Words by Micah Avry Guiao
Back in February 2018, Humans of New York (HONY) founder Brandon Staton arrived in Manila upon announcement. Ever-so-ready to scout for the hidden stories embedded within people he passes by, his work is fairly simple: Stanton goes, observes, and interviews people from all walks of life. He presents these chosen anecdotes as captions with an accompanying picture of the interviewee included in the post. He’s been at it since November 2010.
Stanton also gave a free multi-media presentation on the history of Humans of New York at Cine Adarna, University of the Philippines Diliman to those who managed to cop the first 800 tickets for each talk.
Whether depressing, humorous, or inspiring, each anecdote has the capacity to touch its audiences. This has lead the HONY Facebook page to garner the attention of over 17 million people worldwide (as of writing). It just took one man with a camera to captivate the world with its subjects.
Now going past the realm of New York, Stanton has been traveling to different countries in search for more tales to tell–one of them is the Philippines.
From a snarky teen sneaking his way to keep a relationship going, to an ingenious six-year-old who holds a hundred secrets, to a young couple giving up their dreams to raise a kid, to the solidarity between cargo ship crew members, to a top-performing executive suffering from perfectionism, to a victim of abuse who never managed to resolve her past traumas, these stories only reaffirm that Humans of New York has perfected its avenue to channel those anecdotes into light.
And those are just a few examples.
Here below are all the posts from the series “Humans of Manila” compiled into one post.
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