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In the Heart of Manila: Quiapo and Recto

Strangers selling herbal medicine, fortune-tellers, back-to-back local films, gigantic rainbow-colored umbrellas, underground passageways, jeepneys, thrift shops, photography needs, the Black Nazarene, homeless canines and felines, and more strange strangers... they come and go in Quiapo and Recto.

Aye, that’s me in my favorite Monroe tee and my awkward penchant of photographing life’s hustle and bustle. I certainly love gallivanting along and around the curbs of Quiapo and Recto. These two places, situated in the heart of Manila City, can easily be navigated by foot. I really don’t mind if the sun scorches my skin and if perspiration trickles down my cheeks. Seeing people from different walks of life, even stray cats and dogs, and being able to capture them on film – definitely compensates my perspiring adventure.

It doesn’t matter whether I start my walkathon from Quiapo to Recto or vice versa. These places are not your typical high-end venues where anyone would want to hangout — too business-centered and too many strangers minding their own businesses. This makes Manila City and all of her distinctive districts really worth visiting for. Here are a few photographs I have collated from my frequent trips to Q and R.

Strangers selling herbal medicine, fortune-tellers, back-to-back local films, gigantic rainbow-colored umbrellas, underground passageways, jeepneys, thrift shops, photography needs, the Black Nazarene, homeless canines and felines, and more strange strangers… they come and go in Quiapo and Recto.

These sorts of places are my thing. They show truthfulness of life which is spontaneous in combustion every single day and each of us are lucky enough to have witness the scenes — and the sins.

Erin

written by basterda

2 comments

  1. icuresick

    icuresick

    I love Quiapo!

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  2. glenn

    i like this. please like my photos too!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam

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