Sunday, 25 March 2012

Allied Health Building

 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.

Friday, 23 March 2012

The National University

By: Paolo M. Bustamante

The National University is the first private non-sectarian university in the Philippines. It was founded on August 1,1900 as Colegio Filipino. The school changed its name to Colegio Mercantil when the school offered its business courses such as bookkeeping and accounting. In 1916, the Board of Trustees changed the name of Colegio Mercantil to the National Academy and on January 17, 1921, after 21 years the Board again changed the name of the school for the last time to the National University. The College of Pharmacy was then introduced in 1922 with Dr. Eugenio Quesada as the dean of the college and also the College of Dentisrty. After 3 years, the College of Engineering was introduced to the students of N.U. with six disciples, civil, electronics, environmental, mechanical, electrical and sanitary.

In 1924 the University joined the N.C.A.A. as the N.U. Bulldogs but in 1938 together with the other universities such as Far Eastern University, they formed the U.A.A.P as one of the founding schools .  On January 1, 1998 a fire damaged the four Buildings of the University, the Elementaty, Graduate, Law & Commerce & the Main Building and three weeks after the fire, the university re-opened its doors to the students while the maintenace and restoration work were on-going. In 2008 the SM Groups of Companies acquired ownership of the National University.

The National University is one of the oldest schools in the country dating back in 1900 and through the years it never fails to give the students what they want and what they need, the continuous upgrading of its facilities and laboratories are signs that this university is all about quality education. As the school continues to spearhead its quality education it never the school never fails to remind and to mold its students to be nationalistic, the students of N.U .are surely living up to the school's motto.

Featured University: The National University

Ill Be Featuring the National University Later Tonight
(Poster by: Paolo M. Bustamante)

Friday, 16 March 2012

Yutivo Building

 By: Paolo M. Bustamante

Historical sites are such complex structures but we hardly even notice them, but if we paid more attention, We would see that each structure conveys a meaning all its own. For example, the Meralco Building, for others it may mean nothing, but for some it can mean a lot.  Yes historical sites mean different things to different people, ultimately, the meaning depends on the one who does the preserving  and the one who sees it happen and has done nothing.

The Yutivo Building stood the test of time. Built in 1923, the Yutivo is one of the oldest establishments in Binondo, Manila. Located along Dasmarinas St. But who are the Yutivos? Jose P. Yutivo had a development firm and after years of hardwork it became the Yutivo Sons Hardware Company. Jose. Yutivo's eldest son Yu Tiong Siong took in charge of the corporation & in 1922 , they decided to move to Dasmarinas St. in Binondo, Manila. Back then Binondo was known to be Manila's central District. When Yu Tiong retired, his two brothers  Yu Tiong Yi and Yu Yiong Cuan took over the company. 

In the 1930's The Yutivo Sons Hardware Company was the biggest Chinese hardware firm in the country. It's dirty white walls & it's art deco inspired railings will forever bring life to the busy streets of Binondo.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Uy Chaco Building

I have never featured anything that is Art Nouveau, almost all of my posts are from the Neoclassic & Artdeco Movement but you are in luck ,because I will be featureing the Uy Chaco Building in Binondo, one of the first buildings in Binondo and one of the few Art Nouveau buildings in Manila. But what is Art Nouveau? it is a style, movement of decorative art used in design and architecture, it is like artdeco but more flowery, more curves, more lines and more fancy. This movement was prominent in the United States from the late 17th century until World War 1.

Whenever you go to Binondo, the first thing that you will see if you are coming from the Jones Bridge is the unsightly Chinese-Filipino friendship arch and the Uy Chaco Building. Built in 1914 by Samuel C. Rowell this Art Nouveau marvel won international awards in architecture because of its pristine design and it is considered Manila's first skyscraper. This six-storey building was owned by Mariano Uy Chaco, he was known for supplying the local government with hardware. He later on passed his building to his son Uy Vet.

I am glad that at least there Art Nouveau Buildings in Manila even though they are scarcely any. The Uy Chaco Building is now being occupied by the Philtrust Bank. Unfortunately the beauty of the building is being covered by the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch and spaghetti wires. Binondo in in dire need of an urban planner.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Francisco Villaroman Foundation School

 By: Paolo M. Bustamante

I have Googled, Facebooked and even climbed the highest shelf in our library in search for  the history of the Villaroman Building in Paco Manila. I had no other choice but to interview the caretaker of the building myself. Anyway, when I was outside the Villaroman Building, I could not help but wonder if that building is empty or for sale but when I went closer like into the gates of the building, I saw students, yes students! the Villaroman Building is actually a school. I called the Gatekeeper ,(aka hagrid) of the school so that I could interview the principal about the building. To cut this long novel short, I was in! I shook the hand of the Financier and the Principal for formality sake but the principal  gave me this weird look it is as if she was not that eager to see anyone! But later on as I interview her and the building, her frown turned upside down and she wouldn't let me go! Is it because of my pleasing personality or my charisma? Well here it goes...

The Art Deco Villaroman Building is located in San Marcelino St. corner Pedro Gil Manila. It was built in the late 1930's it wasn't originally owned by the Villaromans, it was actually a school (the Manila Southern College) and was later on sold to the Villaromans in 1948. They then took over the Manila Southern College and they decided to change the name of the school to The Francisco Villaroman Foundation College. In 1983, the Villaromans decided once again to changd the name of the school to Villaroman Foundation School because they removed the college and the grade school due to the decline of the students who are enrolling per year because  before there were only two major schools in Paco Manila, the Paco Catholic and the Villaroman Foundation College now there are a lot of public schools around the Paco & Malate area and competition is everywhere and sadly they cannot keep up with other schools. Quality of education over the quantity of the students.

The school still has the high school but the principal told me that they had to make cut-offs because of the lack of students. in 1980-1992 the school has 6 sections per level but now because of the cut-off there is only one section per year. I would like to thank Ms. Felicidad de Assis the Principal of the school who has been serving the Villaroman Foundation school since 1948. and Ms. Almansor  the Financier who was been serving the school for 6 decades now. They told me that  when they were in their early 20's when they first started serving the school and now they are about to retire happily. The unsung heroes of Paco, Manila.