It seems that everywhere I go in Manila, Philippines, there’s a smiling person who wants me to take their photograph.
Vendors at the Baclaran Market – Manila, Philippines
Despite being located right next to the Mall of Asia, I got the impression that the locals at the Baclaran Market don’t see too many foreigners walking through. Every few feet, Carrie and I were greeted with a smile, “hello,” and request for a photograph. These are a few of my favorites …
Cooks and Servers at Ninos Tapsi
After wandering around the Barclaran Market and visiting the nearby church, Carrie and I stopped at a local eatery for lunch.
The staff acted as if they had never served a Westerner before; though, I have to imagine they are just as friendly with everyone who sits down. Regardless, after devouring a plate of porkclog, which can only be described as deliciously-flavored and fried pork chops, I asked the Filipino guys behind the counter to smile for a photo.
A Nighttime Tricycle Ride Around Manila, Philippines
How long can I hold my hand relatively-still while bumping around in a small cart attached to a motorcycle. That’s what I asked myself as I took this photograph at ISO 800 with a shutter speed of .625/s and an aperture of f/3.5. Out of the dozen I shot, this was by far my favorite.
Security Guard at De La Salle University
I had just finished making a similar photo of this De La Salle University building when Carrie informed me that the security guard to my right had struck a pose when he saw me take the photo. Thank goodness she told me, because the photo became far more interesting when he repeated that pose for my camera.
Have you ever visited Manila or the Philippines? I would love to hear about your experiences with the locals.
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