Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Laperal Apartments


The Laperal Building is currently being demolished. According to Mr. Ivan Henares, the Vice-President of the Heritage Conservation Society, it was bought by the University of the East. The Laperal Apartments is an art deco structure and it catered to stores and boutiques such as the Variety Store. The Variety Store was established in 1939 in Quiapo but later moved to the Laperal Apartments in 1947. The Estrel's caramel cakes (Established in 1946) also rented a space on  the Laperal apartments in 1950.  According to Mr. Rence Chan, The curio store is Rogelio de Jesus one of the oldest exsisting tenants of the apartment another one is Josie's Philatelic Shoppe. The Laperal apartments is located in CM Recto Avenue in front of San Sebastian College. 



Stephen Pamorada posted yesterday in the HSC groups in Facebook that the Lapral Building is being demolished and even though I was busy doing my midterm plate, I took the time to visit this artdeco marvel. I really had a hard time researching on the background of the Laperal Building so I tried calling one of the tenants yesterday about the Building but when I asked who owned the place she rudely hung up on me. As of now there is nothing I can do about this building but to document it.


As of now only the facade remains but I am sure they will demolish that sometime this week. Bit by bit we are erasing our past but I cannot blame U.E. for demolishing this building I mean it is just wise for them to expand because who wants a small campus anyway. I am not saying that they should demolish it but since they are halfway there I am just hoping that they won't demolish the facade.

28 comments:

  1. Sayang, it would have been nice if they kept the facade and turned the inside into something else. Facade man lang... -

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  2. Sayang!!! but We all know na lahat may hangganan ulti mo guhay natin! Lumaki ako sa Laperal with my Lola and ate which my Lola is one of the Pioneer tenants na may tatlong unit that time. maraming napagtapos ang Lola ko na kamag anak na ngayon ay naklimut na kahit sa aming magkapatid. may mga nagtapos na at nagkapamilya na din pero di nila nakaklimutan dalawin ang Lola ko nuon. Muslim, kabitenyo, batanggenyo syempre ang mga bisaya din! at kung saan saan pang sulok ng pilipinas na pinagaaral ng mga magulang nila sa maynila and kanilang mga anak subalit sa kabila nito ay dugo at pawis ang binubuwis nila makatapos lang ang mga anak. Laperal? isang alamat yan kung babalikan natin ang nakaraan, may masasayang alaala at malulungkot din! mahabang kwento mga kabayan... para sakin alaala nalang ang tanging nagpapangiti sakin pag napapagausapan ang Laperal. ang tawag sakin dati ng mga taga recto na nakasama kong Vendor nung highschool ako eh, batang Laperal!!! ganyan kasikat ang pinanggalingan ko. sample palang ng mga natatandaan ko sa Laperal. marami pa! ingat kayo lagi mga kaibigan kong biktima ng demonyolisyon na naganap at naranasan nyo sa kamay ng mga berdugo ng kalye!!! God bless....

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  3. Hi! would like to clarify that Laperal wasn't bought by UE. Please be more careful the next time. thank you!

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  4. @Anonymous: Mr. Ivan Henares, the Vice-President of the Heritage Conservation Society informed us that UE bought the lot. :) well if UE didn't buy the apartments, well who did?

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  5. it was rumored that henry sy did

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  6. nadamay na naman si henry sy

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  7. We also don't know. The bad thing is, people from Laperal are blaming UE for demolishing the place. Some even decided to throw small rocks at our buildings. Mr. Ivan Henares has given you a hearsay that started from the residents. No one really knows for sure who bought the lot.

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  8. mr. paolo bustamante,I perfectly understand your love and concern for our cultural edifices,I wish to propose a very contentious issue, The Laperal apartment might have been one of the major historical sites in the Philippines, but don't be so negative, this old building will soon be transformed into a state of the art building for UE College of Dentistry, More filipino students would benefit from that demolition, isn't great? why maintain a such delapidated building?, well in fact we could have done something better....i mean if the reason for such demolition is for better education, i believe the right attitude is we should be more thankful rather than complaining...and don't question people for such lost...This is for education which i believe a greater advocacy. For your information UE is not a small campus....just for your guidance....i hope this could be an eye opener for you to reflect more on what is real substantial and what is just a white elephant....but i appreciate your endeavor to inform the public about this...but don't you want an improved and highly industrialized Manila...that's something to be proud of...there are lots of ways to exhibit our concern for this one....thank you

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  9. I don't agree with this one. You don't really need a new building for things to get better. This building's fine. It has withstood floods, earthquakes, even tumultous political shakedowns, like martial law... it has withstood the test of time, and so it will be as good in the future.

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  10. SM daw nakabili ng Laperal Apartment ah,...

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  11. baka daw gawing extension campus ng National University

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  12. eh di ba si HENRY SY na may-ari ng NU ngayon

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  13. bka feu bumili hahahaha preho ksi silang art deco conservation e hahahaha

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  14. puro kamo kapa kapa aq nkbili anu :D

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  15. Kakalungot naman tong balitang to. well gangyan talaga buhay. nothing is permanent in this world as they say.

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  16. Instead of simply "conversing" about the demolition, can someone talk to anyone from UE that this building is covered by Republic Act No. 10066 - National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009? This means that heritage structures more than 50 years old (Laperal was built in the 1930s) and if they demolish it, they will be fined and jailed.

    Laperal Apartments could have been retained as is with a few changes in the interior if UE really cares for heritage and culture of the Philippines. It's not dilapidated and if study the building properly. It simply needs repainting and refurbishing.

    Laperal is a cluster of several rooms and apartments and is perfect for offices and classrooms.

    To the advocates out there. The thing with heritage conservation is that it's not enough that one will post about it; one has to lobby and take action by talking to the owners of the building themselves. Do not expect that so called heritage conservation groups, the Manila City Hall, or the National Historical Commission of the Philippines to take action because they will not do anything. From experience, the best way to save a heritage structure is to take action by yourself and personally talk to the owners. Do not expect others to help because they won't.

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  17. it good to know that Laperal is being demolished, a 70 year-old building is very dangerous to anyone nearby. FYI, That Laperal need not only repainting and refurbishing but full restructuring! FYI also, buildings have only 50 years of lifespan, any structure more that that year is dangerous.

    AND it's an EYE SOAR already.

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  18. you said that"buildings have only 50 years of lifespan, any structure more that that year is dangerous." Really now?

    What about the San Sebastian Church? San Agustin Church? National Museum etc? remember my dear, a city without old buildings is like a person without a memory!

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  19. i really don't know much about the history of laperal apartments. pero i know na the laperal's also owns the laperal mansion a.k.a. arlegui guest house where former presidents aquino and ramos families make their home while in office. and sa pagkakaalala ko the mansion will be returned to the laperal family kasi it was illegally taken from them by the marcos goverment. great work!

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  20. According to our prof. in UE, it is not UE who bought the said compound. He further said that it was bought by Mr. Henry Sy.

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  21. My mom is one of UE stock holders. CONFIRMED. UE bought LaperalApartment in Recto. :)
    So Please Oh Please? Stop this argument!

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    1. Ooohhh.. I guess you're wrong buddy.

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    2. YOU ARE WRONG. Stephen Cheng (SM Group) leads it, so definitely it is the SM Group.

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  22. I noticed this morning that the marker on top is newly painted. Is this a sign that they are keeping the facade after all?

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  23. I noticed this morning that the marker on top is newly painted. Is this a sign that they are keeping the facade after all?

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  24. YES, it's the SM Group. Particularly ALEGRIA DE VIDA CAPITAL INC., led by Mr Stephen Cheng of SM Appliance Center Inc. so yes more or less SM Group but not exactly Henry Sy...

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  25. Based on Google Street View April 2014 map, the facade still can be seen on this map. Is it still existing as of today?

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