1: Even with “bahag” or g-string, it’s more fun to play basketball in the Philippines, especially during the “Ayyoweng di Lamabak ed Tadian” thanksgiving festival held in Tadian, Mt. Province.
2: NATURE is the best playground for these boys as they enjoy a refreshing dip at natural pool of Bokong Falls in the tourist town of Sagada in Mt. Province. Water is a precious resource that upland communities in Mt. Province share.
3: RAINBOW MOUNTAIN. What appears to be two rainbows brighten the sides of Buguias, Benguet province, where an unexpected shower gave the town’s vegetable farms a breather from the hot days brought by the dry season.
4: Men from the Baguio Public Market uses plastic basin to shield themselves from strong rain as they watch the boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley at the big screen in Abanao Square in Baguio.
5: A farmer affix plastic rain sheets to cover a strawberry fields from an incoming storm in La Trinidad, Benguet.
6: POT OF GOLD A small-scale miner takes a break after taking out sacks of gold ore from a tunnel at the Acupan mines in Itogon, Benguet province. But there is still no light at the end of the tunnel for cutting taxes on gold sales.
7: TIRED A small-scale gold miner in Itogon, Benguet sleeps over sacks of milled gold ore ready for panning.
8: HOLY SITE The tower of a Baguio mosque in Barangay Campo Filipino is seen as the sun sets in the mountain resort city. Muslims are expected to start observing the Ramadan.
9: A man in safety outfit walks through the damp grounds of fog-covered Melvin Jones Grand Stand in Baguio City as typhoon ‘Genre’ hits the region.
10: SUNK SIRENS Decorated boats for hire are seen sinking at the man-made lake in Burnham Park in Baguio City as typhoon ‘Genre’ hits hard the region.
11: Members of the Baguio Fire Station help control a water hose as they putting out a fire that broke at the cellular transition room on top of Maharlika building in Baguio City.
12: A father comforts his distressed son along Session Road in Baguio City as heavy rain hits the region.
13: Rose Balansag, 65yrs old, weaving a huge floor mat out of discarded plastic drinking straws along Bonifacio Street in Baguio City.
14: Town elder Karnawan, estimated years of age at around 80’s due to lack of paper works in the old days, shows off her old traditional tattoos in her arms at a village in Maligcong in Mountain Province. These kind of tattoos are common to elderly women in the Cordilleras as it is a part of old traditions and culture.
15: A visitor takes photographs of the Maligcong Rice Terraces in Mountain Province where now is the harvest season.
16: An indigenous woman of Maligcong in Mountain Province places a batch of hand-harvested “pagay” or ripe rice on top of her head during the “panag-gagapas” or harvest season in the province.
17: NIGHT CUPID. A young boy is seen playing with plastic bows and arrows through thick fog during night where this is a typical weather condition in Baguio City.
18: A trader is seen reflected on a hanged mirror as she sorts out different kinds of weaved clothes at the Hangar building in Baguio City.
19: SAVE THY FAITH An image of the child Jesus, revered in many parts of the country as Sto. Niño, makes its way past an alley in the arms of its owner, who carried the icon to safety during a fire that destroyed four houses in Barangay Marcoville in Baguio City on Oct. 12.
20: Baby Rivera is seen lying on a hammock as her father, Eduardo Rivera, 35, and mother Susan Rivera, 23, makes a new batch of ‘walis tambo’ or broom made from home grown tiger grass in Barangay Dalacdac in Municipality of Burgos, La Union.
21: SISTER’S DOLLY. Son of Mr and Mrs Paycao, a broom maker from Barangay Dalacdac in Municipality of Burgos, La Union, is seen staring outside from the second floor of their house where fresh batch of home grown tiger grass are dried just beside.
22: Mandy Ebueza, local surfer of San Juan in La Union, performs a duck dive to prevent himself from being washed away to shore or wiped out by waves during the San Juan Surf Break.
23: HANGING AROUND WITH DAD. A father is seen carrying his daughter along Magsaysay Avenue in Baguio City early morning.
24: As the All Saints Day is coming, Mrs. Normita Tabbal, 56 years old, paints some small tomb stones in Baguio Memorial Park as she babysits her granddaughter. Mrs. Normita has been a caretaker for tombs since 2002.
25: Two young surfers from Barangay Urbiztondo in San Juan, La Union looks out for surf takes a splash from raging waters as the 7th Surf Break of La Union heats up.
26: SURFIN’ LAB. A Labrador Retriever named River rides the waves with surfer Toto Esquibel during the 7th Surf Break in San Juan, La Union, on Sunday. River—owned by Luke Landrigan, who runs the San Juan Surf Resort—has been trained to ride the big waves of the La Union coastline.
27: Visitors are seen among the hundreds of ancient coffins piled together at the Lumiang Burial Cave in Sagada Mountain Province. The cave is connected to another cave called the Sumaguing Cave or “Big Cave”, where thousands of of tourists all over the world visits the place to experience cave spelunking at the cave connections. Whilst the Philippine government places 158 more caves under protection in their list.
28: Two youngsters play with candle fire at tomb inAnglican cemetery in Sagada, Mountain Province, where the local town people gather for “Panag-apoy” (to make fire) at dusk on Thursday, All Saints’ Day. Combining Filipino practices with Anglican church rites, the ritual is intended to give warmth to the souls of the departed.
29: FIRE FOR THE DEAD. The people of Sagada, Mountain Province, gather in a cemetery for “Panag-apoy” (to make fire) at dusk on Thursday, All Saints’ Day. Combining Filipino practices with Anglican church rites, the ritual is intended to give warmth to the souls of the departed.
30: VICTORY FOR USA. Seemingly a celebration scene, but just a man checking out a USA flag sold at the sidewalk “wag-wagan” (second hand thrift shops) at Hilltop in Baguio City.