012). Her fingers are stained by mixing charcoal, water and sweet potato used for tattooing.

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Nomads of the Sea 01
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
23 Aug 2013

A turtle is swimming up to get some air close to Kapalai island, Malaysia.

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Relief Operations in Laguna
Laguna, Philippines
By Serene Yordi
21 Aug 2013

Office of Vice President Jejomar Binay together with the volunteers from Project Michelangelo Foundation distributed packed meals to victims of flooding in Binan and San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines on August 21, 2012.

Because of Typhoon Trami and southwest monsoons, there are a lot of families living in evacuation centers.

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Relief operations in Laguna (8 of 9)
Binan, Laguna
By Sherbien Dacalanio
21 Aug 2013

Evacuees heating the packed meal they received from the Office of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

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Relief operations in Laguna (9 of 9)
Binan, Laguna
By Sherbien Dacalanio
21 Aug 2013

Evacuees heating the packed meal they received from the Office of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

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Relief operations in Laguna (6 of 9)
Binan, Laguna
By Sherbien Dacalanio
21 Aug 2013

Peccadillo and bread are distributed to hungry evacuees at Binan Elementary School in Laguna.

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Relief operations in Laguna (7 of 9)
Binan, Laguna
By Sherbien Dacalanio
21 Aug 2013

Peccadillo and bread are distributed to hungry evacuees at Binan Elementary School in Laguna.

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Relief operations in Laguna (3 of 9)
Binan, Laguna
By Sherbien Dacalanio
21 Aug 2013

Evacuees temporarily nestling at Binan Elementary School waits for relief goods.

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Relief operations in Laguna (4 of 9)
Binan, Laguna
By Sherbien Dacalanio
21 Aug 2013

Children evacuees at Binan Elementary School waits for relief to feed their hungry stomachs after Typhoon Trani had devastated them.

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Relief operations in Laguna (2 of 9)
Binan, Laguna
By Sherbien Dacalanio
21 Aug 2013

Veronica Lon, Philippine missions coordinator of Project Michelangelo Foundation distributes packed lunch to evacuees.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami (7 of 8)
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

A makeshift bridge is built to help people pass thru the flooded street in Manila.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami (8 of 8)
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

A woman picking up floating garbage in the flood waters that devastated Espana Blvd. in Manila.

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Typhoon Floods Manila
Manila, Philippines
By Transterra Editor
20 Aug 2013

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Typhoon Trami intensified further and picked up with maximum speed of 95 kph near the center and gustiness at 120 kph and it continues to heighten the effects of southwest monsoon that may last until Thursday.

Based on the PAGASA’s three-day rainfall data, the storm-enhanced southwest monsoon has dumped about 300 millimeters (mm) of rains.

Streets in low areas in Metro Manila are flooded. Financial offices, restaurants, schools and government offices are closed due to flooding.

There are 7 people dead as of this writing due to this disaster.

People living near Marikina River are required for force evacuation due to the river was on alert level 4 due to continuous raining.

Residents near La Mesa dam and Tulyahan River in Quezon City are required to evacuate due to the rising level of waters.

SCTEX Bridge along Pasig, Potrero collapse due to the raging waters.

As of 4:55 p.m, local governments of the following areas affected by floods amid enhanced monsoon rains have declared state of calamity:

METRO MANILA
-Muntinlupa -Pateros -Paranaque

PROVINCES
-Rizal: Taytay, San Mateo -Bataan -Pampanga (entire province) -Cavite (entire province) -Ilocos Sur: Narvacan -Laguna: Biñan, Cabuyao, San Pedro, Calamba, Sta Rosa, Bae, Sta Maria and Los Baños

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

A cat trapped in the flood waters climbs a tree to save itself from the raging waters.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami (4 of 8)
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

A woman picking up floating garbage in the flood waters that devastated Espana Blvd. in Manila.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami (3 of 8)
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

Men picking up floating garbage in the flood waters that devastated Espana Blvd. in Manila.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

People who are trapped at the flooding in Espana Blvd. walks at the middle of the street which is elevated to avoid the deep waters.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami (2 of 8)
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

A convenience store in Morayta, manila is opened despite of flooding and waters had penetrated it's store.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

Heavy and non-stop rains brought by Typhoon Trami and southwest monsoon caused flooding in the Luzon island of the Philippines.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami (5 of 8)
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

A horse calesh traversing the flooded Espana Blvd. cor Lacson St. in Manila.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami (1 of 8)
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

Almost two kilometers stretch of flood in Espana Blvd. in Manila.

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Zip-line And Rappelling At Eiffel Tow...
Norzagaray, Bulacan
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 May 2013

It was in early 2000 when the Guballa family visited the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The elegance and beauty of the famous tower struck them and vouch to built their own Eiffel Tower in their hometown in Norzagaray, Bulacan.

It was in 2012 when they inaugurated their 110 feet version of Eiffel tower with rapelling and zipline features...

Rappelling at Eiffel Tower which is a multi-purpose high angle rappelling tower has 40ft anchoring point in height with 10ft. by 16 ft. in width. Jumping point height is 36 ft., and 22 ft ; designed for maximum of 7 jumpers or rappellers. Another attraction at the Eiffel tower is the Adventure Resort Zipline Challenge which height of the anchoring entry point of zipline is 40ft. and the stopping/endpoint is 12 feet with stairs base line of 6 ft in height by 4 feet, in width by 8ft.

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Eating bats is a delicacy in mountain...
Igbaras, Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
05 May 2013

Life in the far reaching mountainous areas of Iloilo is hard. Transportation is not widely accessible and people live a simple life. Due to poverty and scarce sources of food, as in older days, people eat bats to survive. Fruit bats are considered a delicacy. Poi bat and adobong paniki, deep fried bat with soy sauce, is a thrilling comestible for exotic food lovers.

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Eating bats is a delicacy in mountain...
Igbaras, Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
05 May 2013

Life in the far reaching mountainous areas of Iloilo is hard. Transportation is not widely accessible and people live a simple life. Due to poverty and scarce sources of food, as in older days, people eat bats to survive. Fruit bats are considered a delicacy. Poi bat and Adobong Paniki, deep fried bat with soy sauce, is a thrilling comestible for exotic food lovers.

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Eating bats is a delicacy in mountain...
Igbaras, Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
05 May 2013

Dressed bats ready for cooking the famous adobong paniki (deep fried bats in soy sauce).

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Bats, A Delicacy In The Mountainous R...
Igbaras, Iloilo, Philippines
By U.S. Editor
04 May 2013

Igcabuyao, a village in the province of Iloilo in the Philippines, is a three hour car ride from any main city. The terrain is tough, and transportation inaccessible. People often walk several hours to buy food, and frequently live below the poverty line, growing only peanuts to sustain themselves without outside help.
To keep hunger at bay, locals have for generations turned to an unlikely food source: bats. The village of Igcabuyao is located near six major bat caves, an important resource for their survival.

Fruit bats are considered a delicacy in this area.. Poi bat and Adobong Paniki, deep fried bat with soy sauce, are thrilling dishes for exotic food lovers. Today, bats are frequently served as appetizers in wine bars.

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The Christian death-mask Festival
Oton, Philippines
By Mais Istanbuli
04 May 2013

Katagman refers to the ancient settlers of Western Panay. These settlers have a unique burial ritual in which they placed a gold nose disc and gold eye mask on the bodies of the dead in order to protect the deceased from evil spirits. This ancient ritual has Chinese influences, as the natives had a strong trade relationship with them before the Spaniards conquered the Philippines.

Oton was once at the center of trade routes in the Panay Islands. The community was so prosperous and influenced by the Chinese presence that burial rites using gold artifacts, porcelain and carnelian beads often took place. Many such artifacts have since been discovered.

Following the Spanish conquest of the Philippines, Oton was established in 1572 by the Augustinian Friars, and soon became the center of Spanish administration in Iloilo. Once known as Ogtong, meaning reef or tidal flat, Oton was a missionary base for the conversion of the entire region. This led to the Christianization of the native Katagmans.

The Katagman Festival comprises street dancing, painting and dance theatre competitions, that highlight and showcase Oton's rich historical past.