The Mataw Fishermen of Batanes: A Photo Series by Philippines' Lyka Gonzalez

Filipina Lyka Gonzales and her team created a video showcasing the breathtaking scenery of Batanes Islands in the Philippines. Lyka's works are internationally acclaimed and the foundation of her young career as a visual artist is her ability to capture the raw beauty of her home country.

For the Madrid Fusion Manila 2017, Lyka and her team created the video "The Mataw Fishermen of Batanes" where the lifestyle of passionate Filipinos are put under the spotlight.

Stills from "The Mataw Fishermen of Batanes" by Lyka Gonzales and her team

Lyka's narrative on "The Mataw Fishermen of Batanes" goes as: "A village of Mataw fishermen in Batanes go out to sea everyday, for two months of the year, in order to fish for Dorado. The short timespan is a decision dictated by tradition, admirably resulting in the prevention of overfishing. The Dorado is dried then smoked, allowing it to last a year on average. It is a practice as old as memory, and one that will continue for as long as there are Mataw. It is people like Jhun that keep us proud of the craftsmanship of the Filipino."

Stills from "The Mataw Fishermen of Batanes" by Lyka Gonzales and her team

Check out the full gallery and watch the video on Lyka's website.

written by crissyrobles on 2018-05-13

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