Portraits of Balacbacan

By Seyra Rico - 10:48 AM

Last day in Balacbacan. At 2am, we joined the fisher folks at the pangulong, the process of catching fish aboard a medium scale fishing vessel. It was definitely a one-of-a-kind experience, one you wouldn't experience if you don't try grassroots organizing, or joining an exposure trip. You will witness how the sea yields these riches, the nets brimming with fishes of various species, and other marine life. You will feel the hardships of fisher folks, the lack of sleep, the frigidity of the sea, the danger of the waves and the weight of the nets. Unfortunately, I don't have any photos because I want to focus on the experience, not the documentation. 

At about 10am, KARAPATAN, and MADRE came to give relief goods to the community and that is when I took these photos. We will never lose hope because we have the support of the masses.


Ate Elsie speaking about the injustice of the demolition

My group! 

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