My interest with photography started with the goal of capturing a scene that for me was pleasing to the eyes and must be shared with the world. Using the only camera that I had back then, a point-and-shoot camera if you have to know, I started taking photos of places I visited or passed by.
The newly-renovated Manila Cathedral was opened to the public just in time for the observance by the Filipino Catholics of the Holy Week. It was worth the long wait.
It was difficult to get a decent shot of the cathedral as a lot of people are always in the shot, besides getting bumped while focusing. Since my usual practice is to compose the shot before hitting the button, just like a film photographer, it took me some time to get these shots. Though from the shots that I got, it was all worth it.
So if ever you are in Metro Manila or visiting the Philippines, don’t forget to visit this church. It is in Intramuros, Manila and if you are a tourist and this place is not in your itinerary, ask your tour guide to add this place as part of your tour. Besides it is very near Fort Santiago also in Intramuros, Manila which is a regular on any tour.
Photos taken with a Canon EOS 600D and Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5USM lens.
Photo above shows the traces of path taken by our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal on his way to be executed by firing squad at Bagumbayan now called Luneta during the Spanish occupation of the Philippines.
The country now needs heroes during this time of national calamity. After Bohol and Cebu was recently struck by huge earthquake, another calamity hit not only these two places but the whole country although some bear most of the brunt. There are thousands dead, thousands still missing and United Nations estimates that about 8.2 million Filipinos are affected by the super typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda as it is known in the Philippines.
Being a hero does not call for a loss of life, there are other ways to be one. Small they may be but still these acts can affect the lives of many. So how will you do it?
- Through donations. In cash or in kind. There are several organizations that currently accepts them and distribute them to the victims.
- Volunteer. Non-government organizations and charitable organizations needs helping hands in packing and shipping these donations to those affected by the calamity.
There are other ways of being a hero without leading to a loss of life. There are no small deeds in times like these and besides as far as I am concern a hero does what he does without asking for anything in return.
Photo taken at the Fort Santiago with a Canon EOS 600D and using a 18-135mm EF-S IS lens.
Humans are the only species on this planet that does not have a built-in defense mechanism, but we dominate this planet because of our ability to adapt and improvise just like how this man is doing with his laundry.