#LocalLens: Capturing Diverse and Dynamic Makati City with @rennell

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. To see more photos of Makati City taken by Rennell, follow @rennell on Instagram.

Makati City is one of the 16 cities that make up Metro Manila, and is home to freelance photographer Rennell Salumbre (@rennell). “Hipsters would love this city,” he says, describing the vibrant city that has grown to become the financial center of the Philippines. “Makati is a fun place to live in even at the busiest time of the day,” he says, adding, “And there’s so much for people to explore than their usual cafes, malls and restaurants in this city.”

For Rennell, Makati’s dynamic atmosphere is what makes it compelling, in terms of both living and photographing. “This city has almost everything — parks for hanging out and skating, museums, galleries, football fields, concert venues, third-wave coffee shops, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, posh malls, nightly and weekend markets, quaint but fancy barbershops, hostels and a variety of bars,” he explains. The visual gems that Rennell uncovers between the hustle and bustle of the city are often spontaneous encounters from venturing out in the streets, especially in the Makati Central Business District. “I get to see and meet a lot of interesting people, from street barbers to people in suits. I just love the diversity of people you see in this place.”


There’s an ordinary street in Makati where I sometimes walk thru on my way home to Cavite. But a while ago, I felt like I was walking dramatically thru this path with a slow song in the background. 

The yellow-little-flowers of the trees along the sidewalk, which were pouring like rain as I walk, made this moment different and not-so-ordinary.

This proved that there were things in life we mostly look at as something ordinary but a certain circumstance can change everything. You just have to wait for the perfect time. And of course, you have to open your heart and mind to be able to really see something not ordinary.

Aug 2010.

everything in front of you are so busy. hustling and bustling. over-thinking. working. studying. but indeed they are just in front of you. you’re not in it. 

i miss that. i miss that feeling when i can just watch everyone else pass me by. and i can just sit and watch everyone else go about their precious busy lives. 

now, i’m in it.

Chasing Time Project Time: Makati Philippines MRT timelapse got a spot at GMA 7's KAPUSO MO, JESSICA SOHO's Story

The Creative Lounge timelapse got a spot at KAPUSO MO, JESSICA SOHO’s story of MAKATI as Selfie Capital of the World

Chasing Time Project Time: Makati Philippines MRT timelapse teaser got a spot at KAPUSO MO, JESSICA SOHO (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) at GMA Network Inc.’s top-rating primetime News and Public Affairs programs. On their story about Makati and Pasig City as Selfie Capital of the World.

Though it’s a small thing I’m happy they spotted…

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