Ocean chickens, fishermen and their sons playing, a clearing with a view of a teal grey sea. Something about all of that makes me feel so connected to these islands.... @nicolaseabass fearlessly takes on the gigantic questions that I wrestle with a lot. What does it mean for us as Filipinos to be citizens (and therefore stewards) of an archipelago that is central to conservation of marine life? What does it mean for the millions whose lives have depended on this body of water for centuries? My lovely Nicola has taken over the @natgeoasia instagram the past week, telling us tiny stories about a gigantic sea and its people. @insidenatgeo#Philippines@sonyphinc@sonyalpha#coraltriangle
Island girl. In case you missed it, the wonderful @nicolaseabass took over the @natgeoasia instagram the past week, with stories from her @insidenatgeo grant, profiling the people and creatures that make up the Verde Island Passage. It's an important passage within the Philippines, a global center of marine biodiversity. It is important to science, but also it is important to the thousands of people who call the passage home, who survive off its resources. I was lucky enough to have taken some of the images, along with @carmendelprado and @franciscoguerrero. Head on over to the @natgeoasia instagram to find out more about the #Citizensofthepassage
Happy 100 Million @natgeo 🌻 A field of yellow sunflowers to celebrate this wonderful milestone.
As a thanks, @natgeo is having a photo contest for the next 24 hours only. To submit, post your most Nat Geo inspired photo on your feed using the hashtag #NatGeo100Contest. The top 10 photos will be posted on @natgeo and the winner gets a photo trip to Tanzania. Check out the @natgeo Instagram for more. Good luck! And I hope a Filipino makes it to the top 10 ;)
In the ruins of Marawi, time feels like it's standing still. In the wake of a siege between ISIS linked militants and the military, over a hundred thousand people still cannot go home. More than a year later, the rebuilding (or lack thereof) is plagued by disorder, creating one of the region's largest and most overlooked humanitarian crises. Read the story, by @shibani and @reginecabato in the @washingtonpost. #marawi#philippines
The ruins of Marawi's Grand Mosque at sunset more than a year after it was besieged by ISIS linked militants. The Islamist forces that held Marawi had many foreign fighters among them — some from nearby countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia, and others from Yemen and Pakistan. The militants were able to persuade members of other disparate insurgent groups to rally around the ideology of the Islamic State.
They have been driven from Marawi. But now the recovery is plagued by disorder and false starts, creating one of the region’s largest and most overlooked humanitarian crises.
Little girl in a makeshift classroom inside an IDP camp... It has been more than a year since the Philippine military declared the Muslim-majority city of Marawi “liberated” from ISIS-linked militants. But the ravaged city is still waiting for billions in promised infrastructure and aid to arrive. Over a hundred thousand people remain displaced, and analysts say that militants are returning to the area, preying on growing frustration with the government in maintaining stability. Read the story by @reginecabato and @shibani on today's @washingtonpost. Link in my stories.
The ruins of Marawi, from the building of a rooftop. The city was taken by Islamist militants in 2017. Today it's an eerie ghost town, and the structures have been overtaken by weeds and wildflowers, filling the place with a silence I have never heard before. More than a hundred thousand people are still displaced. Read the story by @shibani Mahtani and @reginecabato on the @washingtonpost. Thank you so much to @olivierclaurent. Link in my stories shortly.
Sweet little moment between two young falconers at sunset just outside their family home in Bayan Olgii, Mongolia. 🦅 Hunting with eagles connects these children to the wild, and in the process it connects them with each other. #rewilding#family#love