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.

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These are kids that you don't want to mess with. They smile at each other at the start of the match, yet the moment the bell rings they become hell-bent on destruction:


Yesterday's muay thai exhibition matches at Amphawa, Samut Songkhram Province in Thailand saw a handful of kids slug it out for a one-thousand-baht winner's prize.


Coaches shouted instructions and cornermen watched as these kids pummeled each other with elbows, knees, fists and feet. At one point a kids takes a massive kick to the stomach and stops to wince in pain. The coach shouts at him to continue fighting.

And continue they do.


A final round sees both coaches going to their charges. The moment is so intense they neglect to go to their corners. They often look down the fighter's groin, perhaps checking for damage.


Jab, cross, leg kick! Another coach tells his fighter to continue with his combo. This kid will end his match with a knockout punch to his opponent's face. He will look on with concern as the boy is carried out of the ring.


The next fighter awaits his turn on the ring, and the matches continue throughout the night.


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A kitesurfer quietly greets the morning at Bulabog Beach, on Boracay's east coast:


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This kid rides the waves like a a cowboy rides his horse. Kuta's local surfers are 100% homegrown, yet they speak english with a distinct Aussie drawl.

Kuta Kid

And yeah, they surf like the soul-surfers they are...

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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

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Bicycle store at 11AM

Chicken rice restaurant at 12 noon:

Outdoor portrait at 2PM:

Product shots at 4PM:


Indoor portrait at 6:30PM:

That's a working day for an editorial photographer :)



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