Last Updated: November 13th, 2018
As with other major cities in Manila–Makati is no exception to having its own red light district. From Manila’s Malate to Quezon City’s Aurora Boulevard–Makati has its very own stretch of bars with eye popping neon signs that mostly occupies P. Burgos Street and Makati Avenue. And being just a stone’s throw away from Makati’s Central Business District, it’s widely popular among businessmen and tourists. This, considering that it also houses several hostels that are popular for backpackers.
Dotting this already crowded area are several residential houses that seem out of place from its busy surroundings. And you shouldn’t be surprised to see kids playing in their makeshift basketball courts that occupy the less busy streets. New restaurants and bars also continue to spring up from the underdeveloped alleyways with several street vendors making the most out of the contractors who need a cheaper option for places to eat.
It’s also worth noting that Makati’s red light district feels safer compared to other areas in Manila. The presence of policemen, traffic enforcers, and security guards probably contributes to this–which other cities should probably emulate. After all, the more money they make, the more taxes the city collects.
For street photographers, red light districts offer that unique character that’s hardly present even in your favorite places to shoot. It comes with challenges, however, as you have to be more respectful of their privacy considering the area that you’re in. The last thing you’d want is to photograph people sharing very private moments.
The Manila Project
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