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Photo Essay – Aruga: Potraits of Indigenous Breatsfeeding

August 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Photos and Text by Gigie Cruz “Aruga” is a sequel to “Dede,” a work in progress to document indigenous breastfeeding practices in the Philippines. Breastmilk is the most important source of nutrition a mother can provide her child.  It is also considered to be nature’s first immunization keeping infants safe from infections.  Passed into law in March 2010, the Expanded Breastfeeding Act  (originally The Rooming-in and Breastfeeding Act of 1992) emphasizes on the right of the mother [...]

Interaksyon: Rizal would be proud

June 19, 2011 // 0 Comments Photos courtesy of Philippine Center for Photojournalism Jose Rizal literally surrounds us. His likeness or name can be found in every city, in every town. The ubiquity has in fact diminished the weight of the legacy behind it all. “Rizal” is everywhere as a street post, as the rusting, unhinged name for the main boulevard at best. And save for his monument in Luneta and a new one being unveiled in Calamba today, on the 150th anniversary of his [...]


June 20, 2009 // 0 Comments

Before the Spaniards came and colonized this land for 333 years, Chinese has already established their relationship with the Malays as merchants. From textiles and wares, delicacies and spices, they bartered their goods with the natives on a strict and honest system. The Binondo we see now is the same Binondo that served as a permanent settlement for the converted Chinese immigrants created by the Spaniards in 1594. Suffering the same fate Filipinos suffered in the hands of her tormentors, [...]