Photo Walk at the Paco Park.

Paco Park is it probably one of the oldest park in the heart of Manila and play one of the most significant history in the Philippines. On December 30, 1898, Philippine national hero Dr. José P. Rizal was secretly interred at Paco Park after his execution at Bagumbayan which is now Luneta Park. It is located along General Luna St. and at the east end of Padre Faura Street in Paco district in the City of Manila, the Philippines. Today, Paco Park is a favorite place for a relaxing day, wedding events and a photo shoots for any photo enthusiast or hobbyist.

© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.

Photography club has been in existence for a number of years already but it had never initiated a photo walk. I cannot name the specific name of our club in compliance with our social media policy. Most of the members are eithers hobbyist and newbies who just wish to be friends with others and to learn more of the details in terms of photography. Recently, It has focused more on event photography wherein members volunteer for any corporate specific event. Corporate event photography was a good thing for the members because it improve their photography skills and raises their confidence to face other people while doing the photo shoot.

Finally, leaders got a chance and find time from photography club busy schedule to do a photo walk. When they initially announce this photo walk session during basic photography training I got excited and looking forward on this kind of event. Teaser for the photo walk will either takes place in Paco Park or Intramuros. It is going to be my first time to do photo walk and happy about it because I’m also with the people who share the same level of enthusiasm.

© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.

A week before the event email blast came and the leaders decided that photo walk will take place in Paco Park on April 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm. I never been in Paco Park so when I came home from office I did some research and check some of the photographers work. Paco Park was one of the photographer top choice and ideal place to do photo walk because of the historical and architectural value of the place. I confirmed my attendance for the photo walk session and looking forward on that day.

A day before the photo walk session I was working on a night shift (7pm to 4am). Upon time-out I hurried back home from Taguig City to Bacoor, Cavite so I could still have a few hours of sleep. Good thing despite my excitement I was able to get at least 4 hours of sleep that day. I woke up at around 10:00 am and prepare all my gears. Left home at 11:00 am and I’ll make sure I will make on time. I have high regards being on time because I believe Filipino time is always on time. So to cut it short I made it at 1:00 PM and paid P10 for the the entrance fee in which I later found out, I don’t need to pay for it because our leader was able to get permit for the photo walk. Entrance fee is for the park development and maintance so I don’t mind paying even at a cost of P20.

© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.

Photo walk was headed by Val and at around 10 participants came including me. Everyone was welcome and introduced each other. Most of us don’t know each other yet. Val instructed us to go around and apply what we have learned during the basic photography training. To our surprised, he announce that there is going to be an OTS (On-the-Spot Contest) wherein at the end of the day we’ll choice one of our favorite shot and submit to Val for review. It will be presented and review by a professional photographer and will select one for his top choice.

Everyone started to walk around looking for possible good shot. Peeking through their viewfinder from time to time and trying to check possible good framing and composition. A good number of subject like white pigeon, church, people, old wall, shade of trees and a lot of other things can be found at the Paco Park. I believe each participants was able to get a lot of great pictures that day including me. As we wrap up our day, Val treat us all a 2 boxes of Shakey’s pizza and a cold drinks of soda. One by one we submitted one photo per participants to Val while we ate our pizza. We took the opportunity to pose for a group photo as a momento for our 1st ever photo walk.

© Val Estor, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Val Estor, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.
© Merwin Bustarde, 2014. All rights reserved.

I believe we have a successful photo walk session and I think everyone is looking forward for another similar event to take place. Participants was able to get to know each other well and meet new friends who share the same passion in photography. Kudos to Val Estor and other officer for this experience and hopefully this is the start of something big for the photography club members.

Disclaimer : This blog was written with not much given emphasis on grammatical correctness but taken into consideration but rather sharing the experience and information to others. Should you need to suggest or correct any grammatical error, please feel free to post comment. GOD BLESS!!

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