As a photographer, there will be a constant need for a change of scenery. If you’re tired of the same old scene in your town, traveling would be a great change from monotony, and Metro Manila would be the ideal place for someone like you.
There are a million things that can catch your fancy in a place like Metro Manila, and everything is just an hour or two’s (depending on the traffic) worth of travel away. Manila is very diverse! You can be in the slums one second and then be in the very heart of the Philippine economy in a few steps.
This is what makes the Philippines such a great photograph resource. It has so much to offer to any photographer who travels there. If you’re an urban life photographer, there is so much emotion that can be captured in the streets of Tondo, Cubao, Quezon City, and even downtown Manila.
If you’re more of a lifestyle photographer, you can visit the sprawling estates in Forbes, Rockwell, Corinthian Gardens, and the like. There are also new trendy spots like Bonifacio High Street and Serendra where a high-class lifestyle is what they offer.
Manila is especially wonderful for those who like to take pictures of architecture. Almost around every corner is a church, and the design of the churches in the Philippines vary in influence, era, and material. For the more modern eye, Makati and Ortigas Center, and Fort Bonifacio are abound with structures that are bound to give you a beautiful picture.
For the nature lover there are tree-lined streets in New Manila and in the campuses of University of the Philippines Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University. There are also botanical gardens in Luneta and Pasig.
For the photographer who can never miss a good sunset, an afternoon at Roxas Boulevard is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss. Manila Bay is famous for its golden sunsets, wherein the colors of the sky come alive in such a breathtaking manner.
For someone who likes skylines especially at night, there is a beautiful view of Manila from a spot in Antipolo, which is less than an hour’s travel away. An amazing play of lights can also be seen on the various bridges in downtown Manila that are built over Pasig River.
Lastly, for the photographer who likes portraiture, Manila is the best place for that purpose. It is a melting pot of different races be it Asian, American, or European. Nobody looks the same because hardly anyone is purely from one race only, therefore providing variety.
We’ve given some examples of why the Philippines is a great place for photography, but you’re sure to find more. Just be ready with your camera in hand because you’ll never know when that moment will come and be exactly right for the perfect photograph.