Thursday, 7 June 2012

Letran Statues (Vincent Ferrer Building)


 By: Paolo M. Bustamante

Isn't she a beauty? The art deco Letran statues outside the elementary building and the building itself was inaugurated on August 15, 1952. The St. Vincent Ferrer Building also known as the Letran Elementary Building was built on the grounds of the former Santa Catalina College. Sadly, it will be demolished in order to build a new four-storey building to house engineering and other courses in preparation for Letran College's becoming a University by 2020. 

 (Photo by: Rho Ramos)

When the two pre-war houses in Elcano St. in Binondo were being demolished, Ivan Henares stated the Section 48 of the law provides that whoever intentionally destroys, demolishes, mutilates or damages a heritage building (that includes buildings 50 years or older) or modifies, alters, or destroys the original features of or undertakes construction or real state development in any site protected by the NHCP, shall be, upon conviction, "subject to a fine of not less than P200,000.00 or imprisonment for a term of not less than ten (10) years, or both upon the discretion of the Court." It provides further that "if the violation is committed by a juridical person, the president, manager, representative, director, agent or employee of said juridical person responsible for the act shall also be liable for the penalties provided."



The Intramuros Administration gave Letran the go signal to demolish the building including the statues. The school also has the demolition permit meaning that the Manila City Hall had approved the demolition of the building. Just save the statues.

13 comments:

  1. basic education po ang gagamit ng building na 'yan. not the college of engineering.

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    1. They will demolish the elementary building to make way for the college of engineering and other courses. :)

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    2. Just to clarify up things, it is said on a Lance issue (April 2012 Issue) if I'm not mistaken, that the new building will house the basic education department (Elem-H.S.), as well as the collegiate department. On the other hand, the old High School building (St. Raymond of Penafort) will house the College of Engineering. :)

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  2. What a pity! This is a postwar achievement which now we are destroying! Can nothing be done? The Dominicans have always been advocates of preservation..
    They should at least save those statues and donate them to the National Museum. Could it have been the Italian sculptor Monti who di9d them?

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  3. Personally, the statues and perhaps the entire edifice should be preserved giving a somewhat sense of dignity over the old building, leave the interiors modern, but have some of the edifice and the entrance intact. Thinking how NU's old building survived by rehabilitating and modernizing it ;)

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  4. Do not worry! I am a graduate of the college and last week that statue was also my concern, when I asked the office of student affairs what they plan of the statue, they said that it will be spared and will be used as the entrance of the new building. :)

    Let's hope it materializes because we Letranites also are so concerned of what will become of the statue. But it's sad, that old building really rotted faster than the 1920's main building of the college. We thought it was older than the main building, it has to go.

    But I will revolt if they demolish that statue.

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  5. great blog, naaalala ko pa kung ilang beses akong muntik masagasaan ng pedicab sa pagtitig ko diyan sa statue nayan tuwing papasok ako PLM-CM. nakakalungkot lang na makita kung gaano hindi pinapahalagahan ng gobyerno natin mismo ang ating kultura at pagkakakilanlan.

    salamat!

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  7. nung nasa Letran ako, lagi kong napapansin yang 2 statues na yan because its simply a work of art and you don't see this everyday in Manila esp. in my school. I think that they should just remove these statues and put it somewhere else in the school and not completely destroy it.

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  8. Bakit na remove yung isang comment? This art deco will be replicated and i-preserve ang original art deco. So mali itong write-up na to. for sure mabubura ulit itong comment na 'to. masyado nagmamagaling yung writer di muna alamin sa Letran mismo kung ano balak gawin sa art deco na yan. nagmamagaling kasi e.

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  9. I just saw the art deco piece has been reinstalled on the new building except that it can be viewed from inside the campus, not outside.

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  10. Wrong write up the stature is okay and it currently at the new building.

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  11. Wrong write up the stature is okay and it currently at the new building.

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