Posts Tagged ‘manila’

Christmas Reflections: A Well-Traveled Life

posted by: Prime Sarmiento

Christmas is a time for reflection, to express gratitude for all the blessings that came my way; to honor the lessons from the trials that tested my strength. (read more here)

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Is it safe to travel in the Philippines?

posted by: Prime Sarmiento

“We live in the real world. It is governed by science, physics, laws of nature. There is always, ALWAYS, a non-Voodoo explanation for everything.”
– Adrian Monk in “Monk and the Voodoo Curse”, Monk Season 8, Episode 9

Is it safe to travel in the Philippines? (read more here)

Visita Iglesia 2010: A short tour of some of Manila’s historic churches

posted by: Prime Sarmiento

Growing up in a devout Catholic family means spending a lot of time hearing mass in any place where there’s a Catholic church. And in a predominantly Catholic Philippines, that’s very easy as Filipinos don’t only go to church on Sundays- the traditional day of obligation. For people like my mother, every day is church day, with each day dedicated to a specific church (i.e. Wednesdays are devoted to Baclaran, to say the novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, while Friday means a trip to Quiapo to pay homage to the Black Nazarene. (read more here)

Binondo Food Tripping (part 2): Food Wok Tour with Ivan Man Dy

posted by: Gypsygal Prime

Note to self: I should really spend more time in the gym.

I was thinking about this, out of guilt, or maybe out of vanity, as I munched on a spring roll (which, I have to remind all you foodies there, really goes well with a dollop of that sweet brown syrup and some hot sauce). (read more here)

Let us all help the victims of typhoon Ondoy

10534_157574390961_683590961_3642908_3540225_nPosted by: gypsygal Prime

I’ve been a travel blogger for the past four years and while it’s an on-and-off thing or me, one thing remains constant: I never get tired of ranting and raving about the many places I visited here and abroad. (read more here)

Manila Weekend: World Press Photo Exhibit

Posted by : Gypsygal Prime
Photos c/o Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at the Ateneo de Manila University

I’m not a big fan of malling as I don’t believe in wasting time, money and energy on buying unnecessary things. But I do enjoy going to the shopping malls in Manila these days if only because I enjoyed looking at the striking images presented at the World Press Photo Exhibition – which was organized by the ACFJ and will run until August 23.

The exhibit shows the winning photos in the annual World Press Contest, the international competition for news and features photography, run by the World Press Photo since 1952. This is dubbed as the most prestigious annual press photography contest in the world, with more than five thousand photographers all over the world participating every year.

American photographer Anthony Suau received The Photo of the Year. Suau’s black and white photo, (which you can see somewhere in this page) shows an armed police officer cautiously clearing a foreclosed home in Cleveland, Ohio. “The image is an ominous one. A new kind of war, a war of economics, has arrived to invade our lives and our homes,” said the lead juror, American photojournalist Mary Ann Golon. (this was quoted from a press release issued by the ACFJ).

(The other photo in this page – the one with the running model won first prize in the Arts and Entertainment Singles and taken by
Giulio Di Sturco, Italy for Agenzia Grazia Neri).

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Although I did I did dabble in photography, I’m really not in the position to say what is or what is not a good photojournalism. But as an observer and a journalist, I enjoyed looking at the photos in the exhibit because of the many emotions that evoked within me – all at the same time . I was disturbed, awed, felt a sense of loss, escape and hope.

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I have posted here some of my favorite winning photos in the exhibit . So if you have time, please drop by in Mall of Asia and for once, stop buying things and start experiencing instead.

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How to get to SM Mall of Asia (SM-MOA)

By Public Transport:

Alight at the MRT’s  Taft terminal station. Then walk through the connecting bridge and head towards LRT-1-EDSA station. utside the LRT-1-EDSA station, just across Metropoint Mall, you will find orange jeepneys  going to SM MOA.

By Car: Drive towards the end of Epifanio del Los Santos Avenue or EDSA. Cross to Taft Avenue then Roxas Boulevard. After crossing Roxas Boulevard, you’ll be at the road now called Macapagal Blvd. where MOA is located.

DREAMING FASHION

A model hurries backstage during the show of New Delhi design house Gauri & Nainika, at the India Fashion Week, in Delhi, in October.

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Cleveland, Ohio March 26, 2008   Delivering warning and final eviction notices Detective Robert Kole of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department enters every situation with caution. When the residents are at the home he must assure that all is final and that the home is clear of weapons and that the residents are indeed moving out.   If no one is there, then he must authorize that the door be forcibly open. He then enters and clears the house at gunpoint in hopes that there are no squatters or inhabitants threaten himself or the movers. He also clears the house for weapons.  All emotions and fears are on the surface as some residents greet him by crying on his shoulder while others can threaten him with a weapon.

Cleveland, Ohio March 26, 2008 Delivering warning and final eviction notices Detective Robert Kole of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department enters every situation with caution. When the residents are at the home he must assure that all is final and that the home is clear of weapons and that the residents are indeed moving out. If no one is there, then he must authorize that the door be forcibly open. He then enters and clears the house at gunpoint in hopes that there are no squatters or inhabitants threaten himself or the movers. He also clears the house for weapons. All emotions and fears are on the surface as some residents greet him by crying on his shoulder while others can threaten him with a weapon.