I have showed fotos of the National Museum of the Philippines many times already and it never seizes to amaze me its small and grand details. Like these three figures in the pediment, which hardly anyone notices, I did try to search for infos about it but nothing came up, I'm pretty sure it symbolizes something or depicts something of a historical past.
as birds perching on top of the structure,
and a row of Corinthian columns in its ornate details of acanthus leaves.
The exterior might look boring, a bit imposing and without character, but wait, you haven't heard the whole story yet...
During the Marcos regime, then first lady Imelda Marcos- known for her extreme love for shoes wanted to build world class structures concerning cultural life, the arts, a film theatre, etc. one of them was this edifice called Manila Film Center.
It was the talk of the town back then, a huge, multi million project that requires more than a thousand++ laborers and non stop construction, Eventhough the place was said to be unsafe because it was a reclamation area, still you can't beat its location as it's just a stone's throw away from Manila bay.
All was about to go as planned till accident happened in 1981, as scaffoldings collapsed and at least 169++ workers fell and were buried alive under wet cement. A security blanket was immediately imposed by the Marcos administration and rescuers were not permitted on the site until 9 hours later, but by then, it was too late.
The whole thing created much fiasco and controversy, the whole dream project was put into a halt, it was left abandoned and deserted, legend says, during the still of the night, the dead haunts the living as unrest souls still wander in and around the area.
After much debate and gov't talks, in 2001, the "Amazing Show" opened to the public.
I have no inkling about this but was surprised to find via wikipedia that the show features transgendered performances and since then, have attracted tourists from all over the world.
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Because it's our uncle's birthday, we head off to Hyatt's Market Place for their dinner buffet. Tonight's theme was Filipino cuisine, the presentation wasn't all that enticing so I decided to show you their delectable sweets and sushi rolls instead.
caramelized flan with raisin and pecan nuts, a brownie and some fruity jelly. really sweet but tasty.
some sushi rolls and sashimi, i'd gladly have sushi but i don't eat raw, so i say no to sahimi, they look delicious though.
some bread and pizza display, i tried a slice of pepperoni pizza,but it was a bit gooey maybe bec. it's not warm enough already.
and for anything that's hot off the grill, you can choose a wide variety of either lamb chops, barbeque chicken, tenderloin, seafood...and more++
A typical scenario around Quiapo. This one seen in front of Minor Basilica (Quiapo Church ). During daytime the plaza isn't crowded as it is after office hours or when a mass is being held, be prepared to go elbow to elbow with people and non stop hollering hawkers, selling street foods and what not. ^0^
Almost at the end of the bay, I saw this kid selling "Tahong" or fresh mussels, since it's not outside the local market, the price is cheaper. When he saw me taking fotos of it, he was quick to asked me if I wanted to buy some.
Pity that at such a young age, when he should be studying or playing, instead he's forced to face the reality and hardships of life.