We’re giving away a round-trip ticket to any Tigerair domestic destination in this month’s Tiger Traveller: Heritage Sites of the Philippines photo contest. Here are the earliest entries. To join the contest, read the rules.
Photographer: Raphael Angielo Castellano
Description: Calle Real, Iloilo
While in Iloilo for the holidays, I ended up in the old part of the city because jeepney routes have apparently changed or I simply forgot which jeep goes where. Walking around, I had to stop and take a picture of this building with my iPhone because it looked like Main Street in Disneyland.
A fresh coat of paint and new lighting fixtures did wonders to what was then a crumbling old building with an assortment of shops on the first floor and who knows what on the upper floors. This building is along Calle Real (JM Basa St.) and was built in the early part of the 20th century in what was then the central commercial district of Iloilo.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that several other buildings in the area were also undergoing restoration, including the Regent Theater where I first watched a movie (I was 4 or 5, my family had to beg the cinema people to let me watch Jurassic Park because back then a movie about dinosaurs and people getting eaten was too scary and brutal for kids. Hah.).
A quick Google search revealed that the entire area is being restored and preserved under the supervision of the Iloilo City Cultural Heritage Conservation Council.
Photographer: Janis Mae Narvas (taken using a Lenovo A516)
Place: Monumento, Caloocan City, January 21, 2014
Commuters going to and fro the Camanava and Bulacan areas must be surprised to know that it’s actually possible to observe the famed Bonifacio Monument up close. On a whim, I went there to see Guillermo Tolentino’s magnum opus, only to be met by the scorn of jeepney drivers coursing the busy thoroughfare and the mockery of the traffic aides. Nonetheless, the awesome view was worth the danger I faced in crossing that crazy rotonda.
Keep sending your photos. The next set of finalists will be posted on Tuesday.