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Buck Pago

—Started as a freelance photographer in late 2005 and contributes his works to Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) and Silangan Shimbun. Among other young Filipino Photojournalist, he was selected to be Philippine representative for the World Press Photo Foundation’s Asia-Europe Young Photographers Forum in 2006, participated by 21 Asian and European countries. He was also granted by Kondrad Adenauer Center for Journalism a scholarship for Photojournalism Course in Ateneo de Manila University in 2007. He also contribute his works to Newsbreak Magazine and Financial Times London.  --view portfolio--

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, Chinese immigrants who refuse to convert their nationality were persecuted, which caused a revolt in 1603 that resulted to the slaughter of more than 20,000 Chinese under the command of Governador Luis Perez DasmariƱas.Chinese is very rich in culture. Some Filipinos are also adapting and learning the Chinese culture, preserving the Chinese culture in a way. Unfortunately at present, only few young Filipino-Chinese are getting interested on their cultural heritage due to Western influences.

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for over 50 years, it has been a common sight in the streets of Pampanga to find a man carrying a heavy wooden cross, walking barefoot under the scorching heat of the sun, only to be nailed on it later. Nor it is surprising to find a half-naked man flogging his own bloodied back with a bamboo-laced whip. After all, these practices have become a staple scene in the province of Pampanga, a province in the predominantly Catholic country of the Philippines, every Good Friday. These practices of apparent self-mutilation only serve one purpose, that is, to redeem the flagellants from their worldly sins. However, as the years pass, the tradition has drawn countless local and foreign tourists, making the practice seem less holy and turning the tradition into a mere spectacle of parading masochists. 



Farmer-beneficiaries and their families of the disputed 61-hectare former property of the Teves family in the villages of Caranoche in Sta. Catalina and Villareal in Bayawan City in Negros Oriental province cultivate a vacant portion of the land on Friday, November 07, 2008. Rolando Flores, President of the Villareal-Caranoche Farmers' Association (VillaCARFA), says the entry of the FBs is an act of self-installation in view of repeated failure by the Department of Agrarian Reform to install them in the property which they already owned since ten years ago by virtue of their Certificates of Landownership Award issued in 1997 and 1999.

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