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THE FACES OF PUNTA PLAYA | IMAGES FROM SUGARLANDIA by BacolodSpice

ALEX DELOS SANTOS | Polio victim for close to 50 years | His only means of feeding his family was by keeping a fishcage in the Bago River | It has been gone for several months | He makes do by fishing and gathering seashells | He is still waiting for the government's promise to provide them livelihood | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

 THE SUB-VILLAGE OF PUNTA PLAYA.

Location: Bago City, Negros Occidental. South of the capital city of Bacolod.

Population: More than 1,000.

Punta Playa means at the far end of the river or the seaside. It is here where Alex Delos Santos and his family lives and lived on for decades.

Recently, however, he and other residents of Punta Playa have been facing harder times. Their fish cages were demolished by the local government. They said it was illegal.

They were promised livelihood. That was closer to a year ago. Until now, the residents are waiting.

Until the help arrives, they make do by fishing and gathering seashells. But times are harder now, they say.

We went to their place. This is their story.

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THIS IS SANDY SERILLO | He is chairman of the Punta Playa Tangaban Association | At least 27 families have been affected by the loss of their fish cages, he says | The government says it is illegal to put structures in the river | They have been promised livelihood by the government but until now they are still waiting | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

THIS IS SALVACION DELOS SANTOS, Alex’s wife | She worries how to feed her children | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

BATHING IN THE TIDE | The children of Punta Playa enjoy the sea | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

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About Hannah|JuliusMariveles

English instructor and broadcast journalist

Discussion

13 thoughts on “THE FACES OF PUNTA PLAYA | IMAGES FROM SUGARLANDIA by BacolodSpice

  1. Heartbreaking fotos, Sir Julius.

    Tnx for dis pics… napaka sobering namna…

    Posted by Hera Meister | May 23, 2011, 12:36 am
  2. Ang ganda ng mga kuha. These ought to be shared in magazines, parang Bresson with deeper story.

    Great shots! Favorite ko ang series ng children swimming sa pond.

    Posted by Dean Develin | May 23, 2011, 2:01 am
  3. Breathtaking…!!! i wanna comment to d flickr page but i don’t have yahoo acct eh…

    Posted by Nylefre DLS | May 23, 2011, 2:08 am
  4. This is truly one amazing blog. It has everything sugary and nice and even the not-so-nice.

    I hope you will not mind if I share these in my FB page. The stories of these people ought to be told. A single picture (or image) is truly more than a thousand words.

    Kudos to you guys! You are a one-of-a-kind husband-and-wife tandem. I’m proud to have Miss Hannah as teacher and I look forward to meeting you, Sir Julius.=)

    Posted by Serena Labrador | May 23, 2011, 2:27 am
  5. i am actually moved to tears reading this. and the pics are awesome. congrats to you both great tandem indeed. will share this on my page too. =)

    Posted by naiyana | May 23, 2011, 3:20 am
  6. BacolodSpice, I’m really a huge fan of your pictures. They’re very moving and they have a depth that’s absent in glamor shots.

    These are among the best pictures taken among ordinary people.

    I will recommend this site to friends. Thanks for these.(“,)

    Posted by Brian Herbert | May 23, 2011, 6:57 am

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