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Video: Pope Francis Arrives In Manila For His Papal Visit To The Philippines

Pope-Francis-Philippine-VisitPope Francis arriving here in Manila is without a doubt one of the biggest things to happen in the Philippines this year. Millions of people went out to greet him when he arrived last night, and seeing as the Catholic media people didn’t even reply to any of my emails (unlike the Vatican press office, who seemed more on the ball but referred me to the local guys unless I want a seat on the papal plane), I had to settle for joining the crowd and waiting for his motorcade to pass.

Thousands of police officers and over a million devotees lined the streets to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis, and that’s what you’ll see in the below video: a glimpse of the Pope. Racing by in his motorcade. He’s still here for a few days, so hopefully I will get some pictures as well.

Reactivating The Website With A Bang: NYE 2014 Fireworks Video, Manila Style

New Years Eve Manila 2014 NYE Makati PhilippinesIt’s been ages since I last used the website. Not because I didn’t do anything worth posting, but because most stuff these days goes straight to the Facebook Page . It’s often more convenient and faster to post images there, but it means the website looked like a virtual desert for a while.

Now I’ve finally decided it’s time to reactivate this pace and use it more again, probably for a mix of pictures and blog type writing entries.

Let’s start with a bang, or a few thousand, actually. New Year’s Eve 2014 has just passed and like last year, I used the viewpoint from this place to capture the war-zone like atmosphere that is Metro Manila at New Year’s Eve. The place goes absolutely mental at midnight and it’s one of the most unique and breathtaking views you can ever see. The video, which I primarily shot for an article on WhenInManila, proved a little bit more popular than expected and has accumulated around 1.5 million views at the time of writing. That’s the first time I managed to get that many views on a YouTube video and made for quite a nice start to the year: So let’s see what else the years brings :)

Megan Young Miss World 2013 Victory Parade

Megan-Young-Miss-World-Parade-MakatiAs you might know, Miss World 2013 is from the Philippines and goes by the name of Megan Young. After winning the contest, she returned to the country and the good people here put on a small victory parade for her.

Nothing big. They just closed the main road through Makati while thousands of people lined the streets and celebrated her win. Below are a few snaps from that occasion.

Muning The Street Kitten

Muning The Street KittenNormally, I wasn’t really planning on having a pet again but when I saw this little furball sitting by the side of the road here, that plan changed.

So, meet Muning the Street Kitten, who has now moved away from the street and into a more comfortable lifestyle. As she can’t pay rent, she has to pose for pictures instead and a selection of work from her modeling career can be found in the gallery below.

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Lotus F1 Team And Marlon Stockinger In Manila

Marlon-Stockinger-Lotus-F1-Manila-Mall-of-AsiaHere is a sight you don’t see every day: A Formula One car driving along the streets of Manila. Recently, the Lotus F1 Team and driver Marlon Stockinger stopped by here for some demonstration runs around the Mall of Asia complex.

They drew quite a crowd and completed a good number of laps with the single and the two seater car. Who knows, maybe there will be a Manila GP in the future?

High Up In Manila

Long time no post, I know. Time to revive the site a little bit, although as mentioned before, most things are now posted directly to my Facebook page and Twitter account.

So, here to kickstart the site back into life are some pictures taken from high up on the tallest building in the Philippines right now.

Pictures: Excarvagant Carshow 2012 – Makati – Metro Manila

EXCARVAGANT CARSHOW 2012 Makati Metro Manila For quite a while did I notice that there seems to be a healthy car scene in the Philippines but I hadn’t seen many real life examples of it yet. All that changed the other night, with the Excarvagant Carshow 2012here in Makati. Only managed to get a few snaps, inclduing the only overhead shot of the night, but there sure were some nice motors around!

I still love anything to do with cars and am always looking for interesting vehicles to shoot. Just for the fun of it, not for money. If you have anything interesting (car, bike, tuned, rare, fast…) let me know! Always happy to go out, meet new people and get some good pictures done in the process. I’m based in Makati and some of my previous car stuff can be found here. My contact info is here.

Manila from the air

Manila Philippines from the airJust a few images from the last flight to Manila a few days ago. For the first time did my flight arrive during the day, so reason enough to at least try and capture some of the approach in pictures.

It’s a big place, Metro Manila, and at some point I will have to do this properly again and hire a helicopter, but for now a few snaps from a plane have to do.

Pictures from Tanay, Rizal, Philippines

Tanay Rizal Philippines Some more pics, this time from a short trip at the weekend.

While Manila is nice for shopping and going out, it’s not exactly the most scenic place around – so for some fresh air and beautiful landscapes, a trip out of town is the way to go.

These pics are from the area around Tanay, about 70km east of Metro Manila:

Makati Tilt-Shift Miniature Video

Makati-Manila-Tilt-Shift-Video-PicturesJust a very random little experiment, with “little” being the keyword here.

Making real world objects and scenarios appear smaller than they are is often referred to as Tilt-Shift photography, even though today real tilt-shift lenses are hardly ever used for these.

Instead, digital effects enable this Diorama effect or “diorama illusion” to fill your screen – just like the below video from around Makati:

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