MANILA SUNDAY PHOTO WALK
Last April 15 was my second time to attend The Free Postal & Metropolitan Theater Heritage Walking Tour by Filipinas Stamp Collector’s Club. I was surprised that there were a lot of attendees this month, approximately 40 plus compare to 15 last January. I am taking advantage of this free tour because there are talks that the government is in talks with the foreigners to convert The Post Office Building into a luxury hotel.
I heard that it is The Fullerton Group of Singapore who will lease it for 50 years. The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore is similar with the architectural design of The Post Manila (you can check it here). It would be interesting to see a five-star hotel with a lots of jeepneys and buses flying in front and a polluted river at the back.
I didn’t joined the group inside The Manila Metropolitan Theater because we were too many and also give chance to the first timers to explore the interior of the building. Since it was only 4PM that time, I decided to have my on photo walk. I usually do this whenever I don’t have anything to do or just bored at home. Good thing that I live near Intramuros and Binondo.
I started shooting the back of the Post Office Building. I love how the color of this structure turns into golden yellow when illuminated by sun during near sunset.
I also went to Manila Bay to capture its famous sunset. I was lucky to see another breath taking sun down. The sun that time was like a great ball of fire coming down the sea with Mt. Mariveles and Mt. Samat at the background.
After that, I walked to Harbor Square to have a refreshing iced coffee and shoot the buildings of Manila Bay during sun down. There were also photographers in the area. I saw a couple of them looking and laughing at me when they saw me shooting with a square object in front of my lens. I just smiled back at them, for sure they don’t know what I am doing.
Harbor Square’s post card worthy view is quite famous to Manila based photographers. Its location is also good for Night Photography. I remember shooting here after I bought my very first tripod (box included).
I also shoot the Manila City Hall going back home. I stood in the middle of the island and braved the buses and jeepneys. Extra careful of doing this because there are a lot of hold-uppers and snatchers in the area.
My last stop was at The Manila Cathedral. I rested a little bit at the fountain and observed the Guardia Civil (Intramuros’ Guard) on duty. These guards prohibit photographers to shoot DSLR with tripods. I was also on the look out for a possible bad elements in the area. After some calculations that I will never be caught by the roaming guards, I installed my DLSR and tripod and began shooting.
It was a productive photo walk and will do it again for sure in the near future.