Sunday, October 12, 2008

Carriedo cafe

The fair weather last saturday afternoon was too inviting not to venture out; shooting though was farthest from my mind. after all, ironwulf and I ventured to Hdalgo for supplies for my upcoming photo assignment but seeing this lady having a leisurely coffee break on the fountain in front of the Sta. Church and the arch leading to Ongpin Street was too good to pass up. We befriended her and found out she's Aling Ajer Villamor, a 50-something sweet lady from Las PiƱas who just misses the Carriedo marker from her youth. She tells us, afternoons after her prayer meetings in Sta. Cruz find her here, enjoying the busy downtown scene and reminiscing about the good ole days. I think her carefree attitude, unmindful of what the passing pedestrians and commuters would think, reminds me of a time when i was younger, when I wouldn't mind eating and drinking my baon near this very spot. Anyway, Aling Ajer's coffee may not be from Starbucks or some swanky coffee outlet but the way she's enjoying each and every sip with deliberate slowness and enjoyment, I'd like to think it's the best coffee in the world. And no, she would never exchange this sentimental spot for any air conditioned, uptown coffee place.

24 comments:

Erick said...

sweet capture bro. naalala tuloy kita. coffee lover. :)

Travis said...

Dramatic and stunning. I love it.

lagal[og] said...

erick, hahaha, kung wala lang gagawin, makikipagkape pa ako ke aling ajer nyan :-)

travis, thanks so much for following me to this site. see you around!

aquamarine said...

the featured pictures in your posts speak so much of sensitivity and emotivity..i love them so much!! never get tired capturing such astonishing views..

Ferdz said...

Her character simply stood out there. Kaka-aliw sya. Unmindful of whatever's happening around her, she relaxes with a few sips of coffee.

lagal[og] said...

aquamarine, thanks so much for dropping by. it's always a pleasure to find nuggets of gems like this one when you least expect it. and i'm always glad to share them with all of you.

wulfriend, i guess aling ajer is one in a million. her attitude is simply to let the world slow down while she sips her coffee with deliberate slowness and enjoyment.

Lawstude said...

you really have the penchant for shooting old folks oggie. pag-nagexhibit ka magandang topic yan. you really captured their essence. galing.

lagal[og] said...

ei oman, onga eh. puwedeng exhibit theme nga. hmmm, you just gave me an idea. thanks man!

the donG said...

galing nito. unang tingin parang hindi sa pilipinas. kakaiba nga talaga ang mga shots mo sa mga tao. i agree with oman at siguradong susuportahan ka namin dyan sa exhibit. sabihin mo lang kung paano kami makakatulong.

ang galing pa at na timing mo sya dyan. galing talaga ng shot na to.

Sidney said...

That is quite a character...
Nice capture...with the soft sunlight.

lagal[og] said...

dom, i guess, suwerte uli :-D i really have no plans of bringing out the camera in the middle of sta. cruz in manila but she was just a subject begging to be captured for posterity. the nicer thing was, she was very amiable and friendly, a really sweet lady who just wants to have her coffee and peace and quiet in the middle of a bustling street. re: exhibit, it's a really good idea i just might consider. will let you guys know kung me plans na :-D thanks for all the support.

hi sidney! it was past mid-noon when we passed by the plaza and the lowering sun made the place magical. she is indeed quite a character, with her eyecatching bag, plaid shirt and hat.

my gulch said...

i love how you captured this moment, just when she's about to sip from her cup. i am a coffee drinker myself so i kinda understand the sentiment. sometimes, it's not the coffee anymore, there are times when i just long for that one, particular moment. i love that splash of water in the background.

p.s. Quiapo is one of my favorite spots. ;-)

lagal[og] said...

hi rayts! ikaw pala si mygulch, by golly. i was grinning sheepishly when ferdz told me about it, hahaha.

anyway, coffee enjoyment to me is really a frame of mind. i agree, it's no longer coffee but a moment. like aling ajer here, it's a state of suspended animation where time seems to slow down and the past seems to rush back in.

p.s. for whatever they say about quiapo, it remains a charming spot for me ;-)

RONeiluke, RN said...

as usual...



BLOODY BRILLIANT! :)

nan said...

Lady? If so, that's so interesting--that older people tend to be more androgynous just like young kids. This goes well side by side with your payapang-ilaya post. Just as they say that angels don't have gender, I love it more!

lagal[og] said...

ron, salamat bro.

nan, i somehow noticed it, too. in aling ajer's case, it was deliberate on her part to dress up in plaid and a hat to probably be covered up and ward the chill (she was telling us she felt chilly on that particularly sunny afternoon). the child in my payapang-ilaya post was dressed up by her mom who may have wanted a boy for a child :-)

arlene said...

all the while i thought she is a lolo, not a lola.

nice capture oggie! initially i thought the place is not manila.

outright nobody will think this is a posed shot since the emotion of the lola is so alive even though she is just drinking coffee. makes the viewer reach up for a cup of coffee too.

lagal[og] said...

hi arlene. you've identified the many reasons why aling ajer caught our eyes. she's really eye-catching by herself. add to that is her mode of dressing, the coffee she's enjoying, the late afternoon sun that makes the carriedo fountain look like something from a european locale. if it weren't for the wires and banners at the back, it's easy to mistake this for someplace else. thanks for dropping by :-)

Allan Barredo said...

yung photo parang hinde sa manila, galing ng capture bai.

good luck sa assignment, bring home a lot of keepers...

lagal[og] said...

onga bai, it seems parang hindi dito sa 'pinas itong locale.

naku, sana nga manatiling maganda ang weather. thanks!

dodong flores said...

Nice capture, Oggie. If it's not for those wires...

Galing din ng write up mo. Maiksi lang pero direct to the point...

lagal[og] said...

ei dodong! nice to hear from you again. i know, but those wires are really typical of downtown manila so ok na rin to put them into the frame. salamat, salamat sa pagdrop by. dalaw ka uli!

margaret said...

love this pic oggsss... now i want some kape.. kapeng barako:)hehehhe

lagal[og] said...

ei marga, nakaka-engganyo magkape 'no? parang supersarap ng kape ni lola ajer the way she takes her sweet time sipping away. masarap ang kapeng barako :-) paborito ko rin yan

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