Friday, February 12, 2016

A Great Panorama of Cagayan de Oro City at Night

Cagayan de Oro City known as the City of Golden Friendship and considered to be the Whitewater Rafting Capital of the Philippines was recently coined "Where adventure never ends" by the TTG Show Daily, the official publication of the Asean Tourism Forum held last January 19-22, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila and came out to be the 9th most visited places in the Philippines by the Department of Tourism.

The economy of this city is indeed booming as compared from the past years. We may notice the expansion of the SM Cagayan de Oro downtown with the on-going SM Prime also known as the SM CDO 2 Premier said to have a high-rise call center including a high-end hotel located at the C.M. Recto Avenue. The SM Premier 2 is said to be the biggest SM in Mindanao once completed. Limketkai will also resume its Luxe Hotel Tower 2 constructed including the LOOP tower while the Avida Tower 1 can also be seen as 75-80 percent done. Mesaverte Residences by the Land Masters also announced its exciting condominium project in the same area.

With this fast-growing development, I decided to create a documentary shot of the city on a panoramic setting. The project aims to showcase the Business District of the city with its growth during night time.

I chose the High Ridge, an over-looking restaurant located in Aluba as the view deck point because i think it is the best vantage point to photograph the city to date.
The panoramic view of Cagayan de Oro City as seen during night time.
Seen above photo is the panorama shot of the city showing its development. This is by the way, a photo-result of merging 16 different images taken on the same period of time.

I started around 8:35 in the evening and ended at 9:50pm. All photos was set to 30 seconds exposure time at 100 ISO. 4.625 Max aperture and 0 step exposure bias. Additional camera/image information below:

Make: Canon EOS 600D
Lens: Sigma AF 150-500mm OS DG APO HSM
Exposure Time: 30 seconds
F-stop: f/7.1
Focal length: 150mm
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Program: Shutter Priority
Mode: Manual

I mounted the Super Telephoto lens attaching the DSLR camera to Jusino AX255 Professional Traveller Series 5 Tripod with BT-02 Ball head which by the way, can accommodate a 15-kilo weight. 

All images were set accordingly to maintain the image uniformity. Then, used Adobe Photoshop CS 6 Extension to merge the photos resulting to the above image using the perspective lay out while clicking the "Blend Images Together", "Vignette Removal" and leaving the "Geometric Distortion Correction". The resulting image is about 65MB which has a total width of 25464 pixel x 4240 pixel in height. That's about 308.9 mega pixel dimensions! And by the way, i changed the actual size of it at 15000 pixel x 2498 pixel which is equivalent to  107.2 mega pixel dimensions.

Meanwhile, i added some photos i captured during the documentary shot.  

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Above image shows the 70-80% completion of the Ayala Avida Tower with the Seda Hotel.

Above image shows the Limketkai Luxe Hotel Tower 1 and the Gateway Tower. Taken at 500mm using the Sigma AF 150-500mm DG OS APO HSM

Above image shows the Limketkai Luxe Hotel Tower 1, Limketkai Center, and the Macabalan Pier.
Above image shows the Mallberry Suites Business Hotel together with the on-going construction of the SM CDO Premier 2. At the far right is the Limketkai Plant.
Above image shows the Mallberry Suites Business Hotel (left), Limketkai Luxe Hotel Tower 1 (Far right) beside the Limketkai Gate Tower.
Above image shows the Cogon Market (below left to center), Mallberry Suites Business Hotel (right corner) and the on-going SM CDO Premier 2 (center). Seen far right is a commercial shipping line departing its way.
Above image shows the Ayala Avida Tower (left) with the Seda Hotel and the Centrio Mall. G Galyx, a budget hotel can also be seen near center of the image. Lower right is the Cogon Market.
Above image shows the G-galyx, a budget hotel (near center) with the Cogon Market (lower right portion).
Above image shows the Maxandrea Hotel (left), and the Ayala Avida Tower (right) with the Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan SBM Building (lower center portion)
Above image shows the Maxandrea Hotel (left)
Above image shows the Dynasty Court Hotel (center left corner)
Above image shows the Ysalina Bridge most commonly known today as Carmen Bridge.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Apple Tree Resort and Hotel on the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration

The Premier Resort and Hotel in Metro Cagayan de Oro welcomed the Christmas Season with its traditional Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony

(Northern Mindanao, PHILIPPINES)- Marked as the second (2nd) Christmas Tree Lighting Event, Apple Tree Resort and Hotel continues its annual ceremony held recently (December 01, 2015) at the hotel lobby. It has been a tradition to everyone especially the Christians to light up their Christmas Trees with different decors as to signify the start of the yuletide celebration in the country.
The CDOPP (Cagayan de Oro Photographers Photoshoot) together with the Founder and the President:
 From left to right: Marcelo Chan (Board Member), Ken Baguio (Member), Joshua Jireh Abudante (Founder),
Argie Yanez (Vice President), Clement Dampal II (President), Santa Claus

This year, Apple Tree Resort and Hotel partnered with the Cagayan de Oro Photographers Photoshoot (CDOPP) a camera club based in Cagayan de Oro which aims to foster the ability to promote Northern Mindanao as a place with great potential and growth in beauty and style through photography.

Clement Dampal II on the opening remarks
The annual occasion started at 4:30 in the afternoon with a thanksgiving mass held at Punta Gorda, one of the hotel’s function areas and was followed by the program proper emceed by Ms Odessa Bahian and Mr Raffy Vacalares. Mr Clement Dampal II, the hotel’s Marketing and PR Officer inaugurated the event and warmly welcomed the guests, media personnel, hotel partners, and the chosen foundation, and emphasizing the spirit of Christmas, a message both timeless and universal- a season of generosity and love.

“Exactly a year ago today, Apple Tree Resort and Hotel staged the first tree lighting ceremony. We, as Apple Tree Family, faced trials that we have proudly surpassed. We, as individuals experienced the same. But we all have decided to brush away our tears, dust off our asses and say, “The show must go on.” And with this, we light up our tree to symbolize our beacon of light and hope for just around the corner, Christmas is waiting full of presents and blessings for all of us. So ladies and gentlemen, we proudly present, the first viewing of Apple Tree’s Christmas Tree!” said by Ms Bjanesha M. Emphasis, the General Manager on the actual first viewing of the Hotel’s Christmas Tree.

Bjanesha M. Emphasis
(General Manager)
For this year, Apple Tree Resort and Hotel decided to make it something exceptional yet practical. Not only one but three Christmas Trees meticulously made through the efforts of Mr Bert Edroso, the Maintenance Supervisor which were carefully designed and manifested by Mr Rey Vitor, the hotel’s Banquet Head.

The two smaller Christmas Trees stands at 7 feet, each with 13 candle bulbs with the biggest tree standing at 17 feet tall having an approximate vital statistics of 220 inches, 240 inches, and 260 inches circumference respectively with 35 candle bulbs. The Christmas Trees are made up of 220 pieces of dried coconut fronds commonly known in Visayan dialect as “palwa” which were utilized to create a remarkable masterpiece. Additionally, “the biggest Christmas Tree is adorned not only with the usual Christmas trimmings but of poignant scenes caught on camera by our partner Photographers.” - said Ms Bjanesha M. Emphasis.

Apple Tree Resort and Hotel's 2015 hotel recipient (The Gugma Sa Kabataan Foundation) with their Executive Director
Dr Minda Domingo, Mr Clement Dampal II and Ms Bjanesha M. Emphasis (of Apple Tree Resort and Hotel)
THE RECIPIENT:
Apple Tree Resort and Hotel Management chose the GUGMA SA KABATAAN Foundation as the year’s beneficiary of the event. The Gugma sa Kabataan Foundation (GsK) is registered as a non-profit incorporation in the Philippines, run by its members.

With its vision of an empowering place for street children to enjoy survival, development, protection, and participations towards a transforming community with HOPE, FAITH, and LOVE, the Gugma Sa Kabataan provides temporary care for street children and youth. Working with the street children in providing opportunities to be integrated in family, school, and labor is its sole mission thus, preventing children from choosing the street to be their home or place of livelihood is the main goal of the foundation.
The kids from Gugma sa Kabataan Foundation

Ms Emphasis also showcased the 9 additional 12x18-sized printed arts from the CDOPP Photographers exhibited with the theme “Kids on Streets” displaying the realistic and noteworthy situation of the kids on the streets. Then after, the official lighting of the Christmas Tree was commenced around 6:00pm as Ms Bjanesha M. Emphasis countdown in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 together with the guests and partnered institution. Indeed, our Christmas Tree is an epitome of realistic and simply beauty.”- she added.
The 12x8-sized printed photos of the CDOPP (Cagayan de Oro Photographers Photoshoot)

Meanwhile, the hotel served Filipino foods and delicacies after the Christmas Tree Lighting wherein guests witnessed the interpretative performance of the hotel employees. Additionally, highlighting the occasion was the performance made by the kids of Gugma Sa Kabataan as they gracefully danced with the beat of the music. Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc., the hotel’s recipient last year joined the event as well and entertained the guests with their

The event officially ended after Santa Claus gave his bundles of joy to the hotel’s partnered foundations.
Apple Tree Resort and Hotel's Family
Apple Tree Resort and Hotel's Family
Ms Bjanesha M. Emphasis (General Manager) and Ms Lorna S. Nacua (Operations Manager) with Santa Claus giving
gifts during the annual tradition- Christmas Tree Lighting program.
The Apple Tree Resort and Hotel employees performed an interpretative musical dance during the program proper
Apple Tree Resort and Hotel guests and friends
The countdown of the Christmas Tree Lighting

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cebu Landmasters launches first CDO project Mesaverte

YOUNG professionals, start-up families and investors will soon have a better choice to settle in an accessible, convenient, exclusive and yet affordable place right at the heart of Cagayan de Oro City.

This will be so as Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) will hold the grand launch of its latest project -- the Mesaverte Residences, a community of three mid-rise condominiums, on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

Mesaverte Residences will be built in a prime neighborhood between Corrales and Osmeña Ext., parallel and in-between Claro M. Recto Ave. and Capitol University, announced Jose Franco Soberano, CLI chief operating officer.

The project is also near Gaisano City Mall, Centrio Mall, Northern Mindanao Medical Center, Mindanao University of Science and Technology and Limketkai Center.

Soberano disclosed that Mesaverte Residences will be built in two phases. Phase 1 comprises the first two buildings which includes the clubhouse and amenity areas slated to be completed by 2018.

The two buildings will have 15-floors each with 18 residential units per floor configured with three 1-bedroom units and 15 studio units with an average area of 20-square meters.
504 units
With the units priced between P1.4 million to P2.9 million, each building will have 262 units in all with the four corner units having a balcony each. Two of these are one-bedroom units and the other two are studio units.

Buyers can have the option to combine two or more units to expand and create a more comfortable living space, noted Sheila Romarate, who leads the CLI CDO sales unit.

Phase two’s third building is planned for 294 units, while the whole cluster is allocated with 239 parking slots.

Mesaverte Residences has similarities with the highly successful Mivesa Garden Residences, a master-planned community with a generous amenity area developed by CLI in Lahug, Cebu City.

The amenities for the CDO project include separate adult and kiddie swimming pools with a sunken pool deck. The clubhouse will have air-conditioned function rooms and a fitness gym.

While a retail arcade will be located at the main entrance, the project will also have a basketball court, jogging paths, and children’s playground.
20 in 12
Property management services will support the residents and handle the 24/7 security system that includes manning the cluster’s two entry points through Corrales and Osmeña extensions.

"Like Mivesa, our upcoming project in Cagayan de Oro will provide an ideal venue for neighborhood building, family-bonding and healthy-living,"
quipped Soberano.

“Buildings are designed in contemporary architecture. The amenities of modern urban living are set amidst a relaxing environment to make one's own home an easy respite at the end of a long day,” he added.

This venture will be the first for CLI outside Cebu where it had developed balanced communities for 12 years now. Cebu Landmasters has built at least 20 horizontal and vertical projects since 2003.

For inquiries about Mesaverte Residences, one may visit the CLI office at the METZ Arcade on Gov. Roa St., or call either Romarate at (0917) 307-0086 or at (088) 880-8678. Those in Cebu may call (032) 262-9861
.

Mesaverte Residences.  As shown in this architect's perspective, a cluster of three mid-rise condominiums will rise in the heart of Cagayan de Oro. It is the first venture in the city of Cebu Landmasters, Inc.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Announcing The Winner of the 8th Scott Kelby's World Wide Photo Walk Cagayan de Oro Leg

"In our contemporary society, one so over-inundated with imagery, it is easy to overlook the power of a single frame to change the way we look at the world, or rally disparate hearts to a single cause. Yet, ours is a society shaped by this very phenomenon." - Steve McCurry

Kelby One officially recorded that there are about 999 Photo Walks around the globe participated where 21,510 official Photo Walkers from different walks of life registered and gathered last October 03, 2015 for the annual World Wide Photo Walk event. Imagine what Scott Kelby stated before: "You have nearly 1,000 winning images from around the world, and now you have to narrow it down to just 10 finalists and one grand prize winner. This is not an easy job." 

In Cagayan de Oro, PHILIPPINES particularly, while everyone is so excited to know the winning image of the Local Leg of this event, it took me a week of careful selection of that particular image, and hours to consider who deserves to represent Cagayan de Oro for the much anticipated first round selection of the event.

And oh', did i mention to you that we also have local contests i added to spice up the annual Photo Walk tradition with cool and exciting prizes coming from our sponsors such as Colours Digital Foto, Emerald Suites, and Ayo Fotography? And yes, i'll be picking up the Top 10 Winners of the Local category which will be judged according to (i) Relevance to the theme, (ii) Composition, (iii) Story-line, and (iv) Originality. Top 3 winners will get special prizes coming from our sponsors. And there's a local People's Choice Award too! By the way, the local contest theme is "Decisive Moment". Isn't it wonderful?

Out of the 50 official Photo Walkers registered via worldwidephotowalk.com, 17 images has been submitted successfully. Now, as this years' official Photo Walk Leader for Cagayan de Oro, i am much excited to announce to you the winning image of Cagayan de Oro, Northern Mindanao, Philippines. 

But before that, let me also announce to you my Top 5 Photos. Without further ado.


HERE ARE THE TOP 5 PHOTOS:


Photo by: Jouie Tabilin (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

The COOPH (the Cooperative of Photography) added the Patterns and Compositions as the eighth of the 10 composition tips in Photography. It stated that "Patterns are aesthetically pleasing. But the best is when the pattern is interrupted" and this is what the image is being composed.

The young boy serves as the primary subject and being supported by the repeating elements. Gladly, it turns out that the Photographer did a marvelous artistry when he used the cast figures (statues of different sizes) with this young boy as he interferes the pattern. It develops unity and structure which enhances the attractiveness of the picture.

Additionally, he captured a sense of texture which in turn, created a form. The Photographer emphasizes the features and details through the primary subject while rendering the texture of the picture.
Photo by: North Gevero (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

What a captivating scene! The photographer did a great job of taking something that is too attractive from its own composition. I like how he framed the man with that lines while carrying that big basket. It somewhat-like depicts a great story line, showing responsibility over burden and turns out to this beautiful imagery.

As what Henri Cartier-Bresson said, "There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever"

Well, the Photographer seems like he really made a huge impact to this creative image- part preparation, skills, good luck, instinct, good spot, intuition, and Woah!!! The Decisive Moment.

Did i say i like the tone of the image too? The right usage of white-to-gray-to-black composition. Wow! What a great interaction of light against dark shades! Great job!


Photo by: Argie Yañez (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

What something i like about this shot is the mood of the young boy. The photographer may somewhat portrays an interesting plot as to what kind of emotion he is trying to convey. At first glance, i tried on figuring out the intrinsic story of this image and i say, the photo portrays a realistic visual essay of today's society.

It's kind of interesting to see an image that tells a story and shows a mood of self-expression. You see, when you look at the image, especially the facial expression of this young boy, you are also getting a glimpse of his daily experience.

Additionally, there is this sense of closeness to the subject and the Photographer. This may be the reason why i found this image extremely genuine. "Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph"- Andre Kertesz.
Photo by: Gian James Maagad (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

What something caught my eyes with this image is the composition. I like how the photographer placed the woman as her subject on intersections which for me, it clearly shows the Rule of Thirds. He positioned the point of interest (which is the woman as her subject) along that lines and successfully manipulated the photo with the Leading Lines. 

You see how he uses the natural line leading the eyes to that subject? Clearly, the composition of the shot really gives it a superb look. It creates a really graphical look with strength.


Photo by: Leia Bartolome (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

Oh', the image that i found myself coming back again and again and makes me smile sweetly. If i had to choose my 2nd place shot, this would be the image. Seriously, I really like the natural expression of these young girls on their faces- an expression of unselfish happiness. 

I also like the different colors of the clothes complementing the off-white background. I like how the Photographer employed the yellow-colored cloth to the center ensuring the essence of the photo from superficial to reality.

One thing is for sure, there is a form and content to this image, and that is Happiness.

AND THE WINNING IMAGE FOR THE CAGAYAN DE ORO LEG is: 
Photo by: Abel Matthew Silawan (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)


"In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality."- Alfred Stieglitz

Any of the above-mentioned images could be announced as the winner for the Cagayan de Oro Leg to represent the city for the International category, but this image really caught my attention. The imagery has this strong message, a strength that makes this picture stands on its own, with its own place, characteristics, and over-flowing emotion. That is, a combination of expression and aesthetic- a photograph that speaks for itself.

I love the over-all composition of this photo. The Photographer clearly shows how he manipulated the photo while using the shadow lines on framing the details of the subject and gives that center of interest added strength. Addition to that, i like how he uses the figure to ground rules, finding a contrast between the subject and the background.

We may not see the person behind that bare-hand trying to reach out that plastic cup, however, that same hand gives as the glimpse etched on a person's face. This may somehow illustrates what Steve McCurry's famous line: "A picture can express a universal humanism, or simply reveal a delicate and poignant truth by exposing a slice of life that might otherwise pass unnoticed." 

Any images could have its own photographic techniques coupled with its story but i strongly agree with emotional content which serves to be the most important element of the photo regardless of what photographic technique manifested.

AWARENESS: Did you know that 2015 is the year of the POOR? 

The year 2015 is focused on the Church's commitment to and journey with the poor as per Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in preparation for the fifth centenary of the arrival of Christianity in the archipelago in 2021.

NOTE:
I would like to thank our local sponsors for gracing your support and the prizes, Emerald Suites for hosting the place, Ayo Fotography of Alex Orbegoso, Colours Digital Foto for the free 8R-sized prints for all the 50 participants, and to our Media Partners, Business Week Mindanao, Mindanao Daily News, The Cagayan Times, Mindanao Star, Easy Rock FM 96.9, Red Lemon Digital Media, and Clix Cagayan de Oro.

I would also like to extend my warmth appreciation to all the Photo Walkers who participated this year's Photo Walk. Thank you for making this year's Scott Kelby's World Wide Photo Walk a success!

Congratulations to the winner!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What…if Something Went Wrong: Hazardous Child Labor in Small-Scale Gold Mining in the Philippines

Philippines: Children Risk Death to Dig and Dive For Gold 
Enforce Child Labor, Health and Mining Laws 
Photos by: Mark Z. Saludes

An 11-year-old boy works at an underwater mining site in Camarines Norte province, Philippines.
© 2015 Mark Z. Saludes for Human Rights Watch

(Manila, September 30, 2015) – The Philippine government is failing to protect children who dig and dive for gold in dangerous small-scale mines, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report and video, released ahead of Children’s Month in the Philippines

The 39-page report, “What…if Something Went Wrong: Hazardous Child Labor in Small-Scale Gold Mining in the Philippines” documents how thousands of Filipino children – some just 9 years old – work in illegal, small-scale gold mines, mostly financed by local businessmen. Children work in unstable 25-meter-deep pits or underwater along the coastal shore or in rivers, and process gold with mercury, a toxic metal. In September 2014, a 17-year-old boy suffocated in an underground mine because there was no machine providing oxygen. The Philippine government should act on its public commitment to end child labor in mining, Human Rights Watch said.

“Filipino children are working in absolutely terrifying conditions in small-scale gold mines,” said Juliane Kippenberg, associate children’s rights director at Human Rights Watch and author of the report. “The Philippine government prohibits dangerous child labor, but has done very little to enforce the law.”


Human Rights Watch conducted field research in Camarines Norte and Masbate provinces in 2014 and 2015. More than 135 people were interviewed, including 65 child miners between the ages of 9 and 17. Beyond the fears of mine collapses and drowning, the children complained of numerous health problems, including back and body pain, skin infections, fevers, and spasms.
Pure mercury in a wooden pan used to process gold.  
© 2014 Mark Z. Saludes for Human Rights Watch

In underground mines, children risk injury from falling rocks and wood beams, pit collapse, and lack of oxygen. 


Underwater mining for gold, locally known as “compressor mining,” puts adult and child miners at risk of drowning, decompression sickness, and bacterial skin infections. Staying underwater for several hours at a time in 10-meter-deep shafts, the miners receive air from a tube attached to an air compressor at the surface. This work is carried out by adolescent boys and – mostly – adult men. Several boys described moments of fear when they dived for the first time. Fourteen-year-old “Dennis” said: “I was 13 the first time [I dived]. I felt scared because it’s dark and deep.” If the diesel-powered compressor stops working, the miner can drown or get “the bends” coming up too quickly. “Sometimes you have to make it up fast, especially if you have no air in your hose,” said “Joseph,” 16. “It’s a normal thing. It’s happened to me.” 
An adult miner gets ready to mine underwater in Santa Milagrosa, Jose Panganiban.
© 2014 Mark Z. Saludes for Human Rights Watch

The Philippine government in recent years has taken some important steps to ensure education for all, but the number of out-of-school children in the country remains high. Children, mostly from impoverished households, skip school because of their mining work and sometimes drop out altogether. 

An underground mine in Malaya, Camarines Norte. 
© 2014 Mark Z. Saludes for Human Rights Watch
“Lots of children in Masbate and Camarines Norte are dropping out of school to work in gold mining,” Kippenberg said. “In order to tackle the root causes of child labor, the government needs to assist the poorest families financially and ensure their children are able to attend and stay in school.” 

Children also work with mercury, a readily available toxic metal that is commonly used to process gold. Children are particularly susceptible to mercury, which attacks the central nervous system and can cause brain damage and even death. Unaware of the health risks, children use their bare hands to mix mercury with gold ore and create an amalgam. When they burn off the mercury to retrieve the raw gold, they breathe in toxic fumes. 

Children pan for gold along the Bosigon River in 
Malaya, Camarines Norte.
© 2014 Mark Z. Saludes for Human Rights Watch
In the mining village of Malaya, Camarines Norte, Human Rights Watch observed the unrestricted flow of light-grey, mercury-contaminated tailings from gold processing into the nearby river, where children play, swim, and pan for gold. Several children in Malaya complained of tremors, symptoms that could be signs of mercury poisoning. The Philippine government should be introducing mercury-free gold processing, such as is practiced in Benguet province, to reduce the threat to all children, Human Rights Watch said.

The Philippines has signed but not ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury of 2013, which sets out steps to reduce mercury exposure. The government should promptly ratify the Minamata Convention and test for mercury exposure among residents in mining areas. 

In March 2015, the government banned the use of mercury in mining as well as compressor mining, but little has been done to implement this regulation so far. 
“Peter,” 11, works at an underwater mining site in Santa Milagrosa, Jose Panganiban.
© 2014 Mark Z. Saludes for Human Rights Watch

The Philippines is the world’s 20th largest gold producer. An estimated 200,000 to 300,000 people work in the country’s small-scale gold mines. Large and small-scale mines combined produced about 18 tons of gold in 2014, at a market value of over US$700 million, according to official statistics. The country’s central bank is the official buying agent for gold from small-scale mining and exports it. However, the bank has no process in place to check the conditions in which the gold has been mined. Other gold is smuggled out of the country.

“Small-scale mining provides a vital livelihood for many Filipinos,” Kippenberg said. “But the government needs to take urgent steps to ensure a safe and child-labor-free mining sector so that families can earn an income without putting their children at risk.”
Emerita Pernicita shows a picture of her 17-year-old son, Nel, who died in an underground pit with his adult brother in Malaya, Camarines Norte. © 2014 Mark Z. Saludes for Human Rights Watch

During the embargo period, “What…if Something Went Wrong: Hazardous Child Labor in Small-Scale Gold Mining in the Philippines” is available at:

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For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact:
In Manila, Juliane Kippenberg (English, French, German): +63-90-87-74-66-34 (mobile); or +1-917-213-4228 (mobile); or kippenj@hrw.org. Twitter: @KippenbergJ 
In Manila, Carlos Conde (English, Tagalog, Visayan): +63-919-911-1539 (mobile); or condec@hrw.org. Twitter: @condeHRW
In New York, Margaret Wurth (English): +1-484-554-3194 (mobile); or wurthm@hrw.org. Twitter: @MargaretWurth
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