Kanlungan A Film By Louise Isabel Mendoza

Paoay Sand Dunes - Beach, Ilocos Norte. Philippines

Seven months ago, Lou and I rode a bus heading north

Laoag, Ilocos Norte

We were preparing for her Film undergraduate thesis. She’s the director and I, her production manager.

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She wrote about a lady and a traveler’s meeting in the desert only to part by the sea.

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We were searching for the right river, the right shore, the right part of the desert and we did find them maybe even more.

Palpalokada, Burgos, Ilocos Norte. Philippines

Kapupurawan Rock Formation, Burgos, Ilocos Norte

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It’s been more than half a year. The film was shown in March and somehow I can’t believe that it actually came to life. The places are different now and we were lucky to have found these places when we did. We were different people in these photos – the north changed us too.

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