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This photo was taken 8 years ago on a late afternoon when I was working on the process of mapping the boundaries of the Samar Island Natural Park taken with a first generation Kodak digital camera so this is the more or less the actual size and quality of the image with some brightness and contrast adjustments.

Samar Island is one of the largest islands of the Philippines in the eastern part of the archipelago. It is the region mostly affected and devastated by tropical storms coming from the western side of the pacific ocean, thus the economic development here is relatively slow. This is also the area where the portuguese seafarer Ferdinand Magellan's ships landed in search of the precious spices in the 16th century as documented by Pigaffetta.

The photo shows three farmers belonging to one family at the ricefields, resting for a couple of minutes. In this part of the province, the harvest purely with bare hands and sickle, the rice grain is collected by hitting the rice weeds against a spanned net bundle by bundle filtering the grains. All the able adults are engaged during harvest time. The children, as young as five, help their parents in sperating the grains from the weed.

To get here from the nearest city, we needed four hours changing modes of transportation from tricycle, jeepney, rented a motor-powered boat and the local tricycle called 'Kuliglig', meaning cricket, because the sound of motor sounded like one.

Jicontol, Dolores, Eastern Samar, rice bowl of Samar and the Visayas.

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Additional Photos by Alex Magallona (maglex) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 475 W: 86 N: 264] (1980)
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