Good Morning, Manila

“Good morning Manila”

“A floating AMERICA”

Photos and captions by artist Daisuke Takeya,

taken during his 2017 Manila artist-residency.

Poetry: Imperial Manila

Imperial Manila


How straw hat to name a cross a

cross. Is there a manuscript?


My bereavement swells

at your breath,


the morning itself is at a loss.

The word ‘critical’ has been wanting


a piece of you,

its heart whispering of halts.


Dennis Aguinaldo

Published in the Sunday Times, April 2014.

From The Pasig River Cruise

Viva Manila

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Citizen-led groups are taking up the mantle of revitalizing the Philippine capital, Manila city, through advocacy projects, arts, culture, and business.


Street and highway art

public art_curiousphilippines (3)Epifanio De los Santos Avenue or EDSA [2014]

  public art_curiousphilippines (4)In a street in Makati city [2011]

public art_curiousphilippines (2)public art_curiousphilippines (1)Facade of a high school in Quezon City [2013]

Old Manila Posters

 old manila posters_curious philippinesold manila posters 2_curious philippinesFrom an exhibit at the Vargas Museum in February 2011.

First poster: University of the Philippines

Second poster: Pear’s Soap Advertisement, McClure’s Magazine, October 1899

Urban creation: Grab Taxi

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Manila [2014]

Book Swap Corner


A book swap corner in Roces, Quezon City.

And the book I got from my swap.


The concert scene…

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Two of the show productions that have performed in Manila.

Cirque Mother Africa and Drum Tao: the art of drum


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