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Jake Verzosa January 20, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Philippines.

Child boxer, Davao, Philippines 2008

Jake Verzosa (b.1979, Philippines) is a freelance photographer based in Manila. His editorial clients include: Marie Claire, Men’s Health, and Cosmopolitan.  Jake was recently  commissioned by ASEAN, to document inspiring stories in Southeast Asia for the book “Young Southeast Asia”.  He has exhibited at the Photoquai Biennial in Paris, France.

About the Photograph:

“I worked on the child boxers story during the rise of Filipino ring idol Manny Pacquiao to boxing greatness. This image shows one of the young hopefuls getting ready for a tournament fight at a run-down boxing gym in Mindanao. The sport has spurred renewed interest among the youth in the Philippines because of Pacquiao’s success story. The kids see this as a chance to escape the shackles of poverty by training hard despite the lack of food, funding and training facilities. Only when they have gone through a grueling climb to the top can the privileged few get sponsorships and opportunities to follow their hero’s path.”

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