Makati’s Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Last Updated: November 13th, 2018

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

 

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.

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

At sunset

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Neon lights

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

After work

 

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.

 

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

A street vendor peeling fresh mangoes

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Their permanent spot

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Flag colors

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Grabbing a bite

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Money changers that are only a few steps from the last

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Just one of the barbeque vendors

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Seoul Condo

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Where tricycle drivers take a break and grab a bite

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Packing up for the day

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

They even sell clothes in the street, who knows, you might need it.

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Road repairs

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

One of the alleys that is yet to be occupied by bars and hotels

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Just walking aimlessly in the area

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Where tricycle drivers take a break and grab a bite

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Not that much foot and motor traffic on a weekend

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Waiting for a ride

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Cramped sidewalks

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Heading to the tricycle terminal

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

Just anything they can think of selling

 

Makati's Red Light District: IN PHOTOS

 

 

 

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