Throwback: Calesa

From 4 years ago, I took this photo of a calesa, a horse-drawn carriage, in the old, walled-city of Intramuros, Manila, Philippines.


Scott Kelby’s Fourth Annual Worldwide Photowalk: Intramuros, Manila (Picture Set #3)

Walking along, we stumbled upon the cobblestones of Real Street which really brings you back to Spanish times. You could just imagine hearing the old horse carriages with their Spanish passengers as they noisily trod along this street way back three centuries ago. For a history buff like me, this is bliss! 🙂

Silent Street by israelv
Silent Street, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

My wife suddenly caught sight of something on the old cobblestones and took a picture of it. An equally curious lad looked on.

What are you looking at? by israelv
What are you looking at?, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

As the time for our Photowalk winded down, we decided to head back to our rendezvous point at Casa Rocha. Along the road to Palacio del Gobernador, we saw this queue of calesas which were just begging to be shot.

Calesa Row by israelv
Calesa Row, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Thus ended our first participation in a Scott Kelby Photowalk. Even though the typhoon was unkind to us, we were glad that we still pushed through and participated since in the end it was all worth it! Can’t wait for next year.

FYI: For the first two sets of pictures, please check them out here and here.

Scott Kelby’s Fourth Annual Worldwide Photowalk: Intramuros, Manila (Picture Set #2)

As my wife and I bravely press on, enduring the never-ending rain and the ticking clock (we only have less than an hour left for our Photowalk), we discovered this creepy-looking garden.

Creepy Garden by israelv
Creepy Garden, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

But amidst all this creepiness was a very moving and touching monument. It was called the Memorare and it is dedicated to all the innocent victims during The Battle of Manila in 1945.  The monument was excellently done and you could almost feel the anguish and weariness of the depicted victims. My wife actually was uncomfortable while viewing this.

Memorare Monument by israelv
Memorare Monument, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

So we left this solemn scene and moved on to other subjects to lighten the mood. We caught site of this cochero and calesa at the edge of the garden and we took shots of them.

Calesa & Cochero by israelv
Calesa & Cochero, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Next and final stop, Real Street.

FYI: For the first set of pictures, please check out the first post here.

Scott Kelby’s Fourth Annual Worldwide Photowalk: Intramuros, Manila (Picture Set #1)

Finally, I’ve managed to find some time to post-process and upload my pictures during the Scott Kelby Photowalk. I’ve been so busy for the past weeks that I’m already tired when I get home.

Here’s our first stop during our Photowalk in Intramuros — the Palacio del Gobernador.  This is the residence and office of the Governor General during the Spanish occupation of Manila. It now houses government offices and the Intramuros Administration.

Palacio del Gobernador by israelv
Palacio del Gobernador, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Next, I’ve taken a picture of a statue which I later identified as King Carlos IV of Spain located in Plaza Roma in front of the Manila Cathedral. It was still raining so it’s very difficult to take pictures while at the same time holding an umbrella to prevent my camera from getting wet.

King Carlos IV, Plaza Roma by israelv
King Carlos IV, Plaza Roma, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

This next structure I cannot identify. I don’t know its use or  purpose. But it looks cool as a subject so I took a picture of it. Maybe someone can identify this for me?

Unknown by israelv
Unknown, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

More pix in the next post!

Scott Kelby’s Fourth Annual Worldwide Photowalk: Intramuros, Manila

To go or not to go?  My wife and I had been pondering that question on our minds as the time for Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk neared while at the same time typhoon Quiel intensified.  We thought about how this would be our first participation on an annual event.  So to miss this would mean waiting for a year for the next event.  We also thought about the opportunity of finally having the chance to take shots inside the old walls of Intramuros, which had been our dream ever since we got interested in photography.  Lastly, we thought about the free snacks and drinks that would be served after the Photowalk.  I guess that last item sealed the deal.  We would definitely go, typhoon Quiel or not.

After enduring the LRT, the heavy rains and the taxi ride, we finally arrived at the meeting place at Casa Rocha.  Out of the 50 that originally signed up for the Photowalk only around 14 arrived.  We were quite sad that after waiting for so long to have a chance to shoot Intramuros, we didn’t have the optimal conditions for a good photoshoot since the sky was overcast and the rain was continuously pouring which might damage our cameras, not to mention the strong winds that continue to threaten our feeble umbrellas.

But bravely we proceeded.  But alas, as we tried to take our first shots the wind blew so hard that our umbrellas turned inside out.  It was a struggle just to walk against the wind and rain as we tried to seek shelter.  Finally, we entered the nearby Chow King to dry ourselves while we sipped some hot soup.   After waiting it out for some time, we finally decided that it was time to go back.  We only had an hour left in our Photowalk so we had better make good use of it.

Here’s just a teaser shot of Real Street inside Intramuros.  More will be posted in the next posts.

Cobblestones of Real Street by israelv
Cobblestones of Real Street, a photo by israelv on Flickr.