Manila By Night V3.0 Photowalk Challenge

Tickle your art in photography and prepare to immerse in an awesome adventure when the moon clocks in with the 3rd Manila By Night Photowalk this December 29.  Gathering of participants and registration will take place at Kasa Boix, Quiapo in Manila at 4:30pm to 5:00pm.

A fun tour for people with penchant in capturing awe-inspiring moments, Manila By Night is a kind of event you should not miss. It aims to make participants experience intimate - not to intimidate – ambiance, collaborative – not interrogative – sharing of ideas, and experimenting – not mere snapping-- photography with a twist. No wonder, even major media outfits are interested to feature Manila By Night.

Manila by Night V.2

Are you afraid of the dark?  Well, if it happens that you come with people packed with camera and enthusiasm your fear will turn into fun. This is something I experienced when I joined Manila By Night of Powerhouse G5 last 2013 of December 29 that hopefully you’ll try next time.

Manila By Night as in the movie?

No, but you can create audio visual presentation, music video or documentary out of it because it’s a long photowalk in the famous and historical places. Yes, Powerhouse G5 (PhG5) do this after 6 in the evening when you’ll witness the other side of Manila, when you depend on the capabilities of your camera and  when all you have to do is to explore.
 In my years here on earth, I can’t count how many times I visit Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, Sta. Cruz Church, Binondo, Metropolitan Theater, Philippine Post Office and other areas inside or outside Intramuros. But seeing those places at night is like seeing Manila in different dimension. The colourful lights that give life to statuesque buildings, ordinary alleys and neglected infrastructure invite you to take pictures.  It’s a great time to challenge your skills in photography while considering also the historical richness of your objects.  To tell you, I enjoyed listening to PhG5 founders Stephen Pamorada and Axl Guinto because though they are younger than me, they know so many facts.  Okay now, I can’t boast that I’m good in history.

A fun adventure for Owls courtesy of PhG5

Are you sensitive in UV rays or heat of the scorching sun? This friendly and safe adventure of PhG5 is definitely cool for night owls (and early birds too) like me.   This is also what’s nice about in photowalk when the moon is up there because you don’t need to bring extra paraphernalia such as fan, cap or umbrella.   You’ll enjoy socializing with fellow bloggers, travellers or photographers.
Honestly, there are many things you’ll realize in doing photowalk like your knowledge about Philippine history, the real status of our cultural heritage sites (hello Metropolitan theatre!), and if you’re really into photography. By the way, do you know the famous ice cream parlor along Escolta?
So see you soon in Manila By Night or other photowalks of Powerhouse G5!      

Photowalk Location from Binondo to Luneta Park
Written by:  and Photo by Axlppi

Traslación of the Black Nazarene

Every 9 January, the Traslación of the Black Nazarene makes its way along the streets of the Quiapo district, with attendees reaching up to 12 million. In recent years, the processional route was altered due to a rise in vehicular and stampede accidents, to afford other neighborhoods off the traditional route a chance to participate, and because of structural deficiencies in bridges along the route.

Here the unbelievable scene in the Traslación of the black Nazarene.


Revival of the Dungaw 

On 9 January 2014, an old tradition called Dungaw in Tagalog (a calque of its Spanish name Mirata, "to see" or "to look") was revived and reincorporated into the Traslación after old documents attesting to its practise were re-discovered. The custom involves the Black Nazarene being made to stop briefly at Plaza del Carmen fronting the neo-gothic Basilica Minore de San Sebastián. After the recitation of the rosary by the congregation and while the bells in San Sebastián's twin spires peal, the resident Recollect priests remove the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel from its shrine in the retablo mayor (high altar). This image, which was given to the Recollects in 1617 by a Carmelite nunnery in Mexico City, is then brought on a high platform at the side of the church, where it is lifted up to "see" and "meet" the Black Nazarene. The moment is accompanied by relative silence and fervent prayer on the part of devotees, and shortly thereafter the priests slowly turn the Virgin's statue so that it "watches" the Black Nazarene depart the vicinity of Plaza del Carmen.

It is notable how the images are from a similar period and provenance, and that the practise echoes the Fourth Station of the Cross, which commemorates how Christ met his mother, the Virgin Mary, as he was walking to his crucifixion.

Capture by Jay Ganzon

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About Jay Ganzon
He the neophyte member of Powerhouse G5, a freelance event photographer, a photojournalist. He graduate in Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, Inc.(FPPF).

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