“Erna and Hrefna are eleven-year-old identical twins from Iceland. I started to photograph them when they were nine years old in 2009, and this will be an ongoing project until they are sixteen years old. I will visit them every year. My intention for this project is to capture the very precious period of their growth from child to teenager, physically as well as psychologically. The relationship between identical twins is an interesting subject matter. I often hear that identical twins have telepathic connections. This is true of Erna and Hrefna. They are always together. They almost never fight with each other. Spending time with them, I feel such comfort in their companionship but at the same time I feel strange because I have never seen such a powerful connection between any two human beings. They say to me, ‘From time to time, we dream the same dreams.’”
150th BIRTHDAY BASH FOR DR. JOSE RIZAL AT CCP
In commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of the Philippines’ national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, various activities will be presented at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) from June 14-17, 2011.
The thirteen (13) episodes of CCP’s telemovie Noli Me Tangere by National Artist Eddie Romero will be shown at the CCP Dream Theater from June 14-17, complemented with lecture-discussions for teachers by prominent resource speakers. Mga Kwentong Rizal, a storytelling session for children/youth will be held at the CCP Multi-Purpose Hall, while Rizal’s books and videos will be mounted at the CCP Library.
An exhibition of paintings on Rizal by J. Pasena will be on view at the Bulwagang Juan Luna (CCP Main Gallery) on June 17-August 21 and a mural exhibit by Pilipinas Street Plan to be shown at the 2nd floor hallway on June 17-July 31. Malou Jacob’s documentary Si Jose at Si Andres will be made available on line for public viewing thru the CCP website beginning May 27 to June 30.
A special program entitled J.P., ang Gig ni Rizal will be presented on June 17, 4pm at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater), featuring prominent artists and performing groups led by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Olivier Ochanine, Ballet Philippines’ Candice Adea and JM Cordero, Tanghalang Pilipino, Philippine High School for the Arts, and a 150-voice choir conducted by Jai Sabas Aracama. To be directed by Chris Millado, the performance will also include Rachelle Ann Go, Erik Santos, John Arcilla, Philippine All Stars, soprano Myra Mae Meneses, and Juana Change. Thirty (35) Filipino youth achievers who will be honored as Mga Makabagong Rizal: Pag-Asa ng Bayan will be introduced during the program.
The project is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), Philippine Center for Gifted Education (PCGE), Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Phils. (AMRSP) and ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation.
For more information, call the CCP Outreach and Exchange Division at (02)832-1125 loc. 1708 to 1710
10 QUESTIONS FOR A JEEPNEY BARKER
Jeepneys are considered as the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines. This form of transportation is usually manned by two people: the driver and the barker. The barker is responsible for calling out route and destination and ushering the passengers.
Meet JUN-JUN (left), a young jeepney barker.
QUESTION 1: Ilang taon ka na? (How old are you?)
JUN-JUN: Ten. (Ten.)
QUESTION 2: Matagal ka na ba nagtratrabaho bilang barker? (Did you work as a barker for a long time already?)
JUN-JUN: Kakasimula ko pa lang po. Nagsimula ako nung nine years-old po ako. (I just started when I was nine years-old.)
QUESTION 3: Nag-aaral ka ba? (Do you go to school?)
JUN-JUN: Hindi na po. Tumigil na. Nahihirapan po kasi sila nay at tay sa pagpapaaral sa aming magkakapatid. (Not anymore. I already stopped. My parents are having a difficult time sending me and my siblings to school.)
QUESTION 4: Lahat kayong magkakapatid huminto na sa pag-aaral? (You and all of your siblings stopped receiving formal education?)
JUN-JUN: Yung kuya ko na lang po. Siya po ung panganay. (My eldest brother still goes to school. He is the first born.)
QUESTION 5: Anong grade ka tumigil? (At what grade level did you stop?)
JUN-JUN: Grade 5. (Grade 5.)
QUESTION 6: Hindi ka ba nahihirapan kasi ang bata mo pa lang pero nagtratrabaho ka na? (Aren’t you having a difficult time working since you are still young?)
JUN-JUN: Tinitiis po kasi kailangan. (I suffer but I just deal with it since I need to work.)
QUESTION 7: Magkaano naman kinikita mo kapag napupuno mo ang isang jeep? Tapos, nakakailang jeep ka sa bawat araw? (How much do you earn daily? Then, how many jeepneys are you able to fill each day?)
JUN-JUN: Sa isang jeep, inaabot lang sa akin, sampung piso hanggang bente pesos. Depende kasi sa driver. Ung iba masungit. Marami akong napupuno na jeep araw-araw. (For one jeepney, I earn ten to twenty pesos. It depends on the driver. Other jeepney drivers are unkind. I fill many jeepneys averyday.)
QUESTION 8: Kung mabibigyan ka ng pagkakataon magaral ulit, papasok ka ba? (If you were given the chance to go to school, will you study?)
JUN-JUN: Opo! Gusto ko po mag-aral. (Yes. I want to study.)
QUESTION 9: Ano ang pangarap mo? (What is your ambition?)
JUN-JUN: Ganyan po kuya. Katulad niyo. Mga nagiinterview. Ung parang sa TV. Gusto ko po kasi magsulat. (I want to become an interviewer like the one on TV. I want to write.)
QUESTION 10: Masaya ka ba bilang isang barker? (Are you happy as a jeepney barker?)
JUN-JUN: Opo, basta natutulungan ko lang ang mga magulang ko. (Yes as long as I am able to help my parents.)
RE:BLOG — YoungStar features Philippines’ Tumblr Royalty
We at Young Star thought it was about time to meet the Royal Tumblr Family. The kings and queens of site traffic, and appropriately armed with weapons to keep their kingdoms in order: the cameras, the laptops and the iPhones and Blackberries for good measure. If the Internet is their castle, then empowerment is their creed. After all, the medium is the message to the royal subjects: whoever you are, you are your most socially lucrative asset. Follow the leader? How about being one yourself.
Photo by Hannah Reyes