Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Sta. Cruz Building

By: Paolo M. Bustamante

Politicians, they promise us a lot of things from uplifting poverty to changing the educational system. In short, they promise us change. In every debate that they are on, they always focus on the big picture like for example health issues, crimes and employment. but often times they forget the littlest of details like preserving our built heritage and cultural awareness. In Batangas, they can really balance both. but in Manila, well... change... is everywhere. There are only a few 18th century ancestral houses in manila, they have been replaced by 50's modernist buildings.

It is one of the first building to be remodeled in Escolta. Before the Sta. Cruz Building is far from modern, it;s windows is covered with capiz, ITs floors is wooden and the building looks like an ancestral house in downtown Manila. It an accesoria building, very commercial wherein the ground floor is filled with boutiques and shops. The old building, was demolished and was remodeled during the 50's. It is now a commercial building, and like before the ground floor is piled with antique shops and boutiques.

The Sta Cruz Building had a Drastic make-over with a touch of everything from a heritage treasure, to an average structure. Our built heritage plays a big role in our life especially when it comes to tourism and because it reflects who we are as a nation. Let our mighty structures tell the story.  Polticians, they promise us everything but they are always forgetting something like former Mayor Lito Atienza, don't forget, he is the culprit behind the demolition of the Jai Alai after all history is written by those who win, no by those who were the nicest.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Philippine National Bank Building

By: Paolo M. Bustamante

Are you still in the mood for ghost haunting? I know that Halloween is over but If you guys are looking for adventure, thrill and excitement, come visit the Philippine National Bank Building in Sta. Cruz Manila . Last Monday, The Philipippine National Bank Building in Escolta, Manila was featured in Brigada, GMA NewsTV because it is said that this building is haunted. You know, abandoned buildings are the new cemeteries, because cemeteries are soooo last week! creepy hallways and creaking windows will welcome you in the Philippine National Bank 

Built by Carlos ArguellesThe Philippine National Bank Building was the official building of the PNB before, then after some time it was converted into a shopping mall then part of the building was converted into a school the city college of Manila and the ground floor was converted into the headquarters of the Manila World War 2 veterans and son's and daughters.

If you have any ghostly experience just post it on the comment box below. Feel the thrill and visit the Philippine National Bank Building. Happy Halloween!