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Weekly Photo Challenge: FOCUS_Wood & Bamboo House

August 23, 2014

Here I focused on the house where one of our heroes, Apolinario Mabini [1864-1903] lived and died. His Sesquicentennial birth anniversary is being celebrated this year. The house — made of wood, with bamboo slats as flooring and his bed, also made of bamboo are being preserved. Mabini wrote essays against American imperialism at the turn of the century in the Philippines. Despite being a paralytic, he was appointed as Chief Adviser of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the First President of the Philippine Republic in 1898. He was the First Minister of Foreign Affairs, and First Minister of the National Council.

Mabini House_Bust

Bust of Apolinario Mabini, Brains of the Revolution inside the house where he lived while studying law at the University of Sto. Tomas. The house has become a national shrine. It is located inside the campus of PUP in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

Mabini House_Floor

The floor is made of bamboo slats for air ventilation.

Mabini House_Bed

Mabini’s bed. “Banig”*, a handwoven mat is usually unrolled when one is about to sleep. It is usually made of “buri” [palm], pandan or sea grass leaves.

Mabini House_Room

Mabini’s Room

Dining Room

Dining Room; on the right side is the kitchen

Mabini House_Table

The video below shows how “BANIG”, the handwoven mat as shown above is being made. This film made good use of the camera aperture and depth of field – focusing and defocusing on the object/subject.