tabaqueria


Tobacco
SM Mall of Asia, Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, Bay City, Pasay

Tobacco is one of the Philippines’ original cash crops. Along with hemp, coconut oil and the notorious cane sugar, tobacco kept the then colonial and highly agricultural economy of the archipelago okay. Philippine tobacco is pretty reputable too- not within the iconic status of Cuban cigar though. I can’t say it’s good. The largest I had ever was about half the diameter of a regular hefty cigar. And it’s from Havana. So much for being a Manileño, but when I can finally afford this, or when I cannot be satisfied by them Marlboros, Luckies and Dunhills anymore– and I’m trying to kick them out of my system– I’ll try local cigar, for fun.

Local cigarettes are definitely funny though. You know the ones specifically for the old ladies or ‘manangs’?

them cosplayers, last part

Level Up! Live 2008, World Trade Center Metro Manila
Senator Gil Puyat Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard / Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City

The last fanboy and the last Alice girl. There’s another cosplay and general anime event on this day in Silvercity, sponsored by Anime cable tv channel Hero, which celebrates its anniversary. I wish I could be there but no time. In fact, I find it increasingly more difficult to maintain this blog. And it’s disheartening that it can’t be a daily photoblog it ought to be, it makes me even less enthusiastic.

This too long series isn’t really a big deal. I’m just drawn to this artform- obscure fandom + absurd fashion + performance. And yea, shows what sort of events happen here in Metro Manila. Level Up! Live is an annual thing, but to host Ragnarok World Championships is big, since it’s usually done in South Korea. Probably the next best thing to World Cyber Games, which is something I’m to noobz to be bothered anyway. Also, if you’re not from Metro Manila, or the Philippines for that matter, this set more or less gives an idea on how some Metro Manileños appear, too bad it doesn’t show what they would ‘normally’ wear.

I’m actually thinking about this new project, portraits of people from Metro Manila or people who are based here and some generic questionnaire, like basics and stuff. But it’s too ambitious at the moment. And I’m not too confident with my portraiture skills yet.

them cosplayers, part 13

Level Up! Live 2008, World Trade Center Metro Manila
Senator Gil Puyat Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard / Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City

Here’s the mastersmith. Definitely a fanboy crowd favorite, really. It’s almost too much I overheard a conversation between an overly jealous girlfriend and a boyfriend too unwilling to give up taking cellphone video clips of this girl. I wish I could’ve shown a sexier full body shot here. But there’s way too much fanboy cameramen in the way!

them cosplayers, part 9

Level Up! Live 2008, World Trade Center Metro Manila
Senator Gil Puyat Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard / Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City

A cute girl carrying a DSLR. Is that part of the costume? She doesn’t even look like she’s playing a character, but so many people are taking photographs of her as well, and probably not just because she looks really cute.

them cosplayers, part 7

Level Up! Live 2008, World Trade Center Metro Manila
Senator Gil Puyat Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard / Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City

Lucky fanboy might not be aware that the pink haired high priestess to his right is actually a guy- I wouldn’t either if I hadn’t seen him dressing up in the men’s room, but the kawaii stalker to his left is enough reason for him to smile eagerly. Completing the group is the guy professor with a huge book. I’ve seen no less than 4 guys in a prof costume. Most popular male job eh?