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#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.”

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Scenes at the Ayala Triangle

If you want to have a Christmas and bokelicious experience, Ayala Triangle can provide that.

Every Christmas season, they are holding a “Garden Lights & Sounds Show”. And it was really worth watching. Everyone really enjoyed the spectacle of lights which comes to life every 30 minutes from 6pm to 9pm.

Glad to have seen it. Supposedly, it should’ve ended last December 31. But yes, they extended it til’ today. Just saw the lights show again. 

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