This online shoebox contains random pictures, notes, whatever. I've been a professional writer-photographer for so many years now. It's a damn good excuse to carry a camera around.

Posted By Lester V Ledesma

Whether you wish to bring home a religious item:




.. or some old-school tourist stuff:


The souvenir stalls behind Cebu's Santo Niño Basilica won't disappoint :)

Posted By Lester V Ledesma
Revisiting places seemed to be the theme for the past year, as I got to return to spots I visited early last decade. Many of these came with personal milestones - Brunei, where I first exhibited outside Manila, or Hoi An where I first tasted Vietnam, and Hongkong where I first got the travel bug.

The year wasn't all about nostalgia, though, thanks to the Main Man up there who blessed me with more items for my memory chest. My ten best experiences of 2011 range from simple joys to considerably grander memories. Here's my yearly countdown starting with...


Getting my driver to work on this day was hard enough, but concentrating on the task at hand was even harder. It was the morning of November 13 the day of the year's biggest boxing match. On the road from Cebu City to the town of Barili for a shoot, this was all my driver and I could talk about. I bet he was hoping I'd finish my job before the undercard fights were done. Luckily I did, and we sped down the highway past empty roads, markets and churches. Everyone was watching the Pacquiao-Marquez fight, of course. This we could tell by the crowds that formed outside certain homes – homes that had humble wooden walls and unfinished concrete floors, and pay- per-view!


We stopped at a number of these gatherings, and while my driver joined the crowd, I squeezed inside the homes to photograph Pacquiao Magic – and Pinoy Pride – at work.

Here's the rest of what happened

Posted By Lester V Ledesma
Be it in the neighborhood shed overflowing with onlookers

Carcar, Cebu:

or at a classy hotel ballroom filled with paying guests:

Santa Maria I Ballroom, Radisson Blue Hotel Cebu:

Nothing beats watching a Manny Pacquiao boxing match in the Philippines. Just yesterday morning the whole country stood still as the Pacquiao-Marquez III bout unfolded in the US of faraway A. I was lucky to be in Cebu, just in time to see the empty roads, the closed stores and the quiet markets. I followed the first 7 rounds on the radio, then caught the last 5 rounds on the big screen. Everyone was glued to the fight, of course - so rarely was the country as unified as this!




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