Thursday, 20 October 2011

Manila City Hall

 By: Paolo M. Bustamante

Today, my plan was to visit the old houses of Leon Guinto in Malate, Manila but my friend who was supposed to accompany me, ditched me at the last minute, so I had to think on where to go. I had two options, to visit the Luneta Hotel or The Manila City Hall but since the Luneta Hotel is still under construction, people wouldn't appreciate my post that much, i will just feature it when the construction is done, so, plan B it is.



I have always wondered what the inside of the Manila City Hall would look like, is it as beautiful as the facade of the city hall? or is it just beautiful on the outside but unsightly on the inside? Well, in my opinion, the city hall really lacks maintenance. The ceilings are falling, the marble staircase needs some cleaning and I think they need to centralize the air-conditioning but nonetheless, the people were nice, I just think they need to learn how to smile.


Architect Antonio Toledo designed the The Manila City Hall and was erected during the time of President Manuel Quezon in 1939 but sadly, it was badly damaged during WWII. After the war, the city hall was rebuilt by Mayor Juan Posadas. People say that it was made to be shaped like a coffin to pay homage to those who died during the war.



4 comments:

  1. And who is this mysterious friend who ditched you? I wonder... hahahah sorry again! <3

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  2. Napakaganda ng City Hall ng Maynila "Sana". Idol ko rin Ang mayor at vice mayor na naka upo. Pero sana dear mayor and vice mayor. Maglagay naman kayo ng mga tapat na empleyado > Hwag yung sisirain lang ng tuluyan ang pangalan nyo. Sana pantay pantay ang batas sa manila. Walang mahirap walang mayama, Hindi komo pulis hindi titikitan samantalang kitang kita naman ang violation nya.nagbigay lang ng 100 si crosswind abswelto na ang lisensya. San ka nakakita ng MTBP na umiinom lang ng softdrinks sa harap ng cityhall manghuhuli pa. Kung tutuusin hindi naman ganun kalala ang violation ng tinikitan nya. Lumagpas lang ng konti sa lane kasi traffic. Tsssk, tsssk tssk! Kawawa ang nakaupo,Sa tapat ng istasyon ng pulis Si batang maliit sinusungkit ang bag ni miss tinitingan lang ni mamang pulis. Hayy naku madumi na nga ang manila lalo pang dinudumihan ng mga empleyadong wala naman ginagawa.

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  3. Congratulations Sir Paolo M. Bustamante!
    This is such a work for mankind... :)) .. i mean, many young people will learn thru your writings. By the way, i belong to the academe and teaching Philippine Architecture. I highly recommend your writings to my students for them to get to know more of our legacies.
    More Power and God Bless!
    ...Peach...:))

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