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Our Sunset Cruise on the Rhine

September 1, 2012
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Text by Iris Gonzales Photos by Jes Aznar Germany is a memory of the crimson sun slowly fading beneath the pale blue horizon as the hulking white catamaran gently crawls on the Rhine. It is a crisp June afternoon in Bonn and Jes and I are standing on the deck of the boat, savoring this part of Europe. Age-old castles […]

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Notes from dOCUMENTA (13)

July 18, 2012
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Text by Iris Gonzales Photos by Jes Aznar   KASSEL, Germany – The scorching sun is relentless while a gentle, icy breeze blows in this quiet city in Central Germany one Thursday afternoon of June. The weather offers a possible metaphor — albeit incomplete — for Documenta 13’s jab on the senses. The latest version […]

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ADB: The Party’s Over. What Now?

July 16, 2012
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Photos by Jes Aznar Text by Iris Gonzales The men in their sleek tuxedos and women in their high-heeled stilettos have come and gone.  The overflowing lunch and dinner buffets of hors d’oeuvres, grilled meat dishes, baked potatoes, lamb chops, the juiciest red steak, sinful desserts have come to an end, too. The Philippine International Convention […]

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Full Moon in Palawan

April 7, 2012
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VIEW THE SLIDESHOW HERE. This is a story about an aimless expedition between the scorching yellow sun and the deep blue sea. There we were, Jes and I on a clear February morning, getting on board Aurora, a 72-foot wooden boat, from the northern Palawan island of Coron. It was the beginning of a once-in-a […]

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Inside the Lion’s Den at Solidaridad Bookshop

February 26, 2012
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Inside the Lion's Den at Solidaridad Bookshop

As of today, Feb 29, our books were SOLD OUT. Will be replenishing stocks tomorrow.

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Dateline: Northern Mindanao

January 18, 2012
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Candles for missing loved ones in Bayug Island

By Jes Aznar and Iris Gonzales Their story started on a quiet Friday night, supposedly the end of another week at work, the start of a much-awaited weekend with loved ones, just nine days before Christmas Day. The place is northern Mindanao. Cong Corrales Leonardo Vicente “Cong” Corrales sat in front of a borrowed computer […]

Christmas Day in the City of the River of Gold

December 29, 2011
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Photos by Jes Aznar and text by Iris Gonzales CAGAYAN DE ORO– We could smell the stench of death even before we actually stepped on Burgos Street, a place where two rivers converge, one of thousands of devastated patches of earth here in the province. The putrid smell of decomposing bodies; of dead Carabaos, of […]

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Our First Child

December 20, 2011
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Inside the Lion's Den

Our book,  about Philippine trade gates and their keepers and the problem of corruption and rampant smuggling, is finally out! It will be available in major bookstores starting next week. Inside the Lion’s Den is a photographic reportage by Jes Aznar, accompanied by essays written by Iris Gonzales, on fragments of daily life inside the country’s trade gates, […]

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Transparency and Accountability a Victim in Palawan as Media Cow into Silence

June 20, 2011
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Letty Batul points to a spot where her brother, crusading Palawan journalist Dong Batul, was shot and killed in May 2006. JES AZNAR (www.jesaznar

Text by Iris Gonzales Photos by Jes Aznar PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — The targeting of investigative reporters in Palawan has effectively silenced campaigning journalism in the region and is a danger for democracy according the sister of slain media activist Fernando “Dong” Batul. As a result of the killings, Letty Batul says, campaigning journalists have […]

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