Saturday, July 12, 2008


This old house at the corner of Bilibid Viejo and Progreso Streets has once again become the center of attraction in this Quiapo neighborhood. Certain segments of the Philippine version of the popular television show Betty La Fea is being shot here.

This house and the immediate neighborhood have been the backdrop for many movies and tele-novelas produced in the past couple of years; thus, many local folks, much like New Yorkers, are quite used to the presence of production crews and major stars coming to the neighborhood to film or videotape their latest projects.

Related links:

Bea Alonzo as Betty La Fea - ABS-CBN

Cast of Betty La Fea - Philippines - on YouTube

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posted by Señor Enrique at 8:26 AM


Blogger JayAshKal said...

Wow, they're lucky to have all these shootings going all arund in their neighbourhood.

I love the feautured old house, just that the electricity and phone lines are distracting the beauty and the charm...

Fine set of pictures...


July 12, 2008 1:34 PM  

Blogger luna miranda said...

I'm not up to date with the local TV shows, but it's interesting to know that this neighborhood is a popular backdrop of the the local tele-novelas. May nakita ka bang artista when you took these photos?:D

July 13, 2008 12:12 AM  

Blogger Panaderos said...

Any information on the history of this particular house? Although it definitely shows the wear from its age, it still looks pretty well maintained.

July 13, 2008 3:39 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Not only are they distracting, but those telephone and electricity lines prevented me from doing architectural shots of some old houses in Manila, Mario. In some areas, the only thing you can see are those lines because they're so many that they literally obscured the structures of interest.

by the way, not too long ago, a foreign film was shot in this same area besides the local movies and tele-novelas.

July 13, 2008 7:08 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I shot these photos on my way to visit with some friend's and then on my way home, Luna. I didn't see any of the show's stars but was only told that Vhing Navarro, Bea Alonzo and Ai Ai de las Alas were inside the house.

I rarely watch television so like you, I have no idea about these shows. But from what I understand, Batty La Fea is an international sensation with many countries producing their own take on it much like the Big Brother series.

July 13, 2008 7:12 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Hmmm ... I should find out about its history, Panaderos.

Yes, it happens to be one of the most well-maintained houses in the area.

July 13, 2008 7:13 AM  

Anonymous Jeffrey Yap said...

Hello, Señor Enrique---

Excellent shots again of Quiapo! I think using old houses in Quiapo will make people realize that these precious old houses should be preserved. Kudos again to you!


By the way, I hope you can help us by posting this on your blog.

This is a project of Dr.
Fernando Nakpil Zialcita and I was tasked to do the online petition. Your
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Hello everyone,

Please help the residents and friends of Quiapo, Manila by signing the petition
letter below. Your signature will be of great help to preserve and protect
Quiapo: the heart of Manila:

Thank you very much!


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July 14, 2008 8:53 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Hi Jeffrey,

I was actually preparing a separate blog feature on it after reading your message, "A Petition to Manila Mayor Lim." I was held back because I've been looking for an appropriate photo to go along with it ... hehehe.

Nonetheless, will post it soon.

Thanks much, Jeffrey!

July 15, 2008 8:05 AM  

Blogger Anna1G said...

Hi. I am glad that my grandmother's house is being very well appreciated.. For those who want to know a bit of the history of the house you are welcome to ask me at

March 26, 2012 5:20 AM  

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