Last Updated: November 13th, 2018
In a country that encounters around 20 tropical cyclones in a year–the Philippines is no stranger to heavy rainfall. In fact, an article published by Sophie Brown for Time Magazine (November 2013), they tagged the Philippines as “the most storm-exposed country on Earth”. This is especially true during the months of July and August.
What makes for a gloomy weather is also a perfect excuse to head out for a change of scenery to the usual blue clouds and overexposed shots during the summer. While we have to acknowledge how the heavy rainfall affects most of Filipinos living below the poverty line, it’s also the best time to see how everyone goes about their daily lives.
With almost everyone staying indoors, the once crowded streets during the weekends are now left with a handful of people clutching their umbrellas. Wearing boots and shopping bag in tow, some head to the wet market to get a bag of fresh produce. Local street food vendors have to contend with fewer customers–but still continuing through the night. One scene I won’t forget though is an old man lugging around his old bag and umbrella. Noticing how he’s having a hard time, a young man extended his hand to help him cross the street–something I don’t usually see every day. Standing across the street with a camera helps you appreciate little things that people do. One that you’d normally brush off if you’re in a hurry. If there’s anything that the rain does–it’s making time seem to run slower.
The Manila Project
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