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Manila CitySlicker Shabby: What Used to be a 'Worthless Swamp'

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 Shabby, one of Manila's CitySlickers, and her introduction on her beloved city!

Name: Shabby Pablo
City: Makati City
Age: 28
Occupation: vocalist, engineer, blogger
LomoHome: sgurd4

Based on Wikipedia research, the Spaniard who founded Makati called it a worthless swamp. I wouldn’t know for sure if that’s true but years later, Makati City has become the Financial Center of the Philippines as it has become a hub of many businesses and companies. Numerous embassies and international agencies are located here. First-class shopping malls are also situated here such as Greenbelt and Rockwell Power Plant. There are even many available residential areas (albeit costly). There are also the provisions of better health, wellness, and basic education services to the Makati constituents. These are a few that makes the city not only attractive to the locals, but also foreigners who end up as expatriates.

I could say so many good things about Makati City. But just like any other, it has its downside. I could enumerate most and say more about the city, but let’s skip the boring details shall we?

I have lived here most of my life and it’s only just a few years ago that I’ve learned and seen more of Makati. It is, as a matter of fact, because I work for its City Government . If not for my job, I wouldn’t even know the names of the other barangays! I also don’t think I would know by heart how to get around in most parts of the city if not for it.

I live about 15 minutes away from the business and commercial area. You would see me very often in Greenbelt 3 or Greenbelt 5. If you see a short-haired girl in shorts and (usually) slippers, that’s most likely to be me. Those two malls are almost my second home. In just those two, there are so many stores to see and restaurants to try. I love eating out yet I haven’t even tried all the restaurants in both malls. Well, there are favorite places that I end up visiting over and over again. (I skip the expensive ones.)

As I have the chance to roam around the city, I got to witness its densely populated areas as well as the low-income people. But I’m glad to say they’re taken care of by the city government as much as they can. They are provided for especially the children and the elderly. Being part of the Manila CitySlickers will be an opportunity for me to share more than just the (physical) highlights of the city or what people know of it.

Did you know there’s a red light district here? Hm, to post about that or not?

How lucky I am to live in this city as many people look up to it. Maybe I’ll live my whole life here as long as the busy city life doesn’t get to me.

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

written by sgurd4

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