Monday, May 12, 2008

THE KALINGA MAN

LAST DAY FOR "THE KALINGA MAN" TO BE IN THE FOREFRONT. COMMENTS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED. TOMORROW WOULD BE JUDGEMENT DAY.

Contrast of tradition and technology.

I WILL GIVE 500 ENTRECARD CREDITS TO A SELECTED READER WHO WOULD BE ABLE TO COMMENT AND DESCRIBE THIS PICTURE CORRECTLY AND CREATIVELY.

52 comments:

Ken Armstrong said...

What a Great picture!!

Pinay Mommy said...

he is taking a picture!! hehehe

Jena Isle said...

Ruby, he he he, thanks for commenting. Happy blogging.

faeryrowan said...

DLSR meets Kalinga Man! Hehehe! Nice picture. I love it. =)

Robert A. Henru said...

Kalinga Man helping tourists taking picture ^_^

Jena Isle said...

Thanks Robert, I will have to give give at least 3-5 days for others to comment.

tashabud said...

Is this his recent picture or was this taken 3 decades ago? lol. Great pic though.

Jena Isle said...

Hello Tasha. he he he...not really decades ago.... Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Jena Isle said...

Hello Fae, thanks for dropping by. he he he, I love the pic too.

MAGGIE AT COFFEESHOPMAFIA said...

That is a great picture.

When the Natives take pictures of the Tourists.

lina said...

This is to show that tradition and technology need not be separated and alienated. If one choose being traditional and proud of it, doesn't mean he shun technology and be un-knowledgeable about it. A nice photo.

Kim said...

clever use of contrast between the sharp focus of the Kalinga Man and the soft focus of the background...
nice touch of humour...
who really IS the photographer here ??

Jena Isle said...

Maggie, thanks for the comment...I will have to tell you later after all comments are in, thanks.

Lina, thanks for commenting, and you have a keen eye.

Kim, that is a good question. Who is the photographer? Thanks for dropping by.

Asuka said...

I find this pic so eye catching. The contrast between technology and culture is stunning. The other remarkable thing is, this man's arms...Oh I would like to feel them ; )

Jenaisle said...

Hey Asuka, you made me laugh..he he he...You should see him in person, quite a personality. The bad news is that he is already taken.

Thanks for dropping by.

Kiran said...

Excellent post and a blog!Keep it up! Thanks for your comments on my post on aceguide.blogspot.com

Jena Isle said...

H Kiran, thanks too for dropping by. You have a great blog yourself. Happy blogging.

desperateblogger said...

great picture! who is he?

progress in action

Jena Isle said...

Hi desperate blogger, he is my brother. Thanks for dropping by and commenting. You have a great blog.

Alexys Fairfield said...

I love the emotion behind the picture and the rich culture that surrounds it. I also love the well defined biceps and the contrast between masculinity and femininity - the ying and yang of life. Great photo.

Jena Isle said...

Alexys, thanks for the comment. I can recognize your card anywhere. Great blog you have there.

Pinoy Around the World said...

Hi! Who is your model here? It sure is a very beautiful photo and it just makes me feel more homesick. I came from Piat, Cagayan - pretty close to Kalinga. I used to go there also as I worked with health projects of the DOH before.

Anyway, you have a great blog and I admire your concept of sharing Kalinga with your readers.

I should say I also have a similar blog in the sense that I also try to showcase my Filipinos and our way of life - particularly us who are outside the country.

Hope you can drop by as well and leave your kind comments.

Regards to all in Kalinga!

By the way, I also own HotMomma - I can see you have been regularly dropping your card there.

Jena Isle said...

Hi pinoy around the world, thanks for dropping by and commenting, The model is my brother. He is proud of being a Kalinga and I am proud too of our rich culture. Yes Cagayan is a hop away. we often go there to the Calao caves.

Kudos to you for blogging about the Philippines and regards to all Kababayans there abroad with you.

Jena Isle said...

Pinoy around the world, Your post made my day!! I can't help but laugh....Thanks for posting. You are right about your observation. This is the first time I've heard "Self-lacerating humor", and I agree with you. Perhaps it is one of our defense mechanisms.

Whatever it is, we truly need it in this poverty stricken country. but I am proud to be Pinoy.

You have very well written posts...Kudos to you. Great site, great posts.

See you around!

My Bug Life said...

He's using your camera to take a photo of u?

Jenaisle said...

My bug life, thanks for dropping by. I will have to answer that question after 3 days, when all entries are in. (grins) Thanks for the comment.

Tix•R•Us said...

The tourist already snap the sexy and buff Kalinga man in his traditional outfit, and now they want altogether picture of themselves without someone absent behind camera and the Kalinga man he volunteers to take picture for them, cuz actually he has a better digital camera than theirs back in the old village and what's more the Kalinga man has a blog that gets more hits than either you or me.

Jena Isle said...

he he he Tix*I*rus....that made me smile. very good insight indeed. Thanks for commenting. Happy blogging!

Jena Isle said...

Tix*r*us sorry for the typo. Unique name. Happy blogging.

Pinoy Around the World said...

This picture is a perfect illustration of how modern technology and indigenous way of life can be perfectly married. The sight of a Kalinga man in his native attire wielding a camera to capture the beauty of his surroundings is not commonplace, but it does not mean that it is not practicable. By all means, he has all the right and he has the know-how, i suppose, to be using that intimidating piece of gadget.

Jena Isle said...

Thanks Pinoy around the world for dropping by. I appreciate it.Happy blogging.

Miss Write said...

"We no longer shoot with arrows" - Kalinga Man.

Taray di ba? Hehe. Linked and faved btw. :)

manilenya said...

Is he a real Kalinga Man? If he is, wow! The photographer did a great job because I can see in the pic the contrast between technology and culture and yet, the expression of the face of the man and the way he holds the DSLR makes him look like a photographer.

Jenaisle said...

he he he.Miss write, taray nga! Yes, that might be his dialogue, let us see in the end.


Manilenya, yes he is a real Kalinga man, from Taloctoc, Tanudan Kalinga Apayao, and I cannot comment still on why he holds the camera like a veteran.

Thanks to you both for commenting.

lis said...

terrifc! Fantastic!If he is the real Kalinga tribe...He wears the proper Tribal clothes...He must be so amazed of his sorroundings so he opted to study photography. There, he is the one who is taking the picture now, and not the tourist. On the other hand, it must be you waering the Kalinga clothes and taking picture for us to comment if your ok for the hercules muscle constest in The Philippines. he he he he. really, the picture looks surprising

Jenaisle said...

Lis, he he he, that is a practical observation. Thanks for dropping by.

Strider said...

that's a great shot!
everything changes; some traditions stay and some are acquired.

Jena Isle said...

strider, you're right. Thanks for dropping by.

Shinade said...

I see an excellent composition that is making a very definite social statement.

Technology meets, greets, and will eventually destroy the true beauty and innocence of The True Kalinga Man.

Progress is always and ever marching forward toward destruction.

Great picture with a very profound social comment.

Jena Isle said...

Thanks Shinade for that insightful comment. You have a point worth taking into consideration. Thanks for sharing.

Btw, your blogs are great.

THE MOM WITH BROWNIES said...

WOW! He is incredibly buff. You don't get THAT buff without working out...soo...

I say he's a visitor who was dressing in native apparel for some sort of celebration. He was taking a picture of his group in their native apparel...and the native is the one who took that amazing picture of him!

Shelly M.
The Mom With Brownies

Gebeleizis said...

Great picture, great blog. And an impressive no. of comments, too!

noni said...

Seems like resurrection of Michelangelo's David as a Kalinga man and his raw presence in nature. The statue of Michelangelo is meant to show David after he has made the decision to fight Goliath, this time kalinga man also stand with an attitude and more focussed in determination.

good site jena....

Jena Isle said...

Hi Shelly, a good interpretation...could be, a picture speaks a thousand words, so they say. Let us see tomorrow, if your interpretation is correct.
Thanks for visiting.

Gebeleizis thanks for the good words, and for commenting too, happy blogging.


Noni, thanks for the encouraging words and for the wise interpretation. I will reveal the correct one tomorrow. Check out your comment too.

Liz said...

Picture perfect! =)

Jenaisle said...

Thanks for the visit liz, Happy blogging!

tashabud said...
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tashabud said...

The Kalinga Man

As a youngster, he wakes up at the crack of dawn to feed the chicken and the pigs. Then he takes the carabao to pasture before going to school. As the youngster becomes a teenager, he goes to the forest to cut down trees with an axe. As he continues to do this chore, he starts to build those beautiful muscular arms of his. He gathers the fallen trees and makes a big pile. He bundles the pile with vines he collects from the forest, and then he swings the bundle over to his shoulder and carries it all the way home for mother to use to cook the family's supper. By doing this repeatedly, he builds and strengthens his beautiful muscles more.

The Kalinga man seeks to better his life, so, he asks his parents if he's allowed to further his education in the city, away from his remote jungle home. His parents agree and send him away with a woven backpack to carry his things. He then enrolls at one of the country's most prestigious universities. He becomes educated in the ways of the modern civilization, and learns how to use and manipulate all kinds of electronic gadgets, including the camera. In order to supplement the money his parents sends him for school and living expenses, he works as a photographer for a local studio that provided him the camera to take pictures of foreigners who are touring his city.

Jena Isle said...

Tasha, thanks for the comment. I appreciate it a lot, coming from a budding writer like you.

And I would like to apologize to the person who commented before Tasha. I am not sure whether I have inadvertently deleted your comment or you have. Kindly repost it again, if you would like to. Thanks.

BillyWarhol said...

Where's my Poison Blow Dart Gun when I need it!!

;))

CDO said...

The native is shown as he flexes his muscles during his attempt to shoot the giant elephant with his Nikon micro lense. This way he can reduce his quarry to something that he can pack away in his napsack and return to the village.

Jenaisle said...

Billywarhol, thanks for dropping by. You won't be needing those as peace is reigning in the mountains right now.


cdo, thanks for visiting....perhaps monkeys would be more appropriate...as there are no elephants in this paradise.

Happy blog hopping to both of you.

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