February 8, 2009

Ortigas Center skyline

I've finally decided to join Scenic Sunday, a photo meme of scenery, and this is my first entry for it. Of course, this being Metro Manila, I'm going to end up posting mostly urbanscapes. Like this one of the Ortigas Center skyline. Like the mall scene I posted last November, I took this from the 7th level of Shangri-La Plaza mall's carpark building. The low, wide building is SM Megamall and to its right is the capsule-shaped Edsa Shangri-La hotel with its roofdeck tennis courts.

Ortigas Center skyline with SM Megamall and Edsa Shangri-la hotel in the foreground

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31 comments:

nobu said...

Wondeful composition, and beautiful scenery of the city.

Laurie said...

What a wonderful shot! I love the clouds...

m_m said...

Very impressive! Nice capture. Skyscrapers of Manila look brilliant! I like them:)

angela said...

It looks thriving and prosperous and I really like the rooftop tennis courts..cool use of space.

Marc said...

That's a nice overview. It really looks like a megamall!

NicoleB said...

Looks like an impressive place!
Beautiful pic!

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Pacey said...

Welcome to SS and your first post is awesome...

PS..you really have to go to Bora for once... :)

Reena said...

wow, i like this shot. i didn't know edsa shang has tennis courts on that roof deck. pero parang mainit, diba? i hope they transform the other portion of that deck to landscaped gardens. anyway, uso naman yun ngayon plus it would be an added attraction to their hotel...:)

Shinade said...

What a wonderful surprise! I knew it was going to be a beautiful picture as soon as I knew it was from Manila.

What I wasn't expecting to see was a picture of a city. Thanks so much for this.

I usually only get to see beautiful landscapes from your country.

You did a fantastic job capturing this shot.

Thanks for taking the time so that we all get to enjoy it.

http://shinade.blogspot.com/2009/02/shades-of-white.html

Jackie:-)

Abraham Lincoln said...

Your Manila city skyline is very impressive and the city has come a long way since 1953 and 1954. Wow. Impressive.

George said...

Welcome to Scenic Sunday. This is a gorgeous cityscape against those dark clouds. Very well done!

Lois said...

Fantastic shot Hilda! It really gives me a good idea of what the city looks like. I love the clouds! P.S. I have one more moss pic tomorrow!

Tanya said...

Great photo Hilda! So much to see :)

Boise Diva said...

A reminder to me that I really don't live in a big city!

Tammie Lee said...

this really is a wonderful image of your town. I love the trees and clouds, making it feel very scenic.

Betty said...

I just joined today too! I like your shot. Mine will be the opposite. I live in a little town in Paraguay and I will be showing mostly rural areas....

Pam said...

Stunning picture of the city. I am always in awe of the photos you capture. Bravo, Hilda and Thank's for your visits ;)

John said...

That's a very nice view. Great composed image.

Babooshka said...

That is such a marvellous cityscape.

PJ said...

Manila is a megalopolis from what I see in your photos. Do you live in the city, Hilda

marley said...

Great view. You have some interesting looking buildings. Nice shapes and lines.

Virginia said...

What a huge city you live in and so modern. I guess I didn't know this. Lovely panorama!
V

Tricia said...

This is my 1st time joining too! You're in Manila? WoW - long way from Missouri!
I have to say that I love that sky in your photo - very nice shot!

floreta said...

great first post.. welcome :)
i always forget that i can do cityscapes too..

i am from the philippines also but live in the states. i like your picture.. thanks for sharing! i'll be back here. :)

Joe Narvaez said...

Miss ko na rin ang megamall hehe

Z'riz said...

Love the scene, nice composition. :)

Saretta said...

That's a stunning view! Stop by my blog today to pick up an award...

lunarossa said...

I usually like skylines but this praticularly impressive. Like the idea of playing tennis on a rooftop but where get the lost tennis balls? Ciao. A.

Hilda said...

Marc:
It is! But it's not the biggest in the metro anymore.

Abe:
I've seen pictures from the 50s — I think I like it better then.

PJ:
Metro Manila is made up of 17 cities and latest estimates say it has 12 million people. Does that make for a megalopolis? And yes, been living here my entire life, but in a relatively quiet part of it.

Antonella:
We're wondering the same thing! :D

Eki Akhwan said...

Crisp and clear and well-composed, Hilda. A very nice shot and appropriate one for your first participation in the Scenic Sunday.

the donG said...

i also had the chance to take a shot from there. beautiful!