Photographers snap at Rizal Park execs for ‘no-shoot’ rule


‘NO FILIPINOS ALLOWED.’ Photographers raise their cameras in front of Dr. Jose Rizal Monument in Manila Friday to protest a “no-photo shooting” policy in front of the monument. NINO JESUS ORBETA/INQUIRER

What would Jose Rizal—who loved being photographed—make of the uproar over taking photos near his monument at Luneta?

More than 100 photographers on Friday marched to Manila’s Rizal Park to denounce a policy by park custodians requiring commercial photographers to pay fees if they want to shoot pictures in the park, and also protest against supposed discrimination against Filipino photo-shooters.

Bernard Mejias, a spokesperson for the group Bawal Mag-Shoot Dito, told the Inquirer his group wanted to ask why Filipino photographers were banned from shooting the Rizal Monument but foreigners purportedly were not.

“Isn’t that double standard?” Mejias said, adding it was ridiculous that he and other photographers, who pay taxes, were prevented from taking pictures of a public place.

“This has been a problem for us for a very long time. Every time we shoot (at the Rizal Monument), we are shooed away,” Mejias said. “We are taxpayers. Why should we not be able to use a public place? The policy needs to be explained.”

The group also complained that its members were being harassed by guards hired by the Department of Tourism and forbidden to take pictures not only in Rizal Park but also in Intramuros, which are public places.

“How can we promote Rizal Park and Intramuros when we are being forbidden from shooting? How can we put them in our exhibits and on the Internet?” said Mel Cortez, another group member.

“Are people being accosted and prevented from taking pictures at the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty?”

Money for treasury

Tourism officials said fees were being collected at Rizal Park and Intramuros only from those who shoot photos for commercial purposes.

“There’s no fee when you just take a picture for your personal use. In fact, we encourage park visitors to take pictures as a way of promoting Rizal Park,” said Kenneth Montegrande, information officer of the National Park Development Council (NPDC), which oversees the park.

According to Montegrande, the minimum fee collected for a permit for commercial photography in Rizal Park is P1,000, which is good for four hours of shooting. The fees go to the National Treasury and are covered by receipts, he said.

He said the permit system for commercial photographers were “for their own protection” and that the permit would also help the shooters since security personnel could be assigned to protect them against inconveniences and from thefts.

Rizal loved photos

Montegrande said shooters accosted by guards were only those “obviously” taking pictures for commercial purposes, such as those with tripods and lighting equipment.

Cortez, however, said even photo hobbyists with digital and single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras were being accosted.

It seems ironic that at the center of the squabble is a man who, according to some historians, loved to have his picture taken.

Rizal left behind a wealth of pictures taken from the time he was a teenaged student to the day he was shot by a firing squad in Bagumbayan—now Rizal Park—in 1896 when he was 35 years old.

A staffer at the Intramuros Administration (IA) said the agency collected fees of up to as much as P2,000 from  commercial photographers taking pictures around Intramuros. Mostly they shoot for wedding themes.

Fashion-related and advertising shoots, however, carry charges of as high as P12,000, according to one staffer.

Monuments are for all

Cortez, however, said the photo permits should not cover shots taken in parks, walls, ruins and other public areas of Intramuros.

“The IA and the NPDC do not own Intramuros and Rizal Park. As national monuments, they are part of the national heritage—they belong to all Filipinos,” Cortez said.

Mejias said the Rizal Monument symbolized freedom and nationalism. “Our pictures will help promote the country and boost tourism.  Where is the harm in that?”

“This is our form of silent protest,” he said.

Shouting match

But the group’s march to the Rizal Monument was not as silent as members would have wanted it to be. At one point, it turned into a shouting match with security personnel.

As the group unfurled streamers which read, “Bawal Mag-Shoot Dito (Shooting pictures prohibited here). Only in the Philippines,” five security guards attempted to break off the gathering, shouting at them to stop.

The security shift in charge, who introduced himself as Mads Carino, tried to snatch away the streamer, saying the protesters were conducting a prohibited activity.

The protesters asked him in chorus, “Bakit bawal?(Why is it prohibited?),” to which he shouted back, “It just is.”

‘NO FILIPINOS ALLOWED.’ Photographers raise their cameras in front of Dr. Jose Rizal Monument in Manila Friday to protest a “no-photo shooting” policy in front of the monument. NINO JESUS ORBETA/INQUIRER

Carino also said: “What is prohibited are those placards. You are being disrespectful to the national hero.”

No prohibition

Asked why Filipino photographers supposedly were prohibited from taking pictures of the monument while tourists were not, Carino told the Inquirer there was no such prohibition and they only required clearance from the security office.

He said the requirement was to “prevent the pictures from being used commercially.”

Montegrande clarified there was no prohibition against any kind of photo shoot at the park but photographers should have the courtesy of asking permission first before clicking away.

“There is no problem with pictures for personal use. What we restrict are photographs taken for commercial purposes,” he said.

Montegrande said that security personnel would be oriented on how to approach visitors, particularly those with cameras.

Tourists, both local and foreign, have complained about being prohibited from taking pictures in Intramuros. The complaints can be found in photography hobby sites on the Internet. With a report from Inquirer Research

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  • Anonymous

    Only in the philippines! lahat gusto kumita! kakapal ng face lalo na yung tourism office dyan. Ayusin nyo yan dahil pag ako nag ka DSLR magkakagulo tyo pag ako binawalan nyo mag picture. papanget nyo kasi eh kaya galit sa picture hihihi

  • Anonymous

    Some stupid people in the Philippines. The 12% VAT (which I think is exorbitant) and now photo fee. How could these photographers support their families if few people would want to have their pictures taken because of high price…that is after photo tax is added to the cost. Are you also going to add taxes to those taking pictures of the Congress (building) too, etc?

    If these photographers were Gloria Macapagal Aroyo, they would have already gotten a TRO from the Supreme Court…their contention, you don’t have the authority to impose taxes or fees.

    This is another way to steal to from poor Filipino who are unable to find job and but are otherwise earning decent income and not stealing.

    Get rid of corruption and do not impose taxes to the poor.

  • Dennis Dy

    Madami sa sumali sa rally di talaga marunong kumuha ng pics. May pambili lang ng camera. Parang mga Igorot lang yan sa Mines View Park, bayad muna bago picture at madami ang nagbabayad. Magpapasko na, hayaan niyo na sila mag-picture kay Rizal.

  • Anonymous

    Isa na namang kabulastugan nang manga tao sa govierno? Wala na ba kayo talagang magawang mabuti?

  • Anonymous

    Ano nanamang kalokohan ito. It’s a public park. So what kung for commercial purposes, as long as hindi nila (photographers and their staff) pinagbabawalan yung ibang namamasyal dumaan sa lugar ng shooting dapat walang problema. Ibang usapan if the photographers want the place exclusively, dapat singilin na sila. Pero kung hindi, wala kayong pakialam jung gusto namin mag-kodakan sa luneta.

  • Anonymous

    Anong katarantaduhan ito? Ano ba naman yung kikitain sa mga photographers na ito baryang barya lang baka ibubulsa pa nung nakaisip mangulekt nito – wag naman ganyan gamitin niyo naman utak niyo! Mayor Lim wag naman ganyan! 

  • Anonymous

    If you want to keep Rizal’s monument for yourselves, enclose the park in a museum!  I wonder what Jose Rizal’s thoughts would be of this oppression.

  • Anonymous

    Wala naman masama kung magbabayad sila, eh kung alisin ang rebulto ni Rizal diyan saan kaya kukuha ng background mga lintik na photographers na yan. DI BA GUSTO NIYO PANTAY-PANTAY ? Magbayad sila ng tax para sa kinikita nila. KUNG ANG TOURISM DEPARTMENT ay gustong gumanda ang image ng Bansa , eh bakit hindi alisin ang mga magnanakaw at kotong gang sa loob ng Airport na marami sa kanila ay mga taga Immigration at Customs sa mga check-up line nila. LINTIK na mga patay gutom na mga taga Immigration at Customs.

  • mervin s

    dami talagang kalokohan basta pagkakaperahan.
    wala nman po sigurong public security invoved dito, para pagbawalan or may fees ang pag lilitrato kay Dr. Jose Rizal.
    ,matagal na tong kalokohan. 
    parng naalala ko tuloy papunta dun sa mariveles bataan, mga koreano lang pwedeng pumunta. tatapang pa nung mga security at drivers na pinoy. parang ipagtabuyan ka parang aso.

    • Anton

      sobra na talaga ang kurakot sa pinas kahit yata sinong umupong presidente di na matatanggal ang kurakot sa kaban ng bayan. sigurado  may tip ang mga  security guard na yon kaya kahit ipagtabuyan na parang aso yung kapwa nila pilipino di problema sa kanila ma impluwensiya.

  • Lucas

    …wow, this is ridiculous. Are they assuming that anyone taking pictures with a DSLR is going to use it for commercial purposes? Because I’ve seen teenagers running around with them, and their pictures just go to Facebook and Tumblr. This is way too much fuss over photographing a PUBLIC park. 

  • Anonymous

    Kahit sa mga shopping malls ay pinagbabawal ng mga security guards. Minsan I tried to take a picture and the security guard told me that it’s not permitted. Paano mo mai promote ang tourism sa ating bansa? Isa pa sa mall ay wala namang military secret weapon diyan na hindi dapat kunan ng picture. Napaka bobo talaga at pera palagi ang nasa isip ng mga taong nagpapalakad ng mga malls at mga parks diyan sa Pnas.
    Maiinis ka minsan sa style nila diyan sa pnas. 

  • Anonymous

    Ang Pnas ay number one pagsa pag kutong. Natoto narin ang mga pangkaraniwang taong mamamayan sa example na ipinapakita ng mga politiko at mga police. Yong corruption sa Pnas from the President ay bumaba na hangang sa mga bata. 

  • joseph

    kung may hawak na camera sa rizal park(or elsewhere), commercial photoshoot na kaagad?di ba pweding trying hard photographer muna na kakautang lng ng dslr?hahaha

  • Edgee

    This is ridiculous! Kung ganun ang gusto nila, ilagay nila sa kahon yun monumento pati na din yun buong intramuros, tsaka nila lagyan ng entrance fee… 

  • calvin schiraldi

    When taking pictures, security will swarm all over you… Get your phone,wallet, camera snatched…try screaming for security and see that security mysteriously vanishes. Wait, or they are too busy watching the photographers.

  • Anonymous

    may anomalya sa likod nitong pagbababwal na ito. kalkalin nyo at perang binubulsa ang puno’t dulo nito. sino kaya ang kumita dito!!! hay mga pinoy, maski anong raket basta pagkakakitaan ay gagawin. kahit ba tataas ang antas ng ating moralidad. pati nga mga simbahan at kasama ang INC dito at punong puno ng irregularidad na dapat sana ay sila ang mangangalaga at tagabantay ng ating moralidad. wala na yatang pag-asa tayong mga pinoy!!!

  • Anonymous

    stupid stupid idea.  whose idea is this?  do they do this in other parks around the world?

  • Jun

    TANGGALIN AGAD SA TRABAHO O SIBAKIN ANG OFFICERS NG NATIONAL PARK DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL responsible for charging of fees for so-called commercial photography at Luneta Park.

    Utak lamok ba ang mga opisyal ng agency na ito?

    Anywhere you go around the world, photo shoots in public parks are free. Kaya nga public parks e para mag enjoy ang publiko na magamit ito ng malaya.

    With free photography, you even encourage more local and foreign tourists to come to the Luneta.

    Inept & lazy officials at this agency should all be kicked in the butt for not using your brains to generate more revenue from Luneta.

    Here are a few suggestions that you can consider so you attract more people to Luneta and earn more revenue for its upkeep:

    1. Invite private companies to hold music and other types of open concert at the park, especially the grandstand area and charge a service free from concern organizers who will probably have sponsors anyway

    2. Designate certain areas for tiangge type activities or exhibitions or job fair and charge a service fee from the organizers 

    3. Set up more food, audio-photo and other types of commercial kiosks in strategic locations around the park and earn rental fees from them

    4. The water fountain area is ideal for use by private companies to promote their products and services. Ask your IT guys to come up with a scheme so private companies can show their commercials against shooting water in the big fountain. All this takes is to project images against lighted shootig water fountatin

    NPDC officials — wag naman kayong masyadong tamad!
    Mag isa lang akong nag isip ng mga suggestions sa itaas.
    Mas marami kayo sa akin kaya gamitin naman ninyo ang kinakalawang ninyong utak and don’t just take the easy way out by charging fees for commercial photography.


    • Anonymous

      Bro, I assume lalaki ka, galing mo pre! Utak lang tlaga yan, pero di yan kayang gawin ng mga gunggung sa gobyerno, maraming trabaho kasi, hindi cla kikita, gusto nila laway lang puhunan, madaling pera – pag pagpapaguran pa nila at makikinabang taong bayan de bale nalang . . .

  • Anonymous

    These people running the park are so corrupt that they wanted a piece of the pie, silently forcing the photographers share their earnings of taking pictures of tourist with J. Rizal as background. And that’s all to it, very obvious that they want share of the livelyhood of the Photographers. It’s no difference from a policeman asking kutong from jeepney drivers..,,,a real corrupt mind set and a corrupt govt’ institution. Ganito yon, hati tayo sa kita mo para payagan kitang magpicture ng mga tao with J, Rizal as background kung wala kang lagay, bawal kang magpicture… Baboy na baboy na ang mga paguugali ng mga pinoy ngayon,,,,,,nakakasuka….PWE!!!!

  • Chard

    Gusto lng mangurakot mga yang “opisyal” na yan!
    Commercial or not, the place is still for public. If there’s a heavy commercial photo shoot at the area, all needed is just a permission to shoot there, not a fee to have photo sessions like 1,000 pesos (minimum) per four hours.
    To those “officials” and other staff around those parks, photographers are artists in which they use more tools (i.e. tripods, flash, reflectors, etc…) to make a better photographs, even if it’s for personal use. What you “officials” expect? Just take a quick ordinary snapshots of standing people saying “cheese” with the monument on the background? Man! Ignorance and corrupt minds are a pain in our country’s arse…

  • Anonymous

    Ang daming mga fees sa airport ngayon pati sa Luneta Park. Anong impression ng mga turista? — All Filipinos are mukhang pera. Once you land in the Philippines – you will experience legalized extortion. Filipino hospitality daw. hahahaha! Very expensive hospitality.

    Dapat sa mga ganyang opisyales ilunod sa Pasig river.

  • Rhine

    This is what happen when people in the leadership of this nation do not know how to govern..A public park is for public enjoyment,, whether they eat, play or taking pictures.. Why ask permission to take pictures when it’s a public park?  What is the fee for? Another form of taking money from the people? Only in the Philippines, as they say which is now a very popular  expression of many tourist.. Shame on Juan dela Cruz!!

  • Anonymous

    …it’s sickening…filipinos discriminated on their own land…how can we even expect better treatment in HK or anywhere else?…i need to see pnoy to get to the bottom of this…can we see the head rolling…starting tomorrow???… let’s see what our “blue blood” filipinos would say about this…attn: PHtaxpayer…

  • Anonymous

    Are you kidding me? This is outrageous! So, if one has a tripod with him he is right away considered a commercial shooter and will be refused if the fee is not paid? And the fee, according to the agency, is to provide security to ensure the shooters’ safety and to prevent possible thefts. If they had said that the fees are for measures to prevent another hostage taking crisis like the one that happened last year then I would probably buy that. But to deny access to what is supposed to be for all to enjoy is just plain crap and silly. I would not be surprised if some pezzonovante in city hall are pulling all the strings on this scheme. 

  • Anonymous

    There are lots of commercial photographers making money at the Luneta Park. The administrator maybe just want a piece of the cake tha’s why these fees being collected from these photographers. These photographers sometimes charge their customers excessively and they are raking in very large profits.

  • Anonymous

    So kung adik ako sa photography at may SLR ako bawal akong kumuha at kung digital camera lang o mobile camera lang, pwede. Kung sino man ang may panukala nito… Hoy! utak mo ga-mungo na hinati pa sa apat. Bakit kaya hindi nyo hulihin ang mga snatcher at kawatan sa dyan park.

  • Olay ♕

    So where’s the idiot who conceived this revenue stream?

  • Sankula

    World class park kya world class kotong din.

  • Anonymous

    Somebody needs to find out whether that “Mads Carino” is actually collecting “tong” – extortion fees, and call the head of the “National Parks Development Committee” to task for this as well. The park employees need money? Then they should set up a souvenir shop and sell their own photos!

  • Jun

    putang ina mo carino

  • pobreng magtutudlo

    HAHAHAHAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! ,.nag seselos lng ang carino na yan sa mga kinikita ang mga commercial photographers…this is a free country!!!!
    and we have free enterprise…mmaging photographer na rin kya cya pra may legal profit cya… KOTONG LNG YAN NI CARINO!!!

  • Mad Filipino

    Shame on park administrators. I’ve seen this first-hand, and it’s very very stupid.

  • Anonymous

    this is ridiculous, the last time I knew, Rizal park is a public place, when was it changed to a private one? probably now owned by Mr. Carino.  Maybe Mr. Carino was a former NAIA official fond of collecting terminal fees that goes to nowhere.  Hay only in the Philippines…

    suggestion:  Maybe you can charged them a minimal fee if they are going to do photo-ops that would entail closing a section of the park. 
    But until then you may not.  It’s a public place sir. 

    Or maybe tapatin niyo na mga photo-enthusiast na gusto niyo rin magkaroon ng mga DSLR na meron sila specially the Canon 1D series or the Nikon D3 series. 
    I pity the security guards manning the premises, they are made into a shield against the public’s ire.

  • SK

    Baka nga naman maging simbolo ng pagalsa ng taong bayan. 

  • Anonymous

    Unique is the park management decision. So they want to stupidly partake in the income a photographer gets while shirking from their jobs. If the park people are in their right mind, you can never tell nowadays who are the professional and who are not. An SLR camera just show that the owner can afford to buy one like me but I’m not a professional photographer. Sometimes an amateur can shot better that those who claim to be professional.

    Know what? Make postcards and sell them worldwide, Mr. Parkman. Or produce a decent map of the places in the Philippines, just like a pocketbook, where every page reflects a good map of portions of cities that can guide a tourist to her interest, from a restaurant to a convenience store or a tourist attraction. That is how you can make money, not grab a penny from the photographers whose income is measly. Work your butt, Park Shirker.

  • nct.tolentino

    bakit bawal  mag photo shoot sa Luneta db free country Pilippinas bayang sinilangan nyan ng mga Pilipino
    at saka  shrine p n Dr. Jose Rizal ang nakatayu. d. P si Pnoy..hayyy.. lalu n bumagsak ang tourisim industry
    s Pilipinas

  • Blinkx

    WTF!? I haven’t even been there yet!! no! please don’t ban photos.

  • Anonymous

    paano mo mapo promote ang LUNETA yan nga ang landmark nyan si DR.JOSE RIZAL our national hero.

  • lex

    doon kayo sa statue ng mga aquino po libre para mapromote ang yellow government!

  • Pio Gante

    di ba dati nang bawal ang maniyotan sa rizal park?

  • Anonymous

    that’s ridiculous and stupid ideas. only in the philippines

  • Malik

    What has become of this government? This is stupidity to the max!

  • Anonymous

    I cant imagine this ! This is plain stupid ! They can apply for Guiness world record for this one. Well, it is getting more exciting in the ext part : Filipinos not allowed !
    The administrator of this park should be axed immediately for being stupid ! Tsk tsk … Until now, the thought still doesnt sink in my mind- it doesnt want too. Nahulog yung IQ ko .. Booboboboobobo  …

  • Anonymous

    Madaling iresolba iyan, mag shoot sa Rizal Monument or any public park, mag dala ng video camera. Take a viceo of the harassment kunin ang pangalan ng nag papa alis. Patawag iyong supervisor niya. I record lahat. tapos i demanda sa korte. Sa Pilipinas ko lang narining na bawal kumuha ng litrato sa isang public park. Saan ba kinukuha ang pondo sa pagpapaganda ng mga parks na ito. Sino ba ang nagbabayad ng suweldo ng mga custodian nito? Sino ba ang may ari ng lupa na kinatitirikan ng parks na ito?

  • Dennis Dy

    Parang Bawal Tumawid Dito, Bawal Magtapon ng Basura Dito, No U-Turn,Left Turn, Right Turn, Do Not Enter One Way, at ang pinakamaganda, Ang Umihi Dito Aso! Aso ka ba? Hindi rin susundin yang Bawal Mag-Shoot dito.  So relax lang tayo, bale-wala yan sa atin mga pinoy kahit silya elektrika pa parusa dyan. Mabuhay ang Pinoy!

  • Anonymous

    ABNOY!!! yan ang napala nyo, abnoy binoto nyo kaya dapat lang sa inyo abnoy na gobyerno, akalain mo “bawal kumuha ng litrato sa Luneta” WAH HA HA HA HA,,, kelan pa naging BAWAL at sino mesabing BAWAL, pang publiko lugar yan noh at ikaw istupidong SIKYO alam mo ba ang mga taxpayer katulad ng mga photographer na ina-away mo ang nagpa-pasweldo sa iyo!  hoy PANOT! akala ko ba kami ang BOSS mo

    • Anonymous

      Ikaw ang abnoy! Anong kinalaman ni Pnoy dito. ABNOY ka talaga!

    • marlo concepcion

      hoy utak quek quek. an layo ng usapan. bawat singit ba nakikielam ang presidente. only if noticed. and ngayong napansin na, wait for changes pugo.
      dep of tourism an may utos nyan. utos ng tanga.
      u nid to kno wer to point ur gun at befor u pull d trigger, abnoyski!

  • Anonymous

    Ikaw ang utak abnoy.  may maisulat ka lang pati si PNOy idinadamay mo.  Ang layo ng tema ng usapan sinali mo agad si PNoy.  Sino ang abnoy?  Ikaw animal!

  • Data

    this montegrande jerk must be super stupid. that monument was put up for all to see and if they so wish take pictures whether for personal or commercial use.  that’s why it’s in a public park.  besides, how do the guards know if the pictures are for private or commercial use? if i took photos with my point and shoot camera and put them up on my facebook or youtube account which as linked to google adwords, would they be any wiser?

  • Anonymous

    it said: …Every time we shoot (at the Rizal Monument), we are shooed away,”….

    …whew!!!!…bakit naman dept. of tourism???

    …maybe the DOT officials would like the filipino photographers to go in my small town in bicol, where the other hand of jose rizal is already missing “putol” na, the white paint is already extremely faded because it is not properly maintained and probably it is the only one in the philippines.!!!

    ….or maybe it is one way to say…go to Jose Rizal College and take photos at the statue of Rizal there…anyway it is still the same Jose Rizal.

    …or maybe the DOT officials have plan to put GMA, Mike Arroyo in the monument instead of Jose Rizal…and they are keeping it secret to filipino photograpers for the time being!!!


  • marlo concepcion

    rizal’s soul is eaten by the camera on every shoot. haha!! baka utak mongo ang dep of tourism. there’s no logic in what they’re trying to accomplish. it’s a public place, we pay taxes. hey folks in the dep of toursim, go sweep luneta park, morons!

  • Anonymous

    This is grossly unfair for the Pinoy photographers who, according to them,  pay taxes to the government. Why is this so? The national hero’s monument is located in a public place, which is the Luneta Park. Why in the world should the Department of Tourism (DOT) bar our own photographers from taking pictures of the Rizal monument? Isn’t this strange at all to think that our national hero has been an exclusive property of the DOT? This is the reason why the DOT officials can do everything they wanted to impose in so far as the Rizal Monument is concerned. Perhaps, the Park officials cannot think of any other thing to do than to issue an administrative order to drive photographers away. Baka gusto nitong mga DOT officials, sila ang kunan nyo ng pictures for publicity?

  • Anonymous

    Dapat makialam na dito ang malacanang kung bakit pinag bawal kumuha ng picture sa Luneta at Intramuros.Ngayon lang nangyari ito.Walang utak ang may idea nito.

  • Peter

    HOY!!!#$fdy^&**(k!!”@ whoever imposed this ‘no shoot rule’ should have his/her examined, the National Mental Hospital is in Metro-Manila, what are we waiting for?

  • Harvey A

    Ok, ok, ok.  I’m going to put some optimism in my comment: I’m going to assume that both local and FOREIGN aren’t allowed to take pictures without “permit” and guards will do their job accosting both local and FOREIGN not to take pictures of our monuments that resides in public places that taxpayers funded in creating said monuments.  Am I right with my assumption?  If I’m right, Pilipinas Kay Ganda nga talaga.  Wow Philippines!!  You might as well abolish DOT and just tell the whole world that tourism is on par…correction, worse than North Korea.

  • Noelle Aimee

    “Cortez, however, said even photo hobbyists with digital and single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras were being accosted.”
    This happened to us. We went for a little cosplay shoot in Rizal park (2 cosplayers 1 photographer), we asked one guard where we can take pictures and we were told we can inside the chinese garden. We paid the entrance fee, but just as we were about to take some shots, another guard came and shooed us away. We tried to explain that it was for personal use but he just wouldnt believe us.

  • khaled mariscal

    Someone thought that it is possible to bring in some revenue from historical (public) sites, like Luneta Park and Intramuros. He thought of “reasons” to circumvent provisions on such locations. Money, money. money…this seems to be the “motivation” for the new regulation. He seems to ignore any canny consideration, to the consternation of many in our languishing population. What can we do? Rally ulit? Wage wars with officials? Bring the issue to higher courts at the expense of taxpayers? We cannot discontinue the proper “public” use of good public sites. That someone is not alone. He has a squad of people who think, believe, and know expertly they can play with rules, and get added compensation in the process.  

  • Homer Guo

    pati ba naman si rizal ginagamit pa para kumita? ano ba naman ang dept of tourism at wala ng maisip na ibang mas mabuti kesa sa foto ni rizal. dapat sila ang barilin sa luneta.

  • Merz

    big stupidity talaga ever!! i  remember when i was grade school pa lang.. luluwas kami ng go luneta park, planetarium,  ika nga sa probinsya, mag exursion baga…. pekture. pecture sa rizal park…walang hazzle… go anywhere, …. its create local tourism sa ating bansa.. but now look at this  stupid people.. anong kalokohan ang pinaggagawa nila… dapat unahin nyo ang mga big prob. ng bansa! gagatasan nyo pa ang maliliit na mamamayan ng bayan  nating PILIPINAS…HOY ANG KAPAL NYO!!!

  • Merz

    so kun may bayad ng magpekture sa public places like luneta, roxas blvd, intamuros, rizal shrine, chinese garden,… result is kokonti na ang people visits the place di ba.. baka sa national museum may bayad na rin….sana wag naman… DOT, , MALACANANG,, ano bang m,asasabi nyo dito!! wag kayong magbingi-bingihan at magbulag- bulagan…

  • Rey Espinueva

    Just another way to shoo away the now dwindling number of foreign tourists, and now even local tourists are accosted in his own homeland…just plain stupidity and nonsense.

  • Anonymous

    READ the article it says “commercial photographers” need to PAY.

  • Jameson Ong

    This is very true, kahit hobbyist are not allowed to shoot. Especially in Makati. Dito ko lang na-experience ang ganitong treatment sa mga photographers. Kahit ano pang sabihin nila na ndi naman pinagbabawal, our experiences are very real. Nakakadisappoint and nakakawalang gana maging tourist sa sariling bansa. 

  • dtszero_cool

    Eh kong gagamit pala ng magaganda or complete equipments automatic for commercial kaagad. Siguro pinakuha pa nila ng special trainings ang mga guard para malaman ito. Ok im kidding, this is just plain stupidity…

  • Mike

    Saan ba itong mga park administrators nanggaling? Dapat siguro isama sa job requirement ang meron common sense. Nakakahiya at nakakadismaya ang mga katuwiran nila.

  • Quint

    Whoever espouses that policy should be shot (with a camera) and exposed shamelessly.

  • guardian

    ang pagkakaalam kong bawal kunan ng letrato ang mga restricted area tulad ng mga Base Militar, o Banko! for security reason! but the heck pati ba ang public property bawal narin? tama nga only in the Philippines!, I would be very proud to participate this kind of protest if i was there. baka mahampas ko pa ng tripod ang security guard kung bastos itong makipag usap. 

  • asdafaa qwesda

    OH MY GAD!

    Hindi pa ba napapalitan ang DOT secretary? Grabe ang laki siguro ang utang na loob ni Penoy sa kanya o sa sponsor nya.

  • ricky

    wag na kasi kunan si rizal. hayaan nyo na mabulok sa limot. yan ang gusto ng mga opisyal diyan.

  • Mervick Ang

    Kaya hindi umuusad ang Pilipinas dahil sa mga ganitong mentalidad eh…. Sa panahon ngaun eh kahit grade schoolers eh may cellphone na may camera… At marami naring individuals na meron SLRs. Bakit kailangan ipagbawal? siguro kung mag tatagal ka dun ng ilang oras at makakaabala sa ibang tao eh ok lang na sitahin or kailangan may permit… pero kung ung dadaan ka lang then snap a few pics i dont think they should bother na sitahin ka pa… IMHO, even if the photo is to be used for commercial purposes eh dapat walang bayad un… bakit kamo? may copyright ba yung luneta park? intramuros? as long as hindi bababuyin ung picture eh dapat walang bayad… nag babayad na nga tayo ng tax which in turn goes to the gov’t and then they alot a budget where-in maintenance cost of the parks are included so thats redundant already if we pay for a photo shoot there. Gising Pilipinas… Napagiiwanan na tayo ng ibang bansa dahil sa kupad ng usad natin… PROUD PINOY!!!

    • Don C. Salazar

      nice one Mervick!

  • Jeff

    Kung ayaw nila na magshoot tayo sa local tourist spots, eh di dalhin na lang natin ang peso natin sa foreign tourists spots at dun na lang tayo magshoot. Go DOT! Ang galing ninyo!

  • ksafan0

    Hindi pa ba pinapalitan ang namamahala sa Rizal park?

  • Anonymous

    worst idea EVER

  • Anonymous

    I can hardly think of a good reason why commercial photographers be prohibited to shoot in public places like the Rizal Park and Intramuros except for MONEY.  Why charge them fee and others are not?  Whoever came out of this idea is REAL STUPID.   Where in the world do you find people (whoever it is) is charged for shooting pictures in public places.  Another ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES thing.

    Maybe those people in the Department of Tourism have not toured to foreign country.  Go to Europe, everyone is allowed to take pictures in ALL PUBLIC PLACES (even inside Churches provided there is no ongoing mass). At St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, pictures were allowed to be taken even during the mass being celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI.  In places more beautiful than the Rizal Park and Intramuros like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre Museum, Fontana de Trevi and the beautiful PIAZZAs, taking pictures is free.

  • Herbert

    Anyway, nakakasulasok naman ang hangin diyan sa Rizal Park at Intramuros. Magmo-mall na lang ako, hindi pa ako hihikain sa usok.

  • Pauline

    Feeling ko natatawa ngayon si Rizal sa atin. Hay.

  • Anonymous

    this is worse than north korea. i don’t remember reading anything about photo ban on Kim Il-sung’s statue.

  • D

    A lot of weird things are happening with Pnoy Administration, una, yung toll fees itinaas, di pa nakontento nilagyan pa ng VAT (tax na nga nilagyan pa ulit ng tax) , presyo ng gasolina di maawat, tapos ito pa?? malamang susunod nyan bawal na din mag picture sa Quezon circle, Manila Zoo, Parks and Widlife, at iba pang tourist destination. Masunurin Talaga sa boss nya!!!

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