THE ROMP

THE ROMP

PHOTOGRAPHY, TRAVEL, BLOGGING AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

REMEMBERING THE NY COMIC CON LAST YEAR

My first attendance of the New York Comic Con last year was a blast. This year, the entire conference goes virtual due to the pandemic. It’s not the same. This is NYCC 2019 last year through my lenses. It took me a full year before I finally post them.

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MAKING IT TO THE 10,000 HEAD SHOTS

I was very fortunate to be part of the pionerring team of Peter Hurley and Tony Tafe’s 10,000 Head Shots initiative all over the country. We started at 400 and made the final 200 cut. It wasn’t really easy but it was indeed a learning experience working with the pros.

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AND THE CITY AWAKENS

On June 8, 2020, New York City finally entered the Phase 1 of its reopening. New Yorkers who hunkered down gradually emerges from their isolation. These are the images of the first ten days of the first phase of easing the city’s lockdown restrictions.

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THE MORNING AFTER

On the night of June 1, 2020, barely a week into the BLM protest, rioters and looters infiltrated the peaceful protesters against racism. These are the images I captured on the morning after looters broke into Macys and other stores in Manhattan.

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PROTEST DURING THE PANDEMIC

Many New Yorkers who hunkered down in their homes during the lockdown took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd joining hundreds of protest across the nation. These images are part of the hree BLM protests that I chanced upon in New York City.

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A SALUTE TO THE HEROES OF THE PANDEMIC

As a Nurse I always put my life on the line together with thousands of essential workers during the Pandemic. Every night when the clock strikes 7, we are rewarded by the gratitude of our fellow New Yorkers all over the city. A salute to the true heroes of Gotham

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AND THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS, SLEPT

On Friday March 20, 2020 Governor Cuomo announced New York statewide lockdown including New York City. These are the near apocalyptic images I captured even before the City’s official lockdown: empty streets, closed doors and void of human activity.

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FIRST GLIMPSE OF 2020

Moments I captured during the first sunrise of 2020 during New Years Day.Who would have thought that 2020 will be the crapiest and shittiest year of our lifetime? The premonition was there but I did not pay attention to the signs.

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“ROMP” is an acronym of ROM MATIBAG PHOTOGRAPHY. If taken in literal sense, the word “romp” means to run or play in a lively, carefree, or boisterous manner which describe Rom’s attitude toward his work and his outlook in life.