Malate is a place.
About 14° 34′ 0″ North, 120° 59′ 0″ East. To the east is the metropolis and to the west is the filthy Manila Bay. And Elmer Valenzuela is the man. Loafer, daydreamer, beachcomber, photography nut, former this, former that and Powerbooks/National Bookstore/Booksale denizen as sea urchin is to sea. The man’s got mouths to feed and bills to pay so he works for the GRP full time since 19-ninety-three taking care of logistics, graphic arts, Info-tech, a demanding boss and The Bizarre Cadre.
MALATE: Since 2008. Come to Malate for a drink!
Malate first nailed a slot in that most coveted Freshly Pressed section in 2010 with “Cool Pueblo Plunge.” Unfortunately, then WP Editorial Czar Joy Victory had to pull out the post immediately citing one ‘smutty’ image.
Almost a year later, Malate is back on Freshly Pressed with vengeance, in a post titled “Snack Street.”
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Love the pictures! Ran I ran into this blog 🙂
Thanks for commenting on my blog recently. I commend you on yours–it looks great! I’ll have a closer look. Cheers.
Thanks so much bro!
Bro, salamat sa pagbisita 🙂 really like your shots during your train trip. Galing. God bless.
Great. We’ll raise a glass
Good Blog mate. Sure shall send you message next time I am in Manila 🙂
Congratulations on your blogging accomplishments and thank you for reading about the Servants of Charity. Perhaps you can come by and see us at the Guanella Center in Quezon City!
hello, nice to see a photoblogger from home. you’ve got an awesome blog and i’ll definitely be back to check out more of your posts. thanks for the like on my latest post – from pinaydesertdweller.
Absolutely, by all means pls
I occasionally add bits n pieces about the Philippines in my blog on writing. Sometimes I use my own photos and mostly I get them from wikipedia or wikipinas, with attribution of course. Would it be possible to use some of your photos? I always give credit and link back to the photographer’ site or source site.
your photos and insights are worth coming back for! inspiring!
A great blog showcasing places in our country… IMabuhay ka, kaibigan! 🙂
Thanks for liking my post Antulang Sunrise! =)
Hi Elmer, thanks for the like. Great to be noticed by a “veteran” in WordPress like you. Great posts! Enjoying them! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog and allowing me to discover yours! 🙂 You’ve got great photos! Being a Thomasian, I especially loved your photo essay on UST, it captures a different angle indeed.
Your search is over. Try these
Ikaw po ba yong may post about Silay, Negros Occ.? nahihilo na ko kakahanap. 😀
Thanks so much Yulee
I love your photography and your whole blog, amazing work!
You’re welcome sir. Hope to see more of your upcoming posts.
Di naman. If you love what you do nothing would be hard. I see you’re a Thomasian. I think I owe it to you people a sequel to my UST photo essay. Thanks Michelle.
Hi sir. You’ve got a beautiful blog. A bit jealous here. Haha. Anyway I know you’ve worked hard for this to come through. Godspeed.
THANK YOU SO MUCH! Our section will be so happy. More power to you sir Elmer! I’ll now be a regular reader on your blog haha
Hi Marga! Your wish is my command. Will send you all your pics during PE. I am glad you like it. And thanks for dropping by
Good day sir Elmer! Before anything else, I’m Marga. I was one of the students in UST playing water fights during PE at the field. Our section saw your blog and also two photos of us. We’re so happy just by looking at the two photos. But, I was really fascinated by your art since I’m a (beginner) photographer as well. Overall we admired your photos and we would like to ask if we can see the rest of the photos you took of us during our PE? Since we’re going separate sections this sem, we would like it to be part of our remembrance. We’ll give credits to you ofcourse or if you want to put watermarks it’ll be cool. So yeah, looking forward for your response. Have a good day! 🙂
Delighted to know about you. Thank you so much John!
Hi, Elmer. When I first saw the Malate title at the top of your blog, I thought, hmm, that sounds like the city where my Peace Corps/Philippines office was located back in the 1970s. Sure enough, it’s the same place. I lived in Capiz for 3 years, where I worked as an extension worker for BFAR, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. I also met my wife there. We now live in Michigan, USA. You have a very interesting and mature blog. Keep up the good work! God bless,
Thank you for the recent like in my post! 🙂
And nice blog by the way! 🙂
Hello, we were nominated for the ‘Leibster Award’ and we’ve nominated you for it too, because we think you’re amazing. Here’s the post (http://thebeautifulindian.com/2014/10/07/quick-post-leibster-award-nomination/) , and we hope you do a post of your own, about it! x
14 years is a long time. Maninibago ka. Thanks!
Elmer, I haven’t been home in 14 years. Looking forward to getting to see my Manila through your talented eyes. I can already tell that it all looks very different from what I remember.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. This site is an excellent display of street photography, I especially like the motion pics!
Thanks Phil. I couldnt agree more on your argument about the topic
Hello Elmer Nev Valenzuela, thank you for your like of my post on the possibility of a capitalist war with China. You have excellent photography on your blog – I feel as though I am standing beside you while you take each photo! Best wishes, Phil Stanfield
A watched child never learns. #KungFuAngDatingAh
And when you do we’ll raise a glass in Malate
Teach me master!
Your blog is amazing. The standard this blog has is actually what I aim to reach with mine. Keep posting! 🙂
Thank you very much Chef Nino. Ingat sa biyahe!
Nice to see your street photos.
More power to you and your blog Kabayan!!!
Thanks for the like! And thank you for capturing the beauty of our world!
A really fantastic blog. Your words and images are top notch.
Another awesome blog of yours, Galing talaga! Keep it up
thanks for visiting my site and for liking one of my photos. you have great and unique photos in here. I’m a follower already of your blog. keep up the good work. have a nice day 🙂
something went wrong with your comment. I’m not so familiar with the mobile app, so I choose this way.
Thanks for liking my pics. Nice pics in your blog as well. Recently I realized, that you are locate in Malate, Manila. I’m leaving Malate this evening, otherwise we could have met for a photowalk or a beer. Maybe next time…
I like your Eye = Mind… 😉
hi. thanks for visiting HRonlinePH.com and liking one of our featured events. Salamat at sana patuloy kang bumisita sa HRonlinePH.com. You got a nice blog too.
Hi! I have nominated you for a very inspiring blogger award. Please check it out: http://littlelilly0302.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
Thanks for liking the post ‘Two Tone Jazz’ on my own blog, really appreciated. MM
Hi Wonder, nice to have you here. I see you are in Japan now? Kmusta na
hi kuy thNK You for teaching me how to make a blog in this site
Kamusta, Kuya? I regret not having to write so often, but it was cool to have you visit my blog. 🙂
Hello, thank you for visiting my blog..Muchas Gracias desde Guatemala.. The Mixed Culture 🙂
Look carefully. Baka may kuha ka! 🙂
Hi! Thanks for liking my entries! Ganda ng shots mo nung Million People March. 🙂 Ieeffort ko na rin ang pag-photo journ!
Cool blog. You have really good pictures too. Keep it up!!
Walang anuman. Just championing comrades-in-blog
Thanks for the visit and the like.. Nice to know a fellow Filipino blogging.. about environment too no less. love it!
Actually Im browsing for a perfect place to take a shot of the whole crowd birds eye view
I hope you can join the march tomorrow.
Hi, Elmer. Thanks for liking one of my posts. Great photos ha.
hahaha. sure. 🙂
ok. hope ul add me in your small world
Nope I’m not from Malolos. I’m from Bataan but I’m staying in Pasay. Si sir Sir Jasfer, proctor ko sa e-learning sa FEU. Small world. 🙂
Uy, Ive check your fb and we have 1 mutual friend. Jasfer Abuel, pamangkin ko yan a. Are you from Malolos? Ok I will help you. First, be inspired here http://blackandwhitestreet.com/
Hahaha. I hope so. Super kinalawang na ako sa photography. hahaha. yes, teach me how to be a better photographer.
Look Ms. Brightside, look at the bright side. If you love photography then you could be a good photographer. Chinek ko yung other blog mo and its..never mind. You can be better, promise. And Im more than willing to help. 🙂
Hahaha. why?? i’m really a frustrated photographer. I don’t know if I’m good at it. Check my other blog http://http://myworldinphotographs.wordpress.com
But first convince yourself that you are not a frustrated photographer
Yes. Let’s conquer the world of WordPress. Hahaha. 😀
Hi Anne! Let’s conquer WordPress?
Whoaaah. another Pinoy blogger. Hello there!!!!! :))
Hi, thanks for stopping by and liking my blog.
Thank you for the like. I have lots of fond memories of Malate; most of them are rated PG, some would hover between R18 and X. Which just goes to show that, sometimes, we can’t quite completely choose those we love.
Thanks for dropping by! I love your blog, esp. the b&w photos 🙂
thanks for visiting my blog. you’ve got amazing photos.
Great images. Excellent style.
An honor to have you here. Thank you
Thanks so much for stopping by for a brief visit, and the like. I have fallen in love with your photography and your wonderfully descriptive words…can’t wait to dive in and take a more complete photo vacation from life in the North Eastern US.
Just enjoying the trip. Walk with me
Great work, Elmer! You’re an inspiration!
Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my photography! I post new pictures daily, so please come and visit again soon. I enjoy everyone’s likes, comments, and reblogs, so please let me know you stopped by and stay in touch. I’ll do the same.
Thanks for visiting my site and introducing me to yours. Glad you liked my pic Poolside (Tucson, Arizona). Great images you have here!
salamat ng marami!
Great blog kababayan 🙂 ganda ng mga photos!
Do visit mine and follow! Haha 🙂
Glad you like them. Thanks!
Nice reading about you! You are good in photograph! I love it!!! 🙂
you’re welcome 🙂
proudly pinoy. ^_^
Nice reading about you
Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.
great blog, love the images and stories….. cool
go out! go for it!
Nahuhuli na ako sa pag-ikot! I need a goooooood and a looooooong vacation. I shall read about these places! 🙂
thanks for the felicitaciones James 🙂
Thanks for dropping by. Wanna put you in my blogroll. 🙂 You write and take photos really well!
You’ve been nominated – thanks very much for a great blog.
Thanks for stopping by The Legion of Door Whores and for leaving a like for one of my images, it is appreciated 🙂 If you have time, please take a look at my blog sites http://reflectionsofchina.worpress.com and http://moreimagesfromme.wordpress.com , I do hope you will take a look and enjoy what you see there!..You have a really nice site here, certainly one worthy of a follow. Thanks again, Regards Mark
Hi 5 for what u got here..excelente!! 🙂
Lots of thanks!
You may contact me at email@example.com
yours is one cool blog
Woh I enjoy your posts, bookmarked!
Nat you are my hero
Ah, so this is where you left your piece of mind…LOL vanity urges me to pretend I don’t know who Janis Joplin is…she was before my time, I swear to God…but yeah, okay, I do dig the Queen of Rock and Roll…so come on, share another little piece of your mind now, Elmer… 😉
no worries, I just wanted to introduce some nice blogs to other bloggers… that’s all.
This is a shame, I’m terribly sorry for the late late reply Kzack and my genuine thanks to you. Will look into this.
Be it done according to your word Elmer! 🙂
we shall conquer wordpress rox
I’m a newbie here, every time I see great pinoy bloggers ? I get inspired .. Nice blog!
Followed you kuya! 🙂 Love to see more of your post..
Hi There, You’ve been officially nominated for the Sunshine blogger award. I don’t know if you’re into these things, but you add to my weekly sunshine. Thanks for sharing you talents. Follow the link for more details if you’re interested. http://kzackuslheureux.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/sunshine-award-ill-accept/
Thanks for the tip, Elmer, I will try it out…particularly curious about the earthlings in skimpy little Japanese anime schoolgirl uniforms. *whee!*
But what if a space alien is just another kind of tourist? I can see the headline in the tabloids now: “Martian, Ginulpi ng mga Bugaw sa Mabini” Heh heh…
Will see if you’re up for a drink, next time I’m in the area.
Thanks Nat! When shooting in the streets of Malate, detach yourself from the place. Kunyari space alien ka and curious about the earthlings. Actually that’s the trick anywhere so you wont get intimidated. So you’re a true blue Malateña and I can picture you at Jim’s Hobbit House surrounded by the seven dwarfs.
Yay, Malate! I’ve always wanted to shoot on Malate’s streets, especially Mabini at night (heh heh) but was intimidated by the aggressiveness of the pimps. *sigh* Balang araw. I was brought up in the area…sometimes the hobbits from Jim’s hobbit house used to babysit me, and sometimes it was the waiters of Taza de Oro on Roxas Blvd…
Grabe, that sentence just made me feel OLD. 😀 syet.
Looking forward to unearthing your blog archives, Elmer, you have a wicked sense of humor and a great eye. Hoping for more posts from you soon!
I did come for a drink to that place back in college around 2005. Anyway, I’m please to meet you, Sir Elmer!
Really nice description of yourself here. \m/
By the way, thanks for dropping by my site. It’s nice to get in touch with other pinoy bloggers out there.
I love your blog… gives me the chance to reconnect with the Philippines.
Thanks for liking my Malate post………love your blogg by the way..
Hola, thanks for stopping by my page http://hazelbenimages.wordpress.com and liking my post Olango. I appreciate the LIKE very much. I’m new at wordpress and just like you enthusiastic about photography. Have a good weekend.
Thank you so much Susan but you know I am much more thrilled in enjoying a vodka with you than having the award! Makes me wanna go to Guangdong now. But I’ll be going back with this Versatile thing when I’m not too overloaded. Thanks thanks!
You’d better drag yourself out of your drunken baijiou stupor and write another entry, because I’m giving you the Versatile Blogger Award.
I’ve enjoyed the beautiful pictures you’ve taken during your travels in China and hope to see more of it more regularly. If you ever stop by in Guangdong, please stop by and we can enjoy some good vodka (not baijiou) together.
Thanks for your blog.
Glad you liked my recent post of the large scene with the crisp pic of a small boat and some fishermen…..i have a wp blog…mostly pics and a few pithy observations, now and again….but not as pithy as yours.
You’ve wriitten a truly wonderful blog!
Chiang Mai, Thailand
shawn and suzanne i love what you do. walk the earth! and thank you very much
Salamat Gertie! Get familiar with every roads! YOu’ll need it
I Love your Photos. Happy to be following your Blog!
I never got used to the roads in Manila area. Good thing I didn’t need to travel there frequently; only around Makati, Pasig and QC. But great blog anyway! 😀
10Q. This cracked me up. Babaw lang ng kaligayahan? Nice blog you got goin’, by the way.
I remember walking from Malate to Philippine Cultural Center when I visited Manila earlier this year to spend my last day in the city. By the way, interesting blog you have!
I know you didn’t know. tc
Didn’t know you’re pinoy. Hello anyway 🙂
Taft Ave was great. And very memorable. I heard there’s a lot more places to hang out there nowadays. I’m in California, USA now.
Thanks Sheila! Taft Avenue kilometer 3, one great place isnt it? So where are you based now?
It’s nice to be reminded of a place from back home. I spent four long years in high school at Taft Ave. I hope to visit again someday. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! That’s how I found your blog.
Just how close are Romanians to the Filipinos? When the Philippines staged the People Power revolt, Romanians followed suit. Hi Julia
greetings from Romania!
Thanks for dropping by 🙂
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Hi Orlando! You might want to try some rooms in Remedios Street, they’re clean and cheap. thanks for visiting!
Thanks for the blog. By the way I need a clean but affordable place to stay (at least 2 days) in Malate, do you know of any that you can recommend? Thanks in advance for your help.
thanks very much mia. and your alma mater is?
wow classmate you’re so profound, ang ganda! what exactly is GRP? I like malate too, it’s near my alma mater…ang galing mo…I like your pics…keep it up
wow classmate you’re so profound, galing mo! ang ganda…what exactly is GRP?…I love malate too, malakit kc sa school namin…keep it up!
Hi, nice to meet you !
Im on my way amigo
Read above ↑ the sign says “Come to Malate for a drink!”
Lets go! me love you long time. setup setup!
comosta pañero, u kno wer to find me hah. beer beer beer!
Hey Merr! whats up?!
I dont speak bangla, I just know how to say “thank you” in a number of language. nice day sajib!
Where do you live in? Who taught you that only bangla? 🙂
dont mind that.. its the only bangla i know..LOL
What the…. How come you spoke bangla? 😮
Good blog with gorgeous theme. I always loved this. 🙂
I’m new here in WP so I’m still trying to get to know other bloggers and still yet to get to know fellow Pinoys’ blogs. Anyway, you’ve got lots of content here so I’ll be visiting again.
thanks earthianne and welcome to wordpress. let pinoys take on the world thru wp. 🙂
Nice to see a Pinoy blogger (noticed you via Roseeta’s blog) and an experienced one at that.
I’m new here in WP so I’m still trying to get to know other bloggers and still yet to get to know fellow Pinoys’ blogs. Anyway, you’ve got lots of content here so I’ll be visiting again.
love this blog! 🙂