Back in November of last year I visited a mining site on Rapu-Rapu island in the Philippines owned by an Australian mining firm.  Oxfam-Australia has used few of my images to illustrate their newly released site report on this tiny island’s open pit mine. (more…)

*** I wrote this awhile ago about a job journalist Abe Almirol and I did for Oxfam-Australia in January about a town just beginning to build the infrastructure for an Australian open-pit mining operation in Nuevo Vizcaya, Luzon.  For more images please visit my Portfolio Page. ***

It was a Wednesday afternoon and I was conducting a photography workshop in Cavite, a city near Manila when I got a call from Oxfam-Australia’s mining ombudsperson. That night I rushed back to my place in Manila (2 hours away), packed, and jumped on an overnight bus headed north towards the mineral rich mountains in Nueva Vizcaya. (more…)

Journal Entry:  07.11.07  –boat from Legazpi City to Rapu-rapu Island, 2pm–

It all reminds me of my days on a Palawan ferry banca (boat): the rhythmic sound of the water going over the pontoons, the slight clamminess of the skin because of the saltwater, the flying fish jumping out to avoid the boat.  One thing I don’t remember, and that’s not to say I didn’t experience it, is the wooziness, slight headache, and general sleepiness that I’m feeling right now.  I haven’t been on the water for years though, so my sea legs have had little practice.