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The scanned slides below were all covered with
with mould but were saved by the ICE software in my Nikon CoolScanV . Philippines photos are from the middle eighties.
This fire left 1,500 people without houses. The Manila firemen.ran out of water and refused to drop their hoses in the filthy canal water. The Chinese Volunteers arrived, dropped their hoses in the canal, braved the roaring flames and saved the remaining shack homes.
As I was shooting the fire up close, I heard the frantic barking of a dog tied up in the lattice work shed on the right. He bit me when I was struggling to untie the knot on the rope holding him. Then, when I rushed out behind the fleeing animal, I found myself surrounded by flames. I got a couple of shots off as I sought an escape route. Some of us aren't as bright as dogs.
Lake Laguna de Bay floods it's southern shores just about every year providing some interesting photo opportunities like this useless pump and the nice surroundings.
There are some amazing and often young wood carvers to be seen in Luzon, Philippines. Equally amazing is the speed with which they produce some quite complex works.
It was overcast. The woman and her offspring were about 50 yards out in Manila Bay from the beach off Roxas Blvd. I had to use a 300mm lens to get the shot which is a bit darker than I'd have preferred but it was too good to let go.
The kids above are on the chain of an abandoned ship in Manila's North Harbor.

The boy on the left weaves to help support his family. Most Manila residents are dirt poor but their kids do their work after school hours.
Smaller street kids in Manila during the 80's were often robbed of whatever they had often including their clothing. ^
Oxen are still used in the north of Luzon for more than pulling plows. >
Most street children, called stowaways in the Philippines, even the young like this ten year old, frequently end up sniffing glue within a few weeks to escape some of the misery of their lives. Is a child opts to leave home for the streets, home was a really terrible place.
You never can tell who will walk onto the links.
The tragedy of corruption. This three year old received fake medicine. Thankfully, governments after the Marcoses were removed did cure this tragic practice.
.Cock fighters really like their roosters.
This sad street mom sleeps with her twin babies outside the concern of the patrons enjoying a meal outside her means.

Stacked street boys stay very much together for warmth and security.
Mountain girls stay dry outside church on a Sunday. Their travelling Lutheran pastor and I walked half a day from the nearest transportation, a jeepney, to their rustic chapel.
Laguna de Bay is dotted with fish pens, areas surrounded by fishnet on sturdy bamboo posts pushed deep into the sandy lake bottom. Thousands of fish are grown annually in each provided area families with a decent if not quite middle class incomes.
While her two small daughters play nearby, this homeless woman bathes dressed then prepares to put back on her plastic ear rings.
The 12 year old above gets fully into the spirit of an evangelical revival of the Rev. Wilde Almeda in Manila's Luneta Park
A pair of young Laguna de Bay friends, children of fishermen.
Some of Manila's older shack colonies were build over swampland. They put pieces of plank over the mud of the walkways creating an interesting mosaic of shades of dark brown. Life in these 'slums' is hardly as miserable as you might imagine. The residents tend to be quite good folks who have fairly decent jobs, take good care of their children who they generally expect to do better than them.
Three damsels in a Laguna de Bay fishing village home.
Below is the twelth photo I took with my new D70 back in January, hence my twelth digital photo. After fifty-five years shooting film, it was an amazing experience. The photo is of a Guatemala City squatter colony in a reputedly very dangerous part of town.
This lad was swimming in Manila Bay with a group of friends who came there from their homes in the Tondo section of Metro Manila, an extremely high population density sector with around a million residents living in old, often architecturally beautiful wood frame homes.