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.