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Igbaras, Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
05 May 2013

Life in the far reaching mountainous areas of Iloilo is hard. Transportation is not widely accessible and people live a simple life. Due to poverty and scarce sources of food, as in older days, people eat bats to survive. Fruit bats are considered a delicacy. Poi bat and adobong paniki, deep fried bat with soy sauce, is a thrilling comestible for exotic food lovers.

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Eating bats is a delicacy in mountain...
Igbaras, Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
05 May 2013

Life in the far reaching mountainous areas of Iloilo is hard. Transportation is not widely accessible and people live a simple life. Due to poverty and scarce sources of food, as in older days, people eat bats to survive. Fruit bats are considered a delicacy. Poi bat and Adobong Paniki, deep fried bat with soy sauce, is a thrilling comestible for exotic food lovers.

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Igbaras, Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
05 May 2013

Dressed bats ready for cooking the famous adobong paniki (deep fried bats in soy sauce).

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Bats, A Delicacy In The Mountainous R...
Igbaras, Iloilo, Philippines
By U.S. Editor
04 May 2013

Igcabuyao, a village in the province of Iloilo in the Philippines, is a three hour car ride from any main city. The terrain is tough, and transportation inaccessible. People often walk several hours to buy food, and frequently live below the poverty line, growing only peanuts to sustain themselves without outside help.
To keep hunger at bay, locals have for generations turned to an unlikely food source: bats. The village of Igcabuyao is located near six major bat caves, an important resource for their survival.

Fruit bats are considered a delicacy in this area.. Poi bat and Adobong Paniki, deep fried bat with soy sauce, are thrilling dishes for exotic food lovers. Today, bats are frequently served as appetizers in wine bars.

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The Christian death-mask Festival
Oton, Philippines
By Mais Istanbuli
04 May 2013

Katagman refers to the ancient settlers of Western Panay. These settlers have a unique burial ritual in which they placed a gold nose disc and gold eye mask on the bodies of the dead in order to protect the deceased from evil spirits. This ancient ritual has Chinese influences, as the natives had a strong trade relationship with them before the Spaniards conquered the Philippines.

Oton was once at the center of trade routes in the Panay Islands. The community was so prosperous and influenced by the Chinese presence that burial rites using gold artifacts, porcelain and carnelian beads often took place. Many such artifacts have since been discovered.

Following the Spanish conquest of the Philippines, Oton was established in 1572 by the Augustinian Friars, and soon became the center of Spanish administration in Iloilo. Once known as Ogtong, meaning reef or tidal flat, Oton was a missionary base for the conversion of the entire region. This led to the Christianization of the native Katagmans.

The Katagman Festival comprises street dancing, painting and dance theatre competitions, that highlight and showcase Oton's rich historical past.

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A festival of deathmask and Christian...
Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
04 May 2013

Painting contest depicting the deathmask is organized during Katagman Festival

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A festival about deathmask and Christ...
Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
04 May 2013

Streetdancers performing on the streets of Oton, wearing the famous deathmask

Katagman refers to the ancient settlers of Western Panay. This settler has unique burial ritual in which they placed a gold nose-disc and gold eye-mask to their dead people to protect the eyes and nose of their diseased loved ones from evil spirits. This ancient ritual is influenced by Chinese in which the natives have trade relationship with them before the Spaniards conquered the Philippines.

Oton was once a center of trade route in Panay Islands. Prosperity brought about a flourishing community, and so many examples of the early Chinese wares were obtained from the area that it is necessary to explain shortly that Chinese settlers in the area practiced ancient Chinese customs even in the disposal of the remains of their dead. The town became home to several burial rites where gold artifacts, porcelain and carnelian beads where among the rare items recovered.

When the Spanish conquered the Philippines, Oton was established in 1572 by the Augustinian Friars and became the center of Spanish administration in Iloilo. Once known as Ogtong or reef or tidal flat which is the main feature of the area, Oton was a missionary base for the conversion of the entire region. This led to the Christianization of the native Katagmans.

During the Katagman Festival, a street dancing competition, painting competition and dance theater competition is highlighted showcasing the rich historical past of Oton.

Source: http://www.iloilometropolitantimes.com/11th-katagman-festival-in-oton/

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A festival about deathmask and Christ...
Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
04 May 2013

Streetdancers performing on the streets of Oton, wearing the famous deathmask

Katagman refers to the ancient settlers of Western Panay. This settler has unique burial ritual in which they placed a gold nose-disc and gold eye-mask to their dead people to protect the eyes and nose of their diseased loved ones from evil spirits. This ancient ritual is influenced by Chinese in which the natives have trade relationship with them before the Spaniards conquered the Philippines.

Oton was once a center of trade route in Panay Islands. Prosperity brought about a flourishing community, and so many examples of the early Chinese wares were obtained from the area that it is necessary to explain shortly that Chinese settlers in the area practiced ancient Chinese customs even in the disposal of the remains of their dead. The town became home to several burial rites where gold artifacts, porcelain and carnelian beads where among the rare items recovered.

When the Spanish conquered the Philippines, Oton was established in 1572 by the Augustinian Friars and became the center of Spanish administration in Iloilo. Once known as Ogtong or reef or tidal flat which is the main feature of the area, Oton was a missionary base for the conversion of the entire region. This led to the Christianization of the native Katagmans.

During the Katagman Festival, a street dancing competition, painting competition and dance theater competition is highlighted showcasing the rich historical past of Oton.

Source: http://www.iloilometropolitantimes.com/11th-katagman-festival-in-oton/

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A festival of deathmask and Christian...
Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
04 May 2013

A historical landmark, honoring Oton as the oldest municipality in Panay Island.

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A festival about deathmask and Christ...
Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
04 May 2013

Streetdancers wear the famous Oton death mask while holding an image of the virgin Mary.

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A festival about deathmask and Christ...
Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
04 May 2013

Streetdancers performing on the streets of Oton, wearing the famous deathmask

Katagman refers to the ancient settlers of Western Panay. This settler has unique burial ritual in which they placed a gold nose-disc and gold eye-mask to their dead people to protect the eyes and nose of their diseased loved ones from evil spirits. This ancient ritual is influenced by Chinese in which the natives have trade relationship with them before the Spaniards conquered the Philippines.

Oton was once a center of trade route in Panay Islands. Prosperity brought about a flourishing community, and so many examples of the early Chinese wares were obtained from the area that it is necessary to explain shortly that Chinese settlers in the area practiced ancient Chinese customs even in the disposal of the remains of their dead. The town became home to several burial rites where gold artifacts, porcelain and carnelian beads where among the rare items recovered.

When the Spanish conquered the Philippines, Oton was established in 1572 by the Augustinian Friars and became the center of Spanish administration in Iloilo. Once known as Ogtong or reef or tidal flat which is the main feature of the area, Oton was a missionary base for the conversion of the entire region. This led to the Christianization of the native Katagmans.

During the Katagman Festival, a street dancing competition, painting competition and dance theater competition is highlighted showcasing the rich historical past of Oton.

Source: http://www.iloilometropolitantimes.com/11th-katagman-festival-in-oton/

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A festival about deathmask and Christ...
Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
04 May 2013

Streetdancers performing on the streets of Oton, wearing the famous deathmask

Katagman refers to the ancient settlers of Western Panay. This settler has unique burial ritual in which they placed a gold nose-disc and gold eye-mask to their dead people to protect the eyes and nose of their diseased loved ones from evil spirits. This ancient ritual is influenced by Chinese in which the natives have trade relationship with them before the Spaniards conquered the Philippines.

Oton was once a center of trade route in Panay Islands. Prosperity brought about a flourishing community, and so many examples of the early Chinese wares were obtained from the area that it is necessary to explain shortly that Chinese settlers in the area practiced ancient Chinese customs even in the disposal of the remains of their dead. The town became home to several burial rites where gold artifacts, porcelain and carnelian beads where among the rare items recovered.

When the Spanish conquered the Philippines, Oton was established in 1572 by the Augustinian Friars and became the center of Spanish administration in Iloilo. Once known as Ogtong or reef or tidal flat which is the main feature of the area, Oton was a missionary base for the conversion of the entire region. This led to the Christianization of the native Katagmans.

During the Katagman Festival, a street dancing competition, painting competition and dance theater competition is highlighted showcasing the rich historical past of Oton.

Source: http://www.iloilometropolitantimes.com/11th-katagman-festival-in-oton/

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A festival about deathmask and Christ...
Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
04 May 2013

Streetdancers wearing the deathmask.

Katagman refers to the ancient settlers of Western Panay. This settler has unique burial ritual in which they placed a gold nose-disc and gold eye-mask to their dead people to protect the eyes and nose of their diseased loved ones from evil spirits. This ancient ritual is influenced by Chinese in which the natives have trade relationship with them before the Spaniards conquered the Philippines.

Oton was once a center of trade route in Panay Islands. Prosperity brought about a flourishing community, and so many examples of the early Chinese wares were obtained from the area that it is necessary to explain shortly that Chinese settlers in the area practiced ancient Chinese customs even in the disposal of the remains of their dead. The town became home to several burial rites where gold artifacts, porcelain and carnelian beads where among the rare items recovered.

When the Spanish conquered the Philippines, Oton was established in 1572 by the Augustinian Friars and became the center of Spanish administration in Iloilo. Once known as Ogtong or reef or tidal flat which is the main feature of the area, Oton was a missionary base for the conversion of the entire region. This led to the Christianization of the native Katagmans.

During the Katagman Festival, a street dancing competition, painting competition and dance theater competition is highlighted showcasing the rich historical past of Oton.

Source: http://www.iloilometropolitantimes.com/11th-katagman-festival-in-oton/

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Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
03 May 2013

Painting contest depicting the deathmask is organized during Katagman Festival

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30,000 laborers march on Labor Day
Metro Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
01 May 2013

Around 30,000 militant and labor groups march to Liwasang Bonifacio on May 1, 2013, Labor Day urging the government for salary increases of 125 pesos across the board nationwide.

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Shadows on Silk - 01
Surin, Thailand
By Gloria Kurnik
30 Apr 2013

Isaan, Thailand. The dry season stretches far beyond what’s normal. In hope for rain men head to the fields to prepare them for sowing. Women wait at home.

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Shadows on Silk - 02
Surin, Thailand
By Gloria Kurnik
30 Apr 2013

Isaan, Thailand. Houses around Surin in Thailand were once a hub of cottage silk production. A housewife was taking care of each step, from rearing worms to weaving.

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Shadows on Silk - 03
Surin, Thailand
By Gloria Kurnik
30 Apr 2013

Isaan, Thailand. Pimnipa chats with her aunt about global warming. This is a really “hot” topic in the village nowadays. Both women once used to rear silkworms.

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Shadows on Silk - 04
Surin, Thailand
By Gloria Kurnik
30 Apr 2013

Isaan, Thailand. A woman shows off her sericulture. Traditionally, the threshing floor is wetted to keep the temperature down. Modern appliances like AC had been installed to fight the rising temperatures.

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Shadows on Silk - 06
Surin, Thailand
By Gloria Kurnik
30 Apr 2013

Isaan, Thailand. As silkworms feed only on the fresh leaves, some are growing them as a side business. With caterpillars eating 3 times a day, this bag won’t last for long.

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A Four Day Walk
Quezon City, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
27 Apr 2013

On April 24, 2013 to April 27, 2013, around 200 farmers of Hacienta Luisita march for four days and travelled by walking almost 98 kilometers (from Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac to the residency of President Benigno S. Aquino III in Times St. in Quezon City to Malacanang Palace in Manila) to seek the attention of the president’s family to distribute the 4,335 hectares of land to the farmers and release the 1.33 billion pesos to them.

The farmers caravan was dubbed as “Lakbayan para sa Libreng Pamamahagi ng Lupa sa Hacienda Luisita” (A voyage for the free distribution of Hacienda Luisita lands), is led by the Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala) and the United Luisita Workers Union (ULWU) to commemorate the one year decision of Supreme Court to distribute Hacienda Luisita.
According to ULWU chairman Lito Bais, “It’s been a year since the Supreme Court decided with finality the distribution of Hacienda Luisita to farm workers, but all we witnessed are pro-landlord maneuvers by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Aquino’s relatives to strengthen their control over the lands.”

When the farmers almost reach the residency of the president in Times St., police barricade forbid them to enter the premises. Farmworkers had noise barrage, small sharing about their angst and lie on the pedestrian lane to show their utmost protest.

Hacienda Luisita is a sugar cane plantation and formerly owned by Pres. Aquino’s maternal side – the Cojuangcos.