Capturing Makati – From Past to Present

For people who visit, live or work in Makati, surroundings are often taken for granted in the everyday rush. Today’s event, “Makati through the Lens”, provides amateur and professional photographers a chance to capture that picture-perfect shot of the city.

“Makati through the Lens” is the first major public photo contest focusing on the Makati Central Business District spearheaded by Ayala Land Inc. (ALI). In cooperation with Alveo Land Corp, The Lerato, Pinoy Photography Organization (PPO), Canon, and Philippine Star, ALI hosts an on-the-spot photo contest at the Ayala Triangle Gardens open to kids, teens, and adults.

Ayala Triangle Gardens provides the perfect venue for the photography competition, as it integrates the corporate lifestyle with refreshing green surroundings. The Gardens promote a sense of balance within the country’s premier business district by offering generous breathing spaces and a venue for shared experiences. Photographers will surely find inspiration to capture beautiful scenery and moments in this environment.

Aside from the on-the-spot photo contest, more serious photography club members had the chance to start snapping shots a week ahead, and will submit entries today on three categories: Lifestyle, Business and Architecture/Skyline.

Activities for today include free photography talks by renowned photographers John Chua and Edwin Martinez, and an introduction to lomography by Francis Inton. Photographers will have opportunities to take shots of several mimes and animals at the Gardens, including Cuckatoo birds, a pot belly pig, Sulcatta Tortoise and Angora rabbit.

Another contest to take place today is the “My Makati Memories”, for the best personal vintage photos of Makati. The public is invited to submit original photos of Makati such as those taken at Makati Commercial Center and Quad (now Ayala Center), Ugarte Field (now Ayala Triangle), or even Nielson Airfield, etc. The day will be capped by the awards ceremony and entertainment including fire dancers and drummers.

“With the growing popularity of photography brought about by digital cameras, the city landscape has become a favorite subject among photographers,” shares Mee-an Dy, head of Ayala Land’s Strategic Landbank Management Group. “The photo contests will give people the perfect opportunity to appreciate Makati’s heritage and capture it for future generations.”

As part of the Independence Day activities this June, the photo contests aim to remind today’s urbanites of Makati business district’s rich history. “It was the country’s first master-planned, integrated development and continues to be a symbol of progress and source of pride for the nation,” adds Dy. “We will exhibit entries from “My Makati Memories” showcasing Makati then, alongside winning entries from the photo contest highlighting Makati now at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. It will be a nice visual feature on the evolution of the city.”

This event is part of the “I he(art) Makati. I heart the Philippines. I heart being free.” series this June which celebrates the Filipino and Philippine arts and culture at Ayala Triangle Gardens. The series kicked off with the recent unveiling of the Philippines’ first living flag at the Gardens. The 150-square meter living flag features more than four thousand flowering plants such as Marigolds, Plumbagos, Bouganvillas, and Santan.

Coinciding with the living flag display, artworks inspired by the theme “Everyday Filipino Heroes” and “Looking for Juan” have been installed at the Sedeño and Legazpi pedestrian underpasses, which lead to Ayala Triangle from Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas. The first underpass art gallery in the city, the exhibit aims to bring art closer to people.

We look forward to more programs featuring art and culture at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, heart and soul of the Makati Central Business District.

For inquiries, email atg@ayalaland.com.ph

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