“Side Street Stories: Myanmar” – this series is a visual journey, an ode to the raw, untouched beauty of Myanmar, a land far removed from my native Philippines. In 2016, I found myself wandering through the vibrant streets of Yangon, Mandalay, and Bagan, captivated by a world so different from my own. My camera became my tool to translate this enchantment, capturing scenes that whispered stories of culture, tradition, and daily life.

Each photograph in this series is more than just a snapshot; it’s a conversation with the soul of Myanmar. From bustling local markets to serene temples, from the candid expressions of the locals to the intrigued gazes of tourists, every image is steeped in the golden hues that Myanmar is celebrated for – a testament to its moniker, “The Land of Golden Pagodas”.

But there’s a deeper narrative here. Amidst the current turmoil that grips Myanmar, these images serve as a poignant reminder of a peace that once was. They are windows into a Myanmar far removed from the chaos broadcasted in news and on social media, a glimpse of everyday grace and harmony.

This series is not just a collection of photographs; it’s a heartfelt invitation to see Myanmar through my lens, to experience its unspoken tales and hidden splendors. And as I plan to venture beyond the well-trodden tourist triangle, I carry with me the hope of uncovering more stories, more moments, more of Myanmar’s uncharted beauty.

“Side Street Stories: Myanmar” is more than just a journey; it’s a tribute, a revelation, a promise of more tales yet to be told.

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