- Ang Bayan Ko Project (i.e., My Town, or My Home or My Province)
There are many good photos that I have seen, but most were usually the places that were visited — "tourist" photos. A very sensitive portrayal of another place visited would be Farl's set on Sitangkai. The magic of Farl's Sitangkai was achieved through the combination of good images and words. Using this approach, each photo becomes a story of its own. And when taken as a whole, the Sitangkai set provides you a story of a people, not just looking at nice photos of a place. I should like to mention too that good old fashion cropping to achieve a framing effect or just having a "good eye" — rather than reliance on photoshop and other post-processing techniques (although he does that too once in awhile) — was what captured me with Farl's photos. There are many more that I like, and I usually place those in my "contact" list, although I did not have as much chance to visit personal pages of Filipinos lately because there are just so many now.
What is sought to be captured in Ang Bayan Ko is a more personal capture of the place you call home (now), or where you were born and grew up with — the people, the places that meant something for you, the events that to this day still linger in your mind, the day-to-day life. If done properly, you are actually sharing yourself (including your outlook) with the images you show. What touches your heart and soul? What moves you to action? What memories of childhood remains?
I cannot list all the ones I like so I will just cite what I consider to be among the "best" examples for the Ang Bayan Ko project. This would be Ayeona's in depth presentation of her hometown (and province), her people, heritage, and the day-to-day life, festivities, religion and spirituality, etc. This was especially captured in her "Wind from Homee" set, that unfortunately got lost when somehow she close her original page. Her current presentation of Barlig and Mountain Province as a whole attempts to recapture this intimate portrayal.
What Marvin Manning is now trying to do with the photos submitted to the CebuSugbo group comes close, but it is more a collaborative (rather than a personal) effort. This effort of the Cebu group woult be useful to provide a comprehensive glimpse of the Cebu, without too much redundancy among the photos included.