I was invited by my friend photographer to a group called PHOTOwalkers lead by Jhong Dizon. They created this event called Photowalk for a Cause in Binondo, Manila. Photographers would contribute a small amount and have this to treat the people with food.
Being available for that day and the rains has stopped. I decided to go and experience my first photowalk.
To explain, there are fish vendors in the morning going around the village. The vendors must have this area a favorite place to dump excess water from the melted ice in their pails of fish.
This is the statue of the Black Nazarene where many people believed in. Devotees pull out their handkerchiefs or towels then wipe it on statues hands.
It's location couldn't be anymore better than being nearby a popular church as it is open 24/7.
The building behind him is new and just nearing completion.
Most of the attendees know each other and grouped themselves easily. Unfortunately, my friend who invited me wasn't able to attend due to a photoshoot in Baler, Aurora which I just learned that morning.
This photo of the crew of Geek TV, covering the simple event.
The weather got too good as the sun strikingly hot on our black t-shirts.
Street vendors dominate all the walking areas to ensure sales.
The watermelon type is also of the more expensive one which seems to me a seedless one.
He must be a hard working man for this type of job.
This is a cropped image where it happens to have the old woman vendor in the frame. The woman was hysterical once she saw me with a camera. She has accused me of taking videos of her wares and started to throwing curses at me on a loud voice.
I guess that's what I get for taking risk and too far from the set area of the photowalk.
After my sandwich, an unfortunate event was almost to happen to me. As I was heading back to the church, on the streets, I saw a bystander had his eyes locked on my small and unassuming digital camera on my hand and immediately started walking to my direction.
He being so focused on it, did not noticed my eyes looking at him. When he started following me, I quickly kept my camera into my small bag and walked swiftly as I can.
Fortunately, nothing happened but I was just disappointed that people in the early morning take interest on an item that has little value. Smartphones have more value than the camera I brought. This happened in an area around Raon though, as the one in Quiapo church and Hidalgo St., seems a lot a safer.
This front of Quiapo church has well improved through the years. Not only it has attracted various activities and people, but various TV programs come in and use the area do some tapings.
After the small competition, we had various group photos. Also, a professional photographer came in, I think it is Joel who gave practical tips for street photography.
His ideas and advice are sound to which I'm glad he shared with us.
They had planned of doing the cause at around 1 PM but I decided to get home so I could manage to have lunch there.
Through photos they posted on the Facebook PHOTOwalker's page, I managed to see the people in the cause given with food and was glad to see them enjoy it.
Luckily, the bridge was interesting as it was filled with subjects, such as this of a father and child.
He seems to be looking at the pedicabs and needs a ride.
I made up the above story but this type of people interest me because I feel they usually have good intellect in their normal years only gone wrong with a bad experience in their life.
Yet, I would be more cautious the next time I would do a similar photowalk as I find my camera now more valuable being able to get away from being stolen. I think, I managed to blend with the people but it wasn't enough. Try to be alert at all items as itself is the prevention and not the cure. If you are interested to do what we did, follow PHOTOwalker's facebook page here as there's another photowalk on August 25.
To those interested, watch this humorous video about Quiapo.