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'Raising a Family Behind Bars:' Portraits of Family Life Taken in a Remote Prison in the Philippines

Out of a remote prison in the Philippines, New York-based photographer Lawrence Sumulong brings us images of wrenching despair, penury and bleakness. But in his collection, “Raising a Family Behind Bars”, there are also examples of unbearable lassitude and the kind of prolonged pointlessness that can only be found among people living in a place against their will. Sumulong documents families that, in the most extreme displays of desperation, have been forced by ruin to relocate from their home communities, still crumbling and broken months after Typhoon Yolanda, to live inside the walls of an island jail. There they joined relatives previously incarcerated, some enchained for petty crimes such as robbery and drug selling, others for murder and rape.

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Dreaming of a City for Manila’s Little People

In Manila, the bustling, crowded capital of the Philippines, one marginalized group dreams of a place to call its own. They call themselves the Little People Association of the Philippines, and for years they’ve been working to form their own community, a place made to their size where they can live and work independently, free of the discrimination that makes everyday life difficult. In 2012, photographer Biel Calderon and journalist Eric San Juan spent several months with members of LPAP for their e-book, The Little Big Project.

Calderon was studying multimedia journalism in Beijing when he decided to team up with San Juan, a friend who was reporting for EFE Agency in Manila and had heard about LPAP through a BBC News report. “I’m interested in exploring stories where the sense of community is very strong. Here we found a great example. I knew it would be very challenging, since it would be easy to fall into stereotypes,” Calderon said via email.

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Photographer Documents Life in the City of Tacloban Post Typhoon Yolanda

Hungarian photographer Roland A. Nagy documents the continuing aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (also known as Typhoon Haiyan) that struck the Philippines in 2013. Recorded as the most powerful tropical cyclone and deadliest typhoon in history, the 185 kilometer per hour winds left over 6,000 dead, almost 2,000 missing, and nearly 30,000 injured, spanning the nine regions of the islands. Two months after the catastrophe, Nagy visited the city of Tacloban where the local death toll was exceptionally high and 90% of the city’s structures decimated. Here he found the citizens of Tacloban attempting to rebuild their bustling city in hopes to restore their lives to normalcy. From families suddenly without a home to teachers struggling to conduct class in a crumbling facility, the people of the Philippines continue their battle for recovery one day at a time.

TREES REDUCED TO TWIGS: A HAIYAN PORTFOLIO

“Most people are trying to get out as quickly as possible, and I’m trying to get in,” wrote the Australian photojournalist Stephen Dupont, in a diary he kept while travelling around the storm-battered islands of the central Philippines in the days after Typhoon Haiyan made landfall, on November 8th. Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) damaged a million homes and left at least six thousand people dead.
Dupont arrived in Guiuan, a municipality at the exposed southernmost tip of Samar Island, on November 19, 2013, to an apocalyptic scene of near-complete destruction. “Stepping off the plane was like walking onto some chaotic film set of the ‘Battle of Guadalcanal,’ ” he wrote. “The World War II airstrip was so busy with planes loading and unloading supplies and people coming in or trying to flee. The U.S. Marine Corps was everywhere … hardware, choppers, and planes. A scene I am more used to seeing in Afghanistan, not in the Philippines.” He went on to describe a city strewn with mangled debris; palm trees that were totally flattened or had “had their tops taken off and left to look like splintered matchsticks on some model diorama.”

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TREES REDUCED TO TWIGS: A HAIYAN PORTFOLIO

“Most people are trying to get out as quickly as possible, and I’m trying to get in,” wrote the Australian photojournalist Stephen Dupont, in a diary he kept while travelling around the storm-battered islands of the central Philippines in the days after Typhoon Haiyan made landfall, on November 8th. Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) damaged a million homes and left at least six thousand people dead.

Dupont arrived in Guiuan, a municipality at the exposed southernmost tip of Samar Island, on November 19, 2013, to an apocalyptic scene of near-complete destruction. “Stepping off the plane was like walking onto some chaotic film set of the ‘Battle of Guadalcanal,’ ” he wrote. “The World War II airstrip was so busy with planes loading and unloading supplies and people coming in or trying to flee. The U.S. Marine Corps was everywhere … hardware, choppers, and planes. A scene I am more used to seeing in Afghanistan, not in the Philippines.” He went on to describe a city strewn with mangled debris; palm trees that were totally flattened or had “had their tops taken off and left to look like splintered matchsticks on some model diorama.”

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Signs for help highlight despair of Filipinos struck by typhoon

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Afternoon News Read 13 November 2013.

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Morning News Read 12 November 2013.

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(Photo of One World Trade Center by Mark Lenihan / AP via NBC News)

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Morning News Read 7 November 2013.

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(Cover via Bloomberg Businessweek)

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes the Philippines

On Tuesday, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook Bohol province in the central Philippines, tearing up roads, collapsing hundreds of structures — including more than a dozen historic churches — and claiming more than 140 lives. All but two of the 20 bridges on Bohol Island were destroyed, hampering rescue efforts. Residents have been warned to stay out of large buildings until their structural integrity can be checked. In the meantime, thousands are temporarily homeless. 

Morning News Read 17 September 2013

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(Photo of the Costa Concordia at dawn off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy on Tuesday by Olycom SPA / Rex Features via The Guardian)

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Mayon Volcano, Philippines
Photograph by Chris Stowers, Panos Pictures
A perch on Lignon Hill in Legazpi gives a perfect view of Mayon, a stratovolcano on Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines. Mayon is the country’s most active volcano; its earliest recorded eruption was in 1616 and its most recent was in 2010.

Mayon Volcano, Philippines

Photograph by Chris Stowers, Panos Pictures

A perch on Lignon Hill in Legazpi gives a perfect view of Mayon, a stratovolcano on Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines. Mayon is the country’s most active volcano; its earliest recorded eruption was in 1616 and its most recent was in 2010.

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Photos of Cemetery Living in the City of Manila

Huddled in the inner city of Manila, there exists a home for thousands of poor, destitute, underclass – Filipinos who have settled in the city’s North Cemetery. Hungarian born photographer Roland A Nagy has been fascinated with capturing the cities social issues through his camera lens ever since moving to the large city in the Philippines. With a population of 12 million people, the metropolis has an estimated 40 percent living under the poverty line.

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Underwater model Hannah Fraser swims with a whale shark in Oslob, Philippines, for a one-of-a-kind photo-session. The stunt was the brainchild of US photographers Shawn Heinrichs and Kristian Schmidt.
Picture: Kristian Schmidt / Barcroft Media

Underwater model Hannah Fraser swims with a whale shark in Oslob, Philippines, for a one-of-a-kind photo-session. The stunt was the brainchild of US photographers Shawn Heinrichs and Kristian Schmidt.

Picture: Kristian Schmidt / Barcroft Media

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The Heaven Above
By Edwin Martinez
Shot at the famous Boracay beach in the Philippines, this was taken during a new moon and the southern milky way stretching its beauty.

The Heaven Above

By Edwin Martinez

Shot at the famous Boracay beach in the Philippines, this was taken during a new moon and the southern milky way stretching its beauty.