The photographer's neighbor, fellow photographer Richel Mascariñas, 53, dozes off in front of the "lockdown" perimeter wall of their apartment in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.
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This ace photojournalist calls on everyone to keep documenting their life in the COVID era

Edwin Tuyay shot his family and immediate community during the world’s longest lockdown. The results are portraits of resilience and resistance, he says, to death and nothingness
BARBARA MAE NAREDO DACANAY  | Sep 23 2020

Since the March 15 lockdown versus the coronavirus, internationally known Filipino photographer Edwin Tuyay has started focusing his camera and mobile phone like a photojournalist in his own home, collecting candid and posed photos of family members; documenting their activities and celebrations; capturing, in essence, images of life that leap from confined spaces, and ties that refuse to weaken.

As the lockdown eased, Tuyay has also started capturing everyday life under the sun; lazy and active movements of friends, neighbors, pets, and vendors; including still life of food and other things. The images are within the eight by 20 feet “lockdown wall” in front of his apartment in Quezon City’s Tandang Sora. “In essence, my lockdown images, inside and outside my home, are like wild grass on parched earth, a sign that life thrives fiercely in the time of COVID,” he observes. 

A small altar in Tuyay's living room in Quezon City's Tandang Sora.

“The nearness of my area of coverage suits me well,” says Tuyay who survived a quadruple bypass at the Philippine Heart Center last August 30, 2019. His passion to freeze flitting, massive, and even minimal movements in front of his eyes has not stopped, he says.

“In a lockdown, mobility is hard, restrictions are plenty, senior citizens remain at home. It has affected photographers. But varied subjects - in one’s home, or outside – are waiting for the camera’s breath of life. I have been focusing my camera and cell phone on anything and anyone. I have realized that great stories are built on everyday images that we have forgotten and taken for granted,” Tuyay says.  

His photos — done with decisive documentation, invasive portrayal, unobtrusive photojournalistic angles, and poetic light (his forte) — tell familiar activities like cooking fish; daydreaming; decorating an altar; disinfecting plastic bags of rice and sardines given by the barangay; drying washed money; eating; escaping claustrophobia; gathering in front of an altar for rosary session, or before a big screen for online mass; hair-cutting; hanging clothes; hiding with mobile phones; kissing pets; leaving food at doors; playing indoors and outdoors; pinching a funny face; posing with a birthday cake; singing happy birthday; stopping before biking; sporting a new haircut; selling fish, fruits, and vegetables; setting a table for a meeting; sleeping; studying online; tying a dog on an e-bike’s seat; and tabulating lockdown days in a perimeter wall.

The eight by 20 feet long perimeter wall in front of his apartment is his favorite spot for outdoor shooting. “At the start, my friend, photographer Richel Mascarinas (also an apartment dweller) and I felt like prisoners within the wall. We started tabulating days of the lockdown on it with a piece of white stone. It became our lockdown wall, and, soon, a place for coffee and discussions. But the rains came in June, our tabulation faded, and our coffee table gave way to cars parked by apartment dwellers,” he narrates.

Tuyay's wife Ellen, left, leads the family rosary with grandchildren Pearl Jam Tuyay Bituin, 6; Iron Maiden Bituin, 8; and daughter Princess Nirvana Tuyay, TV researcher, 25, right.

Family Members

As expected, Tuyay has introduced 12 out of 20 family members in his lockdown photos. His large family includes six children, seven grandchildren, three in-laws, and two estranged partners of his two children. 

Wife Ellen, and two single children: film maker Mick Jagger, 28, and TV researcher Princess Nirvana, 25, dominate the series. The young Tuyays have been living with their parents in Tandang Sora since 2015. 

Daughter Queen Inelle Bituin, 38, and her three children, Jimi Hendrix, 11,  Iron Maiden, 8, and Pearl Jam, 6 – who transferred from Caloocan to Tandang Sora on March 11 -  are major subjects in Tuyay’s photos. Queen’s husband Kristoffer Ryan Bituin, an IT engineer. is in Singapore starting 2017.

Tuyay’s son, Steely Dan, 36, workforce manager of a business process outsourcing (BPO) firm and his daughter Dasha, 2, by wife Olivia Dawn (also a BPO employee) are stars in the series. Steel’s family stays in an apartment adjacent to Tuyay’s. Another son, graphic designer Bruce Springsteen, 31, and his daughter Tala, 5, are part of the series. Bruce lives with Steel, but his daughter Tala stays every two weeks with her mother, events manager Chelsea Coronel, (Bruce’s estranged partner), off Katipunan Avenue.

Eldest granddaughter Ann Klein Herrera, 14, and her mother Kim Herrera, (Steel’s former partner) who live in eastern suburban Antipolo are not in the lockdown photos. Tuyay’s eldest son, rock star Led Zeppelin, 40, guitarist of the 20-year old Kamikazee rock band, his wife Maysh Baay, vocalist of Moonstar88, and their daughter Cahaya, 10, have not been going out of their home in Pasig since the lockdown. “They could not visit us. His siblings visit him and his family,” Tuyay says of Led’s absence in the pictures.

Prayer time shows photographer's three grandchildren, (clockwise) Jimi Hendrix Tuyay Bituin, 11; Iron Maiden Bituin, (near the altar), 8; Pearl Jam Bituin, 6; wife Ellen; daughters Princess Nirvana Tuyay, TV researcher, 25; and Queen Inelle Tuyay-Bituin, (mother of three children), 38.

Family albums 

Tuyay’s lockdown photos are like virtual family albums. “They are a reinvention, in a new platform, of the printed photos that Filipinos used to keep in albums, in the past. Nuon, pinapakita ang mga album na yan sa mga bisita, at pinag-uusapan habang umiinom ng soft drinks at kumakain ng tinapay. We used to see these photos with excitement,” he recalls.

His lockdown photos outside his home also “convey community feeling, not ghost towns despite the empty streets and lonely spaces,” he says, adding documentation of new and old friends, family members in action, pets, and vendors thaw government’s cold instructions such as hand washing, mask wearing, and social-distancing (to fight COVID).

“With photos of families and communities, I want to stir a revolution of warmth in the cold year of the corona virus,” says Tuyay, adding that photographers must continue taking pictures now because, for the first time, there is a dreadful moment for everyone to “discover feelings and warmth in images more than just aiming to capture one’s perfect picture of a big person or an important event with cold precision and alienating distance”. 

Shooting some of the challenging pictures has sparked Tuyay’s creativity. “But above all, taking lockdown photos has humanized me as a photographer,” Tuyay confesses. “My lockdown photos are like every day and everybody’s pictures. It can be done by anyone. In the COVID-era, everyone should start taking lockdown photos because they create pride of families and communities, appreciation of peoples’ resiliency, and resistance to death and nothingness.”

But taking the pictures seems to be just the beginning of this exercise. “After taking my lockdown images, I am now advocating the printing of digital photos. I believe that photos should be framed, or placed in albums, to be looked at, praised, and enjoyed the old way,” he says. “E-photos are stored and preserved in hard drives, but we must go beyond that platform now.”

Digital and phone cameras also overcome lockdown restrictions. “These gadgets are available to everyone and they show images in seconds. In the past, film cameras reveal images after three days,” he compares, to emphasize that technology can make anyone a photographer.

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TV's online mass, with photographer's grand daughter Iron Maiden Bituin, first row, left; daughter Princess Nirvana, second from left; grand daughter Pearl Jam, right; second row, left; daughter Queen Inelle Bituin; grandson Jimi Hendrix Bituin; wife Ellen: and in-law Lourdita Conge, 59, rightmost. Photo by Edwin Tuyay

Ellen's pre-sleep activity. Photo by Edwin Tuyay

Tuyay grandkids Pearl Jam Bituin, 6, left; and Tala Tuyay, 5, right, engrossed with their mobile phones. Photo by Edwin Tuyay

Pearl Jam Bituin with her mobile phone. Photo by Edwin Tuyay

Pearl Jam getting a haircut. Photo by Edwin Tuyay

The after shot. Photo by Edwin Tuyay

Photographer's son Steely Dan, 36, cuts hair of younger sibling Mick Jagger, 28. Photo by Edwin Tuyay

Jimi Hendrix Bituin proudly shows his buzz cut. Photo by Edwin Tuyay

Tuyay granddaughter Dasha. Photo by Edwin Tuyay

Mick Jagger and 14-year old Jiro. Photo by Edwin Tuyay

Jiro and Pearl Jam. Photo by Edwin Tuyay

Tala at her 5th birthday last April. Photo by Edwin Tuyay

Ellen at her 61st birthday last May. Photo by Edwin Tuyay

Pearl Jam and Iron Maiden begin online classes in August. Photo by Edwin Tuyay

Bills wash and dried in Tuyay's room. Photo by Edwin Tuyay

 

Opportunities 

Tuyay’s urging that everyone must continue documenting while living dangerously in the time of COVID is also about empowerment and the spread of real news. Since late March, his group, Photographers on Demand (PonD) News Asia, through an app, has been sending images taken by “community or citizen photographers” to national media entities, for free.

Many events photographers have become photojournalists documenting COVID-related incidents in their respective communities and provinces, says Tuyay.

His colleague, Mascarinas, 53, a teacher at the Philippine Center for Creative Imaging (PCCI), and former president of the Wedding and Portrait Photographers of the Philippines, had invested in late 2019 for the development of an app that was originally meant to book photographers and videographers for baptisms, birthdays, debuts, engagements, portrait sessions, and weddings.

It was done in early 2020, but the March 25 launching of the PonD App was scrapped because of the lockdown. The indefinite postponement of parties greatly affected events photographers and videographers.

In response, Mascarinas and Tuyay morphed PonD App into PonD News Asia, to send instead photojournalistic photos to media entities.

“Magagaling ang mata ng Pilipino. Hindi dapat nagtatapos ang litrato nila sa social media,” says Tuyay, adding that Filipinos turned photographers and events photographers turned photojournalists must share their COVID-related images with the national or community media. 

Fact checking of photos and captions is being done by Tuyay and Mascarinas. PonD News Asia’s editorial board now includes Mel Cortez, 60, founding chair of Photojournalists Center of the Philippines, and owner of FB groups PhotoMarket Philippines, and Bawal Magshoot Dito (BMSD); Jimmy Domingo, 57, photojournalism professor of Ateneo University and De La Salle University, and master developer of photographers’ tutor program; and Voltaire Domingo, 50, Philippine Senate’s photo archivist and founder of photo agency NPPA Image. The plan for the future is to ask competitive subscription from clients, and payment of 70 percent to photographers for bought photos.

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Counting down the days. Photo by Edwin Tuyay.

Tuyay and Mascarinas set up a coffee station by their lockdown wall. Photo by Edwin Tuyay.

Mick Jagger before venturing out. Photo by Edwin Tuyay.

Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam and Tala with their masks. Photo by Edwin Tuyay.

Vendor Japhet Gardosa, 32, displays two big tanguigue that he sells at P 250 per kilo near Tandang Sora's "lockdown wall". Photo by Edwin Tuyay.

Mobile fruit and vegetable vendor Rona Reyes, 27, left, a domestic helper in Taiwan for three years, and assistant-nephew Arthur Reyes, 22, right, pass by Tandang Sora's "lockdown wall". Photo by Edwin Tuyay.

Tuyay in-law Lourdita Conge, left; daughter Queen Inelle Tuyay-Bituin, right, wear masks and gloves as they disinfect gifts of bags of rice and canned sardines and tuna from their barangay in Tandang Sora. Photo by Edwin Tuyay.

Tamban fish grilled outside of Tuyay's apartment. Photo by Edwin Tuyay.

A stray cat eyeing a batya of shrimps outisde the photographer's apartment. Photo by Edwin Tuyay.

Taco, 3, on top of electronic bike parked outside the Tandang Sora apartment of photographer Richel Mascarinas. Photo by Edwin Tuyay.

Photographer's daughter Queen Nirvana Bituin, right, and her son Jimi Hendrix, left, hang clothes alongside Tandang Sora's "lockdown wall". Photo by Edwin Tuyay.

Washed and dried under the sun. Photo by Edwin Tuyay.

Photographer Luis Liwanag, left, and Singapore- based writer Zuang Wubin, right, shot by Edwin Tuyay with Fujifilm X 100 F at Makati's Art Fair, Feb 22, 2020. Photo by Edwin Tuyay.

 

Rock Star 

Tuyay, a rock star and hard-core photojournalist, has covered many important events after the ouster of former President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. He has shot all the presidents after Marcos and all the events that happened during their respective terms.

Most of his photos during this period landed on the covers of Asiaweek, the Hong Kong-based weekly news magazine eventually bought by Time Magazine. He was Asiaweek’s staff photographer in Manila from 1988 to 2001. Later, his photos graced the covers of Time and Newsweek, and accompanied stories of Bloomberg and other news agencies.

“I never thought I could shoot all the photos I have done in my life, but I did with a sense of adventure and enjoyment,” Tuyay says with pride.

Explaining his endless passion to chase images like a visual historian among rival photojournalists, he says, “I have developed the mindset of a foreigner excited to see new places in my own country- since I began covering conflict, calamities, and dangerous situations all over the Philippines. That mindset has remained with me.” 

Critics say that Tuyay’s images, captured on the run, always surprisingly turn poetic. Even his portraits and photos of nude women approximate visual art. They agree that ordinary images become more extraordinary with his eyes and his command of his camera. “He is like a wizard. During coverages, I would tail him, even shoot beside him, but his photos were far better than my photos,” recalls a colleague and a fan.

President Fidel Ramos in Malacanang Palace, 1994, two years after his election; shot by Edwin Tuyay with Nikon F8O1s.

Covers 

In mid-2015, Tuyay shot a formally attired Rodrigo Duterte when he was still Davao City’s mayor—for Manila’s Asian Dragon Magazine. Tuyay’s photo of Duterte was on the cover of the mag’s July-August 2015 issue, 10 months ahead of the May 2016 polls. Tuyay’s photo landed on Time Magazine’s cover, too, on May 23, 2016, after Duterte’s victory on May 9. It was a scoop since Duterte simply refused to wear formal attire and sit for portraits after he was elected president.

Recalling one unforgettable coverage, Tuyay says, “Traffic stopped for 30 minutes at past seven in the morning (with the help of the Presidential Security Group) when I took the photos of Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jaime Sin, Presidents Fidel Ramos and Corazon Aquino, walking on (a 10-lane thoroughfare like) EDSA at the Camp Aguinaldo side in 1996. The photos were to commemorate the 10th year of EDSA’s People Power revolution.” 

Describing his work, Tuyay says, “It is a humbling and tough training ground. Every coverage is unforgettable. Mahabang lakaran, natutulog sa mga upuan, naghihintay sa ulan, sumasakay at humahabol ng C-130 pag may calamities, naglakakad sa sapa na puno ng namatay sa flashflood, nagpupunta sa bundok na natabunan ng lahar, sakay sa helicopter na may supply sa mga military personnel, walang kinakain, kumakain ng sardinas at kanin budol style sa calamity areas, nagiisip umiwas sa bala ng baril baka  may encounter sa coup, labanan, at rallies.”

Of his additional training, he says, “Naikot ko lahat ang beat when I worked with the Chronicle from 1986 to 1988.” 

Former Vice President Gloria Arroyo becomes president, her inaugural at EDSA Shrine after President Joseph Estrada's ouster, Jan 20, 2001; photo taken by Edwin Tuyay with Nikon F100.

Still Man 

Tuyay began his “visual education” as a still man of about 50 local and foreign movie productions while working with Regal Films of Lily Monteverde from 1979-1983, and Cine Suwerte of Ben Yalung from 1984 to 1986.

“I mastered the art of lighting because I worked with the best film directors and cinematographers in the Philippines,” he boasts. His list includes directors like Marilou Diaz Abaya, Ishmael Bernal, Lino Brocka, Joey Gosiengfiao, Elwood Perez, and Mel Chionglo; and ace cinematographers Romeo Vitug and Conrado Baltazar.

In the past, a still man would need two cameras to take colored and black and white photos from the left and right side of the director and the cinematographer. The black and white still shots, developed 8 by 10 inches, were for continuity (in case of delayed film shooting), documentation, and publicity. Colored still shots, of the same size, were displayed in bulletin boards of movie houses to promote current and future film showings.

“Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal opened my eyes about the meaning of political events then,” Tuyay says, going into the subject of people who have influenced him. “I wanted to be a cinematographer when I worked with Romeo Vitug, and a fashion photographer when I saw the photos of Jun de Leon. But when I saw the photos of an ambush by the communist New People’s Army in southern Luzon, shot by Andy Hernandez for Newsweek; and an amok in suburban San Juan by Albert Garcia in a local paper, I thought of becoming a photojournalist,” he adds.

Edwin Tuyay's photo of President Rodrigo Duterte, cover of New York-based Time Magazine, May 23, 2016 (after his victory at the polls).

Sacristan

Tuyay grew up in Bato, Camarines Sur, but he finished his high school while working as a sacristan at Manila’s Malacañang Chapel, from 1972 to 1976, a perfect time and place for coverage for any photojournalist. But he was very young then.

He was almost 15 in March 1972 when his first cousin, Sgt. Benjamin Batacan of the Philippine Constabulary and the Presidential Guard Batallion (counterpart of the Presidential Security Command) decided to bring him to Manila to study and assist Constabulary Col. Eduardo Eleazar, Chaplain of the Malacanang Chapel. Tuyay was 13 and his sister Flor was 11, when their father Salustiano, a photographer, and mother Maria Loreto left for Quezon City’s Frisco to establish Angleman Studio in the early 70s. 

Before coming to Manila, Tuyay had completed his first year at Bato’s Holy Trinity Academy. He finished his second and third year of secondary education at the Manuel L Quezon College on Legarda Street; and his fourth year at De Ocampo Memorial College on Nagtahan Street in 1976.  

”My cousin stayed at the Enlisted Men’s Barrio in the Presidential Security Command compound on Nagtahan Street. I slept at the mortuary of the Malacañang Chapel, also based at the PSC compound. Seminars and wakes for slain soldiers were alternately held at the mortuary,” says Tuyay, adding, “May mga meetings sa mortuary tungkol sa pagbuo ng National Intelligence and Security Authority (NISA).”

Marcos established NISA with presidential decree number 51 on September 16, 1972 (five days before the declaration of Martial Law), and appointed Gen. Fabian Ver as NISA’s head. NISA replaced the National Coordinating Intelligence Agency (NICA) that President Elpidio Quirino created with executive order number 235 in 1949. President Carlos Garcia reorganized NICA with executive order number 291 in 1958.

“Nasasagot ko si General Ver pag tumawag sa telepono. Nakita ko rin ang Marcos family nung high school student pa ako,” recalls Tuyay, adding, “I also heard stories that student activists started chanting ‘tuta, tuta’(meaning Marcos a US lapdog) at rallies after a certain Sgt. Restituta was accosted for infiltrating a protest rally. At the compound, I heard government agents addressing each other as ‘Ka’ (or comrade, a term used by leftist activists at the time).”

Tuyay left Malacañang and worked in his father’s studio in Frisco for two years (1976 to 1978) before joining movie production houses and media companies. “My wife Ellen and I got married at the Malacañang Chapel on Sept 2, 1979. I lived at the peripheries of Malacanang from 1972 to 1976. I never thought I would be covering Malacañang for a long time as a photojournalist,” he says.

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With photographer Sonny Yabao during the launch of Yabao's "Memory of Dances." Photo taken by freelance photographer Pau Villanueva at Makati's Art Fair on February 22, 2020 

Filipino beggars hide their faces when photographed at Kuang Kong Taoist temple on Kipula Street, Manila's China town, during Chinese New Year on Feb 25, 2020; shot by Edwin Tuyay with Fujifilm X 100 F.

A crowd of drumbeaters on Manila's Ongpin Street, Chinese New Year on Feb 25, 2020, shot by Edwin Tuyay using Lumix GX 9. 

Fire dance on Ongpin Street, during Chinese New Year, Feb 25, 2020; shot by Edwin Tuyay using Lumix GX9. 

Filipino-Chinese billionaire Lucio Tan, center; and Inquirer owner Marixie Prieto, right, before Macro Asia's board meeting at Manila's Century Park Hotel, on March 6, 2020; shot by Edwin Tuyay using Sony A9 with Sigma Art lens24-70mm F2.8 

Poet-journalist Pete Lacaba addreses a well attended fund raising campaign for his medical needs, at Kamuning Bakery Cafe on March 7, 2020; shot by Edwin Tuyay with Lumix GX9. 

Tuyay , right, carries Nikon F3T and Nikon FM in his right and left hand, respectivey, while covering AFP Chief of Staff Fidel Ramos, left; and Defense Secretary Rafael Ileto, third from left, in Quezon City's Camp Aguinaldo, 1987; shot by Pat Roque of Associated Press with Nikon F3T. 

Edwin Tuyay, left, with Nikon FM2, while covering a right wing rebel soldiers' coup against President Corazon Aquino, on Quezon Avenue, December 1, 1989; shot by Jun Magno, of Chronicle, with Nikon F3T. 

Protesters torch a replica of US missile, outside of the 44 square mile former US Clark Air Base in Angeles, Pampanga, 77 kilometer north of Manila. 

Maintenance men take care of US aircraft engine in Clark, where 29,346 Filipinos were once employed. It was turned over by the US government to the Philippine government on Nov 26, 1991, five months after its destruction by Mt. Pinatubo's volcanic eruption in June 1991; shot by Edwin Tuyay with Nikon FM2 on Jan 6, 1989.

Filipino workers, once totaled 40,000, at the former 262 square mile US Subic Naval Base in Olongapo, Zambales, 100 kilometer north of Manila, prior to its closure after the Philippine Senate rejected the US-proposed 10-year extension of the now defunct US Military Bases Agreement, on Sept. 16, 1991; shot by Edwin Tuyay with Nikon FM2, on Jan 6, 1989. 

President Corazon Aquino (who served from 1992 to 1998), shot by Edwin Tuyay, with Nikon FM2, March 30, 1990. 

Filipino soldier at the Kalayaan (8) Island Group in the Spratly Archipelago, a municipality of Palawan, southwest Philippines following President Ferdinand Marcos' decree turned into law on June 11, 1978. China, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Malaysia have respective territories in the archipelago off the South China Sea which, in turn, is claimed entirely by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam; and in parts by Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines; photo taken by Edwin Tuyay with Nikon FM2 on May 13, 1900. 

Baguio Park Hotel, July 16, 1990 earthquake. 

Christian College of the Philippines in Cabanatuan City, Central Luzon, collapsed after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit Rizal town, off Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija. 

Eruption of Mount Pinatubo on Zambales Range, Central Luzon, on June 15, 1991, sends ash cloud 22 miles up in the air. Photo taken by Edwin Tuyay in Pampanga using Nikon FM2 with 300 mm lens and X2 teleconverter. 

Former First Lady Imelda Marcos arrives in Manila on November 4, 1991, with permission from President Corazon Aquino, two years after the death of President Ferdinand Marcos in Hawaii. Photo taken by Edwin Tuyay with Nikon F801s. 

Bloated bodies off Ormoc City, central Philippines where 10,003 perish as typhoon Thelma (locally known as Uring) inundates Ormoc's Anilao-Malbasag watershed with 580.5 mm (22.85 inches) of rains on November 5, 1991. Shot by Edwin Tuyay with Nikon F801s. 

President Corazon Aquino studies photos and paintings at home on Times Street, Quezon City, in 1993, a year after her retirement; shot by Edwin Tuyay with Nikon F801s.

Former first lady Imelda Marcos, left, and daughter Imee, at the arrival of the body of President Ferdinand Marcos in his hometown in Batac, Ilocos Norte, from Hawaii, on Sept 7, 1993, four years after his death in 1989; shot by Edwin Tuyay with Nikon F90. 

President Ramos in Malacañang in 1995. 

Edwin Tuyay, extreme left, with Nikon F 100, shooting Cardinal Jaime Sin, third from right; President Corazon Aquino, second from right; and President Fidel Ramos, right; off EDSA Shrine, 1996, 10 years after the people-backed military mutiny and ouster of President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986; shot by Tuyay's assistant Eugenio Mendoza Jr. with Nikon F801s 

Tuyay's photo on the Asiaweek cover. 

Manuel, Oscar, and Eugenio Lopez Jr, at Benpres Board Room, 1997; shot by Edwin Tuyay with Nikon F 100. 

Then Vice President Joseph Estrada smokes during his presidential campaign, in 1998; shot with Nikon F 100 for Asiaweek. Photo by Edwin Tuyay

Estrada prior to his ouster by military-backed street protests after the abrupt ending of his impeachment trial at the Senate in 2001; shot with Nikon F100 for Newsweek in May 2000. Photo by Edwin Tuyay

President Arroyo, elected for six years in 2004 (after finishing three years of Estrada's term, 2001 to 2004) shot by Tuyay with Canon 20D, for Hong Kong-based Time Magazine in 2005. 

Actress Diana Zubiri, nude, taken by Edwin Tuyay with Mamiya RB67 camera lens 90mm, for FHM, Summit Corporation's gloss magazine, 2003.

Followers of President Corazon Aquino, during her interment at the Manila Memorial Park on August 5, 2009, cover of coffee table book "Cory Magic," published and launched by ABS CBN on Jan. 1, 2010; shot by Edwin Tuyay with Canon 20D. 

President Benigno Aquino III's inaugural, Manila's Luneta, June 30, 2010; shot by Edwin Tuyay with Canon 7D. 

Tuyay, left, takes photo of then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte at the Royal Mandaya Hotel on May 29, 2015, using Sony A77 with Sigma Art lens 18-35mm; published by Manila's Asian Dragon Magazine in July-August 2015 issue, before the May 2016 elections.

Tuyay, after his quadruple bypass at the Philippine Heart Center on August 30, 2019, shot by Xander Angeles using Lumix S1R, on December 11, 2019. 

Detailed photo of Tuyay's nine-hour quadruple heart by-pass, by heart surgeon Lorenzo Carino, at the Philippine Heart Center on Aug 30, 2019; shot by operating room personnel Jhun Carmona using mobile phone camera. 

Detailed photo of Tuyay's nine-hour quadruple heart by-pass, by heart surgeon Lorenzo Carino, at the Philippine Heart Center on Aug 30, 2019; shot by operating room personnel Jhun Carmona using mobile phone camera. 

Tuyay and wife Ellen's 40th wedding anniversary at the hospital on Sept 2, 2019. Photo taken by daughter Queen Inelle Tuyay-Bituin, with mobile phone.

Edwin Tuyay shows (heart operation's) scar on March 4, 2020; photo taken by Richel Mascarinas, using Sony A73.