SO MANY MOUNTAINS, SO LITTLE TIME | The remaining mountains in the village of San Jose in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental | This is the village that mining built | In the foreground is Maricalum Mining Corporation's open pit that has now become a vast lake | Residents say this area was practically a forest when MMC began operations more than four decades ago | It was once abundant with wildlife | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

HIS CREATION, MINE'S CREATION | Two mortals, made in His image and likeness according to the believers, rest by what seems to be a lake but is actually a testament to the years of operation of the Maricalum Mining Corporation | This vast lake, which residents estimate to be more than a kilometer deep, was created when MMC ceased its mining operations more than a decade ago | It is here where MMC extracted materials for its copper production | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

SCRAPPING OUT A LIVING | This boy is not at play | He is hard at work cutting away with a steel handsaw a part of a giant shovel in the junkyard of the Maricalum Mining Corporation | Since its shutdown more than a decade ago, residents in San Jose have been plunged into economic hardships | Some of them have been forced to steal scrap metal from the millsite | Those who are lucky live, some are shot dead | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

BALD MOUNTAIN AND WOMEN WITH HAIR | A mother searches her daughter's head for lice | On the background is a bare-faced mountain that has been affected by decades-long operations of the Maricalum Mining Corporation in San Jose village, Sipalay City | The mine site, located more than 300 kilometers south of the capital city of Bacolod, used to be one of the forests in the island | Most natives of the place, who have seen the economic boom when MMC was still in operation, are now back to their tradional means of livelihood | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles


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  1. Nice Panoramic view. I’m ancient so I’m sure, at the right time, I would want to live in a place like this. 🙂 Nice Photos.

    Posted by Ryan Adik Nga Lambay | May 29, 2011, 6:01 am
  2. BEAUTIFUL. Been to Sipalay once and saw first-hand the damage caused by mining. I took pictures (none of them as beautiful as this — hehehe).

    Thanks for opening eyes of the public. Good job!

    Posted by Adriam Vista | May 29, 2011, 3:28 pm
  3. Great photos, as usual. =)

    Thanks for the photo essay, guys. Ive never liked the idea of sacrificing ecology for business, and this is one story worth telling.

    I think this kind of proves my belief. =)

    Posted by Brian Herbert | May 29, 2011, 3:33 pm
  4. What was once verdant and lush is now arid. Progress comes at a cost. Behind every appliance with a copper core that I use is the soul of a bleeding-heart pigeon, a spotted deer, a warty hog.
    Kabudlay magbalanse sang kabuhi nga moderno kag komportable sa kabuhi nga naga ulikid sa ikaayo sang kalibutan.

    Posted by givemetravelfunds | May 30, 2011, 11:38 am
  5. tnxz for this photo.. you recall all my memories, im the one scrapper before and i know this person in the picture ‘tupad balay ‘ tnx for this article.

    Posted by botoy | September 30, 2011, 2:14 am
  6. ahay kasubo kng imu gid paminsarun, sadtu sang ga operate ang mina kanami sang yohum sang mga tawo, labinagid mabatian na ang huni sang eroplano, some of my neighborhood saying ” tuloy napud ang ligaya” peru subong way na gid ah, tani tugtan sang makaaku nga mag operate liwat para my obra ang mga tawu, tnx!

    Posted by yonon28 | July 8, 2012, 11:38 am
  7. deri gid nagtrabho ang akon amay…sa sulod sa 20 ka tuig kasubo gid kon imo paminsaron…

    Posted by coppermines | August 30, 2013, 9:23 am
  8. 5000 workers lost their jobs in 2001, they feed on ecology since then… hail those who started the labor movements… their wish was granted, it was then safe to tell the world that the Phil govt did nothing good to the people….

    Posted by Renz Recona | September 16, 2013, 4:34 am
  9. Hello mga tagamina, gabaligya ko tangkong sg unaky la n ubra tatay halin sg nagclose mina but GOD Is so good, teacher n k subng sa ilocos sur

    Posted by jonna dogomeo aquino | January 25, 2014, 1:07 pm
  10. hello!! dugay nako da wala ka balik.. since 2000 pag down sang mina nag halin dayon ako dra! subong ari na ako sa cebu almost 14 yrs ago na wala ko ga expect nga may ara gali bag o nga betch dra sa san jose?

    Posted by joelmar tan | May 6, 2014, 9:43 pm
  11. Ginatamyaw ko tanan nga taga MINA kag kng sin-o man ni makabasa sang akon nga comento, kng anu man natabu sa MINA sadtu pasalamat man ta dyapun s Ginoo nga buhi ta tanan ah, amu gin n ya ang pangabuhi daw paya lng bala sa karasada kung kis-a makulob kung kis-a makaya galing indi gid mag tagilid ah, basta gina encourage ko lang ang tumandok sang MINA ah kng din man ta subong indi pag kalimti kng diin ta halin kag nag dalagku, dungog ta ang MINA, GOD BLESS US ALL!!!

    Posted by YONON28 | July 9, 2014, 2:57 pm

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