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Posted By Lester V Ledesma
A stonecarver chisels the image of a pair of Apsara dancers in Siem Reap, Cambodia:

Apsara Carver

Posted By Lester V Ledesma
Lit from the back by a huge bonfire, a Khmer shadow puppet play unfolds in a hospital courtyard at night:

and Fire

I was on my way to shoot this evening's Angkor Photo Festival slideshow when I got sidetracked by this moving performance. I'm back in Cambodia after a 2-year absence. Man I love this place.

Posted By Lester V Ledesma
Sparks fly as a Theemithi devotee successfully crosses a firepit. Walking on hot coals during the Theemithi festival is one of many curious rituals that have survived modernity in 21st century Singapore:


Read more about this and a few other strange Singapore events in this week's article on CNN Go:

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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