Girls from Ipanema... Rest in peace, João Gilberto, thank you for keeping me company by the Rio sea. When I made this photo your music was playing. And when she passes, I smile but she doesn't see... #rio#joaogilberto
🦋 @natgeo asked photographers to share their favourite spots in America. Happy be included with this phone photo I took, of flutterbies in New Orleans, a city I had the joy of getting to know to the sound of jazz music. I'm an outsider to America - growing up it was this mythical black hole that took my friends and family when they joined the Filipino diaspora, and spewed out letters, and balikbayan boxes from time to time, filled with gifts they would send back (Bath and Body Works hand sanitizers, lots of them). Now it's a place I've gotten ...
Juvita catches a dragonfly before letting it go again. More than seven decades since she was assaulted, she's still hoping for justice. So much learning, listening, and loving. Making new work... #ourbodies#ourhome @worldpressphoto
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Rashid, an internally displaced person from Marawi, is seen in the camp where he lives. 'I felt so free when I was home,' he said. 'Here it's not the same...a soldier here, a terrorist there. You can't walk freely.' . After the siege Rashid applied for a job in a factory in Manila. 'Are you the brother of a terrorist?' he was asked, during the interview. 'Are you going to make this place explode?' they taunted. Rashid kept quiet. 'It hurt me so much,' he says. 'But I knew I wasn't like that, and I showed them. That's all I ...
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Philippine Army embed in militant territory, Sultan Kudarat. Insurgents have aligned themselves with IS in this region, plagued by one of the oldest internal conflicts in the world. @maps.images #philippines#mindanao
14-year-old Jamaica waits with me before I go home from the camp where she lives in Marawi, Philippines. 'I pray every day for the past to return,' she had told me earlier, talking about the time before the siege that destroyed her home. 'I can't describe how it is that I feel. It's like I am very angry, but in a sorrowful way.' It's been more than a year since the Philippine military cleared the city of Marawi of ISIS linked militants - but the city remains in ruin and over a hundred thousand people, like Jamaica, remain unable to ...
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Trans beauty pageant queens, Cebu, Philippines ✨ some of the kindest spaces I've ever entered are spaces built by the LGBTQ community. In those spaces I feel accepted, I feel embraced, and I feel safe. We need to step up, keep up, and learn from those spaces - to build a world where they are afforded the same safety, freedom, and rights. Happy Pride 🏳️🌈 🏳️🌈 🏳️🌈
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Ulgii sunset ✨
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Dame Coco, before a drag performance. I am in awe when I get to observe the rituals of beauty, especially during a transformation. For Dame Coco, this transformation is not a safe one. In Penang, where she is from, it is not in accordance with Sharia law, and the environment is hostile. Not everyone can freely wear lipstick. And for some people, wearing lipstick is an act of courage and defiance. #drag#love @SonyPHinc
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'Every time I perform in drag, I channel my frustration, my regrets, my happiness and my anger towards what I do,' Dame Coco writes. Being a queen - the act that allows Dame Coco complete freedom - is not in accordance with Sharia law in Penang, where she lives. So drag, when practiced, is done carefully and with great discretion. That night, I got to watch in this dim room, behind closed doors. #drag#queens @sonyphinc