Bloody Rituals
A hooded penitent lies on ground as he takes part in a religious rites during the observance of Good Friday in Angeles City, Pampanga on April 18, 2014. Despite Catholic leaders’ rejection of this gory act, many Filipino devotees still engaged in self-penitence like flagellations and crucifixion for the atonement of their sins and fulfillment of their religious vows. 

Bloody Rituals

A hooded penitent lies on ground as he takes part in a religious rites during the observance of Good Friday in Angeles City, Pampanga on April 18, 2014. Despite Catholic leaders’ rejection of this gory act, many Filipino devotees still engaged in self-penitence like flagellations and crucifixion for the atonement of their sins and fulfillment of their religious vows. 

Preparing for Palm Sunday
A man weaves a palm frond in Quiapo, Manila on Saturday, April 12, day before Palm Sunday. Catholics use palm fronds in observance of the Palm Sunday, commemorating the triumphant arrival of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday also marks the start of the Holy Week according to the Roman Catholic calendar.

Preparing for Palm Sunday

A man weaves a palm frond in Quiapo, Manila on Saturday, April 12, day before Palm Sunday. Catholics use palm fronds in observance of the Palm Sunday, commemorating the triumphant arrival of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday also marks the start of the Holy Week according to the Roman Catholic calendar.

Protest against China’s ‘harassment’
Filipino activists stage an anti-China protest in front of the Chinese Consular office in Manila’s financial district of Makati City on Wednesday, April 2. Members of the left group, Akbayan Party-list expressed their indignation over China’s latest harassment of Philippine vessel near Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea last March 29.

Protest against China’s ‘harassment’

Filipino activists stage an anti-China protest in front of the Chinese Consular office in Manila’s financial district of Makati City on Wednesday, April 2. Members of the left group, Akbayan Party-list expressed their indignation over China’s latest harassment of Philippine vessel near Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea last March 29.

The Estero
MANILA, Philippines (2014) - The city of Manila lies in a body of waters, one of which is the estero. These narrow streams have become a place of settlement to many Manileño families; even some have already lived their whole lives in the esteros. For them, the estero means life.
But as time has gone by, some inhabitants might have seemed to forget to treasure the gift of life they got from nature. Their rubbish were not properly disposed transforming the whole estero their huge trash bin. It becomes a stream of filth.
The garbage blocking the esteros brings floods and diseases to the community.
These could risk the lives of the inhabitants.
In 2009, Tropical Storm Ondoy made the worst flooding Manila experienced. Leaving the areas of the esteros, especially Estero de Paco, submerged in floodwaters. Several residents of that community were forced to evacuate. Some left with fear and traumatized with the incident.
The storm’s aftermath has made the government to expedite their efforts to rehabilitate the polluted waters of Manila esteros. This clean up will lessen the flooding. The government is also doing an effort to educate the estero inhabitants of proper waste disposal.
The life that once the estero residents knew has becoming more of a threat to them if they still continue to disrespect nature.  The estero means life but if not treated well it could also means death.

The Estero

MANILA, Philippines (2014) - The city of Manila lies in a body of waters, one of which is the estero. These narrow streams have become a place of settlement to many Manileño families; even some have already lived their whole lives in the esteros. For them, the estero means life.

But as time has gone by, some inhabitants might have seemed to forget to treasure the gift of life they got from nature. Their rubbish were not properly disposed transforming the whole estero their huge trash bin. It becomes a stream of filth.

The garbage blocking the esteros brings floods and diseases to the community.

These could risk the lives of the inhabitants.

In 2009, Tropical Storm Ondoy made the worst flooding Manila experienced. Leaving the areas of the esteros, especially Estero de Paco, submerged in floodwaters. Several residents of that community were forced to evacuate. Some left with fear and traumatized with the incident.

The storm’s aftermath has made the government to expedite their efforts to rehabilitate the polluted waters of Manila esteros. This clean up will lessen the flooding. The government is also doing an effort to educate the estero inhabitants of proper waste disposal.

The life that once the estero residents knew has becoming more of a threat to them if they still continue to disrespect nature.  The estero means life but if not treated well it could also means death.