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  • Tribute To Mr. Stock’s Portraits of the Legendary James Dean

    written by lakandula on 2013-08-16
    Tribute To Mr. Stock’s Portraits of the Legendary James Dean

    Dennis Stock, a celebrated Magnum photographer, took some of the most iconic portraits of legendary Hollywood actor James Dean on and off camera.

  • What’s Rock and Roll Without The Rolling Stones?

    written by lakandula on 2013-07-15
    What’s Rock and Roll Without The Rolling Stones?

    Rock and roll history will never be complete without mentioning the legendary British band The Rolling Stones.

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  • The Original Femme Fatale That was Marlene Dietrich

    written by lakandula on 2013-06-17
    The Original Femme Fatale That was Marlene Dietrich

    If you think Material Girl Madonna is the original master of constant self-reinvention, and Fame Monster Lady Gaga is a mere copycat, you may start counting years back to pre-war Hollywood, in the era of silent films, to determine who is really the queen of character fabrication.

  • Backstage Portraits: Malaysian Artists

    written by lakandula on 2013-05-24
    Backstage Portraits: Malaysian Artists

    Previously named Budaya Maju Cultural Troupe established as a non profit cultural group to preserve and promote traditional dance, music and indigenous craft, the Persatuan Seni Budaya Sabah (PSBS), otherwise known as the Cultural and Performing Arts Association, Sabah, was established and registered in 1990.

  • Of Blood Suckers, Horror Movies, and Coming of Age

    written by lakandula on 2013-04-22
    Of Blood Suckers, Horror Movies, and Coming of Age

    Horror films may now open for me a chance to enjoy screaming with friends and other audiences in the moviehouse at critically horrific moments in the film. But when I was much younger, Dracula and other monsters of the night really gave me the creeps.

  • Visita Iglesia Filipina

    written by lakandula on 2013-04-03
    Visita Iglesia Filipina

    Of the days of the Holy Week, Maundy Thursday is typically the day for Catholics to do some church visits called Visita Iglesia. This tradition has its ancient roots when Holy Thursday was set for some visit to sacred sites associated with the passion and death of Christ in Jerusalem. The practice was replicated in ancient Rome with visits to seven of the earliest basilicas as symbolic of the holy places in the Holy Land.

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  • Lomographing Holy Week Rituals in the Philippines

    written by lakandula on 2013-04-02
    Lomographing Holy Week Rituals in the Philippines

    Holy Week is not just a period to reflect on one's faith but to also to appreciate the rituals and traditions that bring people together, and the opportunity to document rituals in analogue glory.

  • My Analogue Days: Working With The Panay Bukidnon

    written by lakandula on 2013-03-22
    My Analogue Days: Working With The Panay Bukidnon

    Despite having a heavy set of rattan hammock mounted on scaffoldings that had to be moved out the stage for the next performing group, the Panay Bukidnon, the indigenous people of Panay Islands, had been one of my favorites of the 18 groups I had to stage direct for the Tunogtugan Festival, both in the Dipolog and Maasin, Iloilo legs. Even if on many occasions I was lost in translation most specially whenever the group finalized its repertoire for the day (which may be a concept too foreign to their traditional way of ritual music) I love this group so much.

  • Perfect Lomo Combo: Real or Imagined Photographic Elixir?

    written by lakandula on 2013-02-27
    Perfect Lomo Combo: Real or Imagined Photographic Elixir?

    I don’t wish to stick out like a sore thumb here but I personally don’t think there is really a perfect lomo combination. It is more like the elixir many medieval alchemists sought for to convert any metal into gold – which they never did, and no one did until now.

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  • When Vivid Gets Really Vivid Even In Low Light: A Review of Fuji NPS 160 Pro

    written by lakandula on 2013-01-31 #gear
    When Vivid Gets Really Vivid Even In Low Light:  A Review of Fuji NPS 160 Pro

    Honestly, being a huge fan of the inexpensive Lucky 200 among color negatives, I seldom use the film under review. But the few times I did, it did not fail my expectations in producing images of vivid colors even in low light condition and even while in transit.

  • Why Aim For Perfection When You Can Go Kompakt?

    written by lakandula on 2013-01-24 #gear
    Why Aim For Perfection When You Can Go Kompakt?

    I have to admit that I really wanted a Horizon Perfekt but my budget could not even pay for a Kompakt. When an offer dropped from heaven for a second-hand but barely-used Kompakt package complete with case and a bonus of three rolls of slides at a steal price, economy ruled over desire for a high-end panoramic perfection.

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  • My 2013 Analogue Bucket List: Get the Lubitel 166+ Into My Hands

    written by lakandula on 2013-01-22
    My 2013 Analogue Bucket List: Get the Lubitel 166+ Into My Hands

    I do not want to make a long inventory of things that may just be too unrealistic for me to achieve in a year. I have already written my analogue resolution and I am determined to honor my commitment. I still have a life outside Lomography and would not want to spread myself too thinly with this additional target. Okay, I know you will argue that lomography is not an interference in life but a part of it. What lomo rule number is that? Okay, you’re right, it’s number 3 and I agree. Suspend your judgment on me but I just have to keep my feet on the ground. For my 2013 bucket list, my eyes will be set solely on finally having a Lubitel 166+, a dream camera that has long been in my wishlist.

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  • My Analogue Resolution for 2013: Keep The Analogue Fire Alive

    written by lakandula on 2013-01-17
    My Analogue Resolution for 2013: Keep The Analogue Fire Alive

    After surviving the feared end of the world according to the Mayan calendar I am resolved to push further the envelope of my analogue creativity for the next 365 days.

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  • My 2012 In Analogue: MX-filled Year-End Review

    written by lakandula on 2013-01-09
    My 2012 In Analogue: MX-filled Year-End Review

    My 2012 has been a very active year that brought me to various places around the country for work and a modicum of leisure. Continuing on my last year's mode of pushing the boundaries of lomographic possibilities, the many lomographs I took this year are largely experiments on juxtaposing different subjects in a single frame (from doubles to quintuples) using combinations of various analogue cameras. More often than not, shots are taken on different dates in different places.

  • Give LomoLove This Holiday Season: Lomographs Are Perfect Holiday Gifts

    written by lakandula on 2013-01-08
    Give LomoLove This Holiday Season: Lomographs Are Perfect Holiday Gifts

    Choosing gifts for loved ones come Christmas season can be stressful. But I chose to be stress-free this recently concluded Yuletide season by printing 6 sets of 21 portraits of my friends in 4R size, packed in color paper bags as my gift to each one of them.

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  • The Underrated Super Camera That Supersampler Truly Is

    written by lakandula on 2013-01-01 #videos
    The Underrated Super Camera That Supersampler Truly Is

    Supersampler is one among the multi-lensed lomo cameras that seemed to have taken a backseat to give way to the prominence of LC-A+, La Sardina, and Fisheye – three of the heavily advertised and marketed LSI products in a multitude of clones, colors and promo packages. But, frequent visitors to my lomohome would probably have an impression that many of my multiple exposures are taken with at least a multi-lensed camera like Pop 9, Actionsampler, Oktomat and, of course, the queen of them all, the Supersampler. This article is my tribute to the latter's wonderful analogue charms.

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  • The Quintessential Martha Graham

    written by lakandula on 2012-12-05
    The Quintessential Martha Graham

    If modern visual arts has Picasso, music has Stravinsky and architecture has Frank Lloyd Wright, modern dance has Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991). She had pushed the limits of this art form to incredible heights - influencing many contemporary dancers and choreographers worldwide.

  • Josephine Baker: Ahead of Her Times

    written by lakandula on 2012-11-23
    Josephine Baker: Ahead of Her Times

    Artist, adoptive mother, spy, civil rights activist - all rolled into one fabulous persona that is Josephine Baker. What an extraordinary life she had!

  • Got Bette Davis Eyes?

    written by lakandula on 2012-10-08
    Got Bette Davis Eyes?

    If you are into the music of the '80s you've probably heard about this song 'Bette Davis Eyes' composed by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon. Originally written in 1974, the song gained much popularity when Kim Carnes sang and recorded her version in 1981, which stayed in the US Billboard Hot 100 for nine non-consecutive weeks and won Song of the Year and Album of the Year awards in the Grammy's.

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  • Breaking the Stereotypes of Dragon Lady and Demure Butterfly

    written by lakandula on 2012-08-22
    Breaking the Stereotypes of Dragon Lady and Demure Butterfly

    Long before Bruce Lee, Lucy Liu, and other Americans with Asian ancestry penetrated Hollywood, there was Anna May Wong (January 3, 1905 – February 3, 1961) of the silent film era - the first Asian American movie star!

  • Hitchcockian Triples

    written by lakandula on 2012-08-16
    Hitchcockian Triples

    In a career span of more than half a century, and with more than fifty feature films including Psycho, Rear Window, North by Northwest, Vertigo and Dial M for Murder under his belt, legendary director and producer Alfred Hitchcock remains to be the greatest British filmmaker of modern cinema.

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  • Quadrupling Rizal's International Travels

    written by lakandula on 2012-08-03
    Quadrupling Rizal's International Travels

    Jose Rizal, the Filipino hero, was an international traveler. Read about his interesting travels after the jump!

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  • Night Shopping Galore at Myeongdong

    written by lakandula on 2012-02-21 #places
    Night Shopping Galore at Myeongdong

    During the day, you can still see and walk easily through its main street and alleys. But wait 'til Myeongdong gets dark and you will be lost amidst the huge crowd of shoppers and tourists as well as makeshift stalls that are put up for the night market. Myeondong seems a lot livelier after 6:00pm.

  • Lomography Gallery Store Seoul: An Analogue Paradise

    written by lakandula on 2012-02-20 #places
    Lomography Gallery Store Seoul: An Analogue Paradise

    The store is a paradise full of analogue hopes and wonders where lomo enthusiasts may wish to be to quell any fear as rumors speculated the apocalypse at the end of 2012.

  • Youthful and Vibrant Hongdae

    written by lakandula on 2012-02-17 #places
    Youthful and Vibrant Hongdae

    Day or night, this mecca of contemporary art and youth culture in Seoul has much pleasures to offer its visitors.

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  • Stunning Cityscape as Seen from N Seoul Tower

    written by lakandula on 2012-02-16 #places
    Stunning Cityscape as Seen from N Seoul Tower

    Attracting herds of local and foreign visitors, this communication and observation tower from which to view the cityscape has become a symbol of Seoul and definitely South Korea's pride.

  • Ice Skating My Heart Out

    written by lakandula on 2012-02-15 #places
    Ice Skating My Heart Out

    I have never done ice skating in my life but I did not dare try while in Seoul for fear I might break my bones. I could imagine the case would spoil the fun of seeing much of this lovely city in so short a time. The thought of limping with a broken leg on a cold winter day gave me the creeps. I contented myself with watching skaters of all ages glide their way happily through the white, solid icy ground.

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  • A Visit to Korea House on a Harsh Winter Morning

    written by lakandula on 2012-02-14 #places
    A Visit to Korea House on a Harsh Winter Morning

    Under the harsh, cold temperature outside, our only protection was the layers of clothing to keep our bodies warm. Nevertheless, fangcarpenter (Ailen) and I persisted on going to the Korea House. A visit to this house will provide tourists a glimpse of Korean traditional life and culture and is really worth the time looking for it.

  • Hunting for Souvenirs at Insadong

    written by lakandula on 2012-02-13 #places
    Hunting for Souvenirs at Insadong

    Looking for souvenirs to remember your Seoul sojourn? When you want to buy Korean gift items other than bottles of kimchi, the best place to visit in Seoul is Insadong.

  • My 2011 in Analogue: Constantly Pushing the Envelope of Lomo Possibilities

    written by lakandula on 2011-12-29
    My 2011 in Analogue: Constantly Pushing the Envelope of Lomo Possibilities

    2011 may not be the best year of my life but definitely not the least to be remembered. With almost 12K lomographs uploaded, winning a trip to Rio last April and to Seoul in January 2012 plus finally being the LHOTD after 3 years, I ain't complaining. Looking back, this year has blessed me with lots of opportunities to constantly push the envelope of my lomo possibilities.

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  • Yummy Dumaguete Breakfast Treats

    written by lakandula on 2011-09-02 #places
    Yummy Dumaguete Breakfast Treats

    A tour of Dumaguete will never be complete without a morning fill of sticky rice and ripe mango paired with native hot chocolate. Where else can this divine breakfast be best available in the city except at the eateries in a public market.

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  • The Moon, the Stars and the Flowers: Supersamplered And Doubled Marikina

    written by lakandula on 2011-08-22 #places
    The Moon, the Stars and the Flowers: Supersamplered And Doubled Marikina

    Marikina is not just a city of quality shoes but a real beauty in itself.

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  • A Stroll Along Dumaguete's Rizal Boulevard

    written by lakandula on 2011-08-21 #places
    A Stroll Along Dumaguete's Rizal Boulevard

    The simple beauty of the boulevard in Dumaguete is truly captivating that one who visits will just keep coming back.

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  • Paradise that is Anawangin

    written by lakandula on 2011-08-20 #places
    Paradise that is Anawangin

    Popular among beachgoers, mountaineers, and outdoor adventurists, Anawangin promises to be a wild yet relaxing escape from toxic urban life.

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  • Charmed by the Ruins

    written by lakandula on 2011-08-19 #places
    Charmed by the Ruins

    The now famous tourist attraction in Talisay City is the so-called The Ruins which is actually what is left of the Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson ancestral home.

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  • Dressing Up DIESEL

    written by lakandula on 2011-08-19
    Dressing Up DIESEL

    DIESEL's window display looked knockout great in Lomography. At least that's how I remembered it to be two years ago.

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  • The Street Is a Living Museum

    written by lakandula on 2011-08-15
    The Street Is a Living Museum

    Come to think of it, the street is a living museum that teaches us many things about our past, present and future.

  • Basquiat in Quiapo

    written by lakandula on 2011-07-27 #places
    Basquiat in Quiapo

    He'd probably be at home at the heart of Manila. He would have rented a bedroom space in one of the old buildings. He would have used the dilapidated walls of old cinema houses as his canvas. He would have frequented the underpasses and overpasses to observe people and contemplate about life. With faith, trade, sex and drugs, Basquiat would have loved Quaipo.

  • Festival Mall Doubled

    written by lakandula on 2011-07-26
    Festival Mall Doubled

    Shooting inside the mall is usually not allowed but getting good results from inconspicuous shoot is definitely gratifying.

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  • A Monochromatic Walk Around Divi: Return of Romance with Black and White

    written by lakandula on 2011-07-19 #places
    A Monochromatic Walk Around Divi: Return of Romance with Black and White

    Manila's famous bargain market never fails to be a great photographic location - especially in monochromes.

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