Summer was inspiring. I found myself in different places immersed in art, new food, new people and new stories.
And at night, the glitter and grit of Manila was just cinematic.
An assignment for Esquire brought me to Kuya Kim's house to photograph the Mama Kinley painting by Alfred Esquillo which hangs on his wall.
Kuya Kim is quite the collector. It doesn't show in his amusing public image but his collection is so impressive.
On the left, Mama Kinley, photographed by Brian Bravo for Esquire's June art issue.
On the right, one of his pet dogs.
He also has pet toads.
His fetish for chairs is pretty cool too.
Then one whole Saturday afternoon in Pinto gallery.
I could spend forever in their gardens.
The owner, a neurologist, has an awesome collection too.
Funny, really. Art collectors come in all shapes and sizes.
Other photos like above by Lance and his magical mirror-less camera.
And then some happy Sunday things:
A tank camera. Some polaroids. Truffles from Sleepy Bear Sweets. A coffee table book.
And then Manila by night. Muy cinematique.
My pursuit to find the perfect muscat in Manila.
Note: found it already.
Craft Coffee along Broadway street.
Amazing home-roasted coffee.
And a Sunday family trip to an anthurium farm. And a horse race breeder.
Planned by my mother who takes gardening to heart.
And then a weekend field trip to the National Museum with some advertising veterans.
I've lived in this city all my life, but this summer I saw it like I never have before.