Photowalk: Manila

I recently got myself an interchangeable-lens camera (ILC) in a bid to improve my photography skills and to be familiar with my new gadget in time for my upcoming travel outside the country, I decided to do a photowalk in one of the most picturesque places in the country, the City of Manila.  Here are some of the shots that I took, but be forewarned though that this post is a bit heavy on the bandwidth.

Let’s start here: Manila City Hall

These first shots were taken using a 16mm F2.8 lens:

Km 1 marker across the National Museum

The historic National Museum: too bad it’s a bit difficult to photograph

Last time I was here, the statue of the late former President Corazon Aquino was not yet around

Rizal Monument with the tallest flag pole in the Philippines

Rizal Monument up front

Luneta Hotel: one of the most beautiful old structures in the city featuring Belle Époque architecture. I am so glad that this was spared from demolition and is now having a restoration.

It was around noon by that time so I went to a nearby mall for lunch.

One of the atria of Robinson’s Place Manila

The new extension of the mall

Bistro Ravioli

It was my first time eating at Bistro Ravioli and I could say that their food is quite nice, not to mention surprisingly cheap!  Their Choco Lava does not look much at first glance, but is actually quite delightful.

Lunch: Bistro Ravioli

Peach iced tea

Playing with color (red iced tea)

Seafood Marinara Pasta

Choco Lava, before the “eruption”

Sodas anyone?

All pictures henceforth were taken with my 16-55mm lens.  I was missing zooming. 😀

Yakult Green Tea by Serenitea

Breads at Bread Talk


If you are looking for a historic and picturesque location in Manila, Intramuros is a no brainer.  It has the oldest standing stone structure in the country and Spanish-era buildings. They don’t make buildings like they used to.

An old door of San Agustin Church

Look at how detailed this structure is

Not just old houses but Spanish-era buildings

San Agustin Church: the oldest standing stone structure in the Philippines

I don’t know why but I do find old structures very charming

Another interesting building within the wall

See the details?

As we walked around Intramuros, we noticed a curious use of some free space.  The space was full of graffiti and was being used by skaters.  In fairness the space was “clean” although I have mixed feelings about the graffiti.

An interesting use of space

I do not know if matches the overall look of Intramuros


Some structures are now just memories

Manila Cathedral from afar

Memorare Manila at Plazuela de Sta. Isabel

Quite a new addition to the site

Manila Cathedral from the back

A typical lamp post inside Intramuros

These lamp posts have sponsors engraved on them

Some info about Manila Cathedral

Palacio del Gobernador

Palacio del Gobernador up front

Is this supposed to be a fountain?

The Manila Cathedral

Zooming in on the intricate details

King Carlos IV of Spain

The façade of the Cathedral

A marker in front of the Cathedral

The detailed arch over the main door

Inside the Cathedral

The Altar

The dome

View from the Altar

One of the rooms inside the Cathedral

Not sure if it is as old as the Cathedral itself

Looking back at the Cathedral

Manila Cathedral is easily one of the most beautiful churches in the Philippines

The pipe organ

Prior to this visit I did not know we have an “Our Lady of the Philippines”

Detail of the door

One of the doors of the Cathedral

A kid looks out

Another door

One of the main doors

Manila Cathedral at an angle

By the Bay

I was hoping we would be able to catch the sunset as we leave Intramuros but at this time of the year sunset is earlier so I had so settle with the post-sunset orange skies by the bay.  Manila Bay still has some of the most picturesque sunset in the world.

Sunset at Manila Bay

A sculpture in CCP Grounds

And another sculpture

The sun paints the buildings orange

At the breakwater. Suddenly the memories of my paddling days were back, however short it was.

Another sunset view

The skyline of the City of Manila

Cultural Center of the Philippines (with its Christmas decors)

An interesting chandelier inside CCP

Zooming in on the Angel atop the Christmas tree

Food de Sentosa

The best way to conclude a photowalk is of course with food!  For dinner we decided to try Food de Sentosa which claims “authentic Singapore cuisine.”  I admit I’m not qualified to verify this claim, but I did like their food.  It was new to my taste but not too foreign to be “alien.”

Dinner: Food de Sentosa (quite a peculiar name)

Supposedly a Singaporean restaurant but their menu speaks otherwise 🙂

Bandung: milk flavored drink with rose cordial syrup


Walking may be slower than running, but sometimes it’s just as tiring, sometimes even more!  I learned quite a lot within this relative short time, and I’m so glad that the current administration of the city of Manila had stopped demolishing those beautiful and historic old buildings which makes photowalks like this one a delight.  There will always be that new tall tower but we won’t always have those historic and architecturally interesting structures.  There were still a lot of areas I did not cover around the Intramuros area, and while there are buildings being saved there are quite a lot more that desperately needs attention.  Hopefully on my next photowalk, I get to cover more, and see more restorations!

I hope you enjoyed this tour as much as I did doing it and taking pictures. 😀

*Note: Downsizing and watermarking are the only alterations made to all the photos in this set.  No additional digital enhancements were made.

7 Responses to “Photowalk: Manila”

  1. 2011-12-01 at 9:01 AM

    Nice set you got here. I admire those historical landmarks sans those powerlines, sana naisaayos man lang nila ‘yun. Did you took those pictures unnoticed? I knew there are places there na restricted ang picture taking. Well done, Dennis.

    • 2011-12-01 at 11:07 AM

      Salamat! Yun nga ang medyo malungkot sa mga scenic sights natin puro poste, kable ng kuryente, at sa mga simbahan parking sa harap mismo. Di naman ako pinansin kasi di naman daw ako SLR hehe 🙂

  2. 3 rah
    2011-12-02 at 11:14 PM

    nice pics 🙂 super enjoy talaga mag photo walk sa manila at sa intramuros. Maraming beses na ako nakapunta diyan. pero parang each time na pumunta ako, laging may bago.

  3. 2011-12-10 at 9:04 PM

    Nice shots Dhenz, nakaka-engganyo tuloy na matutong mag-photo shoot, at mamasyal uli ng Manila 🙂
    More photowalks 😉

  4. 5 deympot
    2012-01-16 at 5:03 PM

    I tried having my own photowalk on the streets of manila, but i could never achieved the perspective you attained from your shots. Keep it up!

  5. 2012-02-15 at 9:34 PM

    These are really nice! What camera do you use?

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