Before the age of duck faces, social media influencers, and Instagram photo filters, there was Polaroid. It was, arguably, a simpler time—an era when the vicissitudes of technology held less sway over the artistic endeavors of people, but also a time when artists like Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, and Dash Snow used the instant film medium to contemplate on as varied a subject matter as nature, celebrity culture, art, and urban life.
Today, instant photography is the domain of other brands, some of which are devised as simulacra of the original Polaroid. Among all of these new players, however, the Fujifilm Instax stands out as the most successful new manufacturer of instant cameras and films. Their popular Instax Mini cameras, in particular, have made waves all over the world, all while sporting their signature bright colors or the livery of pop culture icons such as Hello Kitty and the Minions.
Many of us in the Philippines today also enjoy having fun with our Fujifilm Instax cameras, bringing them to our barkada gimiks, school and company events, family gatherings, and of course, our travels around and out of town. And because it’s summer, it’s actually the perfect time to take your Fujifilm Instax to your favorite places in Metro Manila and the different provinces of the country. Whether you plan on taking images of beautiful landscapes and edifices, or sneaking in a selfie or two, the Fujifilm Instax is a gear that is worth keeping in your photography arsenal. Below are some of the most Instax-worthy spots in our country where you may consider taking your camera next.
The National Museum of Natural History in Manila
The newest popular destination in Metro Manila is none other than the recently opened National Museum of Natural History, which now occupies the old Agriculture and Commerce Building on Agrifina Circle. The renovated building celebrates the intersection of science and art with its large glass dome supported by a buttressing structure called the “Tree of Life.” Make sure to take Fujifilm Instax images of this beautiful dome, as well as the giant illustrations of 3 iconic Philippine animals—the tarsier, the tamaraw, and the Philippine eagle—which can be found in the museum’s atrium.
Bonifacio Global City Murals in Taguig
Few things in an urban setting are as beautiful as street art. Cases in point are the awesome artworks in Mexico City, Berlin, Penang, Melbourne, Montreal, and Bristol. Here in the Philippines, the epicenter of street art is the Bonifacio Global City, where you can also take your Fujifilm Instax. The asymmetry and dazzling colors of the district’s big wall murals look really nice in contrast to the linear and industrial beauty of the surrounding modern buildings.
The San Agustin Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte
One of the great Baroque churches of the Philippines and a UNESCO world heritage site, the San Agustin Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, sports an architecture that looks more at home in the ancient Buddhist kingdoms of Southeast Asia. The best spot to shoot a Fujifilm Instax image of the church is from its southwest side, where you’ll be able to capture its front façade, its belfry, and some of its massive buttresses all at once.
The Sea of Clouds on Top of Mount Pulag
The summit of Mount Pulag—the highest peak on the island of Luzon at 2,922 meters—is the meeting point of the provinces of Ifugao, Benguet, and Nueva Vizcaya. This spot is famous among travelers, mountaineers, and photographers because of its “sea of clouds” phenomenon, which covers the surrounding the landscape in an ocean of undulating white clouds at sunbreak. Preserve your memory of the experience with a shot from your Fujijfilm Instax as well as from a digital camera for posterity.
Lake Sumlang and Mayon Volcano in Albay
The Mayon Volcano is probably the country’s most iconic geologic wonder, owing to its highly symmetrical cone that is unique even among the other stratovolcanoes of the world. Consider taking a Fujifilm Instax image of Mayon from Sumlang Lake in Camalig, Albay, which acts as a huge reflecting pool for the volcano.
Bohol Mahogany Forest
A favorite resting point for tourists visiting the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, the Bohol mahogany forest is a dense “man-made” forest that stretches for 2 kilometers around a road that cuts through the municipality of Bilar. The tall trees that arch inward at the top are a bit reminiscent of the bamboo forests of Arashiyama in Japan, creating a tunnel-like effect that is truly Instax-worthy, especially when the sun is at its peak and washes the canopy with light.
Islas de Gigantes in Carles, Iloilo
Part of the municipality of Carles in Iloilo, the Islas de Gigantes is an island chain that is home to white sand beaches, cave systems, an historic lighthouse, and limestone karsts that will remind you of those found in Palawan. Make sure to take a Fujifilm Instax image of the Cabugao Gamay Island, which is seriously one of the most picturesque locations in the Philippines.
Manjuyod Sandbar in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental
Another place in the Visayas that you should include in your travel bucket list and should capture with your Fujifilm Instax is the Manjuyod Sandbar. A boat ride from the municipality of Bais will take you to this beautiful tidal sandbar on North Bais Bay, which supports palapa huts on stilts like those found in the Maldives. The Manjuyod Sandbar is just as equally beautiful with its powdery white sand and the surrounding bay’s sparkling waters, which come in all shades of blue.
This is by no means an exhaustive list since the Philippines has so many other beautiful spots that you can explore. What other places do you have in mind?
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