How Manila is regaining its luster

George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 24 2019 04:30 AM | Updated as of Jul 24 2019 02:49 PM

The city of Manila, once seen by many as crowded and dirty, is currently undergoing a massive transformation with the newly-elected Mayor Isko Moreno at its helm.

Mostly gone are the vendors who would peddle their wares in any available space, unmindful of the pedestrians who would have to either navigate through the tight spaces left by the vendors or risk getting run over by reckless jeepney drivers who offer no disregard for other road users.

Nowadays, people may pass by and even take photos of the Bonifacio shrine without having to wrinkle their nose at the stench of human waste. They can also go to Quiapo and Carriedo without having to worry about pickpockets. Even a trip to Divisoria is no longer as daunting compared to only a few weeks ago.

Cities were made and developed to be used efficiently and safely by people and the makeover that the capital city is currently undergoing is surely a step in the right direction.

If this cleanup is not just for show, then Manila will definitely regain its luster.

People flock to the Bonifacio Shrine and take pictures after a cleanup that was met with praise by citizens. The city of Manila has seen changes since the cleanup efforts of new mayor, Isko Moreno. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Pedestrians are able to use Carriedo Street without having to navigate through a maze of stalls. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Two women taking a photo of themselves at Quiapo Church can finally be seen clearly without various stalls in Plaza Miranda obstructing the view. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

While there are still some stalls along Paterno Gomez and Hidalgo, they are much more organized and do not obstruct foot traffic. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Usually a tangled mess of different kinds of vehicles, Plaza Lacson is clean and clear of traffic. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Pedestrians pass in front of Plaza Fair in Plaza Lacson without having to dodge vehicles. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A police officer sits at at an outpost along Carriedo Street, giving pedestrians a better sense of security. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A trip to Tutuban is no longer such a daunting task as vendors no longer occupy the road and sidewalks. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Despite the government’s warning, mobile vendors still set up stalls along Recto Ave. in Divisoria. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Traffic enforcers keep the flow moving along Recto Ave. in Divisoria. Once notorious for its traffic jams, Recto Avenue is now seeing more disciplined drivers. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Mobile vendors disperse as police officers patrol the area along Recto Ave. in Divisoria. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

While most vendors have agreed to only peddle their wares in designated areas, some refuse to follow the rules and set up stalls along the roads and sidewalks, unmindful of the others they affect. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The City Hall underpass, once cramped with stalls is now more pedestrian friendly and efficient for foot traffic. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Pedestrians feel much safer now when using the Lawton underpass as it is now free of loiterers. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A view of the Lawton underpass from the inside. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Avenida street, once full of illegally parked vehicles and stalls is now clear. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Lamps and bright lights illuminate the once dark and pungent park behind the Bonifacio Shrine. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Bright lights illuminate the once dirty park behind the Bonifacio shrine in Manila. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Students have an impromptu pictorial at the now-clean park behind the Bonifacio Shrine. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News