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.
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—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--