Revisiting Manila (Jul 2017)

My previous trips to Manila took place in 2008 and 2009, when I visited the city for a commission to shoot Chinatowns in a Globalizing Southeast Asia (Singapore: Chinese Heritage Centre, 2009) and to do fieldwork for Photography in Southeast Asia: A Survey (Singapore: NUS Press, 2016).

After a long hiatus, I am happy to return to Manila for a series of events on July 2017.

This trip has been made possible primarily through the invitation of Trasatlántica PHotoEspaña 2017 in Manila, held in collaboration with Pioneer Studios and University of Saint Benilde.

My duties include serving as a reviewer for the portfolio reviews from 19 to 20 July at Pioneer Studios.

I also delivered a lecture titled “Photography in Southeast Asia: A Survey” at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts. This session serves as the Manila launch of my aforementioned book (of the same title). This event is supported by artbooks.ph.

The talk tracks the evolution of photojournalism, documentary work, conceptualism and art photography in Southeast Asia, from the colonial era to the contemporary, focusing on the embodiment and embedded-ness of photographic practices.

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Outside of my involvement with Trasatlántica PHotoEspaña 2017 in Manila, I also delivered a slightly different iteration of my talk at Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ), Ateneo de Manila University, on 21 July 2017. The focus here is on the intersections between journalism and art in Southeast Asia, problematising the reductive and well-worn binary of art versus photography.

I would like to thank Aaron R. Vicencio for the invitation to speak at ACFJ.

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18 July 2017 / Manila / On 18 July, I delivered a lecture titled “Photography in Southeast Asia: A Survey” at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts. This session serves as the Manila launch of my aforementioned book (of the same title). This event is supported by artbooks.ph. / Image courtesy of Jesed Francis Moreno
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19 July 2017 / Manila / Portfolio review work for Trasatlántica PHotoEspaña 2017 in Manila / Image courtesy of Ma. Clarraine Tonog

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19 July 2017 / Manila / Participants hang out at Pioneer Studios while waiting to see the reviewers during Trasatlántica PHotoEspaña 2017 in Manila. / Image courtesy of Ma. Clarraine Tonog

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20 July 2017 / Manila / I am lucky to see a great variety of works during the portfolio reviews of Trasatlántica PHotoEspaña 2017 in Manila. / Image courtesy of Ma. Clarraine Tonog

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20 July 2017 / Manila / Participants hang out at Pioneer Studios while waiting to see the reviewers during Trasatlántica PHotoEspaña 2017 in Manila. / Image courtesy of Ma. Clarraine Tonog

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20 July 2017 / Manila / There is a small reception at the conclusion of Trasatlántica PHotoEspaña 2017 in Manila. / Image courtesy of Ma. Clarraine Tonog
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20 July 2017 / Manila / Group photograph at the conclusion of Trasatlántica PHotoEspaña 2017 in Manila / Image courtesy of Ma. Clarraine Tonog
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20 July 2017 / Manila / Group photograph at the conclusion of Trasatlántica PHotoEspaña 2017 in Manila / Image courtesy of At Maculangan

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17 Jul 2017 / Quezon City / I ate at Provenciano (Teachers Village, Quezon City) twice on my recent trip to Manila. I think this has become one of my favourite places to eat.
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21 Jul 2017 / Manila / I delivered a slightly different iteration of my talk, “Photography in Southeast Asia”, at Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ), Ateneo de Manila University, on 21 July 2017. The focus here is on the intersections between journalism and art in Southeast Asia, problematising the reductive and well-worn binary of art versus photography. The turnout is quite good for a Friday, late afternoon presentation. / Image courtesy of Aaron Vicencio

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26 Jul 2017 / Singapore / It is great to finally try out single origin coffees from the Philippines. Kalsada is a fair trade company working closely with farming communities in Benguet and Bukidnon. I bought its Sitio Belis beans and its Caliking beans (both from Benguet) to taste.
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