I’ve known for some time that people in the Philippines know how to throw colorful festivals, but it wasn’t until I recently ventured to Bacolod in Negros Occidental to experience one for myself that I truly understood the spirit of a Filipino party. Perhaps the moment when I found myself wandering the streets in the middle of a typhoon, with little idea of where to find the main event yet content to get soaked in the rain in order to capture a steel band on my camera, was when it hit me: beautiful things can come out of adversity.

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