Sunday, 11 September 2011

Roman Santos Building

By: Paolo M. Bustamante

We are reminded every summer, with every couples who stroll in the park, with every tourist who wanders, with every teen who goes to the beach. Yes, summer is such a beautiful season in the Philippines. But for some, they prefer to go to places where almost everything is forgotten.

The Plaza Goiti, a beautiful landmark where in you can reminisce history by just touching the antique walls of the buildings surrounding it. You have to visualize in order to see its charm.

Plaza Goiti (now Plaza Lacson) was once the business district of the Philippines during the American Period but it was devastated during the 2nd world war. During the late 1960's, the portions of the plaza had rapidly developed that lead to the construction of modern buildings. 

The Plaza Goiti was named after Martin de Goiti, a conquistador and the founder of the city of Manila. It is now named Plaza Lacson in honor of Manila's greatest Mayor, Arsenio Lacson but most people prefer calling the plaza, Plaza Goiti.

I dont get it why our government officials keeps on changing the street names and the names of our plazas. I mean is that the best they could do? There are far more better things  do than changing the names of our plazas and streets. Education, job openings, health care and the like. Anyway, moving on...

The Roman Santos Building (also known as the Prudential Bank now the B.P.I.) is a very iconic building. The Plaza Goiti wont be the same without this building. It is the first thing that you will see as you go down the L.R.T. Carriedo Station. The Prudential Bank and Trust Company occupied it and after some years the Prudential Bank vacated the area.

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