City Sunset on EDSA

Yup, it is really difficult or quite impossible to photograph a decent picture of sunsets if you’re living in the city like me.  The Philippine​ metropolis like Manila, Makati, Quezon City, and Caloocan, to name a few, are cities heavily saturated with high rise buildings, malls , hanging power lines and cables like spaghettis on your dinner plate, and of course, those large billboards and left-over campaign posters with faces of our politicians as if Filipinos don’t know them enough… most of these politicians have been in politics and in the government for the past couple of decades as far as I can remember.

The sunset in the photographs below can only be seen during summer months (April through July) with the setting sun almost right in the middle of EDSA (a circumferential highway passing through several cities in the heart of Metro Manila).

I took this picture along EDSA just between SM CyberMall and Munoz in Quezon City. During non-summer months, the setting sun is located somewhere right of EDSA where it is covered by the high-rise buildings on the right side of the road. Unless you’re on the higher floors of a building or on top of a parking building of a mall, it is really quite difficult or near to impossible to capture a decent image of the sun setting on the horizon in the Metro of Manila.

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El Niño Sunset in Manila

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It would have been a perfect shot if not for the power cables that are visibly hanging all over Metro Manila…

Anyway, our country, the Philippines, is currently experiencing a phenomena called “El Niño”… An unusually warm ocean temperatures in our part of the world. And adding that up to the dry season we have during summer, we now have a “catastrophic” dry spell ruining our local crops and rice fields resulting to hundreds of millions of pesos worth of agricultural products gone to waste.

Oddly, though our government has spent millions of dollars to improve the country’s irrigation systems, our local farmers are still having a difficult time growing their crops this El Niño season. To the rest of the world, the funds I mentioned earlier did not actually went to the irrigation projects. These funds were “allegedly” pocketed by our public officials which we call the “pork barrel scandal” of which is currently under investigation. The funds were “allegedly” funneled to fake non-government organizations (NGOs) with the concerned public official “allegedly” receiving huge amounts of commisions.

Anyway, back to the photo… I hope you like it as much as I did, sans those nastly lines that continually plague my sky photos of our cities.

The Shades of December Sunset…!

Nothing can beat the artistry of nature herself… Her painting using the sky as her canvas is really priceless! Which one is your shade?

(Taken along TPLEX, a Philippine 90 kilometer expressway connecting Tarlac, Pangasinan, and La Union provinces of Northern Luzon)

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Our Awesome Planet… Our Home

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It is really amazing, the planet we live in! I’m sure other planets in the Goldilocks zone also have the same view! These pictures were photographed by my daughter while we were on TPLEX (Tarlac-Pangasinan- La Union Expressway: an expressway connecting several provinces in Luzon) on our way home back to Metro Manila.