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Plain Old Intramuros (Manila City): Photo of the Day

One attribute of photography is the ability to blot out all the distractions and focus on a particular point of interest. Another is the canny ability to impart raw emotions unto the canvass. For instance, look at this photo by Chrysaliz Santamena (check her Instagram account for more wonderful photos, @bambisantamena) and forget for a moment that this shot was captured inside the walled city of Intramuros. When we first encountered this photo, the immediate point of interest was not the symmetry and the honest play of plain colors. It wasn’t the apparent interplay between the old world (those windows look old) and modern world (gadgets and the relatively penchant of taking endless photos by the general public). Our first impression was the plain fact that the entire thing looks so old and, uhm, wonderfully heavy. It’s like the feeling of waking up with the hang-over beautifully gone, or, as a kid “forced” to sleep in the afternoon, waking up at around 4 pm and realizing that the sun is about to set and your friends are probably wrapping up the fun at the playground. We’re sure there’s a building somewhere splashed with white paint and you can probably grab a similar shot, but we bet our Christmas bonus that the aura won’t be the same. This photo, by itself, looks so dated. And because our minds impose a filter stronger than any camera, the moment we learned from Bambi that this is Intramuros, 300 years of Spanish colonial history rushed to fill the canvass and suffused the entire scene with the heavy burden of the past. If you’ve been to Intramuros, in heart of Manila City, you know very well that it’s a hive of activities, sounds and sights. This photo blots out everything, but surrounding this area are world heritage sites (Manila Cathedral and the San Agustin Church), and the footprints of the last day of Jose Rizal in Fort Santiago. After all, the walled city of Intramuros was built during the Spanish occupation as a fort. Put that colorful history along the edges of this plain-colored photo, and you’ll appreciate its beauty. Life, made beautifully simple. [Click the photo to enlarge] Continue reading Plain Old Intramuros (Manila City): Photo of the Day

History and Beauty in San Agustin Church (Walled City of Intramuros, Manila)

We all have frustrations in life. Some frustrations are legitimate, common to many, while some are petty. It may be difficult to judge because a simple frustration to one may be seriously burdensome to someone else. Like this — it’s extremely frustrating to be in a place of immense beauty and historical value, like the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, without a good camera to capture the moment. Continue reading History and Beauty in San Agustin Church (Walled City of Intramuros, Manila)

The Quirino Grandstand in Manila City

Right in the heart of Manila City lies a historical site, surrounded by other landmarks of equal historic importance. Intramuros, the Rizal Park and Manila Hotel, just some of the surrounding structures. We’re talking about a venue which followed the name of the Filipino President who first held his inauguration ceremonies therein — the Quirino Grandstand. Right off the bat, before proceeding any further to read the entire article, what comes to  your mind when your hear “Quirino Grandstand”? Continue reading The Quirino Grandstand in Manila City

Exploring Fort Santiago and Rizal Shrine in Intramuros, Manila City

“You haven’t been to Fort Santiago?” And so my wife started chiding for not having visited Fort Santiago, like it’s a national sin. Last weekend I had my unplanned tour of Intramuros, particularly Fort Santiago. I made a quick stop to search for Kilometer 0 and to take photos of the Cory/Ninoy Aquino Shrine. Continue reading Exploring Fort Santiago and Rizal Shrine in Intramuros, Manila City

Cory Aquino Memorial Shrine and Ninoy Aquino Monument (Manila City)

Names are confusing. There’s a Cory Aquino Memorial Shrine located at the intersection of Roxas Boulevard and Padre Burgos Drive in Manila City. Beside the monument of Cory, within the same fenced premises, is the Ninoy Aquino Monument. Continue reading Cory Aquino Memorial Shrine and Ninoy Aquino Monument (Manila City)

Monument of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Andres Urdaneta (Intramuros)

Monuments are meant to commemorate something of historical importance to a place and its people. I always pass through a monument outside of Intramuros (known as the Anda Circle), fronting the Manila Hotel along Roxas Boulevard, and I wonder who these people are or what the monument is about. A quick search yielded the information that it’s a monument of Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Fr. Andres de Urdaneta, commemorating their landing in the Philippine Islands in 1565. Continue reading Monument of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Andres Urdaneta (Intramuros)