Cubao is for Lovers


Rain or shine, Cubao is always fine. Here's why almost everyone in Manila - not only lovers - likes to go and come back again and again to this dandy place called, Cubao.

Amidst the busy and filthy streets of Quezon City, the largest city in Metropolitan Manila, there’s a place called Cubao, a multi-commercial area situated along the long and winding Epifanio de los Santos Avenue and the raggedy and ravishing Aurora Boulevard.

Here in Manila, when you hear Cubao, various things will pop into your head, such as: shopping centers, thrift boutiques, surplus stores, humongous coliseums, train stations, bus terminals, aesthetic and artistic finds, and even shoe expos. Cubao, indeed, is a centralized place for all sorts of people.

My boylove and I go to Cubao frequently because one, it’s near to both of our homes and two, we never run out of things to do when we’re gallivanting the place. I never realized that I have come up with quite a number of film photographs shot in Cubao – until tonight. Here are some of my collated scenes, circa 2008 to present.

Cubao in redscale:

The giant dalmatian-cow (or ASOCOW as Neil and I call it):

My boylove and I, ransacking:

Even at nighttime, Cubao is lovely:

This Cinema 21 sign is my favorite thing to capture on film. Too bad, it isn’t around now:

And, other rad/random finds:

So if you’re just a bus or a train away, bring your lover with you and shoot the day (or night) away around Cubao! We are definitely going back and waste more films with her. Oh, Cubao~ we love you. ♥

Erin +

written by basterda on 2010-06-23 in #world #locations #philippines #cubao #quezon-city


  1. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    Dreamy shots! What camera/s did you use?

  2. basterda
    basterda ·

    Oh, crap! I forgot to include which camera/s I used! So here. I only used 3 cameras in this article:

    Superheadz Blackbird Fly (for the ones with sprockets)
    Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim
    and an ordinary yellow toy camera called 'Komax' (for the red-scaled shots and the ones with flash)

    Thanks @icuresick!

  3. basterda
    basterda ·

    Hello Mr. Neil! ♥

    Thank you! This article is dedicated to you, love. :)

  4. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    SALE: Barbie 100, w/Damage 75 hahaha

  5. basterda
    basterda ·

    Excuse me, it says: W/ DAMAGED - past tense! Hahaha!

  6. ak47lomogurl
    ak47lomogurl ·

    huwaw ang ganda ;D

  7. jeaa
    jeaa ·

    haha! u got a shot of that 'giant dog'! :)

  8. basterda
    basterda ·

    @ak47lomogurl: Thanks Kara! :)

    @jeaa: Ahaha yes, I know, that gigantic dog, which looks like a cow from afar, is very well loved by those who frequent the place. :)

  9. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    :)) ang ganda talaga ng Cubao! great work girl!

  10. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    nice review - ayos to! :)

  11. eatmepamcy
    eatmepamcy ·

    Hello! Neat article!!!! :)

  12. basterda
    basterda ·

    Yay, thank you @tallgrrlrocks, @panelomo, and @eatmepamcy! And to everyone who liked my article. Yay, analogue! ♥

  13. dj_flip03
    dj_flip03 ·

    Uhm... Were the camera's you used are LSI cams?

  14. jaguarpaula
    jaguarpaula ·

    like ko ung barbie! hehe

  15. paperplanepilot
    paperplanepilot ·

    @basterda nakanaman, ikaw na ang may "BOYLOVE"

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