Observing Mendiola

January 14, 2008. I went to Manila this afternoon to observe possible locations for some scenes for our thesis short film, and to take pictures to help our cinematographer visualize the project. I had Mendiola and Manila North Cemetery in mind. I was able to do that, but I also ended up leisurely strolling along Recto and then along Blumentritt on my way to the cemetery and taking random photos along the way.

Mendiola

Because driving seemed to be more of a hassle for me, I decided to leave the car in UP, hopped on a jeep to Katipunan and rode the LRT to Legarda. Got down the station and took a couple of pictures at Mendiola. I’ve actually been to Mendiola more times in rallies than otherwise. It’s quite interesting when you try to observe it when everything seems like a normal daily routine to everyone else.

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More often than not, rallies are blocked by police on the usual way to Mendiola–through C.M. Recto–so Legarda Street is often the alternative route (which also gets blocked, nonetheless).

Legarda

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To be continued. Click here for more pictures.

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