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Filipino Natives Playing Dress-up with Americans

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It’s our last couple hours in Batad, the remote village in Luzon’s northern mountains.  I’ve been taking photos on my own.  Taking in my favorite details of this beautiful culture.  I head back to Ramon and Scotty, to find that my wildest dreams are being realized.  We get to play dress up with Scotty!  Ramon explains that many people in the area still wear traditional dress.  With enthusiasm, he dresses us in some of his and his family’s clothing.  Scotty and I are there for his amusement. He dresses Scotty as a tribal chief, a warrior and a Mumbaki/Shaman.  I am dressed as his wife. Read more

Night with a Mumbaki Shaman

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Some experiences open pathways in your heart and mind that are seldom talked about.  One of mine took place in a tiny Filipino village. Batad is a tiny village in Northern Luzon in the Philippines.  There is only way in, starting with a Jeepney to Banaue, the bigger town. Read more

“Hey Joe… Hi Mom”

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Scotty and I are white.  I have never been more aware of this than in the past 72 hours.  What’s stranger is being instantly ‘cool’ here.  We are a walking sitcom.  If anyone from home feels down, or invisible, I highly recommend a walk through any ol’ market in the Philippines. Read more