Manila Bay undergoes a transformation when the sun dips below the horizon. Its just like a Jekyll and Hyde thing, but this time it goes from ugly to beautiful.
Normally you would see a garbage strewn, oil slick covered bay. The water is far beyond murky, in some parts its almost black. But stay a while and wait for the sunset and your patience may be rewarded with nature's awesome display of colors.
As the sun goes down golden hues start to cover the bay. Suddenly the dirty (to put it mildly) water that made you cringed a moment ago is now a sea of gold. Sometimes I wonder whether the oil slick and the murky waters helps in reflecting the colors.
The hazy smog covered horizon becomes a backdrop deep red orange. Just when you think things could not get more interesting, the sun dips below the low lying clouds, treating you to a classic Manila bay fireball.
But do not leave just yet. The real sunset colors appear a few seconds after the sun finally said good bye. You'll see the colors starting to deepen and get really saturated.
All these transformations happen in a 30-minute window, with final hurrah lingering for just a few seconds. After that the bay goes black to its former self: garbage strewn, oil slick covered, bleak waters.
All photos except the 3rd one (fireball) were taken on the same afternoon.