Rediscovering the Ever Loyal and Noble City of Manila

Yesterday, my friend Vin and I went on a photowalk in Manila to have what we like to call a "secular Visita Iglesia." It's like the Catholic tradition of visiting seven churches during Lent, only we visit places of historic importance. We started the day with a late breakfast at McDonald's UN Avenue in Ermita. From there, we walked to Kalaw Street, where we found the first Protestant...

My 5 favorite spots in Metro Manila

Carlos Celdran said in his TED talk that if you can’t find beauty in Metro Manila, you won’t find beauty anywhere else. Having lived all my life in this chaotic third-world jungle, I would say it required a lot of effort to discover the beauty in this place. Beautiful Manila? Fifty years ago, our parents enjoyed a decent lifestyle in which they can watch vaudevilles and zarsuelas,...