Intramuros

Intramuros ay [(Latin) intra: within; muros:walls]. The popular name given to the walled city of Spanish Manila. The name “Manila” (it is claimed) derives from nilad, a type of mangrove that bore white waxy flowers (Ixora).

Luneta Park

Park or Rizal Park is one of the historic destinations in the Philippines.

MOA Eye At Night

Last February 18, 2012 nagkaroon ng isang munting gathering ang mga Helios para sa 1st gathering nito para sa 2012.....

MALL OF ASIA SAN MIGUEL BY THE BAY

Its time of Photowalk again actually its on my plan talaga na magphotowalk sa buong Mall of Asia sa loob mismo ng mall kaso bawal nga magtake ng mga pictures with the permission........

The Sunset

Sabi ka ni Adriaan Kortlandt “Once I saw a chimpanzee gaze at a particularly beautiful sunset for a full 15 minutes, watching the changing colors [and then] retire to the forest without picking a pawpaw for supper.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Powerhouse Journey : Behind the Scene


Atlast natapos na rin ang masaya at nakakapagod ngunit sobra naman siksik na history trivia ng aking Powerhouse Journey, nagpapasalamat ako sa mga sumama sa akin munting photowalk.



Narito ang ilan sa mga lawaran ng behind the scene.

At Binondo Scene

 (From left to right) Joey of http://joeyvelunta.blogspot.com/ ,



On Plaza Santa Cruz


On Escolta

Derek Ramsey TVC Shoot

So paano dito na nagtatapos ang Powerhouse Journey para sa taong ito, sana sa susunod makasama ko na kayo at 100 percent sure ako mas masaya at siksik ang susunod na Powerhouse Journey  na magaganap!

especial thanks to Joey for some shoot for behind the scene.
  

Friday, April 27, 2012

Powerhouse Journey : Basilica Minore de San Sebastián



Isa rin ito sa mga sikat na lumang simbahan namakikita sa may bandang Quiapo area di lang simbahan ng Quiapo.


Isa sa mga dinarayong lumang simbahan ng mga tao sa may kamaynilaan ang Basilica Minore de San Sebastián o mas kilala bilang San Sebastián Church.

Old photos of Basilica Minore de San Sebastián 1899



My shoot at Basilica Minore de San Sebastián 2012

Anu nga ba ang kwento at kasaysayan ng simbahang ito??

Tara pasukin natin at alamin..


According to the historian, Basilica Minore de San Sebastián, also known as San Sebastián Church, is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Manila, the Philippines. It is the seat of the Parish of San Sebastian and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
Completed in 1891, San Sebastián Church is noted for its architectural features. An example of the revival of Gothic architecture in the Philippines, it is the only all-steel church or basilica in Asia.and claimed as the only prefabricated steel church in the world.
 In 2006, San Sebastian Church was included in the Tentative List for possible designation as a World Heritage Site. It was designated as a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine government in 1973.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in the center.


Construction

The prefabricated steel sections that would compose the church were manufactured in Binche, Belgium. According to the historian Ambeth Ocampo, the knockdown steel parts were ordered from the Societe Anonyme des Enterprises de Travaux Publiques in Brussels. In all, 52 tons of prefabricated steel sections were transported in eight separate shipments from Belgium to the Philippines, the first shipment arriving in 1888.Belgian engineers supervised the assembly of the church, the first column of which was erected on September 11, 1890.The walls were filled with mixed sand, gravel and cement.The stained glass windows were imported from the Henri Oidtmann Company, a German stained glass firm, while local artisans assisted in applying the finishing touches of the steel church.
The church was raised to the status of a minor basilica by Pope Leo XIII on June 24, 1890.Upon its completion the following year, on August 16, 1891, Basilica Minore de San Sebastián was consecrated by the Archbishop of Manila, Bernardo Nozaleda.

And here some of the pictures taken at Basilica Minore de San Sebastián.

 San Sebastian College – Recoletos, Manila (SSC-R Manila)

 San Sebastian College – Recoletos, Manila Entrance

San Sebastian College – Recoletos, Manila Left View

Inside the Basilica Minore de San Sebastián

Sobrang saya noong napasok ang loob ng simbahan ito dahil isa naman itong fulfullment sa akin, bakit simple lang naman dahil isa to sa mga nasa bucketlist ko (soon i will blog about my 100 list).

At syempre habang nasa loob ako ng simbahang ito, nagdasal ako at nagpasalamat sa lahat ng masaya at blessing na nagaganap sa akin.


Basilica Minore de San Sebastián - Powerhouse Journey End.


Abangan ang ilan sa mga behind the camera ng Powerhouse Journey 


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Author Note:
Old Photos Credit to the respected owner.
History Article credit to Wikipedia 





Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Powerhouse Journey: Bahay Nakpil - Bautista


Ito na ang isa sa mga sikat na lumang bahay namakikita sa may hilera ng Hidalgo St, Quiapo, Maynila.


Isa sa mga dinarayong lumang-bahay ang Bahay Nakpil-Bautista ng mga tao sa may kamaynilaan.

Bahay Nakpil-Baustista noong 1914

 Bahay Nakpil-Baustista ngaung 2012

Anu nga ba ang kasaysayan at kwento na nakapaloob dito?

Pero bago yan kilalanin muna natin sino ang mga nakatira sa bahay.

Sinu nga ba si Dr. Ariston Bautista?


Dr. Ariston Bautista is fellow Propagandist and friend of Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. He risked arrest by distributing Rizal’s forbidden novels. Dr. Baustista developed a cure for cholera similar to paregoric acid.

Sinu naman si Julio Nakpil?


Julio Nakpil ( Born on May 22 1867 - 2 November 1960) was a Philippine composer who also fought in the Philippine Revolution.

During the Philippine Revolution

Julio served as a commander for revolutionary troops in the northern Philippines under Andrés Bonifacio.
Many of Julio's compositions during this time were inspired directly by the Revolution. Julio also composed a candidate for the Philippine national anthem preferred by Bonifacio but was ultimately rejected for Lupang Hinirang. After Emilio Aguinaldo allegedly ordered Bonifacio executed, Nakpil claimed to have received threats on his own life as well as that of General Antonio Luna, the latter ending up betrayed and executed by Aguinaldo's men.


Sinu naman si Gregoria de Jesus?


Gregoria de Jesus – Second wife of Andres Bonifacio who helped organize the women’s chapter of the Katipunan. After Bonifacio’s death, she married Julio Nakpil with whom she had six children.


Halika samahan mo kami tignan at alamin ang kasaysayan ng  Bahay Nakpil - Bautista.



According to the historian, Bahay Nakpil-Bautista is an early twentieth-century house in Quiapo that has been made into a museum. It is both an architectural and historical attraction. It was built in 1914 by asuccessful physician, Dr. Ariston Bautista and his wife Petrona Nakpil. Having no children, they shared the house with Petrona's two brothers and their families. Bautista was a philanthropist and prominent figure in society who was deeply involved in the Philippine Revolution and was a good friend of José Rizal and Juan Luna.

One of the brothers who joined the couple in the house was Julio Nakpil, the Vice-President Supremo of the Katipunan. and his wife was Gregoria de Jesus, the young widow of Andres Bonifacio, who organized the women of the Katipunan to aid in the Revolution.

The architecture of the house itself is unique. It was designed by architect Arcadio Arellano in the classic bahay na bato style with detailing in turn-of-the-century Viennese Secession style done to complement the Viennese Secession furniture given to Dr. Bautista. The carvings, woodwork and grillwork are executed in the same abstracted, geometric lines that depict floral patterns.

Bahay Nakpil-Bautista is located on A. Bautista (formerly Barbosa) Street, perpendicular to Hidalgo Street opposite Quiapo Church. A. Bautista Street is parallel to Quezon Boulevard in Quiapo.

Narito ang ilan sa mga kuhang larawan ko sa loob ng  Bahay Nakpil - Bautista

 Ang kama

 Ang saya

 Ang upuan

Isang komposisyon ni Julio Nakpil

Bago ko lisanin ang lugar na ito mayroon akong pangako babalikan ko ito para sa aking susunod na project ang Powerhouse Project Present: The Quiapo Heritage.

Ang Bahay Nakpil - Bautista ay bukas sa publiko tuwing Martes hanggang Linggo mula 9 ng umaga hanggang  ika-5 ng hapon.


 Bahay Nakpil - Bautista - Powerhouse Journey End.


Abangan ang huling yugto ng Powerhouse Journey : Basilica Minore de San Sebastian


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Author Note:
Old Photos Credit to the respected owner.
History Article credit to wikipedia and to the http://bahaynakpil.org




Monday, April 23, 2012

Ang Timawa


Kabilugan na naman ng buwan, may may panahong napakagandang pagmasdan nito subalit sa gabing ito, may isang bagay na nagsasabi sa akin na may hindi kaaya-ayang magaganap. Marahil ay dulot na rin ito ng madilim na daang aking tinatahak. Ang mga kulisap ay hindi mapakali,animoy may ipinapahiwatig na babala. Habang ako'y nasa kalaliman ng aking pag-iisip isang  kakila-kilabot na sigaw  mula sa isang bakanteng-lote ang umalingawngaw sa katahimikan ng gabi. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang naganap ngunit naramdaman ko na lamang ang sarili kung tumatakbo papalayo sa isang damuhan na may matataas na talahib.Dahil na rin siguro sa mga naririnig kung balita mula nang maipadala  ako ng kagawaran ng aming kumpanya sa lungsod patungo sa kagawaran sa probinsyang ito. Isa umanong maligno ang gumagala sa lugar na ito tuwing bilog ang buwan,ngunit ang mas nakapangingilabot ay ang pagkain nito ng mga bata. Ayon sa isang librong nabasa ko sa isang silid-aklatan ng baryong aking tinutulungan, Timawa ang tawag sa malignong ito,noong umpisa ay hindi ko ito pinapaniwalaan.Ang mga ganitong nilalang ay nabubuhay lamang sa isang kathang-isip na panitikan,subalit sa isang lugar at pagkakataong ito, sila'y mga buhay at tunay na nasaksihan tulad ng mga bayani sa  kasaysayan ngunit taliwas nga lang sa mga  bayaning nagbibigay ng lakas ng loob at pag-asa, ang mga nilalang na ito ay puro takot at  ninagpis lamang  ang dulot. Hindi ko na malayang nakarating na pala ako sa aking tinitirhan. Dali-dali akong pumasok ng humahangos at malakas ang kabog ng aking dibdib. Isang matinding uhaw at gutom ang aking naramdaman kung kaya't dumiretso ako sa kusina at hinanap ang aking natitirang  kanin at galunggong mula sa almusal. Hindi ko malaman kung saan nanggaling ang isang amoy na biglang umalingasaw  sa loob ng bahay kung kaya't di ko na lamang pinansin, inilapag ko na sa mesa ang mga pagkaing kinuha sa kusina at umupo at nagsimulang kumain marahil sa sobrang gutom na rin kung kaya't kahit tira-tira  n lamang ang aking kinakain ay sarap na sarap pa rin ko rito.
Subalit  isang kahindik-hindik na larawan ang tumambad sa aking harapan,napatingin ako sa salamin na katapat ng aking mesa at nakita ko ang aking sarili na naliligo sa dugo.
Ang hawak kung galunggong ay mistulang laman loob ng isang hayop. Sa aking pagkatakot ay napatakbo ako sa aking silid,saka ko lamang nabatid na dito pala nanggagaling ang masamang amoy at nang papalapit ako sa aparador ay mas tumindiang masangsang na amoy.Ito'y aking binuksan at ako'y napahiyaw ng malakas! Isang batang wakwak ang katawan ang bumulaga sa aking harapan. Dito na unti-unting lumantad ang katotohanan, kabilugan ng buwan........ matinding uhaw at gutom.......mga bangkay sa damuhan.....Kung tama ang aking hinuha, AKO ANG TIMAWA! Ang nakakakot na nilalang na pumapatay sa mga bata!
Patakbo akong lumabas at nagulat ng makita ang mga mamamayan ng baryo na nakapalibot sa aking tirahan.
May dalang matutulis na kahoy at sulo. Isang lalaki ang sumigaw ng "ASWANG! SIYA ANG ASWANG!" at inihagis ang sulo na dala sa aking bahay. Sa isang iglap ay tinupok ang aking tirahang pawid na tila isa lamang marupok at manipis na saranggola. Nagsisunod  sila sa paghagis ng sulo sa akin, O Dios! Paano nangyari ito? Hindi ko na lang alam ang mga sumunod na nangyari ngunit sa pagbalik ng aking ulirat,heto ako'y nakatayo, tupok na ang aking tinitirhan, at maraming bangkay ang nakapalibot sa akin. Duguan ako subalit walang anumang sugat,kailangan ko ng lisanin ang lugar na ito,baguhin ang pangalan at humanap ng matutuluyan.

Maaari bang makituloy sa inyo?

Saglit lamang at nariyan na ako.

Wag kang mag-alala, may ilang araw pa naman bago bumilog uli ang buwan.

Pangako...

Bago iyon ay aalis na din ako.




Lahok para sa "Bagsik ng Panitik" contest ng Damuhan

Friday, April 20, 2012

Powerhouse journey : Quiapo Church

Ito na ang isa sa mga sikat na simbahan sa may kamaynilaan ang Simbahan ng Quiapo.


Isa sa mga dinarayong simbahan ng mga tao sa may kamaynilaan ang Quiapo Church.

Madalas kung ikaw mapapadaan dito marami kang makikitang mga iba't-ibang tao mula sa mahirap patungo sa mayayaman at kilalang tao sa lipunan.

Kadalasan ang mga mayayaman noon ay nagpapadasal sa mga tinatawag na Mariang Padasal, kung saan sila ang magdadasal para sayo.

Pero bago yun alamin muna natin ang kasaysayan sa Quiapo.

Anu nga ba ang kasayasayan ng simbahang ito?

Old Quiapo Church 1930's

My Shoot at Quiapo Church February 2012

See the differences?

History of Quiapo Church : The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, also known as Saint John the Baptist Parish and informally known as Quiapo Church is a prominent Roman Catholic church Latin-rite Basilica located in the District of Quiapo, Manila, Philippines. The church is reputedly famous for enshrining the Black Nazarene, a dark statue of Jesus Christ which many faithful claim to have miraculous powers. The parish belongs to the Archdiocese of Manila.

 Inside the Old Quiapo Church

My Shoot inside the Quiapo Church February 2012

August 29, 1586, Governor General Santiago de Vera founded the District of Quiapo. The Franciscan Missionaries built the first church of Quiapo with Bamboo and Nipa materials. San Pedro Bautista, a Franciscan missionary at that time was one of the founders of the Quiapo church and several other churches in Metro Manila and Laguna city. The original church was burned in 1639 and was rebuilt with a stronger edifice. It was again partially destroyed by an earthquake of 1863. Under the supervision of Fathers Eusebio de Leon and Manuel Roxas, the third church was completed in 1899. Fr. Roxas raised an unprecedented amount of PhP. 40,000.00 pesos from donations and lay contributions. In October 30, 1928, the church was caught in a fire which almost destroyed the church. Dona Encarnacion Nakpil de Orense, head of the Parish Committee, raised funds for the reconstruction of the church. Filipino Artist and architect, Juan Nakpil also rebuilt the church.


Mga kuhang larawan mula sa loob ng simbahan ng Quiapo 

Ang Altar

 Ang bintana

 Ang liwanag

Ang arko


Ikaw nakapunta ka na ba ng simbahan ng Quiapo o nakapag novena ka na ba?

Naranasan mo na ba lumuhod patungo sa altar nito?

O nagpadasal ka na sa mga Mariang Mandarasal?



Quiapo Church Walk - Powerhouse Journey End.

Abangan ang ikalabing-dalawang yugto ng Powerhouse Journey : Bahay Nakpil 



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old quiapo church photos credit to manilablog.com
history credit to wikipedia

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Powerhouse Journey : Plaza Moraga

Isa sa mga famous Plaza namakikita sa Escolta ang Plaza Moraga.



Ito na ang Plaza Moraga namakikita sa dulo ng Calle Escolta.

Anu nga ba ang kasaysayan sa Plaza Moraga?

Plaza Moraga circa 1926-1928

Plaza Moraga was the site of the very first ice cream parlor in the Philippines, Clark's Cafe, which created a commotion when it opened in 1899. But of course, what made this area truly popular is Escolta, which means escort in Spanish. During the British occupation from 1762 to 1764, this street was favored by the British Commodore as a convoy route.

My Plaza Moraga shoot March 2012

And as everyone knows, this thoroughfare has since become Manila's premier shopping center; that is, until the malls started sprouting all over the metropolis. Except for the Savory Restaurant that's still there and doing a brisk business, some of the well-known establishments that used to be in Escolta were Botica Boie, Heacock’s, Alonzo, Estrella del Norte, Dencia’s Pansit Malabon, Max’s Fried Chicken, and Hen. The first fully air-conditioned commercial building in the Philippines, the Crystal Building, still stands on this street but has been renamed Philippine National Bank Building. It now houses the City College of Manila.

To the left at the stop light is Plaza Cervantes where the First National City Bank of New York and the Bank of the Philippine Islands are located. A fellow blogger who used to work at the Bank of the Philippine Islands, Amadeo of The Ignatian Perspective, once shared an interesting trivia about this building.

He said, "During that big earthquake in the late '60s, part of the façade of that Plaza Cervantes building moved about an inch or two, noticeable only from the inside because of the cracked floor. So, one wonders if that building was allowed to be used soon after that. But it definitely was a landmark building site, as gleaned from its history."

Although the building remains standing to date, I'm uncertain if it's fully occupied. Plaza Cervantes seems dusty because of vehicular traffic, and not too many people can be seen in the area as compared to the neighboring streets even during the busy office hours.

Up ahead from Plaza Moraga, on both sides of Paredes Street (formerly Rosario) are rows of numerous banks; at its end is Binondo Church.

| Sign Post : The Chinese-Filipino Friendship arch was built in the 1970s, and serves as the entrance to Manila Chinatown.


Plaza Moraga - Powerhouse Journey End.


Abangan ang ikalabing-isa yugto ng Powerhouse Journey :Simbahan ng Quiapo



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History credit to the owner.
Old Photo Credit to the owner

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Powerhouse Journey : SAVORY


Ito na ang isa sa masarap na kainan sa Escolta ang Savory.



Isa sa mga pinaka-unang oldest restaurant sa kamaynilaan ang Savory.




Anu nga ba ang kasaysayan?

In her article, "Classic chicken reinvented," Marge C. Enriquez, Lifestyle writer of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, discusses Savory's history: "It was established by Tony Ting, an emigré from Fujian, and his brothers, Mariano, José, and Vicente, who was the cook. Before the war, they opened Tops Café in Binondo which later became Savory in post-Liberation. The main attraction was the star anise-scented, mildly garlicky chicken, based on a Chinese recipe. They came in three sizes: spring, medium and regular at the price range of P4 to P6."


Today, the descendants of the Ting brothers continue to run Savory, which now has various branches all over Metro Manila. The original Savory's first branch, which is located at the foot of Jones Bridge, is still around. And yes, people still pronounce the name as "Sah-boh-ree." The Savory Chicken (P170 for half and P320 for whole) is still its bestseller.



Savory Restaurant located at 201 Escolta Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila with various branches.
Tel. no. 243-0336, open from 9 a.m. to 12 midnight daily.



Savory Restaurant - Powerhouse Journey End.

Abangan ang ikasampung yugto ng Powerhouse Journey : Plaza Moraga

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History source from http://www.spot.ph




Monday, April 16, 2012

Powerhouse Journey : Escolta The Home Of Neo Classical Structures


Ito na ang huling Powerhouse Journey Walk sa may Escolta


Bakit nga ba naging  Home Of  Neo Classical Structures ang Escolta, simple lang naman ang dahilan nito.

Tignan ninyo na lang ang ilan sa mga kuhang larawan gamit ang aking kamera.

Di ko lang alam kung anu ang mga pangalan ng ibang gusaling dito sapagkat wala akong makita na signage sa kanilang gusali.





ESCOLTA BANK




PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK, ESCOLTA

PANPISCO BUILDING


Kung alam ninyo kung anu nga mga pangalan ng mga gusaling ito, kindly message me, thanks!

Escolta Walk - Powerhouse Journey End.

Abangan ang siyam yugto ng Powerhouse Journey : Savory Chicken 


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