7 Photographers and How They Capture Manila Under Their Lenses

Maria Romero
PUBLISHED October 9, 2018 02:03 pm
Photo by Ely Tio Jr.

Manila is undeniably intolerable at times with its never-ending traffic, commuters congested in public transportations, and eager workers going about their daily life routines. But other than distracting ourselves from these tiring realities through movies and songs, we also cling to different kinds of photos that make us feel all sorts of emotions–from sheer bliss to grief.


Since we are naturally fascinated as to how these photos touch our lives in the most abrupt ways possible, sometimes, we wonder what kind of sorcery is that? But no, that doesn’t include magic; that came out of passion. With that, we asked Manila’s rising photographers to share their favorite photo in the Metro, and it’s surprising how beautifully they captured the ever-loyal City of Manila!


Ryle Justin Uy, Urban Photographer



Makati City


Sunsets in the urban areas of Manila is what I love the most. Catching the cotton candy clouds while the city lights start to light up is just breathtaking.


Nukie Timtiman, Art Director



Welcome Rotonda, Quezon City


"Welcome Rotonda is my favorite part of Manila. I love this specific shot so much that I recreated it for Munimuni's Oras Official Lyric Video. If I'm not mistaken, this is the border between Quezon City and Manila. I love how the infrastructure changes once you pass through this Rotonda; it signifies the beginning of something. Isn't the beginning of anything is the most exciting? The first day of school, your first weeks with your significant other, your first time trying something. It always feels refreshing. Alternatively, the round route reminds me how despicable life can be. History repeats itself and you make the same mistakes you never learned from." 


 Marben Portucela, Videographer



Intramuros, Manila


“My favorite part about Manila is the people's diversity. People in Manila have many variations, many Filipinos in different provinces from Luzon, Visayas to Mindanao is present in Manila. I love how everyone, despite their differences in language, culture, facial features, and many other things, shares one common thing: To live and achieve a happy life.”


Alyza Grace, Multimedia Artist



Metro Rail Transit (MRT)


“Taking random pictures around Manila has been a hobby of mine because I like the everyday commotion, and I somehow feel a sense of nostalgia every time I come to this city. Manila really is something.”


John Joshua Mascariñas, Photography Enthusiast/Content Writer



Escolta, Manila


Time runs fast in the metro. People are always hurrying to get in their respective destinations. But capturing still photographs of people shows that one can also experience solace in the busy streets of Manila.


Paul Sugano, Cityscape Photographer



Manila Bay, Malate, Manila


My favorite thing about Manila is its culture. Every corner of Manila depicts different culture and story. Our culture is mixed with Western, Oriental and Malay which makes it interesting and unique.


Ely Tio Jr., Street Photography Enthusiast 



Quiapo Church, Quiapo, Manila


“Iba ‘yung feeling kapag nasa Manila ka. Maraming lugar or subjects kang pwede mong kunan ng picture. Hilig ko na kasi ngayon kumuha ng picture gamit ang cellphone lang. More on street photography. Iba yung drama ng buhay sa Manila. Especially sa Quiapo. Nandoon na siguro lahat ng klase ng tao: may mayaman, may mahirap. Pero ‘pag nasa Quiapo area ka na parang pantay-pantay na lahat. Hindi kumpleto ang linggo ko kapag ‘di ako nakatungtong ng Manila, lalo na sa Quiapo area. Iba ‘yung pakiramdam kapag nandoon ka na. Mas gusto ko pang gumala dito kesa pumasok sa mall. Hindi nakakapagod mag ikot-ikot kung saan-saan. Hindi rin nakakasawang balik-balikan.”


It’s amazing how, sometimes, the realities we are running from are also the ones that could make us feel attached to the ground. All thanks to these ardent photographers that remind us we’re fallible humans, too!


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