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Monday, July 28, 2014

#289 The Mamengo

Some jobs are more important than others. We all know that. And today on the rice terraces of barrangay Cababuyan in Hingyon, the most important job belongs to the mamengo. The Ma-meng-who?

Five percent of their annual harvest will be set aside as seeds for next year's planting. So does it make sense to choose the very best? Enter stage right: Eliza the mamengo. On harvest day, her job is to walk ahead of the pack and select the biggest, healthiest, and most vigorous-looking seed bunches. The cream of the crop. This ensures next year's harvest will have all the qualities of the best, and none of the worst. It's a practice handed-down through the generations. Darwin would be proud. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: To isolate your story amidst a busy composition, try using the biggest opening on your lens. The resulting narrow depth-of-field will leave your main subject in stark focus, while blurring everything else around it. Bokeh-licious.)

Errata: Cababuyan is in Hingyon, not Banaue as the photo caption indicates.

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