4th Photography Grand Winners

  • SAYAW SA APOY
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    SAYAW SA APOY

    (Alfonso, Cavite) | The Sayaw sa Apoy or firedancing is an old custom of dancing for which the town of Alfonso in Cavite has become famous. The firedance is part of Cavite’s Sanghiyang Festival which is rooted from the idea of ancestral offering in the Old Testament. There used to be a lot of locals who perform firedance but as time passed, only a handful still observe this time-honored tradition.

  • MELODIES OF THE UPLAND FOLKLORE
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    MELODIES OF THE UPLAND FOLKLORE

    (Tadian, Mountain Province) | Rural folks from different barangays in Tadian, Mountain Province celebrate the 'Ayyoweng Di Lambak Ed Tadian' (Music for Thanksgiving in Tadian). The festival showcases Tadian’s cultural heritage and way of life. It likewise highlights the spirit of bayanihan in the community through the locals’ voluntary participation in various tasks. One of this is building the binangi, an A-type Igorot ethnic house which is being built with the use of organic materials and traditional carpentry methods.

  • PINOY BAYANIHAN
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    PINOY BAYANIHAN

    (Montalban, Rizal) | Bayanihan is a long-established tradition and one of the remarkable traits of Filipinos – that of 'helping a neighbor in need.' It dates back to the time when members of a community volunteer to help a family move their traditional house called bahay kubo from one place to another without expecting anything in return.

  • A LEAP OF FAITH
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    A LEAP OF FAITH

    (MacArthur Park, Palo, Leyte) | In Abuyog, Leyte, children gleefully participate in the game Luksong Tinik with their peers. In this traditional street game which remains to be popular in many rural areas, two base players use their feet and hands as obstacles which other players have to jump over without touching the base players’ feet or hands. The game progresses by increasing the height of the obstacles, making it more challenging.

  • GOLD
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    GOLD

    (Bacolod City) | At daybreak, a man herds his carabao (water buffalo) to the field for another day of farm work.

  • 1,2,3 GO!
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    1,2,3 GO!

    (Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur ) | Young boys from Bahbah, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur outpace one another in a kadang-kadang race, a popular outdoor game in the Philippines which uses bamboo stilts to test one’s speed and balance.

  • CHARCOAL MAKING
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    CHARCOAL MAKING

    (Tinagacan, Sarangani Province) | A man makes charcoal out of empty coconut shells. Coco charcoal had been widely used then in several rural houses as their cooking fuel. Though many households now commonly use gas or electricity, some still opt to employ the old-fashioned way of cooking.

  • DALA
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    DALA

    (Angat River, Bulacan) | Dala is the Tagalog term for throw net, a fisherman's reliable companion for a bountiful catch.

  • TROMPO
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    TROMPO

    (Quezon City) | With the advent of modern electronic games, a number of young boys still play the larong trumpo (playing top) which was a very popular childhood game in the Philippines.

  • JOLEN
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    JOLEN

    (Camarines Sur) | Before the advent of modern technology and electronic games, playing with these multi-colored miniature marbles or jolen was one of the favorite past times of Filipino children.

  • LAWA-LAWA
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    LAWA-LAWA

    (Asin Road, Baguio City) | Two young boys engage in a friendly match by pitting their pet spiders (lawa-lawa) against each other. Spider fight used to be a popular game in the countryside.

  • MGA NAHULING TUTUBI
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    MGA NAHULING TUTUBI

    (San Juan City) | Catching dragonflies is one of the fondest childhood memories of several Filipino kids who grew up in the countryside.

  • KADANG-KADANG
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    KADANG-KADANG

    (Mabalacat, Pampanga) | Children competitively outperform each other in a race using the kadang-kadang, a pair of ten-feet tall bamboo stilts with platforms for the players’ feet. Balance is the key in winning this outdoor game.

  • THROWBACK FLIPPING
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    THROWBACK FLIPPING

    (Manjuyod, Negros Oriental) | A group of young boys show off their backflipping prowess as they take a dive at a beach in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental. Even back then, swimming and diving with friends had been a common bonding activity among young boys.

  • BY THE RIVER
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    BY THE RIVER

    (Barasalon, Janiuay, Iloilo) | Young boys celebrate friendship by splashing mud to each other in the river. Playing outdoors with friends is a treasured moment for many Filipinos who spent their growing-up years in the countryside.

  • PAGBUBURDA
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    PAGBUBURDA

    (Antipolo City, Rizal) | Despite the emergence of sewing machines, two women continue to make use of hand embroidery or pagbuburda in creating a barong tagalog—a formal shirt which is often worn during special occasions in the Philippines. A hand-embroidered barong often takes a week to finish.

  • SALBA-BIDA
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    SALBA-BIDA

    (Bolinao, Pangasinan) | When fancy beach floaters have not yet flooded the market, many Filipino kids use the salbabida - an improvised floater made from a car interior – as their perfect swimming companion.

  • SAFE SAIL
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    SAFE SAIL

    (Initao, Misamis Oriental) | A young boy transforms a coconut husk into a toy boat which he is set to sail at Jampason Bay in Misamis Oriental. Back then, many children use native materials in making their own toys.

  • SARANGGOLA
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    SARANGGOLA

    (Albay, Bicol) | Just like in the old times, children cheerfully fly their kites along a riverbank with the majestic Mayon Volcano as their backdrop.

  • JOLEN-JOLEN
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    JOLEN-JOLEN

    (Cebu City) | A group of young boys outsmart each other in this age-old jolen or marble game by skillfully hitting the target marbles.

  • VINTAGE
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    VINTAGE

    (Malagutay, Zamboanga City) | These vintage items – such as the old Philippine coins, black and white photographs, VHS and cassette tapes may be of little value now. But these mementos speak a lot about the Filipinos’ way of life in the recent past.

  • SUNGKA-TUTAK NA ALAALA NG PAGKABATA
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    SUNGKA-TUTAK NA ALAALA NG PAGKABATA

    (Binan, Laguna) | Sungka is an old game that is popular among Filipinos. It is played with stones or shells on a solid wooden block called sungkaan.

  • TALIPAPA
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    TALIPAPA

    (Iloilo City Central Market) | A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables are sold at a local wet market. Adding life to the backdrop of fresh produce are the traditional hand-woven wall decors made from native materials that are commonly found in Filipino households.

  • SONG HITS MAGAZINE
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    SONG HITS MAGAZINE

    (Koronadal City, South Cotabato) | Back when internet and search engines were unheard of, the guitar and songhits magazines were the perfect trade tools of musicians and music lovers.

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