Manila Streets

Manila Streets

I shot this photo three months ago. I didn’t actually notice that this was a beautifully meaningful picture. And this photo also made me think a lot about Manila as a commercial city before and now.

The picture shows the current state of Manila today, the capital of the Philippines. It is a modern city. Vast and tall buildings are there. Glass-covered structures. You may have different options when you’re about to commute. There are buses, railways, the famous jeepneys, tricycles, taxis if you want to be more comfortable and of course the “kalesa”. Roads are also very modern, smooth and clean. But the truth is Manila isn’t like how I describe it.

It is the capital but I notice that it’s easily being destroyed. Not literally destructed but the essence of it as the Philippine capital city. Since it’s the capital, it should be the largest-earning city but it is Makati. It should be where lots of investors invest but it is Quezon City. It should be the richest but there are a huge number of informal settlers and the presence of the slums. I ever wish Manila is still the Manila way back 1900s. Progressive, rich, clean.

I am writing this because I want to get the attention of the government to renovate Manila and make it better. Who does want to see the capital city of their country being “left-behind”? I know the answer is NONE.

Lastly, either way this is how Manila looks like today, it isn’t a barrier to prove that History? Travel? IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!