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.