The biggest stars had nicknames like "the Butcher" and "The Barber", while my manager wore grenades on his belt.
Today you can find pool halls in Manila's restaurants, its schools, and even its slums. But the country's biggest stars are nowhere to be seen.
As they say in mermaid circles – if you know how to make a good tail, it's not hard to make gold fins.
Not only are they filled with other peoples' sweat and pee, but a new study found that pool water contains traces of insect repellant, pharmaceutical drugs and other chemicals.
Photos by Andrew Kuykendal and styling by Annette Lamothe-Ramos.
Photos by Alex Sturrock, Stylist: Kylie Griffiths