• Manila Vice: Ain’t ​No Hollow Block Girl

    Photographer: Ralph Mendoza Model: Chanel Thomas Wardrobe Stylist/Prop: Katrina Guevara Make-Up Assistant: Celest Lavina   Photographer Ralph Mendoza and I squeezed in one last test shoot during my recent trip to Manila. Since I am still analytical about the social divide, as seen in Filipino soap operas, I wanted a reenactment of scenes from everyday life. Every aspect and ratio can be found throughout the 12 million inhabitants in Metro Manila. It’s picture perfect. A food vendor rolls out his cart to serve fried fish balls and quail eggs with dipping sauces. A foreign businessman waits for his contracted cab ride in a pristine area. Meanwhile, a taxi driver rejects…