Monday, June 18, 2007


posted by Señor Enrique at 7:23 AM


Blogger carlotta1924 said...

hmm, i think i'd like to try those street food again sometime. =)

June 18, 2007 8:15 AM  

Blogger Daisy said...

may Cafe Molinari rin pala sa may university belt. first one I saw syempre dito sa my Matalino st sa QC.

June 18, 2007 10:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My father told me years ago that the ceramic tiles that cover the pedestrian way along Azcarraga Avenue were from Japan as part of their "war damage" payment.

June 18, 2007 11:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second pic from top looks like a safety hazzard. Can't figure what it is and seems it's stacked next to entrance/exit which could come crashing down when bumped hard...just a thought...
Good for those food vendors, time to make money during this school year. Goodhealth.

June 18, 2007 1:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

pat dito sa baguio parang ganyan din ang itsura ... hehehe ..

June 18, 2007 1:17 PM  

Blogger sheilamarie said...

Eric, that place enchants me! LOL! I walked though that area several times during my college days, and I can still remember the books and other stuff being sold at bargain prices. plus the street foods, as carlotta has mentioned =D

p.s. so how'd you manage to get the pic, eric? were you standing atop something? your camera held up high? LOL! sorry, just curious

June 18, 2007 4:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, sure is busy!

Hmmm ... I miss street food!


Kamusta po kayo?

June 18, 2007 4:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i frequent this place when i was still in quiapo... did you use your dslr in capturing these? nice pics... you know when is the right time to use black and white... good job eric.

June 18, 2007 5:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Splendid job.Brings back many beautiful memories. Memories that I will treasure forever.

More power to you Sir Eric.

June 18, 2007 5:43 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

The students in the area don't seem to ever get tired of them, Carla :) I guess, they're affordable enough to get them by until they get home from school.

Just be careful, Carla ... hehehe!

June 18, 2007 7:09 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Although I didn't eat anything, I did go in to check out their offering, Daisy, and they're not bad at all. I even saw some pasta dishes on the menu. And not as pricey as I thought.

June 18, 2007 7:10 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

That's a very interedting piece of trivia, Leo. By the way, it took me some time to call it Recto since I grew up calling it Azcarraga. Fernando Amorsolo lived around here for many years.

June 18, 2007 7:12 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

They're stacks of books that lined up the sidewalk, TruBlue. These are overflow inventory from the shops right in front where they are displayed. This seems to be an acceptable deal here in Manila; that is, the shop owner has the right to occupy the sidewalk in front of his store to fill with merchandise.

Yes, the food vendors do make a good living in these parts :)

June 18, 2007 7:14 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Naku naman, Rhodyl ... you mean to say the sidewalks have been taken over by the vendors as well? Oh no!

June 18, 2007 7:16 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

For this photo essay, Sheilamarie, I use my point & shoot digicam which I just raise above my head and shoot. I just look at its LCD on its back to compose the image.

However, doing street photography or photojournalism isn't much about creative composition anyway so, it's all right as long as you're able to tell the necessary story.

June 18, 2007 7:19 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Kyels!

Were you able to try some of Manila's Street foods while you were here visiting? I know they can be tasty, but be judicious just the same.

I bet you're enjoying your summer vacation :)

June 18, 2007 7:20 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

No, Lino. These were taken with my point & shoot. Using a dSLR might make most of these vendors nervous (as you will see on my next entry).

Many thanks!

June 18, 2007 7:22 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Many thanks, Batapaloc! I have a few more coming up which might be of great interest to you as well :)

June 18, 2007 7:22 PM  

Blogger Photo Cache said...

my old stomping ground. you have made my memories more accessible because of your wonderful photos. am sure there have been changes, window dressing, but the essence of these are exactly the same as when I was the one elbowing my way around CM Recto. thanks.

June 18, 2007 9:37 PM  

Blogger NOYPETES said...

Totally looks different now! Are the pool and billiard halls still there? The days when you could get gangbanged walking Azcarraga towards San Sebastian College across the bridge to San Beda to see your sweetheart in La Consolacion College or The College of the Holy Spirit(Holy Mamaw)if you were in the "AmBoy" attire by the C.M Recto gangs (Serlacs for Serrano Lactao gang and Combat). I miss the hole in the wall karinderias on C.M Recto, Glenmore(Beatle boots) and Glendale Shoes and Miramar Theater.

June 18, 2007 11:47 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

You're right, Photo Cache, Recto remains the same! I, too, used to stomp these grounds when as a high school student I'd hang out with my college-age brothers and gallivant in this neighborhood. Although not as crowded then, the ambiance, as you mentioned it, is the same :)

June 19, 2007 8:17 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

One of my brothers was an Amboy at FEU, another an Exotic at UE, and a cousin was a Combat, but I've never heard of Serlacs, Pete.

I inherited my brother's custom-made Beatle Glenmore boots; I actually had my elementary school graduation photo taken wearing those boots proudly :)

The halo-halo, mami and siopao at Little Quiapo and the mini hopias along Azcarrage -- yum!

As Photo Cache said, this place remains the same :)

June 19, 2007 8:23 AM  

Blogger Ean said...

I wonder how you keep your camera from being stolen in those places. You must have somekind of getaway vehicle or something. Hehe... nice work though.

June 19, 2007 10:21 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I usually go out for some street photography during the daytime, Ean. But I do want to take some evening and night shots as well. In which case, I will have to bring some people to keep me company and watch my back.

June 19, 2007 7:31 PM  

Blogger Ean said...

I heard from someone that photographers work alone so that they could 'introspect' better. But bringing some bodyguards could never hurt. Hehe. Better safe than sorry.

June 19, 2007 9:07 PM  

Blogger NOYPETES said...

SerLacs was a wannabe Exotics gang from QC but hang around in Morayta.
Pesky bastards! After I got kicked out of UST High, I went to FEU (BingBong Crisologo was my PMT Commandant)and hang around with the early hippies of Morayta. We used to get harassed by these gangbangers a lot until we showed them our "SAYONACHI" self defense tactic! .... "SaYoNaChinelas ko! sabay takbo ng mabilis!" :-)

June 19, 2007 11:46 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

That's true, Ean. This is why I tend to stray away from my friends whenever we were doing a group photo shoot trip. But then again, these were usually in safe areas :)

But having bodyguards, especially during night shoot is a very good idea!

June 20, 2007 7:30 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

"SaYoNaChinelas ko! sabay takbo ng mabilis!" -- hysterical, hahaha!

Isn't BingBong Crisologo a congressman here in QC now? Not sure if you're familiar with La Loma area; a cousin was once the president of Phantoms in which two sons of the "king of comedy" were members.

June 20, 2007 7:33 AM  

Blogger NOYPETES said...

Oh yeah! One of my childhood friends was beaten up by these "Phantom" guys. The "resbak" was chaotic with Thompson submachine guns courtesy of the bodygurads of Cong.Angel Macapagal, the young brother of GMA's dad, who's sons were our "kababata' also. All hell broke loose and the "king of comedy" almost lost his two sons in that fray! hey, this is another trivia topic...."Gangs of Manila!"

June 21, 2007 4:10 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Oh my God! And the king lost a grandson from a hail of bullets as he came out of "simbang gabi" mass here in La Loma.

Whoa! Okay ... let me see about "Gangs of Manila."

June 21, 2007 6:19 AM  

Blogger reyd said...

On that second photo, are those FAKE diploma samples? Hahahaha!
I remember those days, term paper reports, dun pinagagawa, sila na bahala, pati thesis meron din. :D

June 21, 2007 12:52 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Well, am I glad someone finally noticed, Reyd! hahaha.

I was actually counting on Noypetes to share with us some uniquely humorous anecdotes on these document meisters of Recto.

I asked one vendor and she told me that a drivers license can be had in less than an hour for 400 pesos. Of course, that's negotiable.

I was going to ask if they can do a Harvard diploma for me.

June 21, 2007 2:37 PM  

Blogger reyd said...

( I was able to download a fake Purdue University diploma and fill my name there, maybe they have Harvard also on the web. ) hahaha!

The best one that I've seen in Recto was a diploma from MIT.
And the last time that I was there, they even do those resumes or some sort of bio-data forms.
Next time, I'll ask them to do me an MIT diploma also,
Mandaluyong Institute of Teknoloko.
(Inside) :)

June 22, 2007 12:57 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I have seen some documents at Recto that literally blew me away, Reyd! I wonder why the authorities do not aggressively shut them down for good.

That MIT diploma sounds tempting. I'll take one ... hehehe.

June 22, 2007 8:24 PM  

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