I am a storyteller who happens to have a camera.

What’s the Catch?

Laguna Lake is the Philippines’ largest lake, which is the main source of livelihood of the towns and villages surrounding it. The rapid growth of human activities around the lake, however, is putting it in danger, with 70% of the lake’s pollutants coming from domestic waste. With reclamation projects further threatening the lake, individual fishermen and large fish pen owners struggle to survive.

These images are part of a long-term project to document the different human activities in and around Laguna Lake.

Binangonan, Rizal 2014

How was one to place a dividing line between an imperative personal action and an abstract belief?

— Edilberto K. Tiempo, To Be Free