If you just SMILE

by - February 12, 2012

Last friday was our city's official fiesta date and the usual street dance pageantry is one of the most awaited event to most photographers in the vicinity. It's been a routine for me to glue myself in front of the capitol under the high sun earlier before the parade starts just to have a good spot to take photos while enduring the heat. It's been like this for 4 years. O.o

This year, I refused to do so. :) Since i've had a huge collection of dance parade pictures from the same event in my external harddrive, I decided to ditch the parade, go to the venue when the sun is not too harsh, and enjoy a hassle free shoot. 

I usually go at 1:00 PM and by that time, the venue wouldn't be too packed yet so i get to have one of the cooles spots but this year, Eric and I went at 4:00 PM. Just like it is every year, the venue was choked with expectators and I barely watched the competition. Like I said, I wanted a hassle free shoot. :)

That is why i celebrated the opening of our fiesta, Pamulinawen with my fellow ilocanos soliciting to smile at my camera! I randomly approached people who were watching the parade, roaming around, sitting on the park, passing by, and stuff like that. I've been wanting to do this project for quite a long time and eventually forgot about it. It came back to me when I realized that there's nothing more heart-warming in welcoming everyone to the city's fiesta with the people who live in it sharing us a thoughtful smile.

I got rejected a couple of times though while asking permission from random people to take their portraits. Others even ran away from we while laughing, others asked a lot of questions why I would want to take their photo then eventually refuse, i even had to persuade some until they give in, while most were very generous enough to share a smile. To all of the faces who contributed a warm smile for this post, THANK YOU so much!

Happy Fiesta Laoag City... The City of Sunshine and SMILES! <3 

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