Heal Our Land by Bernice Beltran

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Moros' Protest Near the US Embassy by Bernice Beltran

Moro groups,  some members of the indigenous tribes, and their supporters stage a protest near the US Embassy in Manila to reiterate their stand against the US intervention in the ongoing war in Marawi City. 

Moro groups,  some members of the indigenous tribes, and their supporters stage a protest near the US Embassy in Manila to reiterate their stand against the US intervention in the ongoing war in Marawi City. 

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Tokhang, Protests, and Game of Trolls by Bernice Beltran

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Protesters hold photos of the EJK victims and their families during a protest at the Boy Scout Monument, Quezon City.

Protesters hold photos of the EJK victims and their families during a protest at the Boy Scout Monument, Quezon City.

Anti-EJK activists gather outside Camp Crame to call for justice for the teenager Kian de los Santos who was shot while he was closing the shop his family owned.

Anti-EJK activists gather outside Camp Crame to call for justice for the teenager Kian de los Santos who was shot while he was closing the shop his family owned.

"Game of Trolls" tells the story of an Internet troll whose mother is a former martial law activist. This photo was used in a theatre review written by Sharlene Festin for ABS-CBN.

"Game of Trolls" tells the story of an Internet troll whose mother is a former martial law activist. This photo was used in a theatre review written by Sharlene Festin for ABS-CBN.

State of the Nation Address 2017 by Bernice Beltran

Rebranding CreMAP by Bernice Beltran

What is CreMAP?

CreMAP, which stands for Commercial Real Estate Map, is a web app that connects brokers or land owners with potential buyers and tenants, and vice versa. 

Client Brief:

Design a new visual identity for CreMAP.  

Project Output:

  • Logo
  • Stationery
  • Business Card
  • Website
  • Tagline

Homecoming by Bernice Beltran

My family lived in Jakarta for six years before Dad found a new job in Surabaya and brought us there. It was here, in Indonesia's ibu kota (capital city), where my brother and I learned to walk and to speak in three languages: Tagalog, Indonesian, and English. Before we knew the words of Lupang Hinirang, we sang Indonesia Raya in school and saluted to the red and white flag. Our house helper learned to cook Filipino food for us but our kitchen reeked of sambal that she made for herself.

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Pablito and Baselisa by Bernice Beltran

Baselisa and her husband.

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Two years ago, a friend of mine and I embarked on a trip to learn more about the Batak tribe in Langogan, Palawan. The project had no clear direction but we were determined to help them. We learned that there were only very few of them left. They were vulnerable. Living in the jungle made them susceptible to many life-threatening diseases such as malaria and typhoid. Greedy businessmen were eyeing on their ancestral land. Some said these businessmen planned to build a resort, while others thought they would turn it into a mining area. 

One afternoon, we came to visit Pablito and his wife, Baselisa. The wife was once a chieftain and was representing the community in Langogan. We wanted to know more about her story. Out of curiosity, we asked Pablito how he courted Baselisa over cups of coffee, slices of bread and roll-your-own cigarettes. He is a Tagbanua and she is a Batak. Her father didn't like Pablito. He wanted her to marry someone from the same tribe, but Pablito was willing to risk it all for the love of his life.

He paid her a visit every night when everyone's asleep. She sneaked out of her hut to see him. If her father saw me, he would shoot an arrow at me, he said. But the cupid's arrow struck you instead? I joked. It wasn't my best punchline but it made everyone in the hut laughed. 

Life had been difficult for Baselisa and Pablito. They farmed to make a living and to support their family. They did not earn much but they made sure all three children are fed. Despite all, their love for each other endured.