Uber x Canon: What Are Your Hidden Cities?

Think you know Manila well enough? You might want to add exploring off-the-grid spots to your agenda this year, as Uber and Canon team up to uncover the city’s hidden gems.

Manila Post Office, by Aaron Quintos

Uber conducted a comprehensive analysis of drop-off points across the Asia-Pacific region to discover which spots were photo-worthy, but underrated. This study was complemented with additional research about the areas surrounding these destinations. Through a partnership with Canon, Uber converted these insights into inspiration for leading travel bloggers and photographers Kryz Uy, Benj Ramos, and Aaron Quinto. Exploring the different  locations we sometimes take for granted, each influencer brought to life the stories of these places through compelling visual imagery.

Among Manila’s most beautiful hidden destinations are Puerta Real Gardens a hidden and well preserved garden from 18th-century Intramuros; Manila Central Post Office, a model of neoclassical architecture that was rebuilt after the second World War; and Bahay Nakpil-Bautista, an art deco-influenced and historically significant heritage home.

Bahay Nakpil Bautista, by Benj Ramos

According to Eshan Ponnadurai, Director, Brand and Strategy Asia-Pacific at Uber, the campaign is part of Uber’s mission of unlocking the potential of cities by harnessing technology. “Working with local influencers, Uber can leverage data-driven and culturally-relevant insights to tell the stories of how cities move.”

“Every city has its unique characteristics that may at times be veiled, and photography has the powerful ability to capture and express the beauty of these hidden gems to a wider community,” said Naohiko Hayashi, Senior Director and General Manager of Regional ICP Sales and Marketing Center, Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. “With Uber, we want to empower more people to uncover and capture their unique perspective of their cities through the lens of our mirrorless EOS M cameras.”

Puerta Real Gardens, by Kryz Uy

Uber invites you to unveil the beauty of the Metro, and to discover your own hidden gems, wherever it may be. Capture the beauty of your favorite place and post it on Instagram with a short description of why you think this hidden gem deserves more attention. Tag @uber_phl and use #HiddenCitiesPH #CanonxUberPH.

Find out more about #HiddenCities by checking out the images of Manila’s hidden destinations along with the stories they tell at www.uber.com/hidden-cities.

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