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Nostalgia - Manila Cathedral and Plaza de Roma in 360

Standing before the majestic bronze door of the Manila Cathedral, I embarked on a journey through time, capturing a 360-degree panorama that encapsulates the essence of nostalgia. Over two decades away, I found myself in front of this iconic cathedral, a witness to the changes time had wrought. 

Behind me, Plaza de Roma unfolded, a lively tapestry where the present intermingled with echoes of the past. A diverse crowd painted a vibrant scene - tourists with curious gazes, families with laughing children, students immersed in their own world, and everyday people caught up in the beauty of the day. 

The park bustled with life, reminiscent of the Manila I once called home. Local vendors added an extra layer to the atmosphere, their carts adorned with colorful signs promising the sweet indulgence of locally made ice creams. I also thirst for the  sweet sago-flavored concoctions and cold drinks made from the meat of young coconut. 

As I pivoted in that moment, capturing the panorama, each frame became a brushstroke on the canvas of my memories. The laughter, the chatter, the vendors calling out their offerings - it was a symphony that transcended time. The distant sounds of children's laughter seemed to merge with the laughter of my own youth, creating a harmonious blend of past and present. 

This 360 panorama wasn't just a visual spectacle; it was a portal to the heart of my nostalgia. The cathedral's bronze door stood as a silent witness, a sentinel connecting me to the memories of my youth. Plaza de Roma, with its lively crowd and familiar vendors, served as the backdrop to a moment that bridged the gap between the years I've been away and the home I once knew.

Copyright: Gil Abadines
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 14000x7000
Taken: 29/02/2024
Uploaded: 29/02/2024


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