1. Anonymous asked: To be fair to that other guy, the urban planning in the Philippines is absolutely horrendous and almost non-existant.

    There is an existing plan (MMETROPLAN 1970s) but it does look good, only on paper.

     

  2. Anonymous asked: Is poor urban planning and rapid growth is to blame?

    While we could point one finger to poor urban planning and our runaway population explosion for the blame, the rest of the other fingers put the blame on ourselves.

     

  3. The (Lost) waterways of Manila

    It’s officially Rainy Season again. We know what to expect, as if it will never change, it is always flooded in Manila even at the mildest rain. It’s a part of Manila Life that will never fade away. Manila itself is a floodplain and is formed by the flooding of the sedimentation of Pasig River millions of years ago! Most of Manila is near and even below the mean sea level, so flooding will never fade away that easily in this part of the Philippines. We could only just mitigate the damage of flood, but not eliminate flood entirely.

    Manila itself was an archipelago (within an archipelago) with islets in the Pasig River system when it was still not a big city like today. Ever encountered the streets Estero Cegado and Isla de Romero in Quiapo - Santa Cruz area? That is the proof that Manila had more waterways back then that it is before. Estero Cegado literally means “closed estero” and Isla de Romero is where the Feati University is located now. The waterways were reclaimed with land to become streets that bore those names now.

    Burnham himself planned for more filling of these waterways and to widen some commercially viable waterways both for drainage and navigation. In the span of a century, we have already filled those with concrete. Only a few remain. The usual places where flooding is worst are the same places with many of these waterways are filled for building in them. It seems that the water still knows where it flowed into the rivers and seas for centuries, and some of us don’t understand how water flows.

    Here are some photos of old maps of Manila and how the waterways around them changed within a span of a century. The order of the maps are from the Spanish Period, from the American Period and the contemporary Period.

    Quiapo and San Miguel Area:

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  4. These are some of the Instagram Prints the I (and all of the participants) got from last Wednesday’s InstaMuros Instawalk. I hope all participants enjoyed the many many souvenirs we handed to them! We also enjoyed organizing JaywalkersPH’s very first Mobile Photography oriented event.

    Of course, we would like to thank Storytell Prints for giving support to our event by giving us unlimited Instagram Prints (see above). If you want the the same Instagram Prints in your events in the future, you can contact Storytell Prints Here:

    Web: http://www.storytellprints.com/

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/StorytellPrints?fref=ts

     
  5. Instamuros Shots

    I had these shots for the InstamurosMNL yesterday. Among the 18 shots uploaded, these are my favorites. This is my favorite spot in the Walled City, the Plaza Roma.

    To view my whole InstaMurosMNL sets, visit my Instagram (you can also follow me).

     
  6. Today, June 13, is the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua. I know some of us heed his intercession if we are finding something “lost.”

    Before the Americans introduced St. Valentine to us as the Patron Saint of Lovers, we had St. Anthony to help us find our better half. The devotion to Saint Anthony is one of the oldest in the Philippines, in the Old City of Manila, he is found in the Franciscan Church in Old Intramuros, at the Churches of Sampaloc and in Singalong in the outskirts in Manila.

     
  7. Google Doodle of the Day: Philippine Independence Day

     
  8. The Lawton area might be packed with people tomorrow so I think it would be nice to bring you diversion routes for tomorrow. This will be a long walk because some road will be closed. Please refer to this link for a closer view! Or save the photo above.

    Route 1 - From LRT Carriedo

    Route 2 - From Quiapo Church

    Route 3 - From LRT Central Terminal.

    The nearest landmark to the start of Instamuros is Letran.

     
  9. jaywalkersph:

    Free unlimited Instagram prints from Storytell Prints! Be sure to have an internet connection during the event and Storytell will do the free printing for you!

    RSVP Now at http://www.meetup.com/Instagram/Manila-PH/951142/

     
  10. The Northbound Lanes at Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City

    The traffic looks manageable at this photo because the photo was taken at non-peak hour. Well, even at peak hours (with the exception of the Commonwealth-Tandang Sora Avenue intersection), traffic along Metro Manila’s widest avenue is still tolerable compared to other roads.

    Today, far from the “Killer Highway” monicker, Commonwealth Avenue could boast somehow of the most orderly road spaces in the Metropolis. You can see in the photo, from the pedestrian sidewalk (leftmost part) and Public Transport Stops, the road lanes are dedicated to Public Transport Vehicles and is separated from the other traffic through a concrete barrier. The next is the motorcycle lane, the next two to three lanes are dedicated to through traffic and the last two lanes are dedicated to through traffic and U-Turning vehicles before the central island for the separation of the directional traffic.

    Though still too early to call it a success, this lane separation now causes a consistent 40 travel time from Fairview to UP, and a safer stop area for  commuters. This scheme is easy to implement in the said avenue since it has a minimum of 14 lanes (7 lanes per direction). If the same scheme is implemented in other roads, it will be harder since at most, some roads have just a maximum of 10-12 lanes per direction but normally Metro Manila roads only have 8 lanes, and road space limit is already a big problem.

     
  11. jaywalkersph:

    JaywalkersPH presents

    INSTAMUROS: Intramuros Instawalk

    Hello Instagramers and mobile photographers! JaywalkersPH is proud to present its first ever photowalk that focuses on mobile photography! Let’s all meet and take a walk inside the historical walled city of Intramuros this coming Independence Day (June 12, 2013). We’ll not just be doing a photowalk - we’ll be making an event for everybody to meet new people through our activities and themed photowalk routes. Join us and have fun!

    RSVP now! (http://www.meetup.com/Instagram/Manila-PH/951142/) No registration fee. Just bring with you your camera equipped mobile device (mobile internet connection is encouraged but not required)! Meeting place will be in front of 7-11 near Colegio de San Juan de Letran at 10AM. Just bring extra cash for your lunch/snacks. Bring extra clothes and an umbrella too! Invite your friends and see you!

    For more details and future announcements you may visit any of our social media accounts:

    Facebook (http://facebook.com/jaywalkersph)

    Tumblr Blog (http://jaywalkersph.tumblr.com)

    Instagram (@jaywalkersph)

     
  12. At the top of the Tandang Sora-Luzon Flyover, Quezon City

    I sneaked at the top of Tandang Sora - Luzon Flyover, and these are the views found at the top of the said Flyover.

    The Tandang Sora - Luzon Flyover connects the South Tandang Sora Avenue and Luzon Flyover. The flyover serves as the C5-Commonwealth interchange and a part of the C-5 North Extension by the MNTC.

    Photos taken last February.

     

  13. If you are a photographer, graphic designer or any other affiliated profession in the design industry, these law might have a big effect on your professional practice.

     
  14. jaywalkersph:

    JaywalkersPH presents

    INSTAMUROS: Intramuros Instawalk

    Hello Instagramers and mobile photographers! JaywalkersPH is proud to present its first ever photowalk that focuses on mobile photography! Let’s all meet and take a walk inside the historical walled city of Intramuros this coming Independence Day (June 12, 2013). We’ll not just be doing a photowalk - we’ll be making an event for everybody to meet new people through our activities and themed photowalk routes. Join us and have fun!

    RSVP now! (http://www.meetup.com/Instagram/Manila-PH/951142/) No registration fee. Just bring with you your camera equipped mobile device (mobile internet connection is encouraged but not required)! Meeting place will be in front of 7-11 near Colegio de San Juan de Letran at 10AM. Just bring extra cash for your lunch/snacks. Bring extra clothes and an umbrella too! Invite your friends and see you!

    For more details and future announcements you may visit any of our social media accounts:

    Facebook (http://facebook.com/jaywalkersph)

    Tumblr Blog (http://jaywalkersph.tumblr.com)

    Instagram (@jaywalkersph)

     

  15. Sa wakas… I hope this time, it will not fuck up like what happened to the cancelled Northrail Project of the past Administration