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One of the images in the book Ili by Tommy Hafalla is of an old woman weeding out the walls of the rice terraces in preparation for the harvest season. Hafalla watched and waited as the old lady made her way up. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ "While talking to her I noticed she was blind. It's very normal to see women with cataracts up here, that is the case, even in Ifugao - of women being blind. What's the cause ? They call it traumatic cataract from manual harvesting of rice. The hair of the rice? It gets into their eye and if you go around Ifugao, they still do that. Also in Maligcong. Observe...⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I gave her a box of matches. She was so happy. I think she lit up a tobacco. We talked. We got delayed while taking photos and missed the lumber truck we were supposed to hitch a ride with. So we walked from Maligcong down to Bontoc. When we got into the flat area, there was a ditch. That lumber truck fell with all the people from Maligcong who hitched a ride. They were all in the hospital and a few of them passed away. So this woman kind of saved us from that."⠀⠀ ⠀ Maligcong, Bontoc ⠀⠀ This is @rj.fernandezis editor and bookmaker at @mapabooks taking over @everydayphilippines ⠀ ⠀ This week we are sharing images from our first book ILI by photographer Tommy Hafalla. ⠀ ⠀ #mapabooks #tommyhafalla #ilibytommyhafalla #photobooks #photography #35mm #analogue #documentaryphotography #philippines #everydayphilippines #everydayasia #everydayeverywhere #kodaktrix #kodaktrix400 #filmsnotdead⠀ #cordilleramountainrange ⠀ Copyright Tommy Hafalla

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