much closer


Makati CBD skyline
from Libingan ng mga Bayani, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

Definitely not the most flattering view as the boxy concrete residentials dominate the foreground, but this one captures some of the favorites from left to right: 1) KPF designed GT tower, which is the sharp one 2) the diagonally cut LKG tower, with its iconic helipad 3) PBCom tower, the country’s tallest since its completion early 2000s (hopefully not for so long), 4) The Enterprise Tower 1 aka, HSBC. Along with LKG, The Enterprise is a contender for the most dramatically lit scraper at night.

a cemetery of heroes


Makati CBD skyline from Libingan ng mga Bayani
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

Libingan ng mga Bayani, which is Tagalog for Cemetery of the Heroes, was originally the Republic Memorial Cemetery when established on May 1947. It was renamed to Libingan ng mga Bayani by the late President Magsaysay on 27 October 1954. It houses primarily those who had been slain during and immediately afterwards the many battles of the local military. There are sections alloted to specific campaigns. Nowadays, most of the new ‘residents’ of the cemetery are military people who have passed away for reasons other than combat, like aged veterans.

The first Philippine chief executive buried in this cemetery is President Carlos P. Garcia. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s father, President Diosdado Macapagal, and his wife are also in LNMB. For other information regarding notable Filipinos in LNMB, and the Marcos issue, click here.

I come to this place at most 3x a year. Since our clan is a relatively young one, we only have one deceased member, which is my grandfather, who happens to be a veteran of a Korean war. We visit him on his birthdays, his death anniversary and every All Saints Day. All Saints is the toughest as it is a big cemetery gathering event in the Philippines, even in cosmopolitan Metro Manila. Luckily, LNMB isn’t as crowded and chaotic as other cemeteries. On any other day, a visit to this cemetery can be very relaxing. It has a tranquil feel to it, and it’s not the morbid type.

At the background we have Makati’s CBD skyline. Metro Manila has a lot of business districts and its skylines have this tendency to be divisible into clusters, unless viewed from the hills of Rizal Province.  Makati City alone has 2, the other one being the Rockwell area (but it’s slowly being incorporated). But of all the business centers, Makati CBD is Metro Manila’s primary CBD. It has the most prestige, the better designed buildings, the tallest scrapers, the most expensive spaces and the biggest names.

theme day: paths and passages


a predator
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

I have taken this photograph around 4 months ago when the dinosaurs were still on display in an open area within a block of kinda upscale dining establishments, a bargain store, a gym (where i took this photo) and HSBC. Interestingly another HSBC branch occupies the ground floor of the right building. The left building, which is one of my “box” favorities in Bonifacio Global City, has a Deutsche Bank [/] sign on top. Real names of these highrises? I have no clue.

Paths and passages- paths, i didn’t mind much. Passage(s) is my game for this theme. And by passage I mean ” a portion of a written work”. I have been thinking about this certain quotation from some book since theme day: books. I can’t give a link because I screwed it up small time that month. And I didn’t think it was that appropriate anyway- I had another thing in mind, but nevermind. bottom line: I missed that theme day.

This photograph I have chosen because of what was in the portion of the book I will quote, Between Two Empires by Theodore Friend. I liked that book not only because of the wealth of information but also because of his writing style, which can get a little mushy and all, but really likeable. I wanted something more crazy and all. Unfortunately, nothing in the hard drive currently is crazier than this one. And I really haven’t held the camera specifically for the sake of shooting Metro Manila in a long while. I actually have intended to shoot the National Museum originally for this theme but missed the chance, too literal anyways. That’s why I’ve failed to sign up because I change my mind all the time till the last minute.

I’m not trying to prolong the waiting by saying blah blah before showing the “passage” I have chosen. I just want it to be the last thing written for this entry, you know.

Later, Click here to view thumbnails for all participants. Trust me, all I’ve seen so far, really good.

This was an observation of postwar/post independence Manila

“Manila was a quagmire in the rainy season; and in the hot season the red dust above the city, thrown up by heavy army traffic, made it look from a distance, afire, The city was full of jerry-built shelters, and its hasty bazaars were full of gimcrack goods. Soldiers, sailors, and peddlers jammed its sidewalks; whores and pimps and pickpockets, confidence men and influenced mongers; ex-guerillas still in jungle uniform, and throngs of common men and women, tired and unemployed. To one observer who had loved the old city, the New Manila looked like a carnival in hell.”

Okay, not a single person in the photograph when the quotation contained very interesting characters. Let’s just say that there’s a path there in the photo, yeah that tree lined pavement along the road. And yeah, I’ve noticed I’ve been using black and white in theme days. A color theme would break the non streak.

theme day: lines

highrises
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Today is ‘Theme Day’ for the City Daily Photo folks; there are 164 cities taking part in October’s Theme Day. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

The theme for this month is lines. It’s pretty difficult because lines exist in practically every photo. I’ve lots of mediocre shots to choose from. No standouts this time because it’s been rainy all September.

This area is actually very expensive. And the buildings in this photograph show anything but that, especially the ones in the foreground. If not for the valuable piece of land located in between the financial district and a well planned and over hyped development, I think the buyers would want to reconsider. And they don’t need a class in aesthetics. In the neighborhood, check Serendra for low-midrise stuff and Pacific Plaza and Essensa for residential scrapers.

after san francisco


South of Market
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

South of Market condominiums, like its inspiration in San Francisco is often abbreviated to SoMa. The market being referred to in this case is no other than Market! Market!, a mall in the area that’s been around prior to SoMa’s promotions and construction.

SoMa presented something that is new to the local condo-buying community- a fully furnished luxury unit upon date of delivery. The marketing, renders, websites, flyers and everything convinced me and if I had the money then I would’ve purchased a unit. It is still another fine set of twin condos in Bonifacio Globacl City- like Pacific Plaza, Essensa and Bonifacio Ridge- but the rendering and models were five to ten times better.

I’m glad I didn’t have the money then, and not so glad I still do not have it by now. A unit is a unit, a fully furnished one is always good. But Bonifacio Global City is too posh and therefore not very cheap for those who opt to dare public transportation. BGC is just east of EDSA (EaEd) and West of C5 (WeC5), two of the main roads that go around the metropolis. But as a relatively new development there are STILL few options to enter, go around and leave it. Then again this global city has been planned before the prominence of global warming issues in the international scene.

august! august!

Market! Market!
32nd Street corner CP Garcia Avenue (C5), Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Market! Market! is the first Ayala mall to rise in Bonifacio Global City- just one of Ayala Land’s latest, exciting and more important developments. It is designed to cater to everyone within its neighborhood – current and future occupants of the rising posh condos and apartments within BGC and the people of the residential Kalayaan, Rizal and Pembo areas of Makati. Because of this Market! Market! offers a wide range of entertainment facilities, dining options and more importantly shopping experiences. It’s like a flea market and an upscale mall combined into one fine thing.

There  will be a mallwide sale on the 15th and 17th.