How the moon glows silently during the night in the streets of Pedro Gil.
The red and green striped structure on the left is Eurotel, a local hotel that offers reasonable prices, not your usual 5 star thing, but the good thing is it's literally right infront of a shopping mall.
Along Intramuros (walled city), what was once the first residence of the Spanish Governor General in Plaza Roma, is this massive, repetitive structure- Palacio del Gobernador ( House of the Governor ) The former owner of this house was a member of the Real Audencia (Supreme Court) .
Presently, it's where the COMELEC office is located.
Another traditional Filipino dessert is "Pichi-Pichi". Its main ingredient is grated cassava or cassava flour, pandan water and sugar. It's steamed, cooled then cut into pieces that are rolled in Niyog (grated coconut). An easy dessert that's quite delectable. Try it if you happen to visit Manila or if it's available in your local market. ^0^
In 1935, a grand cinema was erected in the midst of Escolta, the legendary Capitol Theatre. Looking at its facade, one can appreciate the styles of art deco, designed by architect Juan Nakpil.
History tells us that the theatre was shaped like a man's head. But upon observation, I don't know where he took his inspiration. It looks pretty dilapidated now, after leaving this place abandoned and deserted for decades. Last 2008, the rest of the theatre which was being used as a restaurant has been demolished. Alas, this is what's left, nothing but a single chinese character.
I wish I could show you an up close look of this place especially the intricate bas relief. But the sun was against me during that time, not to mention the heat and since it's a weekday, traffic was bad and cars were everywhere.
Here's one last look on this once historic building.
Ask every shoe expert if they know " Besa's " and I'm sure they've heard it already.
Though its exterior doesn't do justice, uninviting and perhaps a bit outdated. It's been around quite a while, since 1935. The first shop opened in Escolta (I posted last week), back then, it was the "In" hub of Manila.
The shoes are mostly made to order, handmade, it's good and detailed craftsmanship, hence, the prices don't come cheap.
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The interiors of Hotel Sofitel is as exquisite as its exterior, Walk outside the pool area and the ambiance is pretty cozy, clearly a place to unwind. But lately, the weather isn't cooperating, made me wish it's summer all over again. ^-^
They look like block of wood chips and surprisingly, placed outside the street, to absorb heat of the sun. Well, these are actually local chinese herbs that can only be find in Chinatown specifically at Chinese drugstores where it's readily available.
Now, the name may sound a bit out of the ordinary, but It's a common herb called Dong Shan (黨參) or とじん in japanese. No Filipino term for it unfortunately.
It taste sweet and neutral. It's mostly concocted with other natural herbs that serves as a tonic or If you're making a homemade soup or broth, you can just easily add a stick or two.
Dong Shan improves digestive and body function, it's anti-fatigue as it stimulates the nervous and immune system.
Ps: the shadowy figure is my arm holding out the camera. ^0^
Along Escolta, a street that was once known as Escortar - spanish for escorts, is this vintage edifice called Natividad building, it is literally located in the corner of Escolta and T. Pinpin. It used to be the hub of the financial community that included foreign embassies and other financial institutions from Britain and the United States.
Although the cable wires can be a sore, one can't help but admire its design that's inspired by a bit of beaux-art and Parisian cutout all rolled into one.
A mural like this isn't uncommon, you'd often see them in alleyways and side streets. It's usually filled with inspirational writings or quotable quotes, mostly words, but this one is a bit of iconic, it's the face of our local vice mayor presiding in Manila.
Like some of our politicians, his claim to fame started in a notorious street called Tondo. His, is a story that goes from rags to riches, uneducated, an orphan and dirt poor when he was a kid. He was discovered by a kind hearted actor, who adopted and nurtured him. He then started small roles on tv and films, became a matinée idol and one day, out of the blue, he's running for a position in government office. Needless to say, he's a favorite among the locals.
As for the lone man sitting on the side, i guess he simply needed a break. ^0^