Sunday, 14 October 2012

Olbes Building

By: Paolo M. Bustamante

Pink, Pink, and more pink! The color pink once dominated the streets of the Metro during Bayani Fernando's term as MMDA Chairman. He made the color trend from unsightly to appealing but after his term, the new MMDA chairman decided to go from posh pink to eco green. The MMDA made a hasty decision in changing their the theme. So much for ECOnomizing.

The Obles Building, you can see it if you are coming from the Jones Bridge or is it the Sta. Cruz, well I don't know, those bridges all look the same to me. The Obles Building, all covered with 3 different shades of pink. The building is one of the oldest buildings in Escolta. Built during the late 19th century, it's theme was very neoclassic but it was remodeled during the 1960's with a much more modern flavor. According to Mr. Richard Tuason-Sanchez Bautista, the Olbes building was cladded totally by prewar cast due to house pre cast had office there.

Pink, a color that symbolizes beauty, grace, homosexuality and feminism. The color pink, a symbol of change and a symbol for hope well... for those people who celebrate breast cancer awareness. The Olbes building has embraced that change from neoclassic to ugly modern. Im closing my blog entry with a question, is change really for the better?


  1. Just saw your blog and it was really nice to know that there are still people who value the old structures here in Manila! I really missed the Old Quiapo. More power to you!

    Creativity Comes from the Soul

  2. Thanks for your blog. That's part of family history. - Elizabeth Olbes

  3. This is beside Capitol Theater. Calle Nueva (now Yuchengco Street) side.