By: Paolo M. Bustamante
Some of the historical sites that I have featured in my blog have been demolished or are being demolished. Like the famous Jai Alai Building in Taft Ave., It took years to build such fine establishment but it only took 2 months for it to be demolished. For those who wanted to save the Jai Alai building, efforts were made to preserve such iconic establishment but even our noblest efforts was not enough of it to be saved. But every cloud has silver linings, like the ill-famed Allied Health Building, only a few of us Filipinos know that building but it is one of the well-preserved neo-classical buildings in Manila . It was then unmaintained, grimy and mucky, the administration/ Board of Trustees of the National University gave it a nice face-lift that made the Allied Health Building the gem of the National University.
The Allied Health Building is a neo-classical building and it was built in the 1920's and it is one of the heritage buildings listed in the National Historical Institute. In March of 2010, the old Allied Health Building, then occupied by three different colleges the college of Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing. The Building then underwent a full renovation to exclusively house the College of Dentistry. The newly designed Allied Health Building is now a three-story building, the first floor is a dental clinic, the second floor is for the dental laboratory and the third is an audio-visual room. The Allied Health Building is now known as the College of Dentistry Building. The College of Dentistry in N.U. was established in 1922.
The adaptive reuse of this building was pristine, There are news that the Post Office in Plaza Lawton in Manila (also a Neo-Classical Building) will be converted into a hotel. Of course it ignited debates on whether it should stay like that of if it will be converted into a hotel. For me, it is hard to let go of the past, we are used to the Central Post office as it is but nothing is permanent in this world, as long as they preserve the interiors and the exterior of the building I am okay with it.