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ABS-CBN Headquarters’ Light Display

Posted by BCS on November 26, 2008

ABS-CBN Headquarters at night (Photo taken on Novembr 10, 2008)

ABS-CBN Headquarters at night (Photo taken on Novembr 10, 2008)

29 days ’til Christmas…

As you may already know, the Philippines has one of the longest “Christmas Season”, if not the longest, in the world. Starting in September (the first “ber” month) and officially ending on the Feast of the Three Kings.

As early as September 1st, Christmas music can already be heard being played on some radio stations. Christmas promos (of some companies) and selling of Christmas trees and decors also start around this time.

Divisoria, the mecca of bargain hunters, also starts to get more crowded, much more than it is in the first nine months of the year, reaching a feverish pitch towards the week leading to Christmas Day.

Houses begin to be decorated with all sorts of decorations, the most popular types of which would be blinking lights and the parol (native Christmas lantern).

Speaking of lights, the ABS-CBN headquarters was “dressed up” for the Christmas season a few weeks ago (as seen in the photo). The flood of light bathing the building changes in color once every few seconds (various hues of red, purple, green, orange, blue, etc.). This “flood of light” is produced by numerous light sources placed at the rooftop of the smaller white structure adjacent to the main ABS-CBN building.

Aside from the flood of light, you will also notice the spots of white light on the building. These lights blink very rapidly without stop all over the building.

The light show starts at 6:00 pm daily.

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Then and Now – Binondo Canal Lift Bridge

Posted by BCS on November 24, 2008

I thought I was not going to be able to post this particular entry as I’ve not heard from the University of Washington Libraries since I sent them my formal request (for permission to use the old image) close to a month ago.

However, quite unexpectedly, I received a letter from them last Wednesday granting me the permission I requested. For this, I thank Nicolette Bromberg, Visual Materials Curator of the University of Washington Libraries.

The Binondo Canal and the Lift Bridge in 1913 (Image courtesy of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, INC0069)

The Binondo Canal and the Lift Bridge in 1913 (Image courtesy of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, INC0069)

The place as it appears now (Photo taken on September 27, 2008)

The place as it appears now (Photo taken on September 27, 2008)

If you’ve seen my earlier post on the Binondo Canal, the photos above are towards the other direction of the photos on that post.

If you look closely at the center of the old image, you’ll notice a steel-frame structure spanning the canal/estero… that is a “lift bridge”. I’ve seen some close-up shots of the bridge somewhere, unfortunately I haven’t been able to obtain permissions to post them.

Anyway, the only information I can find on the “lift bridge” is from the ICOMOS Philippines blog/website which states:

“Covering only a small distance, roughly about 15 meters, the bridge over the Estero de Binondo in Manila is unique due to its ability to lift its platform from the ground to accommodate passing boats or cascos. The Lift Bridge inaugurated in 1913 was the only one of its kind in the country. Spared from the destruction that befell most of colonial Manila during the Liberation, the Lift Bridge of Estero de Binondo was until recently the only link to both banks of the estero along Calle Dasmariñas until, its subsequent replacement by the most beautiful of all DPWH bridges, the standard concrete bridge.”

The concrete bridge in Calle Dasmariñas today (crossing Estero de Binondo/Binondo Canal) - Photo taken on September 27, 2008

The concrete bridge in Calle Dasmariñas today (crossing Estero de Binondo/Binondo Canal) - Photo taken on September 27, 2008

Note: Conditions for the use of the old image as stipulated in the letter received from the University of Washington Libraries:

“[Permission is granted for] non-exclusive rights for one-time use of the University of Washington Libraries image INC0069 (Binondo Canal) for use in the Then and Now – Binondo Canal Lift Bridge website.

“The image is licensed to be used only by [BCS] for use in the website Then and Now – Binondo Canal Lift Bridge or for promotional materials related to it. The image on the website shall appear no larger than 72 dpi if shown as a still image, and the image may not be reused, sold, altered, or loaned without written permission of the University of Washington Libraries.”

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You Want the Truth?

Posted by BCS on November 23, 2008

Broadcast antenna

Different networks, different papers, different viewpoints, different stories. All claim of telling the public the truth… so, with that, different “truths”.

Take your pick.

Bentot, bentot, kinsa’y pala-utot?

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