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A tourist guide goes up while a local farmer goes down. Such is a scene in mountains and peaks that have been opened to tourism. The locals have to embrace tourism activities and tourists have to respect the sanctity of unspoiled nature.

Photo by I.R. Arenas

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The motorcycle rickshaw, locally called tricycle, has taken many forms and designs depending on where it plies. See the frontmost seat where passengers could have been slapped by the cold breeze first-hand? This one services the inhabitants of the vast sugarcane plantations in La Carlota.

Photo by I.R. Arenas

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One of the best plays I’ve seen this year (half of it) is Floy Quintos’s Angry Christ (directed by Dexter Santos). It is about the American painter, rather of Filipino descent, Alfonso Ossorio’s period of artistic metamorphosis while doing a mural in their family’s chapel in Negros island. The play’s book is rich in real and imaginative details of the struggles for identity and expression (both artistic and gender).

Photo by I.R. Arenas