Venice of the Philippines

  • Photographer
    Mary Grace Montives
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention
  • Date of Photograph
    August 2019

The place was used to be a playground, a volleyball court, a basketball court, and there were even pine trees. Bu an overwhelming amount of rain – in 2004 inundated Artex with a flood; since then floodwater never left. The neighborhood already sits in one of the lowest-lying portions of Metro Manila, the Philippines’ sprawling capital, so flooding was already perennial. But a number of other factors combined to make Artex float. Residents stand on a boat and row to the village port to go anywhere and do just about everything, including ironically, collecting something as basic as clean water.

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