This is Manila North Cemetery. It was my first time to enter the place. First time to see a real life situation that people are living in the cemetery. Houses like apartment are constructed on top of the grave. There are small store and food carinderia. It felt that people are living a normal life. As if they are living in a typical subdivision. It’s creepy for us as the first timer. Family members of the dead are also allowing them to stay as caretakers. I have spoken to some resident and they said that they have nowhere to go so they stayed and live a normal life.
ALLAN QUA BOREBOR was born on January 1, 1972, in Caramoan, Camarines Sur. He is now based in Manila. Allan worked for various companies from 1996 to 2012 until he put up his own business. For three years, he has been running a small business that caters to tourists who wish to visit and experience Caramoan Islands. That was how he got interested in photography. The need to have a good landscape picture for the company website and advertisement made him decided to buy his first ever camera. From then on, he considered photography as a hobby. He took pictures of different places and people without any formal knowledge in photography. He learned to love being a street photographer. He was very much inspired that he decided to buy his very first DSLR in 2013. From a simple hobby, photography became a passion. There was always a desire to come up with quality and relevant photos. Thus, he decided to enroll in a basic photography workshop and consequently, in an advanced photography class by the Federation of Philippine Photography Foundation (FPPF). To enhance his skills, he joined Manila Avid Photographers (MAP) to see how other photographers work. He traveled in various places, shooting landscapes, festivals and other human activities. He attended other workshops on landscapes, portrait, and Fine Art Photography. It was in 2014 when he started joining international competitions. He won the first prize in FXB International for the theme Framing Hope. He also received an Honorable Mention in MIFA 2014 competition in fine arts category. In 2015, he bagged the 1st Place award in the Philippines-SONY Power of Imaging Southeast Asia Photo Challenge Action. This year, Allan joined PX3 competition and received 5 Honorable Mentions. A friend encouraged Allan to join IPA PH and indeed, he made it again.