*Here’s another break from my Quiapo Post.
Here is a short travel story of my Manila night drive from Rizal Avenue/Avenida, in Sta Cruz, to Roxas Boulevard.
Last Tuesday, 24 July 2007, I was in Binondo around 11 p.m. While driving home to Malacañang Complex, I decided to turn right at Rizal Avenue to see the newly re-opened part of the Avenue, courtesy of the new Mayor of Manila, Alfredo Lim. See Related News Stories: (1) (2). His good predecessor former Manila Mayor Jose L. Atienza, Jr. closed it to give way to a “pedestrian park” under his Buhayin ang Maynila Project in 2003. There was virtually no traffic that time, so I thought it was a good time to set my camera on the streets to have some night shots.
Here are some images taken in the newly re-opened Rizal Avenue:
There is no U-Turn going back to Recto Avenue, so, I decided to drive further. I should have turned right somewhere in Binondo to go back home but on second thought, I went straight to Jones Bridge and had my second set of shots.
I was already far from home so why not go straight to Roxas Boulevard to have some shots of its famous lamps! While driving to Roxas Blvd., I passed by the Manila City Hall and had my third stop to capture its Clock Tower. It was so imposing and grand from afar that I realized why it represents Manila in its logos.
Final stop, Roxas Blvd. (Correction: the ultimate stop was Aristocrat for its famous and my personal fave, the boneless chicken barbecue with java rice!)
Here are some night shots along Roxas Blvd.
And here are some at the Plaza Rajah Sulayman with its “Dancing Fountain!”
To end the night, and as if Manila is celebrating (Whatt?! 🙂 ) with me to end my night travel of its landmarks, fireworks went on display which I had two better shots of. I love fireworks so I was more contented viewing than capturing!