Philippines - Luzon Island - City of Manila - Lungsod ng Maynila - Traditional Boat at shores of Manila Bay

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The City of Manila (Filipino: Lungsod ng Maynila), or simply Manila, is the capital of the Philippines and one of the 17 cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila. It is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay, on the western portion of the National Capital Region, in the western side of Luzon. Manila is one of the central hubs of a thriving metropolitan area home to around 20 million people. As of 2009, Manila ranks as the world's eleventh largest metropolitan area and the fifth largest urban area by population. Manila is also ranked as one of the most densely populated cities in the world. The city itself had more than 100 parks scattered throughout the city.


Manila Bay is a natural harbor which serves the Port of Manila (on Luzon), in the Philippines. The bay is considered to be one of the best natural harbors in Southeast Asia. On either side of the bay are volcanic peaks topped with tropical foliage: 40 km to the north is the Bataan Peninsula and to the south is the province of Cavite.


One would think that with size of Manila city, you could not find peaceful place to rest. Manila bay is definitely one of them. There are few of those traditional boats "parked" there waiting for tourist to come for a little cruise.


Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens’s focal length: 17.00 - 40.00 mm; Focal length: 25.00 mm; Aperture: 4.5, Exposure time: 1/40 s, ISO: 160


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Taken on January 22, 2010