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During 2012 summer, I travelled across the Philippines and in Vietnam. Both countries are near geographically and both were under European then American domination. However, the relation to Western culture varies from one country to another. Most Filipinos speak English in addition to Tagalog and even a regional language. The American culture is well exported to the Philippines (music, fast-foods, basketball...). Filipinos have a good image of American people, which they often confuse with all the other Western people. Being white I got "kano" as a nickname ("amerikano" apheresis). This good image partly comes from the position of liberator given to Americans after the World War II. However the USA only took back their colony, already took to Spain in 1898 by betraying the Philippine Revolution (war of independence), which they pretended to support. Nevertheless, this openness to the West allowed me to create easily bonds with Filipinos people, to be hosted for free during almost all the stay then to photography the Philippines from the “inside”.

Manila, Philippines, August 2012

Flooding in Manila

I stayed for a month in Sampaloc district, a poor and student district. I was in a small apartment with seven room-mates. To fit all these people, there were tiny bunk beds and mattress on the floor, divided with cheap wooden partitions. Flooding is common during the wet season, I was stuck inside for three days. I had to wait for the water level to drop before going outside. People in this area are not really affected by the flooding as can be seen with these two amused children.

Manila, Philippines, September 2012


A student met in the district you can see on the previous picture.

Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines, June 2012

Banaue Rice Terraces

The Banaue Rice Terraces are 2000 years old.

Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines, June 2012

Batad Rice Terraces

Some more remote Rice Terraces, the road is 40 minutes walk from the village.

Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines, June 2012

Mass Tourism

Thanks to mass tourism, the Banaue village became a small town made of metal and concrete. Ifugaos are doomed to beg in the most frequented places wearing their traditional costumes. Some others expose themselves in some fake rituals arranged to suit tourists attendances and tastes. More informations in this report of the UNESCO.

Batangas, Philippines, August 2012


I stayed in a friend's family's home in a “barangay” (small district) located at 100km South of Manila. They had no job, except the two daughters, one worked 60 hours a week in an assembly line of an American factory established in the region. The other daughter worked in Taiwan. Almost ten millions of Filipinos have a low paid job and support their family in the Philippines. During the stay I found out that I can enjoy a simple life. This night there was a black out, so we stayed awake and drank coffee.

Batangas, Philippines, August 2012


Men met in the evening to play Filipino pool, chat and bet little money. Meanwhile…

Batangas, Philippines, August 2012

Gamblers at a funeral

In the Philippines gambling is tolerated during a funeral wake, some gamblers come even if they don't know the deceased. Unlike the game on the previous picture the sums of money are big, passion of gamblers too, this day the equivalent of a local salary disapeared of my room.

Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines, June 2012

Palace in the Sky

Dictator Marcos' unfinished palace, it should have hosted his friend Ronald Reagan in 1983. The visit and the building were canceled because of the same reason, Marcos' regime started its fall after the assassination of Aquino, the main opponent.