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

Had a very interesting last week. Spent most of it in the mountains shooting Philippine Kakao:


The day after that, I found myself in Chinatown shooting Philippine Kaoka :)


Posted By Lester V Ledesma

It's been a very interesting week. Started it on Sunday trading water bombs with Burmese folks celebrating Thingyan at a local Singapore temple:




... and while they were basking in the spirit of their water festival, Filipinos a world away marked the start of Holy Week 2014.


The climax of this occasion was, of course, today. This morning I photographed penitents in Manila:



Then later this afternoon I covered one of the many Via Crucis processions throughout the city:


But of course, it's only Friday. There are still two more days to go in this wet, hot, holy week :)


Posted By Lester V Ledesma

Nine-year-old Gerry is on top of the world today, flying his homemade kite high above Manila. That's his house below, to the left. He may live with his parents in a flimsy wooden hut, and that kite may be his only toy, but right at this moment he's happy as can be.




Ten years ago this would have been impossible where Gerry lives - on Smokey Mountain.


Posted By Lester V Ledesma

Down the road from the swanky Bayleaf Hotel, just a block away from Intramuros' pretty tourist strip - Manila displays its natural grit:



Posted By Lester V Ledesma

.... right before the afternoon rush hour:



I'd hate to be the guy in the middle....




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