As a child she waded in muddy Philippine rice paddies. Now teenager Janicel Lubina struts down runways for the country’s top designers and is hoping to be crowned among the world’s most beautiful women.
As the band’s first chord rang out across Letpadan, the crowd of students cheered jubilantly, the atmosphere buzzing with excitement. One day later, images of the same students being brutally beaten by police were broadcast around the world.
Summertime in downtown Yangon is not the best occasion for strolling the streets and sightseeing. But one visitor from outside the city doesn’t seem to mind, much as he admits to disliking the traffic and the noise, the crowds, the tall buildings and the heat.