Birdland

Malabon, Metro Manila /Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), Rizal Province, the Philippines

May 24 and 30, 2010

One of my vivid childhood memories was going to the Manila Zoo with Dad. He soon regretted taking me there because I wouldn’t quit feeding a hungry pony. It took a roving guard with a flashlight to whisk us out of the already-closed premises. It wasn’t just childish defiance. It was the first time my little bratty heart bled for another living thing – that scrawny pony. So, while I had been fascinated with wildlife, I abhorred seeing animals emaciated and caged. Zoos were animal prisons, but these days there were degrees to this imprisonment.

Caged Eagle at Malabon Zoo

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Six Meters Under

Bacolor, Pampanga, the Philippines

May 24, 2010

On a bright and brisk summer day, when the clouds had deserted the heavens, my friend Ki and I drove through a dusty country road in Bacolor at the heart of the province of Pampanga, and found ourselves within view of a ghostly-white stone church.

San Guillermo Parish Church in Bacolor

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