Friday, August 29, 2008

Kadayawan '08

So for the first time in a long time, I went out early to watch the Indak-indak sa kadalanan by myself with two goals in mind: experience my hometown's culture and take pictures. Before the parade started, I visited OsmeƱa Park where they put up real huts each representing one of the ten tribes that participated. I was glad to see some elders there.

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Ata ManuvuOvu Manuvu
Ovu ManuvuThen the parade started. The sun was so high that day but the people still came. And you could clearly see the wave that digital photography is making here in Davao City. I realized it was so hard shooting a parade especially when you are always looking for that moment. There are always people who are not part of the parade passing by. I'd have to position myself at the center of the street (with the performers), which I didn't feel like doing. Enjoy some of the photos I took:

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(L) What I love about performances like these are the chantings. (R) This Maguindanaon kid is amazing. He would bend low so that his skirt would reach the floor, then he would dance while turning and moving forward.

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our little warrior

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The drums are really loud!!

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Monday, August 11, 2008


It's been a long time since I've had any new drawings. Because I had none, I looked up my old scraps, photographed them (due to the absence of a scanner) and edited some in Photoshop. This one here's an unfinished portrait of Nick Wheeler, one of the All-American Rejects, I made back in college, which almost made it to the trash can. Since it looked trashy just the way it is, I used the fresco effect of Photoshop and got this:

I also uploaded the drawings to my multiply account. Here's the link to the album

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Eiga Sai 2008

Back in college, our visual arts group, Mitandi, was invited to Eigaling 2003 along with our adviser and some teachers. We went to Nikkei-Jin Kai for the film showing of contemporary Japanese movies. We watched the anime-drama "Grave of the Fireflies" and just a portion of "The Funeral" because it was getting late.

We shall overcome somedayThis year's Japanese Film Festival (Nihon Eiga Sai) had more audiences. Japanese Films were shown across the country in theaters and for free, at least it was here in Davao. I don't know when Eiga Sai started, but I sure am going to take note of that from now on. The films shown in Davao were We shall overcome someday (2004), Linda Linda Linda (2005), and Hanging Garden (2005). I only watched the last 30 minutes of Hanging Garden. The film everyone was waiting for, however, was We shall overcome... and it was the last in line in the second (and final) day of the festival. The movie house was packed with students (from the Nikkei-Jin Kai most probably) and it was very loud inside. But I'm still glad I chose to wait for that movie. That one song is enough reason to watch it. (You'll know what I mean once you see this.)

Next up this year: Cine Europa 11!