We Recreated Photos of Old Manila Using Only a Smartphone, and This Is the Result
See classic Manila scenes in a new light.
(SPOT.ph) Manila City is a storied locale with a rich history. It's also one of the most scenic urban destinations in the metro, with a picture waiting to happen at every corner.
The city is so photogenic, we thought it would be fun to try to recreate vintage photos from Manila's golden days using only a smartphone. To take these photos, we used the OPPO F7, which features an impressive 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture. The photographer used the phone's Expert mode, which allowed him to manually adjust the camera's settings like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus, and exposure value to capture pro-like pictures.
Jones Bridge takes its name from William Atkinson Jones, a member of the US House of Representatives who authored the Jones Law, the first official declaration of America's intent to grant the Philippines its independence. The bridge was heavily damaged during World War II and was reconstructed shortly after.
Rizal Avenue was once the longest street in Metro Manila and was the hub of Manila's social life. The street bustled with restaurants, stores, and theaters in its heyday, and was a frequent haunt of some of the country's national artists. Avenida is still a busy avenue these days—more buildings here and there but the energy of the place remains the same. Fun fact: The Rizal Avenue LRT station was opened in 1985.
This haven of Chinese culture bears the distinction of being the world's first-ever Chinatown. If they could talk, Binondo's streets would share stories not just of revolution and bombings but also of love and forbidden romance. Many developments have taken place in this part of Manila. Obviously, some of the structures were improved, including the Binondo Church or the Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, which was renovated in 1946 and 1971.
Known today for its "block parties," Escolta was a thriving business district, buzzing with the sounds of businessmen working at the Manila Stock Exchange and their fashionable wives shopping in the many arts and antique stores that lined its sidewalks. As seen in the photos above, the famous China Town arch that we see today wasn't originally there. Another obvious change is that there are no more rail tracks in Escolta today.
This gorgeous art deco building was the scene of some of Manila's most entertaining shows: from zarzuelas and dramas to local stagings of foreign classics. It's faced some hard times since its inauguration in 1931, but recent restoration projects have slowly been bringing the Manila Metropolitan Theater back to its former glory.
These are just some of Manila's most picturesque landmarks. The city is full of sights to see and stories to tell. The next time you've got a free afternoon, go on a photo walk through the city yourself. And if you want to be sure your photos look just as good as the ones above, bring an OPPO F7 with you. The F7 isn't only great for taking photos of sceneries but selfies as well. The phone packs an impressive 25-megapixel camera with HDR sensor, which easily gives users crisp selfies.
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IMAGE Source: Lou Gopal - www.ManilaNostalgia.com