Balangay, Where the Sky Meets the Sea

Manila, the Philippines

September 26 / October 24, 2010

The Philippines may have more or less 7,107 islands, but when Miss Philippines Charlene Gonzales was asked about the exact number, she cheekily replied, “High tide or low tide?” Regardless, the sea had been regarded as a geographic border that separated people and places. However, in precolonial times before the Philippines became a politically unified archipelago, “communities were connected, not separated, by water,” according to historian William Henry Scott.

Japanese Tourist Attempting the Split at the Museum of the Filipino People

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