Balangay, Where the Sky Meets the Sea

Manila, the Philippines

September 26 / October 24, 2010

There are 7,107 islands in the Philippines. High tide or low tide? Only a Filipino beauty queen knows. But you don’t have to be a beauty queen to know that the sea is a geographic border that could separate people and places. However, in pre-colonial times, before the Philippines became the politically unified archipelago as we know it, “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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