Makati Foundation Day Parade

When you are ready to write about travel photography there are actually lot of things you can write about. The best part of it is to capture the untold stories, be with the locals, discover the hidden beauty of the place. I stayed in Philippines for quite a long time and I get to know a lot of Filipino people. Some of them are my good friends and some of them are very good friends of mine.

My aim was to know them as much as possible as I felt that’s a best way to know their cultures. Philippines has a rich culture with tremendous influence of American, Japanese and spanish community. If you ever had a chance to be in Manila or for that matter of the fact in any city in Philippines, you will understand what I am talking about. Starting from the names of the places to the lifestyle of people heavily influenced by the American culture. Some where I heard

Filipinos are more American than the actual Americans.

I am not sure whether is entirely true or not, but some part of it true without any doubt. As I am basically from India, I was quite impressed by the friendliness of the Filipinos, in one word they are just awesome people, emotional people and Happy people.

27th May was the 344rd Makati City foundation day, I was in office and unfortunately I had no idea about this colorful event. I stayed in Makati city, my condo was pretty near to my office. Around 2 – 2:30 pm I saw from 30th floor of my office that a lot of people are actually gathering together for the parade.


Who wants to miss this golden opportunity to take some photos of this colorful event. I quickly get my camera from my place and somehow I managed to take a break from work. WOW what an event it was. For the sake of taking photos I was standing in the middle of the Ayala avenue. Found that the Tokina 11-16 lens is pretty fast compared to any other zoom lens. As the focal range is limited and felt like taking photos using a prime lens.

Dance with us

People are from different places of Metro Manila showcasing their city by dancing and singing in a very dramatic way. The best thing I liked about the whole event is the costume they are wearing. It’s very hard to explain how colorful and beautiful they are. The band music and the parade had added a festive flavour on the top of it.


The people who were engaged in this event are also giving photographer like me some kind of expression which turns out to be a wonderful for the travel photographs. I loved the expression of this boy, the frame turns out to be good as well.

What to do !!!

Photos are taken using Nikon 40mm 2.8 and Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 DXII. I wish I could be there till the end of the celebration. There is another festival similar to this I have experienced while in Manila, I am gonna post that sometime soon. Hope you liked the photos. Enjoy :)

About avirup

A software engineer by profession & a photographer by passion. Indian by birth, proud Bengali & hail from the City of Joy, Kolkata. Exploring various places, people & their cultures, lifestyles through viewfinder fascinate me a lot. I would like to define these photographs as my life journals, pieces of my life journey, my imaginations through lens.

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  1. arunprasadhm January 22, 2015

    Amazing photos.. just awesome

  2. joshi daniel July 11, 2016

    beautiful :)

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