The Old Ma-ao Province

Most of us cannot deny that we have a little soft side in our souls. We come and go to places we’ve never been before, get in touch with the lives of people and after a few weeks, you find yourself in their place again.

Most of us cannot deny that we have a little soft side in our souls. We come and go to places we’ve never been before, get in touch with the lives of people and after a few weeks, you find yourself in their place again.

A few months ago, me and some friend had a tour over the province of Negros in the Philippines. After knowing that our destination is a little town, I decided to bring my rangefinder camera with some B/W films. Well, the travel that is from Bacolod City to Ma-ao Province (which is part of the City of Bago)takes about an hour and a half, it was worth it. Fare is a measly 20 pesos (about half a dollar), and you get to see nice sights along the road. Calming as it is, the little town of Ma-ao is located in the southern part of the Negros province. I believe all the people who lives in that certain place knows each other and who’s who.

On our first stop, we went down from the bus and it was raining hard. We went to the Officer’s Hall and on our way met some kids who became our friends at the end of the day. The Mayor was quite happy for some documentation of their town. So off we went. First, we visited their church. Big as it is, it was once the town-crier of the whole town. Banging the bells means either there’s a storm coming or some simple prayer to say as a reminder.

There was also the public market. Most of the people living here are considering farming as their livelihood. In this way, they can feed their family three times a day. In it also stands a landmark that was used as a garrison during the World War II. The cemetery is also a reminiscence to the past because of daring and bold angelic statues that was built long before I was born. It was an all-out portrait captures! People there just love to look at you handling a camera while you snap the shot. The perfect scene was always in the market.

We spent an afternoon there with a sort of bad weather and went home around five in the afternoon.

written by ethermoon on 2009-02-10 #places #philippines #rangefinder #location #portraits #ma-ao #bago-city #kodak-t-max-400 #negros-occidental

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