Sunday, October 02, 2005


I'm off to Antipolo for a meeting with a client. I'm taking the bus so forgive me if the photos are kind of foggy because of the thick bus glass windows.

My street: Ford Avenue, Done Manuela Street, Las Pinas City. Aircraft flies over our house every 5AM making them our de facto alarm clock. Flight paths change depending on wind direction

A sample of the interior of a Las Pinas-based bus. The TV sets really work, unlike those that ply EDSA and the aircon's really good. These are Japanese-made buses, as you can see from the style. Filipino-made buses are so much roomier and wider

Passing over the flyover, one can get a glimpse of Bacoor, Cavite

Entering Coastal Road now. Offially known as Emilio Aguinaldo Boulevard, it spans three cities: Paranaque, Las Pinas, and Bacoor (Cavite)

A fisherman's house stretches out to sea

The toll plaza

The end of the coastal road is heralded by the Coastal Mall of the Ever Malls Group. Only the first floor is occupied :-)

A sample of how much threatening street signs have become. This must reflect the Filipinos' attitude towards the law. Pwes, if you do not follow, you die!!!

Something to remind you of home: Lydia's Lechon in Baclaran

This is Baclaran Church of the Redemptorist Fathers. Well, it's behind the trees. We'd get more photos of this church soon.

Across Baclaran church, a Muslim community has sprouted on what it is public land. Since a mosque has been put up, now there's no way they can be asked to move. All those street shops you can see are theirs. These shops sell porn, porn, and more porn to just about anyone who wants them. Isn't this fun? Sorry, I didn't mean it to sound so bad but this is all former Mayor Joey Marquez's fault.

Baclaran reality: Man against Machine. Cross or walk at your own risk.

Baclaran overpass. Terribly old, with people actually living underneath it. There are more vendors up there, actually.

An overpass is not a home...or is it now?

EDSA Extension as seen from a flyover. That leads to the MRT's first station (Taft) and LRT's EDSA Station. Buses go to Makati all the way to Letre.

The old, old San Juan de Dios Hospital owned by the Archdiocese of Manila

An living reminder of what once was: Hyatt Hotel along what now is known as Roxas Boulevard, formely Dewey Boulevard

The Japanese Embassy along Roxas. The Philippines does not have such thing as an Embassy Row. The embassies of several nations are scattered all over the metro, but mostly are in Makati where they rent office spaces in buildings. Only a few embassies have their own land and building

The Department of Foreign Affairs. This building used to house the Asian Development Bank (ADB) until they built their own building in Ortigas. Behind this building is the action: hundreds of people line up every day to get their passports


The Talking Mute said...

Thanks for posting these pictures. They bring back memories since I left in 1988. The shots are familiar but Baclaran must have changed a lot since then. I used to take this route during my college years at St. Paul's college of Manila from Sucat (where I lived) to Pedro Gil St.

Citizen of the World said...

I don't know what Baclaran used to look like. I'd take some shots as soon as I am able. It is pandemonium out there :-)