Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Tiangge, Glorietta

Artwork, Glorietta part3

Artwork, Glorietta part2

Artwork, Glorietta part 1

Landmark Department Store, Ayala

Monday, April 03, 2006

Gate 5, along EDSA part 2

Gate 5, Along EDSA

Gateway Mall, Cubao

So I was meeting up with my officemate Guia at Gateway Cubao to get some christmas gifts for the Ilustrador ng Kabataan Christmas party that was going to happen that afternoon. Get this, our Christmas part was on December 3. Beat that.

While leaving FullyBooked, I spotted this dude. So I quickly excused myself from Guia and came near him, and asked him if I could take a picture of his shirt. He was really gung-ho about it, saying no, I couldn’t, and why I wanted to take a picture of him in one sentence. I told him my spiel “Kinukunan kong picture kapag may nakikita akong mga Che Guevarra. Ang rami nila eh. Kinokolekta ko. Yung t-shirt mo lang naman ang pi-piktsuran ko. Sandali lang naman.”

“Sigurado kang t-shirt lang ha. Wag mong isama yung mukha ko.” He mumbled. So I took my shots. When I told him I was done, he took a peek, and I quickly said my thank yous before he could react any further.

Guia was the one who pointed out na maton yung nilapitan ko. She would’ve had second thoughts if she was the one who had to approach him. Me, I was only thinking of his Che t-shirt. Plus, before him, there was a guy wearing a Che t-shirt who got away from me. I was very determined not to loose the next one.

I’d also like to point out that this is the most usual design you can see for a Che t-shirt, here in the Philippines.

Conspiracy Bar, Visayas Ave., Quezon City

Andre tipped me in on this Che arm band with his eagle eyes, while the opening band for Orange and Lemons were tuning up at Conspiracy. Leather. Yeah.

Datelines bookstore, Cubao-X

The dude here is my Collegian colleague, Benjo Quinajon. We went along with Jo to visit another Collegian colleague, Iris Gonzales, who is a part owner of a bookstore called Datelines, at Cubao X (formerly known as Marikina Shoe Expo). Her business partners are fellow journalist colleagues from BusinessWorld. It’s a cool place to hang out. Progressive peeps, journalists, and journalist students pass by there to represent and give props. It even has this small gallery\stockroom, which, the last time I looked, housed some red paintings by Jon--uh, Red. Anyways, what’s a cool bookstore without Che Guevara posters right?

Open Market, Lung Center, Quezon City

I saw the kid wearing his Che wallet hanging at his back. But when I was going to take the picture, he did a turn around and wore it hanging in front. I told him I wanted to take a picture of his wallet the way I saw him wearing it, but he sheepishly declined stating his back was dirty. It really was, but hey, he’s a kid right? He’s got the right to be dirty, unlike Christina Aguillera. He was accompanied by his mom, his kid brother was there too and wholly agreed with me on my wish to take a picture of the Che wallet hanging in his back.

Open Market, Lung Center, Quezon City part 2

She was a service crew on one stall (her green apron only partly visible here) and her mates we’re ribbing her how she was going to be famous. She was game and did a well thought out pose.

Pen Market, Lung Center, Quezon City

So we tend to do our shopping for fresh organic vegetables, fruits, embotido and what-not every sunday morning at Lung Center, where they made a way to earn, and sustain themselves as an institution by converting their parking lot into an open air market.

This Che is unique as it was done in the realistic, airbrush rendering style usually reserved for wrestling superstars and Harley Davidson t-shirts.

Dagohoy, UP Diliman

It's Che Guevara on a real-deal Cuban newsapaper, dated 1996. Found on Professor Doti Abaya's collection of printed materials, not all of them from booksale.