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The Cats and the Happy People of the Philippines in Black and White (An Ondoy Experience )

On September 2009, Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) devastated Metro Manila, Philippines. And a roll of C41 Black and White film captured one my most favorite personal shots of all time.

We thought it was just a normal rainy day, until flood started entering our homes. My mother told me to go to a relative’s house to help them bring appliances and stuff to their second floor, because their street is near the river.

I went to their home to help, and on my way home I kept on saying to myself:
“I need to document this! I need to document this!”

But I don’t have a Krab underwater housing for my Lomo LC-A+, and the only camera I could use was my fixed-aperture-fixed-shutter-speed underwater camera. I opened to fridge to check what film or films I could use. Most of them were ASA100 slide films and ASA200 color negatives. It was like dusk outside and these films won’t work, I told myself.

Fortunately, I have 6 more rolls of Kodak BWCN400s, a C41 Black and white films that your favorite photolab could develop using the same chemicals for your color negatives.

So, I loaded a roll in my underwater camera and with high hopes, I went around the neighborhood to shoot the disastrous event. With almost chest-high level flood, I carefully walked in the middle of the streets to photograph people while evacuating.

It was only 2pm but everywhere you look seemed like night time. The rain and the sky were like telling me to go home and be safe with my family, so I decided to went home after finishing the roll.

Some of the shots were underexposed (as expected), but I got some decent shots:

And in spite of the disaster, you could still see how helpful and strong-willed and cheerful Filipinos are:

And the photo that made me win the Do GOOD Competition
was from the same roll :)

Photo by icuresick



written by icuresick


  1. santorinihippie


    I love how the people are persevering through the storm with smiles. I also an IN LOVE with the picture that won you that contest. I'm sure you know I love cats, so it really grabs my heart.

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  2. bogssilverio


    Awesome! Such dedication rarely exist nowadays and every picture tells its own unique story. I admire not only your talent but also your passion.. Thanks for posting/sharing those awesome talent with us. Peace! =)

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  3. icuresick


    Thank you for the likes and comments!
    I love that picture too @santorinihippie! Thanks!
    @bogssilvrio Thank you Bogs!

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  4. icuresick


    Oppsss that's @bogssilverio

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  5. superkulisap


    What a great blog you have here! I can imagine how hard it is to walk the streets during that day. I walked from Ayala to Dian and it took me 2hours 30 minutes to get home.

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  6. icuresick


    Thank you @superkulisap!

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  7. atreyuthechild


    wow despite everything that was happening your passion for photography shined through. Great story and great final picture. I have a cat and it so sweet that someone rescued those ones.

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  8. icuresick


    Thank you @atreyuthechild! :)

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  9. fakingsleep


    wow, very intense!

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  11. icuresick


    Thank you @fakingsleep and @pzjo!

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