Manila, capital city of the Philippines, is one of the most populated cities in the world. It is gritty, loud and chaotic at times. I came back to my birthplace for the second time within 3 months after 8 years of absence when my family immigrated to the U.S. It was weird coming back to a place that should feel very familiar but it didn’t. Like what I said in my previous post I came back to Manila to assist my Japanese friend with his research work regarding low-cost housing and do my own personal research regarding my site for my thesis which is now shaping up to be a social/urban/ typology experiment about combining Living and Dead Cities. So I will be sharing my last week in pictures:
For the low-cost housing research we came back again to the same site with a more narrowed down focus on the living conditions rather than the technical data.
Site: SHEC Phase II Housing, Pasay City
this basketball court + the new sports committee are acting like new glue that bonds this housing community together.
this is what a basic unit looks like when it is handed to a beneficiary.
these are some examples of the modifications that the residents did to their unit...
...some are more elaborate than others obviously... but one thing is constant they like colors and patterns!
I enjoyed interviewing many residents and sharing different stories with them.
We visited the slums where they use to live...
...which is just behind the CMU Block.
we played with kids!
and hosted a workshop with the SHEC Youth Committee.
For my thesis , I went to 3 cemeteries and interviewed officers that manage the place as well as the residents that illegally live inside the gate.
Site: Pasay Public Cemetery, Manila North Cemetery and Navotas Public Cemetery
slums that is slowly infiltrating the cemetery.
settlements inside a gated apartment style housing
really really colorful graves.
pabili! ... a store inside a cemetery
pedicab... public transportaion within the cemetery.
entrance to the slums.
settlement on top of the crypt stack..
hanging out on top of the crypt...