People…memories from the Philippines

I’m thrilled because my sister from the Philippines is finally visiting me here in Melbourne for the first time. Despite living here since 1991, I’ve always been the one to visit her because she felt Melbourne was too far. But now, she’s finally making the journey, arriving at midnight, and I couldn’t be more excited.

For Tina’s challenge this week on “People,” I’ve decided to share nostalgic photos of individuals from my homeland, the Philippines. These images capture moments from years past, some taken by me and others by my children.

From the streets of Manila, children, mothers, street sweepers and a guard.

People selling their wares walking around the busy city. I wonder how they can do it, day in and day out, in the heat.

When I went to my old school, University of Santo Tomas, which is Asia’s oldest existing university. It was fun seeing students sketching the sculpture … just like the good old times.

Photos from February 2010

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  1. nesfelicio says:

    These are beautiful captures of ordinary people leading their daily lives. Though they were taken more than ten years ago, a lot of it is still familiar. They reflect the spirit of the people.

    1. Teresa says:

      I know, time flies. But going to the Philippines is the same feeling.

      1. nesfelicio says:

        I can fully understand. Hope you have a great time with your sister!

  2. Alison says:

    Excellent unaware photos Teresa. I find it hard to photograph people in case they think I’m intruding! Have fun with your sister, how exciting. You’ll be seeing Melbourne through new eyes

    1. Teresa says:

      Same here, shy in taking photos of people. These were taken from afar so it is ok.

      Thanks I will really enjoy my time with her and my niece as well.

  3. arlene says:

    Thomasian ka rin pala Techie. I spent high school and college there. Fine Arts ka? Ako sa College of Commerce.🥰

    1. Teresa says:

      Oo Fine Arts Major in Advertising. Palaging tambay ng Arch of the Century haha

      1. arlene says:

        I miss USTe. I always take lots of photos every time I visit the place.🥰

        1. Teresa says:


  4. margaret21 says:

    What an exciting reason for being inspired to post this! Have a great time. And it’s interesting to see how your photography has developed in the last 14 years, though even then you were good at something I find tough – photos of strangers.

    1. Teresa says:

      Photos of strangers is always hard to do. It is a talent but definitely not my strongest one. Thanks Margaret for liking it though. Some of these were taken by my son with his first SLR camera. He has gone a long way too.

  5. restlessjo says:

    Your life is very different now, Teresa! Have a fabulous time together! I know you will.

    1. Teresa says:

      Yes I will, Jo. Don’t worry my posts for challenges are already scheduled.

      Seeing these photos of the Philippines makes me very thankful that I was given this life I have now.

      1. restlessjo says:

        I won’t be around next weekend but I’ll keep an eye on the blogs 🤗💙

  6. PR says:

    Beautiful shots of everyday life, Teresa. It’s quite like India with the heat and street vendors – a very difficult way of earning the livelihood! Enjoy your time with your sister 🙂.

    1. Teresa says:

      I definitely will. Thanks PR. Yes I think it is just like India in a way

  7. Toonsarah says:

    How exciting that your sister is to visit! Have a wonderful time with her 🙂 It’s lovely too that her visit has prompted this nostalgic look at your homeland.

    1. Teresa says:

      I guess my mind went to that direction. Yes we are so busy and having fun at the moment. Thanks Sarah.

  8. Tina Schell says:

    How fun to hear your sister is visiting Teresa – have a wonderful time! Loved your images, they give a true sense of place. Well done.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks for liking the images, Tina. Yes, we are on the move now from morning til night, and lots of stories and laughter to be shared.

  9. Anne Sandler says:

    How exciting to have your sister visit for the first time Teresa. I enjoyed seeing images from the Philippines, learning more about their way of life.

    1. Teresa says:

      Glad I was able to show you a bit about my country. Thanks Anne, it is exciting to have her around.

  10. Lovely to see the Philippines through your eyes

    1. Teresa says:

      Glad you liked it I. j. Thanks.

  11. Sofia Alves says:

    You captured what makes a city tick, I’m enjoying the candid photos this challenge is bringing us. Simply wonderful.

    1. Teresa says:

      I agree, we all thought that we are shy in taking candid shots, but I guess we are not really as seen in this challenge.

  12. Photos that bring back good memories are the very best sort, Teresa. <3

    1. Teresa says:

      So true, that’s why we are blogging…it’s for the memories.

  13. JohnRH says:

    Great selections. They ARE everywhere!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks John!

  14. Leya says:

    How exciting that your sister is to visit! I wish you two a wonderful time together! It’s lovely to hear that her visit has prompted this nostalgic look at your homeland. Loved it!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks A-C we are having a great time, tiring but fun! Yes, the prompt led me to that direction! Have a great day.

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