Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines

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Monday, December 5, 2011

#148 Taga-bigkis

Two postcards ago, I featured a farmer who helped harvest the season's rice crop in exchange for a few cavans of rice. When you don't own the land, you need to make a living somehow, and every person we found working in the fields did some uniquely useful work that helped them earn a cut of the harvest.

This week's postcard features another "profession" in the food chain of harvesting rice. These folks are called "taga-bigkis." After someone cuts the rice stalks and lays them on the ground to dry, these folks come along to tie those stalks into bundles and stack them together into significant mounds. Yup, work here is that specialized, and this is the only thing they'll do. They'll make two hundred pesos per day doing this. After all, everyone's gotta eat. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: The afternoon sun was beating down on us, not the best time to be shooting in the fields. But just like these folks who have a job to do, we also need to earn our keepers! One trick I use to get uber saturated photographs at high noon is to slap on a polarizer and set it to maximum polarization. This cancels out all the reflection from the leaves and surrounding foliage, making the colors jump out.)

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