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Xyza Bacani’s HK journey passed through SF


Documentary photographer Rick Rocamora does not even know how to pronounce her name. In fact, he and Xyza Bacani have yet to meet face-to-face, even though they’ve become key players in an inspiring story about Filipino photography that’s been drawing attention worldwide.

Posted: July 25th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns | Read More »

Setting off with blind faith

Illustrations by Steph Bravo

This is a true story about my friend Digoy and my encounter with Masha, a Russian lady. If written like a play, it would go thus:

Posted: June 29th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

‘I don’t feel like an OFW, just a girl with a camera’ shooting HK’s street life

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BACANI A man prepares to open his stall for the night market on Temple Street in Mongkok District in Hong Kong. Her stunning B&W photos have brought acclaim to the Filipino domestic worker.   XYZA CRUZ BACANI

On weekdays, domestic worker Xyza Cruz Bacani uses a sturdy, white mop to clean her elderly employer’s flat, if she’s not taking care of the latter’s seven grandchildren who visit every day.

Posted: June 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

DFA deplores Hong Kong racist commercial

SCREENGRAB from YouTube.com

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) described the insurance commercial in Hong Kong depicting a Filipina maid as “lacking sensitivity,” and said that Filipino household service workers there are “indispensable.”

Posted: June 19th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

‘Racist’ maid ad draws anger in Hong Kong

SCREENGRAB from YouTube.com

A “racist” insurance commercial depicting a male Chinese actor as a Filipina maid has drawn outrage on social media in Hong Kong, with groups representing the city’s legions of domestic helpers calling for an apology.

Posted: June 18th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »