The story behind 2 Minutes in Manila or what it’s like to shoot on your phone in an unfamiliar place

Last Friday, I visited the National Museum and Binondo with some friends. If there’s anything I learned that day, it’s these:

  1. You must go to the national museum because its free , it has an extensive collection of some of the Philippines’ national artists,  why not.
  2. Visiting the National Museum and Binondo makes for a great weekend/weekday/day-off itinerary.
  3.  Binondo  is better on foot.
  4. Going to Binondo right before Chinese New Year is a pretty intense experience.

The roads were clogged due to an excess of dragons.

No, really, we saw at least two dragons in Binondo last Friday. It made shooting the area a lot more fun because there were so many things happening at the same time.

I don’t think I would have survived without this little guy:



You may have gotten sick of seeing this everywhere but this accessory is not to be underestimated. It has soooo many uses:

When you’re carrying a lot of things, to watch funny dog videos on your phone while eating lunch, etc. etc.

While we were walking around Binondo I had one finger hooked on the ring the entire time I had my phone out. It gives you some peace of mind so you can focus.

For this video I edited it on Adobe Premiere Clip, which is Adobe’s Mobile editing app. I shot everything on my phone using Filmic Pro, which is a really cool app that lets you manually control your phone’s camera (exposure, focus, etc.)

Geek/Tech talk aside, it really helps to go to a destination when there’s an event. It adds more elements to the “story” you want to tell.

That, and it’s pretty fun to try to capture unexpectedly exploding fireworks and dragons.







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