Report: Anton Eder | Writer & Correspondent
Photos: JR Noses | Chief Photojournalist & Photo Editor
After the intense pocket media interview last April 11, the reigning Binibining Pilipinas Queens were brought along the Manhattan Row in Manhattan Garden City, Cubao Quezon City where they pose for photo walk with selected members of the press.
Known as the premier live-work-play community in the country, Araneta Center continues to evolve its milieu- from high-rise residential condominium and office towers and entertainment and sports hubs to its wide-ranging malls and shopping centers.
However, the streets of Araneta Center have become quite the attraction as well.
Motorists and pedestrians including our reigning queens cannot help but stop and take a snap of the Instagram-worthy installations and drawings on the street of Araneta, which were seen here first among leisure hubs in the metro.
Food-prints on pavements
Aside from the various restaurants readily available in the Gateway Mall, Ali Mall and Farmers Plaza, the Manhattan Row is also gaining reputation as a welcome destination for foodies in the metro.
It is on this food trip where the public can also find Araneta Center’s Foodestrian Art Lane.
Conceptualized in May 2007 and completed in July that year, the pedestrian lanes on Gen. Malvar Ave. corner Times Square and Roxas Ave. corner Times Square are food-themed to complement the dining spots in the area.
The pedestrian lanes feature kitchen utensils, pastries, drinks and even ice cream-all painted by Fine Arts students from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Given the public’s positive response, there will be more artsy pedestrian lanes in other areas at the Araneta Center.
Manhattan Row continues to prove that it’s a big hit to the Instagram generation with the lanterns installed on Gen. Malvar Avenue in a stretch that spans the Manhattan Parkview and Manhattan Parkway up to the Kia Theatre.
Pedestrians and motorists who pass by the area find the lanterns lit-literally and figuratively-with their captivating lights and designs.
There are 524 lanterns on that strip, divided into 57 strips, which have been placed since July 2007.
The lanterns are made of local cloth and powered by the more environment-friendly LED lights. They are on from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Inspired by the millennials taking their photos with the lanterns as the background or of the hanging fixtures themselves, Araneta Center thought of starting a photo walk in the area , the first of which was held last January 15, with Miss Grand International 2017 second runner-up Elizabeth Clenci and Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2017 Chanel Olive Thomas serving as models. More than a hundred professional and amateur photographers snapped the beauty queens as they basked on the glow of the majestic street lights.
As proven by these pedestrian arts and other developments the evolution of Araneta Center does not stop here, and its loyal patrons can only expect the most awe-inspiring installations and structures whether they look up or down.
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For more photos during the photo walk session, visit the Life N Style Central Facebook page.