A collective REPHOTO project
I tried to look for photos of the old Manila Cathedrals in the internet but could not find any to compare with because this modern day Manila Cathedral looks like it has been renovated a lot of times already. In the middle of trying to figure this out, Jarro brought up that perhaps Photo 439 might be San Augustin Church which is located in the same area.
Jarro was discussing this theory with Katrise until they concluded that it might still be Manila Cathedral because they found this dome behind the steeple I was referring to.
I tried to keep to my trail of thought while they kept to theirs so that we can find more theories about the photographs. After they left I continued to dig into what I was thinking. I looked at 439 again. And I looked 441. I was drawn to the dome because it was the one thing similar in all church photographs. The dome is pretty distinct with its architecture. The dome in 439 seemed to be the same as the dome of 441. I looked at 441 and 444. Since I was battling with the "dome theory" and wondered if 444 is the same Cathedral as 439 because of the differences in the angle the photo was taken, I stopped and just looked a little bit more closely at photo 441.
I noticed that there is a fence-like perimeter in photo 441. This fence-like perimeter is the same as Photo 444. The dome in photo 441 is also pretty much the same as photo 439. Letting these thought rest in my head, I started to stop searching for photos of Manila Cathedral and started to search for photos of Binondo Church instead. Keeping in mind what Gary had said that the labels in the photographs might be wrong.
These are some of the photos I found on Binondo Church. The one below is a picture of the church after the 1863 earthquake found on this website. Details to point out in this photo which is similar to photo 441 and 444. The dome. The facade.
This photo was taken after the 1880 earthquake. I found this on this this website with this caption: Francisco van Camp. SHM The 1880 earthquake caused considerable damage in the city of Manila, and particularly to the octagonal, four-section structure of the cathedral.
This one shows the modern day Binondo church which is relatively similar to the 1863 architecture except for the terrace added to the facade of the church. I found this photo on the same website as above.
Present Day Binondo Church
This last photo seems to be my winner also found on the same website. The angle take in this photo looks almost the same as photo 439!
I cannot still make very certain conclusions until I can find photographs of the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros. But I have ruled out San Augustin Church because the dome in that church is found right beside it. However, I have concluded that photo 441 and photo 444 are the same church because of the dome, the facade and the fence-like perimeter.
Somehow photo 439 now adds to the mystery of SNS Manila's journey.
I finish this post at 6:50am after starting it at 11:00pm last night. Drowsiness kicked in and I had to refresh my mind.
Katrise had suggested that I download an iPhone application for GPS that will show us where we are on the map. Katrise won't be with us on Saturday since it will be her birthday but she will be "the guy with the walkie talkie" checking out possibilities online while we are on foot.
We have 2 days left to figure out where to go first. Hopefully we settle that by Friday night.