It was October and I stopped by at one of Bangkok’s most popular shrines while walking around the center of Bangkok. It was hot and humid but the pull of Erawan Shrine, for both believers and tourists, is just too great to resist that, for the second time in 15 years, I was once again back at this place.
It was early afternoon, but the area, at the center of Bangkok’s mecca of commercialism was teeming with people. Visitors, both from East Asia and China were jostling with locals to place their offerings. Some were plain curious, as I am, taking photos while others were silently praying.
In the center is the newer image of Phra Phrom, Thai equivalent of the Hindu God Brahma. Below him are various offerings of food, flowers, miniature elephants as well as gifts that devotees who came back after their prayers were answered.
But two months before this humid afternoon, a bomb exploded just outside the shrine killing 20 people and injuring a hundred. Suspects have been apprehended. As the news have eventually died down, believers are back, armed with their faith and prayers.
I'm a Travel and Architecture photographer, blogger and writer based in Cebu, the Philippines.
A true blue Cebuano, I make stunning images and meaningful stories. My work has been published in various coffee table books as well as local and international publications including Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London), done photo assignments for Mabuhay and written posts in Smile.
My personal Photography work has been exhibited around Asia and Europe including Paris in France, Germany, The Netherlands, South Korea, China and around the ASEAN regional capitals.
I am a peripatetic traveler and have been to all 81 Philippine provinces and abroad.