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"Sitting Pretty" 8:13am April 29, 2020. A man sits at the far end of a row of empty benches at the Puerto Princesa City Public Transport Terminal. Regular trips of intertown buses have been stopped since the city and Palawan province were placed under community lockdown beginning March 17, 2020. The quarantine was placed in effect over town government units all over the main island group of Luzon in the Philippines.

Sergio Pontillas

s.a.pontillas@gmail.com +639266948203 Philippines

Topics of Focus

Small Island Ecology, Indigenous Peoples, Fisheries

Geographic Areas of Focus

East ASEAN Growth Area (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines)


Sergio is a freelance writer and photographer with a strong background in environmental and science reporting. He has experience both as a reporter and editor in a regional weekly in the island of Palawan - his home province. His written works have also appeared in inflight magazines of two national airlines. As a late adopter of digital photography, he only started shooting on a DSLR in 2017. His news photography have been published by GMA News Online in Manila until 2020. His documentary and editorial photography have appeared in communication materials of the World Wide Fund for Nature - Philippines in 2019 and the World Economic Forum in 2021.

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