November 25, 2010

Smoggy afternoon in the city

From another balcony on the other side of the Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, a view of the City of Manila with the small white yachts docked at the Manila Yacht Club. The concrete bunker in the foreground is the Folk Arts Theater. Its formal name is Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas, after one of the Philippines' greatest poets, though no one I know has ever called it that. Imelda Marcos had this covered amphitheater built in 1974 especially for that year's Miss Universe Pageant, and since then has been used mostly for concerts and religious gatherings. In more recent years, however, it has been quite neglected and ignored as a concert venue.

view of Manila from Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza

54 comments:

ρομπερτ said...

Looks indeed like a huge, huge city.

Please have you all a good Thursday.

daily athens

Olivier said...

tres belle vue sur la ville.

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour sweet Hilda!
It's a beautiful view!Great shot!
Léia

Clueless in Boston said...

Smoggy or not, very nice skyline. I've never seen this view of Manila.

Jacob said...

Another wonderful panorama...looks like it might be raining over part of the city!

Misalyn said...

Great capture. Ang ganda parang hindi Manila!

joo said...

It's a huge city! I love this panoramic view!
Have a great Fridat:)

brattcat said...

Your cityscapes are so interesting, the sky so huge, the land so level. Our entire town is built in a river valley with mountains (hills, really) in almost every direction.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Quite a difference in the sky colour between this and the previous photo. Looks like it might rain.

Leif Hagen said...

Hi Hilda - everything ok? No posting for Friday nor for Saturday? Just a concerned comment from the President of your "My Manila" blog fan club
: - )

Priyanka Khot said...

The envelope of clouds over the city looks like a warning for heavy rains. I prefer bright sunlight to the grey rains. Delhi is quite grey right now. Very depressing.

Louis la Vache said...

Smog in Manila? What? Did someone import it from California?!
;-D

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

you always give such good information and great image even in the smog

Jacob said...

Oh, oh! Are you OK? Just busy? I just realized I hadn't heard from you and hadn't checked your blog in a few days...

Hope all is well with you and yours!

arabesque said...

hi hilds, like the rest of the gang, wondering how you were, we miss you and your blog already. ^0^

ρομπερτ said...

Hope you are fine !


daily athens

Leovi said...

Splendid landscape urban

Jacob said...

Dear Hilda,

From your tweets I got the impression you are ill or have been ill. I'm so sorry and hope that you will recover fully very soon.

Did something happen to your sister?

We've missed you a lot on CDP!

Kaori said...

Where have you gone Hilda? I hope you're okay. Miss you around here :-)

Rob and Mandy said...

Hey Hilda, long time no see!You OK?

lunarossa said...

Hilda, how are you? Hopefully you're feeling better. Gid belss. Ciao. A.

sent said...

That's amazing picture you always give such good information and great image even in the smog. I considered Manila to be one the most developed city in Asia.

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Lonely in Bangkok said...

nice blog !

cheer

MurciaDailyPhoto said...

Hilda, where are you? We miss you in CDP community.

Steve Harris said...

What a great image of the cityscape! Very nice. And it looks a lot warmer and greener than her in Toronto these days.

Francisca said...

Hilda, is there anything I can do to help?

gogouci said...

Hoping all is well with you and yours. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Hilda
WE are very worried about you!I hope everything is okay there and you are just too busy to blog!
Little Luna is sending you love and purrs and we are here thinking of you!
Léia

Lois said...

I'm worried too Hilda and missing you terribly! Sending good thoughts and prayers your way.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Very much missing your presence on CDP. Hope all is well. Sending hugs and good wishes.

Ken Mac said...

smoggy but scenic

Jacob said...

We hope that all is well with you, Hilda!

And we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Francisca said...

Dear Hilda, hoping to get a sign of life from you soon. May this season of hope bring you whatever you need.

Ken Mac said...

Merry Christmas Hilda! You've been away so long. hope all is well. Ken

Rob and Mandy said...

We wish you a very happy Christmas!

Kaori said...

Hi Hilda, how are you? I hope you are safe and having a wonderful christmas with family and friends :-) xx

Tamera said...

Hilda, hope you are doing well out there in Manila, and I also hope to see you blogging again soon! Sending you warm holiday wishes from Colorado -- Maligayang Pasko!

alex said...

smog! looks very reminiscent of my native Los Angeles.

have a great holiday season, hope all is well Hilda. miss you on the blogosphere!

James Mark said...

Like many others, I decided to look you up to see why you had not been been blogging. Whatever the reasons, very best wishes from York for 2011. We miss you.

AntiguaDailyPhoto.Com said...

Hilda, we miss you... where in the world are you?

Mo said...

Happy New Year Hilda. Hope everything is ok as we haven't seen or heard from you in such a long time

Louis la Vache said...

Hilda, you friends around the blogosphere are quite worried about you!

We hope all is well and that you and your family have a happy and prosperous New Year!

We really miss you!

Halcyon said...

Happy New Year to you and your family. Hope everything is alright. Haven't seen anything new here for quite some time.

lunarossa said...

Happy New Year, Hilda. Hope you are all fine over there. Bless you. Ciao. A.

Eki said...

Hi Hilda:
It's been quite a while since you posted. I hope you're all right.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. May this year bring a lot of happiness to you and yours.

raf said...

Like so many others, Hilda, I hope your absence is no more than a restful retreat and that you are well and returning soon to your wonderful, "My Manila"
Wishing you and yours all the very best in this new year!

Ken Mac said...

great history

Ebie said...

Happy New Year,Ms Hilda. I hope everything is well with you.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Still missing you.

Leif Hagen said...

Happy New Year, Hilda! I really miss your daily photos and your kind comments! I hope you are ok and that life is going well for you in 2011!
Thinking of you here in EAGAN, Minnesota

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Hilda,
I just want to add my voice ot hte manyothers who have been missing you. Hope all is well. Best wishes.
Dave

Photo Cache said...

hope everything alright. we are missing you.

FrancescPhoto said...

Excellent shots!!! Salut!!

Francesc, Barcelona

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