Manila CitySlicker Joanne: Welcome to My Manila


The Philippines has more than 7,100 islands and countless cities and Manila is just one of them. Our CitySlickers are here to explore them with their analogue ammunition and to document their adventures through their wistful words! Here is Joanne, one of Manila's CitySlickers, and her introduction on her beloved city!

Name: Joanne
City: Quezon City, Metro Manila
Age: 33
Occupation: Visual Artist, Mum and Wife
LomoHome: tallgrrlrocks

Are you a stranger here? Let me show you around.

I live in Metro Manila, the capital city of The Philippines. My house is in Quezon City, or Q.C.
I grew up here, and I love the mix of greenery and urban structures, which include residential and business establishments.

Quezon Aveñue, going towards the Quezon Memorial Park. Right at the middle is the Quezon Memorial Shrine, a monument dedicated to The Philippines’ second President.

There’s the Quezon City Hall (Photo 1) and more Quezon City scapes

I also went to college in Q.C. It’s been a while since I graduated, and I love visiting my Alma Mater from time to time.

Entrance to The University of The Philippines, where I took up Bachelor of Fine Arts

I like taking walks around the familiar grounds. We’ve all heard of comfort food; let’s call this my comfort place.

The day of my visit was a rainy one.

It’s always good to see how some things have changed, and how some haven’t (in a good way).

On my last visit, I was fortunate to catch an exhibit in the Vargas Museum.

The pieces on the last photo seemed to call out to me. Hmmmm…

My day-to-day activities also take me to the business district of Makati City. Over here, there are taller and shinier structures than the ones we have in Q.C.

Sometimes traffic is a breeze…

…while sometimes it’s a pain in the shutter button.

If it’s bumper-to-bumper, I prefer to walk.

Sometimes I run into the most interesting pedestrians.

As of this writing, Makati City is awash in holiday lights.

Everything looks so festive!

If you find yourself around these parts, you might want to take a look around #55 ;-)

On the subject of mobility, you may opt to take the usual modes like your car, a cab, a bus, the MRT, a tricycle, or travel with the king of these roads—the jeepney.

If you haven’t been on one of these before, then you haven’t ridden the wind.

If you desire a more laid-back type of transport, a horse and carriage might be more up your alley. If you’re lucky, the friendly Kutsero (Horseman) will amuse you with a few tales.

While going around the Metro, you might find a few servings of your favourite cuisine…

Enjoy reading a few signs that might be out-of-the-ordinary at your own ‘hood.

Need a plumber? Check out these posts!
Sorry, you can’t enter. The road is nearby. Har har!
How polite!

So are you a stranger here? Now’s a great time to stop being one. Visit My Manila, a city like no other!

Stay tuned for our Manila Cityslickers’ analogue adventures as they roam their cities with their film ammunition!

written by tallgrrlrocks on 2011-12-28 in #lifestyle


  1. renenob
    renenob ·

    Kudos Joanne!

  2. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    Yehey! Thank you @renenob for always being so supportive!

  3. grazie
    grazie ·

    Nice one Joanne! Now I miss Manila more :)

  4. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    Uwi ka Grazie. Kain tayo sa isawan =D

  5. superkulisap
    superkulisap ·

    Nice photo selection. Noyping noypi

  6. grazie
    grazie ·

    @tallgrrlrocks sasabihan kita ha pag umuwi ako :) Happy new Year!!!

  7. feelux
    feelux ·

    Nice! Ganda! Lalo na yung last 3 photos. I feel like eating a cone of "dirty" ice cream now, pls. :))

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