This is probably one of the most exciting experience I had in photography to date--joining the WIKIPEDIA TAKES MANILA photo scavenger hunt across the city of Manila in celebration of Wikipedia's 10th anniversary.
With the list of areas to find as follows,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Takes_Manila/Goals , let me take you to the places we covered......We started by taking the LRT from UN Ave. To R. Papa.
From R Papa, we took two rides to the North Cemetery where the THOMASITES memorial is located. I was surprised at the extent of the North Cemetery as we had to take the tricycle inside just to get to this site.
We passed La Loma and took the jeepney on Route to DANGWA, known as a hub for fresh flowers .......It was here where we had lunch at a nearby CHOWKING fastfood chain.
We then took the Jeepney to UST area in seach of the National University. It was here where we walked many blocks in search of the University which people in UST area are not so familiar with....
Took the tricycle to University of Manila......
One tricycle ride took us to Technological University of the Philippines, then the jeepney to Saint Michael the Archangel Church right after the Malacanang gardens.
We then decided to drop by Plaza Miranda first, Quinta Market, and then SM-CARRIEDO, the oldest SM Mall in the Philippines. Then to BPI Escolta and Carriedo Fountains along with the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arc.....
Took the Jeepney to TONDO area.....Torres High School, Gagalangin Rotonda, Solis railway Station.
Jeepney again to Tondo Church, Gregoriop Perfecto HS, Moriones Plaza, and Plaza Hernandez.
It was in this part when we walked through narrow streets full of stambays which almost made me panick. We had to cut through a small area of shanty houses to get to Divisoria area and the Tutuban PNRI Station.
Board the Jeepney again to the PORT area targeting the Philippine Ports Authority, and Smokey Mountain in the North. We wanted to go South to Gwapotel but we noticed we were running out of time. We had to be back in Paco Park by 6pm or face disqualification. Traffic was already building up by then. Good thing Azrael was quick to navigate the best way out. We took the jeepney to Navotas, tricycle to a highway, the bus to 5th Avenue where we board the LRT back to UN Avenue.