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© Mike O.
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He does his daily routine at the back sidewalk of a parish church in the heart of Manila. It is said that he has been there doing his "thing" since the 80s. He is fondly called by the surrounding vendors as "Putol" since he is easily seen from afar as an amputee on both arms, but when one gets a closer look, he also is actually blind on both eyes! Despite the overwhelming nature of his physical challenges, Mang Agapito continues to inspire passers-by with his 'silindron' music and a tin can for which he amply uses his left foot with for percussion.

58 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    The survival instincts in people amaze me. A fantastic portrait!

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (20 Jun 2011):

    @krystlew @diamond07 @regenia @aaronschwartz appreciating the likes & props!

  • Regina Iannizzotto

    Regina Iannizzotto said (20 Jun 2011):

    It's amazing how some people still do things they love with such difficulties in front of them.. Incredible shot. The fact that it is up close and personal makes it so much more dramatic and adds to the shock value. Great job!

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (20 Jun 2011):

    @rkrystine thank you so much..

  • Agnieszka Sulikowska

    Agnieszka Sulikowska gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    excellent shot!

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (21 Jun 2011):

    thanks! @remi8 :)

  • Paul Romero

    Paul Romero gave props (28 Jun 2011):

    WOW Awesome shot! Really makes you think twice about evreything. Nice job!!

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (29 Jun 2011):

    @photo702 thanks so much for the kind words (and the props too!)

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (9 Aug 2011):

    @945ontwerp thanks for the like!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (9 Aug 2011):

    Inspiring! What a beautiful spirit! Great capture!

  • Gary Cole

    Gary Cole said (22 Aug 2011):

    It is amazing what people can do to overcome adversity. Great portrait.

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (25 Aug 2011):

    Thanks @jwan6170;
    Yes, indeed @cameraguy

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (26 Aug 2011):

    love it!!! No words for you.... it is so great shot!!! Incredible!!!!

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (1 Sep 2011):

    thank you @sarojswain2009

  • Kurt Bangert

    Kurt Bangert gave props (6 Sep 2011):

    Great portrait, very inspiring. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (12 Sep 2011):

    thanks for appreciating @kurtbangert & @rudus1

  • Edwin Serrano

    Edwin Serrano said (19 Sep 2011):

    AWESOME.

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (19 Sep 2011):

    thank you @bronxtale61357

  • Simona Ranieri

    Simona Ranieri gave props (20 Sep 2011):

    ·٠•●ღ*BEAUTIFUL*ღ●•٠·

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (20 Sep 2011):

    thanks @photobutterfly

  • Gaspard Noël

    Gaspard Noël gave props (4 Oct 2011):

    Crazy pic, sir! Very inspirationnal story.

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (4 Oct 2011):

    @gasp thank you for finding it so...

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    Amazing portrait and inspiring that inspite of all of his handicaps he has inner strength and a positive attitude to perform for others in his music...

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (12 Oct 2011):

    thank you @andreajeanne64, for the wonderful comment..

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (17 Oct 2011):

    @mayne thanks for faving!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (22 Nov 2011):

    Excellent portrait!!

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (22 Nov 2011):

    thanks @sixx !

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (5 Dec 2011):

    A masterful capture--Deserves to win an award! magical

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (6 Dec 2011):

    you think so? @jamesharmon thanks for those very kind words!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (12 Jan 2012):

    An incredible capture and a heartwarming narrative. The detail in this portrait is outstanding.

  • Vin Weathermon

    Vin Weathermon   gave props (17 Jan 2012):

    an image as good as the story...well done Mike

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (25 Jan 2012):

    @susanirene thank you for the wonderful comment :)
    @vindog thanks so much!

  • victoria jostes

    victoria jostes gave props (3 Feb 2012):

    extraordinary image. what program did u use to enhance?

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (20 Feb 2012):

    @1lacewing thanks for commenting! My friend did the pp on this, I believe he used Ps CS4.

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (22 Mar 2012):

    The nastiness of some people is incomprehensible and inhuman, the photo is explicitand moving, however beautiful.

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (30 Mar 2012):

    @paperini thank you for commenting & appreciating..

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (10 Apr 2012):

    My vote,yeah!

  • Michael F. OBrien

    Michael F. OBrien gave props (21 Apr 2012):

    Voted.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (22 Apr 2012):

    I come back to vote!!

  • Tonny Trimarsanto

    Tonny Trimarsanto gave props (25 Apr 2012):

    detail, like it : voted

  • vonAsh

    vonAsh said (25 Apr 2012):

    Very evokative portrait...thank you for the moment to stop and stare (and very much admire and look up to) when, even when one is rendered awe-inspired, such things are considered impolite in real-time.

  • Nat Carter

    Nat Carter gave props (27 Apr 2012):

    Amazing shot!!!

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (30 Apr 2012):

    @vonash thanks for the comment & personal opinion - I respect that.
    @blackboxvisions thank you Nat!

  • Pet Parents

    Pet Parents said (15 May 2012):

    voted. die you record video? i wanna hear!

  • Richard Hawkins

    Richard Hawkins gave props (17 May 2012):

    very moving voted yea

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (20 May 2012):

    @imagemynation thanks! unfortunately I had no video recorder at the time of shooting :(
    @hawksbooks wow thanks Richard.

  • Jim Wilton

    Jim Wilton gave props (13 Jun 2012):

    amazing story and picture

  • chuck vona

    chuck vona   gave props (13 Jun 2012):

    Beautiful work, great capture showing the strenght of the human spirit

  • Suzanne Arnold

    Suzanne Arnold (Deleted) said (19 Jul 2012):

    Wow, was my first thought. Dramatic, inspiring...great shot!

  • Mary VanSinclair

    Mary VanSinclair gave props (10 Sep 2012):

    This photo takes my breath away. The narrative and the visual evoke so much emotion. Bravo for capturing such a moving portrait and thank you for sharing.

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (12 Sep 2012):

    Thanks Jim, Chuck, Suzanne, and Mary, for the wonderful comments...

  • antonio chiumenti

    antonio chiumenti gave props (28 Sep 2012):

    it's a strong and sweet photo,made with great respect and sensibility.

  • Bryan Crowe

    Bryan Crowe gave props (30 Oct 2012):

    Love the tight framing. Nice work.

  • Mike O.

    Mike O. said (5 Nov 2012):

    Thanks for the positive comments Antonio & Bryan! :))

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (7 Nov 2012):

    What beauty in my eyes.....inspirational and amazing.

  • Hans Goepel

    Hans Goepel said (24 Nov 2012):

    Inspirational amazing Magic ! Well done Mike

  • Hans Goepel

    Hans Goepel gave props (24 Nov 2012):

    Good Bless You

  • Janette Kimbrough

    Janette Kimbrough gave props (21 Dec 2012):

    What an incredible shot and what an amazing man he must be. Thanks for the share :)

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