March 07, 2018

Bursting at the Seams Exhibit: A look inside Philippine prisons

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  • The idiom “bursting at the seams” takes on a new meaning with Filipinas Heritage Library’s photograph exhibition at Ayala Museum in Makati. With Bursting at the Seams: Philippine Detention Centers, we are taken inside Philippine jails through photographs that show a scene that is all too familiar and yet seems to have never found a resolution.

    Image may contain: 1 person, sitting, text and indoorIMAGE Filipinas Heritage Library

    Congestion and inhumane treatment in Philippine prisons are problems that have existed in the country for decades and yet continue to be a concern. These problems even seem to be getting more complicated as the government’s war against drugs intensifies.

    For award-winning photographer Rick Rocamora, “Solving the problem will require the collective work of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the government, including local government.” By doing this photograph exhibition, he hopes that his works will “engage the public, civic leaders, lawyers and judges, government officials, wardens, police and military leaders, legislators of both Congress and the Senate, and advocates for Human Rights to join hands to find a solution.”

    Image may contain: 4 people, people smilingIMAGE Filipinas Heritage Library

    The exhibition will open on March 10 at Ayala Museum and will be open to viewers for free until April 6.

    There will also be lectures and artist talks in relation to the subject. Prison Talks: Lectures on the Philippine Prison System by Filomin C. Gutierrez, PhD, and Aaron Abel Mallari will be held on March 14. On March 24, you will get the chance to hear from the artist himself, Rick Rocamora, about his six-year journey documenting detention centers in the Philippines.


    What: Bursting at the Seams: Philippine Detention Centers Exhibition
    When: March 10 – April 6, 2018
    Where: Ayala Museum, Ayala Ave. Cor. De La Rosa St., Greenbelt Park, Makati City
    Admission: Free (Register at
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    Source: Filipinas Heritage Library

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