There’s a spiritual belief I encountered once, that sees life as fluctuations over the surface of nature — like how all matter is mere excitations of the Higgs field, and like the waves that rippled across the koi pond outside the wake of my aunt and my grandfather.

At the…


Guarded optimism cuts through daily anxieties as a bakery does its best to survive the pandemic.

From the kitchen of her residence in Marikina City, Metro Manila, a baker does her best to keep her business afloat. Alongside her works a crack team of seven bakers and a company driver, taking orders and minding their posts as they ship orders to customers through courier systems…


A showcase of some of my best shots taken this 2020, presenting the myriad ways in which regular Filipinos have persevered through the difficulties of the past year.

In Occidental Mindoro, a fisherman hauls a yellowfin tuna ashore, to be taken to traders in his hometown of Sablayan. Already caught up in a difficult livelihood, artisanal fishers have been forced to spend days at sea as climate change push fisheries further off shore. Photograph © Alo Lantin

Gilda Ravago lives alone. Her late husband passed away last year following a stroke in 2018. Her children live away from her, together with their families. Her only companion is Yoli, her helper, as well as a young cat and a Chow Chow. …


A dangerous assumption in journalism in general is the idea that we can truthfully represent the stories of others. Our own gaze prevents us from doing so. We are an ‘Other’ imposing our interpretations of the world upon our subject. The most truly representative piece can only ever come from the subjects themselves — but through careful, caring, humble, anthropological study of our subjects, we can eliminate our own gaze, at least to some degree.

From our limited perspective, we assume that our own gaze is enough to glean a “truthful” story out of the images and stories we gaze upon. In actuality, our understanding of what we see is fueled by the narratives we carry internally. “Photograph[s add] substantiation to fictional narratives [and] narratives…


A quick study of controversial, hot-topic front pages from mainstream Philippine broadsheets. Passing glances at headlines and cover photos, perhaps on your commute to work or as you browse lazily through a convenience store on an off-day, can inform, build upon, or challenge the narratives we carry in our head…


In bedrooms and living rooms and in private spaces, time has lost meaning under the weight of the COVID-19 lockdown. For the Lantin household, their ‘new normal’ is rife with quiet anxiety.

The Philippine government declared a nationwide lockdown on the 16th of March in response to rising cases of…


I thought very hard about whether or not to write about this particular article because of how sick reading it made me feel, but I figured, given recent events, it might be good to revisit one of the most disturbing photo essays to come out of one of the darkest…

Alo Lantin

Environmentalist, culture conservationist, essayist. Development studies graduate. A collector of stories. instagram.com/aloveyoutoo

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