Looking into the everyday living on the Philippine’s main northern island
By: Andre Beriault, 2017
Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec
Library & Archives Canada
National Library of the Philippines
What this book is and is not
Two years and six months…
This is the time I have been in the Philippines as I write these lines! Fourteen immigration stamps later I am still on Luzon Island extending my stay into semi permanency to enjoy the constant warm weather and the quiet invite of the Filipino people. I am not sure yet if the book I hope to produce will do justice to these people. Learning about them is difficult and arduous as they are very prude and secretive about themselves, very rarely opening their true feelings especially to us, occidentals. One has to rely on books, self-research and at times pure intuition, in order to put together their everyday life pieces and their very painful revolutionary past events that constitute, still today, the core of this puzzling country. As I have not travelled across the full span of its complex geography of 7000 islands, the book will concentrate only on the mains island of Luzon, where live a vast proportion of the Philippine’s 100+ million souls.
Yet the book has to be born! It has to take life from the thousands of photographs I have compiled. I have travelled Luzon Island from the far north regions of Ilocos to the Batangas area south of Manila; and from the western shores of Subic bay to the eastern Pacific shores of Infanta, landing place of many typhoons every year. Don’t look here for a deep social study of life or a complete historical account, as this would be the works of historians and sociologists. I will however offer a vision of life in the island based on my very tangible photography and personal pragmatic encounters with the local people in all walks of life; mostly sketching my vision of people living around me as I travel by car, tricycle, jeepney and by foot in the countless barangays (from the old Spanish name, Barrio) making up the main cities on the island; these are the smallest city division having some form of democratic authority, their captains being part of the country’s chain of authority all the way down from the Philippine’s president himself.
This album should be an excellent coffee table reference document that will give the reader an agreeable insight into a country which is still today, seen as a faraway land of mystery, often with some pejorative undertones. It will also, I hope, help demystify, many preconceived ideas held by most occidentals, about these very unusual islanders. I wish my readers that this learning tour will be profitable and enjoyable as Filipino people certainly deserve whatever time you may devote to them here; but quite frankly, I suggest you put in your next travel agenda, a personal visit to the Land of the 7000 islands.
Photography & texts: Andre Beriault
Type: Coffee table photo album
Size: 12" x 12" (approx)
Printing: Full color on glossy
Available Date: March 2017
Tags: Luzon, Philippines, Life, People, Jeepney, Religion, Cock fighters
Editing: Blurb Bookwrite
Publishing: Digital online www.Blurb.com