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.