1st Philippine International PyroMusical Competition in MOA

For someone coming from Davao City, fireworks and fire crackers are few of the things that excites us after the ban on firecrackers was implemented in the city. After hearing that the 1st Philippine International PyroMusical Competition will be held din MOA (Mall of Asia), I got really excited. I was able to get several tickets (from my friends).

The opening night was held last February 14, 2010. It was very timely for the Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day. The place was packed with people wanting to watch the Philippine Team and the US Team color the skies with their stunning musical fireworks presentation. Each of them performed a 20-minute non-stop fireworks presentation which colored the skies. It was a stunning sight.  I was able to catch several good photos. It’s really difficult to get good shots because of different obstructions.

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Quiapo Church, the Basilica of the Black Nazarene

The Basilica of the Black Nazarene, or the Quiapo Church as it is popularly known, houses the large black wooden statue of Christ bearing the cross. The Black Nazarene is believed to have miraculous powers. On Fridays (throughout the year), devotees of the Black Nazarene visit the Quiapo Church to celebrate the novena. Many believes that the Black Nazarene has attributes which can heal illnesses.

The Quiapo Church sits in front of Plaza Miranda, the heart of Quiapo, Manila.

The body of the Black Nazarene brought out of the Quiapo Church during the feast of the Most Holy Black Nazarene which is celebrated every 9th of January. The Black Nazarene is displayed in procession to the public in memory of Jesus Christ’s way to Mount Calvary. Devotees who walk with the procession usually walk barefoot.

The photo below shows the interior of the Quiapo Church. Devotees touch the figure of the Black Nazarene in hopes that they will be healed by the Black Nazarene’s miraculous healing powers.

Shopping for an Ultra Wide Angle Lens

D90 with Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens
D90 with Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens

I have recently splurged on my camera’s bag when I bought the Crumpler bag last weekend. My extravagant shopping didn’t end there after I stopped resisting the itch of getting the long have been wanted 11-16mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle lens from Tokina. I bought this new addition to my lens collection from Henry’s camera shop in Hidalgo.

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