“Mano Po”, photo by Jenifer Lie
A young girl in a coastal village in Taytay, Palawan runs into an elder and performs the mano, a gesture of respect. She slightly bows and presses the elder’s extended right hand on her forehead. The image of an electric power meter in the foreground melds with other images in my mind of rituals by rural folks who are precariously holding on to dear life. Similar to hand-kissing, mano is a common custom in Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia and Malaysia. As an Indonesian student in the Philippines, witnessing common expressions like this in a foreign land provides me with a sense of belonging and a re-imagination of places I could call home. This photo was taken in May 2013.
Jenifer Lie is a masteral student in Media Studies (Broadcast Communication) at the University of the Philippines Diliman. A Chinese- Indonesian based in Manila, she is interested in postcolonialism, humanitarian causes, and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues. She freelances as a TV producer, photographer and writer for media in Indonesia, Taiwan and the Philippines.
"Pakiramdam": Notes about the photo by Mary Jocelyn L. Tarnate
The tides intertwine with the daily existence of the people of Batasan Island in Tubigon, Bohol. Growing up, they have been taught the value of understanding sunrise, sunsets, the sea and the moon.
In this photo, taken in May 2012, the children, Ayeng, Kim-Kim and Fritz, accompanied by veteran fisher, Arnel, watch the waves closely to check if it is safe to dive into the waters off the reef of Kanjaru in Batasan.
Although the sea gives them life, they are also aware of other things the sea might bring.
Mary Jocelyn L. Ternate, or Jen, is a graduate of B.A. Broadcast Communication in the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is doing freelance photography, videography and production management, mainly on issues about social spaces and representation. She has contributed works in different venues such as Amnesty International, the Czech Embassy, and Lifestyle Network. She has participated in video installations such as Yason Banal’s A Reading of Brightness, Dark Clouds, Surrounding in the Cultural Center of the Philippines and in Kiri Dalena’s Save Messages in the Ateneo Art Gallery, among others.
Front cover photo: While waiting to be called abroad, a young Muslim recruit in Salam Compound, Quezon City plays with her paper cutout doll.
Back cover photo: Waiting in Salam. A young Muslim woman sitting on top one of the unfinished houses in Salam Compound, Quezon City.
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Jose Rizal's sketch of Talisay, Dapitan; Back view of the Oblation (M.P.E. Palis); Pictures of Mariano Ponce and Jose Rizal cropped from their photograph with Marcelo H. del Pilar; Photo of school children in a public elementary school in Metro Manila (G. Lanuza/C. Degocionan).
On the Cover: A bedecked house for the Agawan Festival, Sariaya, Quezon, photo by Ma. Corazon P. Rodriguez; "TAYONG NAGMAMAHAL SA ATING WIKANG SINUSO" (salin mula sa Kapampangan) [We who love the language of our early suckling." (trans. from Kapampangan)]; "Man In The Rain" photo by savit keawtavee, FreeDigitalPhotos.net; cartoon by Jay L. Batongbacal.