Category: Photo of the Week

Photo by Aubrey Makilan / Bulatlat Bulatlat.com The camera-shy pin vendor was caught by Bulatlat’s camera at the July 19 rally of the broad Women for Macapagal-Arroyo’s Removal and Regime Change (Women MARCH) along Ayala Avenue in Makati City, while showing his wares around. The piece of cloth he is dangling places President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo…

Photo by Aubrey Makilan / Bulatlat Bulatlat.com The series of taped mobile-phone conversations involving President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and election commissioner Virgilio Garcillano has reinforced the widespread suspicion that the present Malacañang occupant cheated her way to victory in the 2004 election. Thus even those not normally expected to be seen in anti-government actions have been…

Photo by Ace Alegre / Bulatlat Bulatlat.com Craftsman Jonard Balallo, 13, of Vigan City, Ilocos Sur (407 kms. north of Manila) is hard at work demonstrating his skill at making Vigan tiles. The Balallos, who hail from Bulala village – one of the nine villages in Vigan’s Heritage City that is famous for the world-class…

Photo by Dabet Castañeda / Bulatlat Bulatlat.com The tall, thin man with long white hair is poet-musician Jess Santiago, while the one with dark glasses is Pendong Aban, Jr. of the folk-rock group Asin. They were caught by Bulatlat’s camera while jamming a few minutes before their performance at the July 1 rally in Makati…

Photo by Ace Alegre/Bulatlat Bulatlat.com There’s nothing wrong with your eyes, or with the picture. This is a child being harassed by Baguio City police at the city’s public market. He stands with head bowed in terror as a cop drags him by the collar. Authorities recently zoned the Baguio City public market for criminals…

Photo by Ace Alegre / Bulatlat Bulatlat.com No, this is not a baptism. The newlywed couple, caught by Bulatlat’s camera in Currimao, Ilocos Norte (464 kms north of Manila), have their heads washed by relatives with vinegar and rice straw. It is a traditional Ilocano marriage ritual believed to bring good health to newlyweds. The…

Photo by Ace Alegre / Bulatlat Bulatlat.com An old farmer in Kadaklan village, in the heart of Barlig, Mountain Province (about 13 hours ride north of Manila) arranges his rice harvest. He is preparing for the next planting season. The seeds he plants on his payao (rice paddy) are of the native highland variety, which…

Photo by Ace Alegre / Bulatlat Bulatlat.com Mountainous La Trinidad Valley, the Philippines’ strawberry capital some 260 kms north of Manila, last week made it to the Guinness Book of World Records by baking the biggest strawberry shortcake in the world. The cake, shown in photo taken last March 20 with its bakers, weighed 9,642…

Photo courtesy of Karapatan-Surigao del Sur / Bulatlat Bulatlat.com With simple belongings wrapped and placed atop their heads and in their backpacks, women and children refugees of war-torn Andap Valley, Surigao del Sur in southern Philippines return to their villages after spending three weeks in evacuation centers. War refugees in several towns found their villages…

Photo by Dabet Castañeda The barbed wire did not always surround this church, which is located inside the Cojuangco/Aquino-owned Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac. It was erected there just before the strike staged Nov. 6 by plantation and milling workers demanding land redistribution, higher wages and benefits, more mandays, and the reinstatement of retrenched employees. The…

Photo by Jun Resureccion Bulatlat.com Dark clouds hovering above a lone tree and a dirt road with coarse grass on both sides picture a field of tranquillity. An unlikely calm, this, as a lone tricycle negotiates the road that leads to Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac (120 kms north of Manila) where last November seven striking…