Tammy David on Bite! Magazine

Photograph by Tammy David

Crown and Country

Project Statement

Like boxing and basketball, beauty pageants are very much part of the Filipino culture. Beauty pageants are a metaphor for Filipino culture because they glorify beauty, reflect filial and societal mores, and provide an aspirational platform that is manifestation of the country’s colonial history.

The quest for the most prestigious crown in the country, Binibining Pilipinas, (Miss Philippines) does not only require Filipino citizenship or a bikini body. Like any sport, hard work and sacrifices are crucial to win the crown. Long “duck walks” to lengthen the leg muscles, non-stop simulated “question and answer” segments to ease stage freight and even nose jobs to look more like their popular Latin American counterparts. Every sequined-studded, tiara-laden, stiletto-decked pageant aspirant represents a bold quest for the crown. Each aspirant have their own motivations, such as using the pageant as a stepping stone to stardom, financial gains or just plain affirmation that she is indeed the loveliest of them all.

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Source: Bite! Magazine

Dennis Rito: Unlimtxt, An Exploration on Vitural Connectedness

Photographs by Dennis Rito

Project Statement

Mobile phones are impacting societies around the world. In the Philippines, text messaging is considered to be the most exploited service due to its affordability, convenience and immediacy. According to industry estimates, 2 billion text messages were sent everyday from the 60 percent of the population of 90 million who uses mobile phones. This has led to the popular notion of the Philippines as the “texting capital of the world."

I am interested on how mobile technology affects society and the individual. Face-to-face conversation has now been replaced by virtual means thus texting has made it possible to create new unsurveilled and unconventional relationships. Texting also allows its users to create a seemingly private world capable of expressing real and virtual emotions.

Through my photographs I am attempting to explore the texter’s virtual world and invite the viewers to reflect upon what these expressions reveal about their relationship with the intended recipient.

These images are part of an ongoing process that attempts to show the commonality that exists across our social strata through the emotional interaction of this shared task and how that, in part, underpins the fabric of our society.

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Frankie Callaghan

Vulcanizing Shop
Benguet, Philippines
©2006 Frankie Callaghan

It is wonderful to discover Frankie Callaghan's work from the Silverlens Gallery monthly email newsletter. His night photographs are hauntingly peaceful and refreshing to view. He has a distinct eye for capturing geometry in the urban landscape particularly the shanty dwellings in the city. As I looked through his website, I am taken to familiar places I have seen millions of times while living in Manila and yet I feel as if he has transported me to a different world. This is one show I wish I could see.