inside malate church

Nuestra Senora de los Remedios
Mabini Street, Malate, Manila

There are tons of Manila’s Catholic church images here but I don’t remember posting posting anything that shows an interior yet. This is definately one of the nicer looking ones. It’s always either boring or I can’t adjust to the light. Indoors isn’t one of my strengths.

Oh, I remember posting photos of items inside a church- an angel and a stained glass lecture. But still, none yet that gives the view like this.

house = museum

Casa Manila Museum
General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila

They call it Casa Manila, which translates “Manila House”. Okay, everybody can figure that out. One might not know yet, however, that this “house” is actually a museum- one that is set-up in a way that the spirit of a colonial aristocratic Manila house would be captured. Complete with guest rooms, a dirty kitchen and a modest courtyard, the museum comes to life with valuable antiques from private collections.

Houses do tell a lot about the people who reside them. This house, albeit artificial, tells us more than individual personalities. Its entrance is essentially a warp zone that transports us to a certain era in a certain city’s history. If the restored walls of Intramuros and its old feel previewed colonial Manila’s facade. Casa Manila will show something more intimate, more personal.

This is the side that faces San Agustin’s patio.  Casa Manila entrance is on another side. I do not remember the fees anymore but it’s pretty cheap for such a showcase. I do not remember student discounts. The last time I’ve been in was around 2005 or 06. Photography is allowed in the courtyard only, where there is an adjacent snack bar of sorts.

a new post in ages

San Agustin Catholic Church
General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila

Around Metro Manila is back. I have been thinking about writing a January 1 post containing nice meeting you all’s, thank you’s and farewells. Keeping a photoblog is not hard. But making sure something interesting enough goes up daily is a pain. And that’s why I have a tremendous respect for CDP bloggers and other non-CDP affiliated bloggers who do similar stuff. I have decided to give it another shot.

I’m coming back to this location, San Agustin Catholic Church, because this is where Around Metro Manila started.


Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
Postigo corner General Luna, Intramuros, Manila

December 8 is the feast day of the Immaculate Conception. IC the patroness of the seat of the Archdiocese of Manila, and also of the entire Philippine Archipelago. It’s a big day usually for Catholic schools but I’m not sure if there are entire towns that celebrate this day. Unlike other major Catholic or religious holidays, this celebration isn’t considered a national holiday.

We have very few religious national holidays- Christmas- season starts, as they say, as early as September, decoration starts after halloween, Holy Friday to Easter Sunday- the commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus, and Eid ul-Fitr, festivity at the end of Ramadan. The Christian holidays have been observed for ages, as the Philippines contains a Christian majority. Eid ul-Fitr is a Muslim holiday. Its celebration had only been enacted into law as a national holiday in 2002, in recognizing the other major religion of the nation which is Islam, and for better understanding among Filipinos.

secret garden revealed

a garden within Santa Ana Catholic Church
New Panaderos Street, Santa Ana, Manila

I should have shifted the focus from the frames to the framed, but I was on the other side which made adjustments difficult with a limited camera. And I kind of liked the result anyway.

This parish needs to reassess its priorities. The garden is lovely; guess who enjoys it. The church is massive and impressive but it needs some major repairs and cleaning.


Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
Postigo corner General Luna, Intramuros, Manila

One of the many colorful stained glass art in Manila Cathedral’s windows. They say these are instruments of educating Catholic beliefs and practices to the faithful. If this specific picture is trying to say something, what could that something be? If language and art- texts are truly independent from what they represent, how does this manipulation affect the actual message it is trying to deliver?


Mocha Blends
Harbour Square, Malate, Manila

Harbour Square is a wonderful place to eat out with friends and family- any time of the day- sunsets to night time are the best, and any day of the year with a sole exception- when the tide is high. You won’t want  Manila Bay water splashing over you or your food). We’ve seen Singkit and Dencio’s, now it’s Mocha Blends’ turn and there are a lot more.

Mocha Blends isn’t really something unfamiliar to everyone. The very name gives whatever secret it has. The photo screams Starbucks, Figaro, Gloria Jeans, Seattle’s Best, Bo’s, UCC and everything.  But this one has got to be Oz’s pride.