Wednesday, October 19, 2016
THE DISTINCT CHARACTER AND THE DRAMA IN THE STREETS OF MANILA
The City of Manila is known not only for being a highly-urbanized and densely-populated area in the metro but also as a centuries-old city with a rich heritage and dramatic history.
As a budding street photographer, I frequent Manila for the authenticity of the environment. Yes, ignore the heavy traffic, the daytime humidity and air pollution, and the stinking scent of garbage and sewer. But I must say, it is in learning to look beyond these unpleasant things, that one can be amazed of the city's character, and finally, stand in awe as nature and life's complexity unfold right before one's eyes!
Binondo is the ever-busy business district of the Filipino-Chinese community in the capital. It houses lots of commercial establishments, such as banks dating from the 1900s, old restaurants, and the famous Binondo Church!
Rizal Park, or formerly known as Bagumbayan, is located at KM 0 and is named after our national hero who was martyred on the grounds not far from where he was imprisoned.
Intramuros is commonly known as The Walled City. It witnessed the battles between the Filipinos, Spaniards, and the Americans. Intramuros has always been somebody's wall of refuge, a safe haven for the broken, and a sanctuary for centuries old architecture and stories.
CENTRAL POST OFFICE
The Philippine Post Office is a majestic structure for postal services prominent for its high and huge columns. It is situated across Liwasang Bonifacio.
Escolta is a street in downtown Manila, known for old high-rise building which dates back in the early 1900s.
The historical landmarks of the city may have lost its grandeur due to urbanization, but one cannot deny the fact that the City of Manila is still Majestic as ever!