International documentary photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani captures touching stories of Humans of Makati

The people of the CBD, captured in snaps


( We know what you're thinking—Humans of Makati? Sounds like a rip-off of Humans of New York. Though the approach may be similar, this photo exhibit by globally recognized Filipino documentary photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani features lives and stories that are closer to us: the people of Makati.


Ayala Triangle Gardens before the unveiling of the exhibit



Xyza Cruz Bacani


Bacani left school at 19 and worked as a migrant worker in Hong Kong for almost a decade. With no formal training in photography, she wandered the streets of Hong Kong and took photos with her camera during her days off. She made waves in the international photography scene when she was selected as one of seven Human Rights Fellows by the Magnum Foundation in 2015. This granted her a scholarship in New York University, where she was also commissioned to teach photography. Her works have been featured in The New York Times, CNN, and various international media. She was also included in the list of BBC’s 100 Women of the World 2015.


Humans of Makati is actually her first show in the Philippines. During the exhibit’s unveiling at the Ayala Triangle Gardens on January 29, she said it’s good to be back in her homeland.



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In partnership of Make It Makati, Bacani presents inspiring photos that celebrate Makati's diversity. From business leaders to street vendors, Bacani’s subjects touch viewers’ hearts with their own lives and stories to tell.

The Humans of Makati photo exhibit runs until February 12 at Ayala Triangle Gardens, Ayala Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Make It Makati’s website



Photos by Jadrienne Ho

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