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Philippines map made out of lego

Posted by rod - 25.06.2013

For the Philippines 115th Independence day celebration Lego created a gigantic philippines map made out of lego. To be precise the team used over 50,000 lego pieces for the map which is exhibited in a mall in Davao City, Southern Philippines.

Philippines map made out of lego

Philippines map made out of lego

Chocolate Hills and Tarsier (the cutest LEGO animal) in Bohol

Philippines map made out of lego

Paoay Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Bangui Windmills

Philippines map made out of lego

Mayon Volcano and Butanding

Philippines map made out of lego

Pearl Farm and Philippine Eagle in Davao

Philippines map made out of lego

Vinta in Zamboanga

Philippines map made out of lego

Coron Limestone Cliffs

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Pineapple Plantation

Philippines map made out of lego

Kadayawan Festival in Davao

via ourawesomeplanet

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Whang Od -The Filipino Tattoo maker

Posted by rod - 17.04.2013

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Have a look at this film of 92 year old Whang Od, the filipino tattoo maker from the tiny mountain village of Buscalan, Philipines. The hidden village on the Luzon island is tucked away from the tourist trail and is surrounded by spectacular rice terraces. Whang Od became famous after appearing on a National Geographic report a while ago. She is one of the remaining people in her village that still practise and knows about the tribal culture. Until recently she was the last Kalinga tattoo maker.

“According to specialists, this practice is about a thousand years old and was used as a skin natural language transmitted from generation to generation.”

For more information head over to the awesome filmmakers “Looking for Stories“, who created the above documentary of Whang Od. Back in 2011 CreativeRoots featured the last tattooed women of Kalinga, amongst these black and white photos is also Whang Od. Go and check them out.

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Philippine Peso Bills

Posted by rod - 27.06.2012

Philippine 1,000 Peso

Philippine 1,000 Peso Bill: War Heroes: Josefa Llanes Escoda, Jose Abad Santos and Vicente Lim * Centennial of Philippine Independence 1998 * Medal of Honor * Seal of the Republic of the Philippines

Philippine 1,000 Peso

Philippine 1,000 Peso Bill: Tubbataha Reefs National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) * South Sea Pearl (Pinctada Maxima) * “Tinalak” or “Ikat”- dyed abaca woven in Mindanao.

Philippine 500 Peso

Philippine 500 Peso Bill: Icons of Democracy: President Corazon C. Aquino and Senator Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. * EDSA People Power I February 1986 * Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Monument * Seal of the Republic of the Philippines

Philippine 500 Peso

Philippine 500 Peso Bill: Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) * Animal: Blue-naped Parrot (Tanygnathus Lucionensis) * Indigenous weave design from Southern Philippines.

Philippine 200 Peso

Philippine 200 Peso Bill: President Diosdado P. Macapagal * EDSA People Power II January 2001 * Independence House * Barasoain Church * Seal of the Republic of the Philippines

Philippine 200 Peso

Philippine 200 Peso Bill: Bohol Chocolate Hills * Animal: Tarsier (Tarsius Syrichta) * Indigenous weave design from the Visayas.

Philippine 200 Peso

Philippine 100 Peso Bill: President Manuel A. Roxas * Central Bank of the Philippines 1949 * Inauguration of the Third Republic 4 July 1946 * Seal of the Republic of the Philippines

Philippine 100 Peso

Philippine 100 Peso Bill: Mayon Volcano * Animal: Whale Shark (Rhincodon Typus) * Indigenous textile design from the Bicol region.

Philippine 50 Peso

Philippine 50 Peso Bill: President Sergio Osmeña * First National Assembly 1907 * Leyte Landing * Seal of the Republic of the Philippines

Philippine 50 Peso

Philippine 50 Peso Bill: Taal Lake * Animal: Maliputo (Caranx Ignobilis) * Embroidery design from Batangas province.

Philippine 20 Peso

Philippine 20 Peso Bill: President Manuel L. Quezon * Filipino as the National Language * Malacañan Palace * Seal of the Republic of the Philippines

Philippine 20 Peso

Philippine 20 Peso Bill: Banaue Rice Terraces (UNESCO World Heritage Site) * Animal: Palm Civet (Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus Philippinensis) * Indigenous weave design from the Cordilleras.

Philippine Peso Baybayin

The Philippine Peso is quite an insight into Philippine culture, history, flora and fauna, and design. You can read about each banknote above. Personally I really like the 200 Peso bill which features the Bohol Chocolate Hills and the Tarsier monkey. In addition I really like that each bill features the ancient Philippine script called Baybayin in the right bottom corner security feature.

Which banknote design do you like best?

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Don Papa Philippine Rum

Posted by rod - 20.06.2012

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The Don Papa rum is the first Philippine rum I have encounter and judging by its label I quite like it. The rum takes its inspiration from its former occupiers, back when Spain still colonized the Philippines in 1565 for 333 years. According to the label the Rum is first aged for over 7 years in oak barrels in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon before being blended to perfection.

Packaging design agency Stranger & Stranger designed the rum label which includes Don Papa who is an old Spanish landlord and 50 animals and insects on the labels. The label includes local species such as the Philippine Tarsier and more. Stranger And Stranger mentions on their site that they had to take a few natural history lessons about the local fauna.

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The Last Tattooed Women of Kalinga

Posted by rod - 01.11.2011

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Filipino photographer Jake Verzosa took these portrait photographs of the last tattooed women of Kalinga.

“Up in the rice terraces of the Cordillera mountain range of the Philippines live the last few tattooed women of Kalinga. Traditional tattooing is seen as archaic and painful by the younger generations of Kalingas. As an Indigenous group that has successfully fought against colonizing forces, it is losing the practice of traditional tattooing because of the changing perspective of beauty and interpretations of the practice by outside scholars.

Studies on the tradition interpreted the practice to show that men were given tattoos because of brave acts during tribal wars while the women were given tattoos just  to decorate their bodies. Men who attempt to get traditional tattoos without acts of bravery are shunned by the community and are now unable to continue the practice without facing criminal charges from the government. Women are unconstrained by the same reasons but are struggling to continue the practice because of the pervasive western interpretations of aesthetics that changed the perceptions of “beauty” in Kalinga. To the women of Kalinga, the batok or the tattoo goes beyond beauty and prestige but  it is symbolic of the traditional values of women’s strength  and fortitude.

The traditional tattoo is an indigenous body art, an expression of the psychological dimensions of life, health, love and it defines local perceptions of existence.  Sadly there is now a decline of the traditional art among indigenous women brought about by the changing perspective of the meaning of the tattoo and its stigmatized practice.  It is now considered a vanishing art along with the gatekeepers of the knowledge associated with it.”

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Tabi Tabi Po Filipino folklore

Posted by rod - 26.03.2011

Tabi tabi po Filipino folklore creatures

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Philippine tourism posters

Posted by rod - 27.01.2011

Team Manila are behind these minimalistic Philippine tourism posters which are meant to help promote local tourism on the islands.

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Explore the Philippines – ANG Pambansang

Posted by rod - 14.04.2010

Explore the Philippines island website ANG Pambansang is a great way to find out about some nice places to visit. I love the website because it’s not your usual tourism site with pretty pictures. Created by Team Manila thanks for getting in touch.

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Revisiting the history of The Philippines

Posted by rod - 15.03.2010

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The novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo turned the author into a national hero and The Philippines into Asia’s first democratic republic. Filipions are required to read these books in school, but after they graduate these important books in the country’s history are forgotten.

The campaign created by BBDO Guerrero/Proximity aims o make these books relevant to students and to modern Filipinos. It was designed in the style of letras y figuras – an art form popular in the nineteenth-century Philippines – draw on the similarities between the country as a colony of Spain and as a nation in today’s world. Client: GP Inc. via campaignbrief.com

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Baybayin (Alibata) typography

Posted by rod - 28.02.2010

The “Baybayin writing system” also commonly known as the “Alibata” was an old script structure used by these ancient Philippine settlers long before the first Spanish colonizers arrived in 1521. It originated from the ancient Javanese system, the Old Kawi script. It is part of the Brahmic family of syllables derived from the Vatteluttu system (the precursor of the modern Tamil script) used in ancient southern India and Sri Lanka. The Baybayin uses an abugida system based mainly on consonant syllabications and vowel arrangements. It was used even during the Spanish times up until the end of their rule in 1898. Baybayin (Alibata) is now slowly being reintroduced to Filipinos and has become quite popular in the graffiti and tattoo scene. via flickr, nordenx, allphilippines, flickr, nicopuertollano.com, and flickr again.

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Vintage Philippine Airlines ad

Posted by rod - 27.01.2010

Vintage Philippine Airlines ad via vintageadbrowser.com

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New Philippines Currency

Posted by rod - 03.09.2009

money-coverDSC_0324DSC_0322DSC_0320DSC_0318Ryan Riegner designed new Philippin currency this is what he wrote about his project. “Paper currency, regardless of it’s technical beauty, elegant craftsmanship and saturation into everyday life, it is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of remarkable design… so I chose to redesign some. I decided to go with the Philippine peso, as I will be traveling to Australia and Southeast Asia this winter. I chose to focus primarily on applying governmental requirements, specific imagery, color, and form relative to the Philippines that showcased both internal and external associations with this island nation, and I am more than pleased with the result. I plan to distribute them to locals, possibly as trade if and when I arrive.”

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Dinagyang festival – Philippines

Posted by rod - 18.06.2009

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The Dinagyang is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo City, Philippines held on the fourth Sunday of January, or right after the Sinulog In Cebu and the Ati-Atihan in Aklan. It is held both to honor the Santo Niño and to celebrate the arrival on Panay of Malay settlers and the subsequent selling of the island to them by the Atis. via flickr

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Illustrations by Among Robert Alejandro

Posted by rod - 29.05.2009

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Created by Philippine illustrator Among Robert Alejandro

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Jeepney

Posted by rod - 13.05.2009

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Philippine Jeepneys are a symbol of Philippine culture. Found via cache.jalopnik.com and redbubble.com

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