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A deviation from my usual posts, Now I bring you portraits, please be kind, this would be my first post regarding this matter. Comments are highly appreciated. lol

Story: A brief trip to Paraguay

My group was invited to concertize and sing in the 200th bicentenary celebrations of Paraguay's independence. Given 2 days, luckily I still managed to roam around Asuncion, the largest city and the capital of Paraguay. It is the largest city but It feels like a small-old-like developing city with less modern infrastructures, less progressive. The feel to it is more of a provincial town rather than a busy, progressive city well compared to Manila.

Streets, shops and other tourist stuffs were closed due to the preparation of the celebration so nothing much happened at the city center. As I continued my walk towards the park/plaza in front of the church-a typical spanish colonized town where the church and other important structures are nearby plaza-I spotted this local Indian or should I say a modern Guarani. They were in groups selling their handicrafts, playing music and much more of entertaining the people nearby.

She saw me taking pictures of her. Instead of looking directly at the camera, she looked on the other direction, posed, acted as if she were selling her articles, an action that dictates "I know you won't buy anything from me so go ahead, take lots of pictures"-that defines her underlying smile in this portrait. A seemingly experienced and cooperative model, she even wanted the shot to be candidly manipulated. So I rushed back to her and showed her the images and she responded with a tap at my back. These people are very warm and friendly.

Guarani-may refer to indigenous people from inner South America,-Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina-a dialect, one of the official languages spoken in Paraguay, a type of virtuosic music and the currency of Paraguay.

I don't know but some of you might be interested, here is a link to our performance in Asuncion.

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