With all her splendor and history, if you have never explored Manila before, you might have a hard time exploring her now, right? Good point. But it took me, what, less than 6 months to fall in love with her, all while doing these intentional activities. So yes…
Last Saturday (March 18, 2017), Jec invited me to watch the 8th International Pyromusical Competition Finale with him at SM Mall Of Asia. For the last leg of the competition, Australia is the last country to show its firework displays. I thought it was going to be like watching fireworks on a New Year’s Eve, but it was actually more than that. It was magnificent, up-close, and really magical. The fireworks made the sky look like a blank canvas splashed with all sorts of colors and patterns. Every time there would be a highlight of fireworks, everyone would exclaim in delight and amazement. It was a beautiful crowd. Everyone was so appreciative.
A couple of days have already passed by when I first laid eyes on the chaos and, at the same time, devotion that is the Feast of the Black Nazarene. The feeling still lingers although I’m sure it’s not a sepanx. A form, maybe, but more like the disbelief that I’ve finally seen this Feast with my own two eyes.
To say that it was chaotic is an understatement. At one point, even Jec got nervous that something might happen because it was really wild in the crowd down there. We were already on the viewing deck of National Museum but somehow the devotees still found a way to go up the gates and press us, along with the media personnel, against the walls.
Yesterday was a really interesting day for me. I was out of the house for 18 hours and was with Jec and some friends the entire time. I was able to witness the Feast of the Black Nazarene for the very first time and got to visit plenty of ancestral houses around Quiapo.
As you would have known, Jec and I went to Bicol last month (December 2016). I took a lot of photos and videos – especially videos – but unfortunately, I haven’t edited any of footages yet since I’m having some technical issues with my laptop right now. No matter how many files I delete, my startup disk is simply already too full. I have no idea how to fix it or how to find unnecessary files that I can delete, so to make up for the lack of vlogs, I’m just going to post some photos here in my blog.
I’m not going to show everything, just a glimpse of this and that, because I want to save everything for the vlogs. I’m going to do three parts, one for each day. Hopefully, I get to edit and upload everything before 2017 ends (ok, bad joke) because, man, I think I took up to 2-hour footages per day. Anyway, I hope you enjoy these photos. Some are just screenshots I took from the videos. As per usual, I post-processed the photos on VSCO app.
Last month, my family and I went to Baguio City for the nth time this year. It was extremely cold. It was the first time I felt that way in Baguio because I would often do with a shirt and a pair of jeans, but this time, we were all wearing layers of clothes to keep ourselves warm. Of course, I took the opportunity to take photos for my blog. It rained on and off while we were there so I intentionally made the photos look a bit gloomy.
We checked in, settled our stuff in the hotel room, and went out to explore the city.