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Confessions of a Promdi: Manila pt. 2

 A historical church located near the Manila Chinatown, if I'm not wrong. hehe
Photographer's heaven
awesome prime lens is awesome
the experts
Quiapo church
 inside Quiapo Church
this woman is really inspiring. she's still reading something and made a spark inside of me and I don't know why. hehe
 I believe this is Recto
sorry but I am not a fan of spontaneous self-portraits haha

at the hotel lobby, checking out :(
 the most decent portrait I found
 graffiti
 billboard daredevils
 got interrogated because of some airbrush paint bottle, demmet.
 papa and bros
 last glimpse of Manila :(
this is quite cute for me, air-crafts lining up for take off. hihi
 buhbye Manila, 'til next time!
 last confession, I left my heart in Manila <3

 According to the urbandictionary.com,  Promdi  is a Filipino modern word for people or a person who grew up in the province then goes to the city. Other urban people use this as an insult, or joke. 

Confessing as a promdi is quite challenging but I am just being real. Being a promdi at times is not bad at all. You can't be expert in everything in this world. You need to be innocent at times to discover new things. Although I came from a small blooming city from the far south, Manila is just really different from my city.

Manila is a diverse city. You will discover a lot of things beyond the busy streets of Manila. I really love how adrenaline drives everything in this metro city, the kind of urban blase they have is quite fascinating for me and I kinda like it. However, one week is not enough to explore and discover what Manila is but nonetheless, I enjoyed Manila... a lot, plus the cuties I met HAHA. Everything was worth it.

And lastly, I want to meet that guy again who made my trip perfect.


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Confessions of a Promdi: Manila


BOOM! Just had a last minute summer vacation in Metro Manila where commuting eats half of your day. As a promdi (provincial-minded) visiting the vast city of Manila was epic. Although I did not visit all the tourist spots recommended by the government but instead, I wandered places where not all first-time tourist would've visit. In this epic adventure, I experienced many of my firsts. So I am laying everything out. No sugar-coating and I don't care what people might say.

It was really radical to ride every local transport like a local resident. Confession #1: It was my first time to ride a train. I rode the Manila Metro Rail Transit (MRT) & Manila Light Rail Transit (LRT). I was slightly scared riding it for the first time because of the possibility that I may be left behind if I wasn't swift enough. (haha this is so embarrassing). I also rode their version of pedicab or the sidecar which is really different from ours. It can accommodate four passengers excluding the driver. It is also powered by a motorcycle while our pedicab here is called motorela in which can accommodate more or less ten people including the driver. So it's pretty much different. hehe. Then I also tried their famous racing bus and it was radical!

Thanks to my clever & wise bros, I experienced Manila at its finest.

papa praying for our trip XD
Finally, I met my pretty niece!
papa's nose lol
TT_TT
The famous Quiapo Church at night.
Confession #2: It was my first time to try this yummeh ice cream <3
 I wish I can wear any of these dresses. <3
future nonsense hobby of my bros, RC
 yummeh sbarro
at Mall of Asia
hello fattie :P
at our hotel, Peace Hotel, located at Binondo, Manila. I highly recommend this place. Their service is great and their place is really clean and simple. Friendly staff and very affordable price.
although I wasn't able to take photos in every place I visited because my bros advised me not to for our safety. :/
bro


to be continued ...
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Jizza at 18





Jizza is a good friend of mine and she gave me this wonderful opportunity that happens once in a lifetime. Her color theme was white and purple. The balloon idea was hers and its  purpose was to emphasize her youth and nonchalant personality. It was an amazing experience shooting with her and it was quite a challenge for me because it's been a while since I had a pre-debut shoot (because as of the moment, I don't have enough experience to shoot pre-debut stuffs) and her sister was watching us with few of her friends, so it means that I will have 5x more pressure than usual and sometimes pressure sux. Another reason why this was a challenge for me is because this is not really my genre. So that's why I want to push my limits. I wanna push bounderies and I grabbed this oppurtunity to challenge myself. At the end of the shoot, somehow, I did push my limits and it was awesome. I learned new shooting techniques. I gained confidence with my art (thanks to Jizza, making it all easier).  And I made my face thicker than ever before. haha

Meanwhile...  in the tradition of debut shoots, black & white is usually not recommended because it could look a little bit gloomy & stuff. And it will coincide with the idea of happiness and celebration. Well, they're damn right. But honestly, I don't wanna follow every rule because this is art. You never follow the rules. You create the rules. Although, this statement does not work all the time and to every person. So it's all up to you, it only matters on how you execute it and on how you live with the criticisms. So, hell yea, I'm really stubborn. I had a black & white title photo. Although, it was according to my trusted-friend that it was really nice but not for a debut because the black & white is too gloomy for it. But nothing really matters as long as I expressed myself with these stuff and I made the decision that I will never regret. hehe.

Change is really good but only for improvement ... and sometimes for fun.


Happy Birthday to my dear friend Kiyat Jizza <3!


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