Friday, February 23, 2018

Sometimes, the most beautiful places are right under our noses. This year, I wanted to put more time on traveling and discovering picturesque sights. Since I live in Manila, I'm pretty sure that there are many off-the-grid spots to explore. And to do that, Uber and Canon team up so us wanderers, may know more about this city and its hidden spots. 

Recently, Uber conducted a comprehensive analysis of drop-off points across the Asia-Pacific region to discover which spots were photo-worthy, but underrated. This study was complemented with additional research about the areas surrounding these destinations. Through a partnership with Canon, Uber converted these insights into inspiration foemer leading travel bloggers and photographers Kryz Uy, Benj Ramos, and Aaron Quinto. Exploring the different locations we sometimes take for granted, each influencer brought to life the stories of these places through compelling visual imagery. 

Bahay Nakpil By Aaron Quinto
Among Manila’s most beautiful hidden destinations are Puerta Real Gardens a hidden and well preserved garden from 18th-century Intramuros; Manila Central Post Office, a model of neoclassical architecture that was rebuilt after the second World War; and Bahay Nakpil-Bautista, an art deco-influenced and historically significant heritage home. 

According to Eshan Ponnadurai, Director, Brand and Strategy Asia-Pacific at Uber, the campaign is part of Uber’s mission of unlocking the potential of cities by harnessing technology. “Working with local influencers, Uber can leverage data-driven and culturally-relevant insights to tell the stories of how cities move.”

Manila Post Office by Kryz Uy
“Every city has its unique characteristics that may at times be veiled, and photography has the powerful ability to capture and express the beauty of these hidden gems to a wider community,” said Naohiko Hayashi, Senior Director and General Manager of Regional ICP Sales and Marketing Center, Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. “With Uber, we want to empower more people to uncover and capture their unique perspective of their cities through the lens of our mirrorless EOS M cameras.”

This February, Uber invites you to unveil the beauty of the Metro, and to discover your own hidden gems, wherever it may be. In my recent trip to Binondo last Chinese New Year, I had my photo taken at the Jones Bridge. It is my hidden city because it may look abandoned now, but in the past, it used to be a trading hub. 

Puerto Real Gardens by Kryz Uy
How about you? Can you share a hidden city? Capture the beauty of your favorite place and post it on Instagram with a short description of why you think this hidden gem deserves more attention. Tag @uber_phl and use #HiddenCitiesPH #CanonxUberPH.

Find out more about #HiddenCities by checking out the images of Manila’s hidden destinations along with the stories they tell at

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