“Kung hindi mo kayang linisin ang kapaligiran, huwag mo na lang dumihan,”

or, if you can’t clean the surroundings, don’t make it dirty then.

The sign is repeated in several waiting sheds along the streets of the city.

Manila [2017]



Developing entity in social evolution is not the individual, but culture. Culture is the result of the social interaction of learning individuals, the result of a collective learning process.

– Klaus Eder in “Learning and the Evolution of Social Systems.”


Enter the rain

Summer is out.

Enter the rain.

Manila [2015]

Manila Flower Market

Manila Flower Center or Dangwa

Manila [2017]

Good Morning, Manila

“Good morning Manila”

“A floating AMERICA”

Photos and captions by artist Daisuke Takeya,

taken during his 2017 Manila artist-residency.

Poetry: Imperial Manila

Imperial Manila


How straw hat to name a cross a

cross. Is there a manuscript?


My bereavement swells

at your breath,


the morning itself is at a loss.

The word ‘critical’ has been wanting


a piece of you,

its heart whispering of halts.


Dennis Aguinaldo

Published in the Sunday Times, April 2014.

From The Pasig River Cruise

Viva Manila

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Citizen-led groups are taking up the mantle of revitalizing the Philippine capital, Manila city, through advocacy projects, arts, culture, and business.


Street and highway art

public art_curiousphilippines (3)Epifanio De los Santos Avenue or EDSA [2014]

  public art_curiousphilippines (4)In a street in Makati city [2011]

public art_curiousphilippines (2)public art_curiousphilippines (1)Facade of a high school in Quezon City [2013]

Old Manila Posters

 old manila posters_curious philippinesold manila posters 2_curious philippinesFrom an exhibit at the Vargas Museum in February 2011.

First poster: University of the Philippines

Second poster: Pear’s Soap Advertisement, McClure’s Magazine, October 1899

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