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Jacob Maentz
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Travel, culture and documentary photographer based in the Philippines.
Travel, culture and documentary photographer based in the Philippines.

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Navigating on a bamboo raft is a common form of transportation for the Tagbanua, especially when only traveling short distances. The Tagbanua people are descendents of some of the oldest people in the Philippines likely coming from Borneo and historically had strong relations with Brunei. Today there are various subgroups of the Tagbanua throughout the province of Palawan. In Coron, the Tagbanua are distinct from the Tagbanua on mainland Palawan, not only in their language spoken but also their general way of life. The Calamian Tagbanua (those living on Coron Island and on mainland Coron/Busuanga and surrounding islands) have adopted a sea oriented way of life, living off of the ocean and its resources. #palawan #coron #coronisland #busuanga #philippines #indigenouspeople
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Traditional ceremonial dancers welcoming us to Bhutan. #bhutan #welcomedance #asia #traditionalclothes #traditionaldancer #ypo
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Hippos seen from above in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Taken during my recent trip with YPO global members. #serengetipark #aerialview #hippos #africawildlife #safari #tanzania #ypo
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Happy monk in Bhutan. #bhutan #thimphu #buddhism #temple
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Bhutan is one of those places I hope to get back to again before too long. Four days in this magnificent country was just too short. The people and the soothing energy of Bhutan is something truly special. Here child monks gather outside of their school in the capital of Thimphu. #bhutan #Thimphu #monks #buddhism
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Aeta boys playing in their village after heavy rainfall. Zambales, Philippines. #katutuboproject #aetas #zambales #childhood #play #indigenouspeople
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The Milky Way seen from Hamiguitan’s Pygmy forest. Mount Hamiguitan’s Pygmy or “Bonsai” forest is a unique ecosystem where the local vegetation has been stunted because of unfavorable soil conditions.​​​​ Hamiguitan is the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Philippines and the only one in Mindanao. #unescoworldheritage #mindanao #philippineheritage #forestconservation #milkyway #bonsaiforest #nikonnofilter #pristine
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A folk healer from Siquijor burns charcoal together with a special mix of healing plants next to an old balete tree. Fumigating patients is a key part of their rituals and helps rid people of any pain or discomfort they may have. #siquijorisland #folkhealer #philippines #blackmagic #sorcerer
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Cleanergy Park in Davao is an eight-hectare sanctuary that has recently become a haven for endemic bird species and is one of the country’s few nesting sites for hawksbill turtles. Mount Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines, can be seen as the backdrop. #davao #conservation #mindanao #aerialview #reserve
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Juanita Torremacho, a fourth-generation folk healer from the island of Siquijor, performs a 'tu-ob' ritual to help a patient with his arm pain. Parts of this ritual include fumigating the patient with a special mix of plants to rid them of their discomfort. Visitors from all over the Philippines (and foreign travelers) journey to Juanita’s home in hopes of being healed. Siquijor island is known for its black magic and sorcerers here can both heal and cast spells on people. It was interesting seeing the influence of the church on these sorcerers, with many praying and lighting candles on their altar before starting a ritual. #siquijor #philippines #folkhealer #traditionalmedicine #ritual
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