Friday, April 29, 2011
I remember once taking an MRT ride where a family of three was beside me. The father, all of a sudden, pointed at something out the window and said "Anak, nakikita mo ba yang building na yan? Nagtrabaho si Daddy diyan para siya matayo." (Son, do you see that building? Your Daddy worked there to make that building rise.)
Romanticized? It sounds so, but it shouldn't. If only proper wages were given to proud workers like this father, as there are many like him, considering how buildings are sprouting like mushrooms both in our backyard and horizons.
And like with all things, it has to be fought for. So hear, hear, for Labor day.
*Construction crane at a building site at Boni-Pioneer
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
It was last year when I caught the shutterbug, so to speak, and took these shots at the street protest marking the new president's State of the Nation Address. Somehow, the questions and issues raised in these images are still relevant. The prices of food, basic commodities, gas, transportation, and education continue to rise. Many people are having a harder time making ends meet, and the majority of the population simply can't. The authorities pay lip-service to human rights, but justice remains elusive for the victims of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, and other unspeakable acts. The criminals in suits and uniforms, especially the ones who have been stealing from the public coffers, continue to get away with it.
I write this, feeling like a broken record. Same old, same old.
And then I remember that May 1 is just around the corner. All over the country and throughout the world, people will commemorate the historic struggles of workers, highlight the urgent issues that continue to plague us, and assert their just demands for change. This is a tradition that I believe in. And maybe, I'll be there, too. Clicking away.
*People listening to President Noynoy Aquino's State of the Nation Address during a street protest. In the second image, a man looks at photos of the union leader, church worker, and the many other activists killed during Gloria Arroyo's administration.
Posted by Jo at 2:54 PM
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Sorry to keep you on hold and for taking so long to reply. I'll try harder to keep my burdens in check and find my voice visually and in my writing. Being on an excursion with you spurs me to photograph and share what I've seen. Once again, I'm keen to embrace the chance to witness the dramatic and the quotidian, and find meanings in the streets.
*Good Friday 2011 in Barangay Lourdes, Angeles City
Posted by Jo at 7:18 AM