Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

The posh Ayala, Makati in a not-so-busy afternoon.

The instructions for this week’s theme says, “photograph your city and the streets where you grew up as they are”. Sadly, I don’t live in the place where I grew up and there’s hardly anything hardcore urban about Iriga City. There have been improvements in the city proper but as whole, I think the city has retained its laid back lifestyle.  So instead of sharing a pic of the street where I grew up in, I took a picture of a place I often go to while living in Manila–Ayala.

Ayala is one of the the better urbanized places in Manila. It’s teeming with shops, fine dining places and relaxation spots. However, the reality about the urban Manila is much much crueler  outside the boundaries of this area. It’s noisier, more disorganized and dirtier. Ayala, in fact, is a slap of reality. But here I am frequenting the area when in fact I feel suffocated every time I would walk in its streets. Oh what an irony.

19 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

  1. Hi,

    my name is Terence and I posted this week’s photo challenge. I would like to put together a gallery of (some of) the submissions and wanted to ask your for permission to include your shot! If so, could you send me a link or the file?


  2. Your comment about feeling suffocated is most poignant. It illustrates how hemmed in we can feel in our cities unless we have the ability to just go with the flow of the streets. Good post.

    • Part of the reason maybe is because my hometown is very simple. Life was also complicated but people treated you with more honesty and sincerity, something I’m always looking for here in the big city.

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