It seems the 10-NO PHOTOGRAPHY PLACES IN MANILA will have to be edited to 9 after all. This after the BGC has rid itself of its photographer kick-ass policy and decided to — finally — be PHOTO FRIENDLY. This should send a clear “what’s the point anyway” message to the rest of photo forbidden places around the Metro.
The juncture however is not without an “initiation” as landscape photographer and Canon Ambassador Mr. Jay Jallorina himself came to a brush with BGC security personnel as to this Photo Friendly catchline. The sekyu, apparently, had a different apprehension of the word friendly. Fortunately there’s Mr. Marc John Buencamino of the BGC to settle the issue. Mr. Buencamino, btw, is the name ‘neath each and every PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT issued by the FBDC.
BOTTOM LINE. Although BGC has softened on its photo restrictions, it does not mean photographers can operate the premises in complete liberty. Read the fine print.
A welcome news nevertheless especially for commercial photographers.
In any case, I don’t really mind. Street togs function on any sovereign-tea. Or authori-tea.