An attempt to tear down a wall.
After flipping through my 10-no photography spots in Manila, BMSD founder photographer Mel Cortez messaged me asking how come Intramuros — the most notorious of all photo restricted places — was not included in the list.
Intramuros is intra meaning within, and muros meaning walls.
I ride around ‘within these walls’ practically without a miss, during weekends.
With the Canon as a riding partner hanging quietly around my neck.
If I were to behold Intramuros from a travel photographer’s eye, I’d be done with this place.
With street photography, the Walls come alive.
So I told Mr. Cortez, the lineup stems from my personal account.
You see, I have never been in a run-in with the Gwardia Sibil.
Nor have I chanced upon photographer/s being stopped by these guards.
UNTIL ONE AFTERNOON..
Mel Cortez was right. I must be in a different lifetime.
Now a word from Tourism Department:
Shoots for commercial advertisements, videos, infomercials, events such as prenuptial, and other commercial productions need permission from the managements of NPDC and IA to ensure that the well-being of the photographers are taken care of, as well as make certain that everything goes smoothly during the shoot
A complete BS.