A Nightclub in Makati by Joel Quizon
By Stephanie - 5 min read
Our Los Angeles ambassador Joel Quizon was in the Philippines shooting a documentary, but little did he know, he ended up getting inspired to shoot this dark series.
Our Los Angeles ambassador Joel Quizon was in the Philippines shooting a documentary on New York jazz drummer Susie Ibarra and the master musicians of Magindanao from Southern Philippines documented here. But little did he know, he ended up getting inspired to shoot this dark series.
Here’s his side of the story:
It was our last night in Philippines. We were exhausted but was still feeling good about the shoot so we decided to hit up some of the clubs near our hotel in the busy Makati area of Manila. After catching a live band that covered Sade and Nikki Minaj at a near by bar, we ended up at this club called Time and it’s a place where big name DJ’s from around world spin.
That night just locals. Pretty empty. There’s a handful of younger affluent Filipinos but also a fair amount of Europeans, Americans, etc. too. There’s also all sorts of un-savory interactions with Western men and Filipina women, but that’s common in that area. Sadly. It’s an interesting dynamic in there. I guess, since we were in Philippines as documentary filmmakers, we were more interested in observing how people behaved than actually trying to have fun!
We sat in the main floor and I decided to try and take photos using the strobe light as the main source of light. Thought it looked cool how the faces and the hand gestures looked at each strobe, so I tried to time it as I snapped. Not too many people noticed me. I was pretty discreet. We didn’t stay long. We got the experience.