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
memories. Here's my yearly countdown starting with...
#10: THE PACQUIAO-MARQUEZ FIGHT
Getting my driver to work on this day was hard enough, but concentrating on the task at
even harder. It was the morning of November 13 the day of the year's biggest boxing match.
the road from Cebu City to the town of Barili for a shoot, this was all my driver and I could
about. I bet he was hoping I'd finish my job before the undercard fights were done. Luckily I
and we sped down the highway past empty roads, markets and churches. Everyone was
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
We stopped at a number of these gatherings, and while my driver joined the crowd, I
inside the homes to photograph Pacquiao Magic – and Pinoy Pride – at work.
Here's the rest of