Monday, 29 October 2012

Manuel F. Tiaoqui Building

By: Paolo M. Bustmante

Is it really more fun in the Philippines? For those of you who still care about the plight of our heritage, the historic 200 year old Alberto House in Binan, Laguna collaped due to its deteriorating state. In Manila however, the 1950's GSIS Building beside the Manila City Hall was in line for demolition but the mayor decided that it is time to do this thing called "adaptive reuse". The GSIS building was saved from demolition. FYI it is a crime to demolish structures that are more that 50 years without the consent of the NCCA. 

Like the GISIS Building the Manuel Tiaoqui Building is a mid-century modernist architecture. The Manuel Tiaoqui Building was built during the late 1950's. The Manuel Tiaoqui Building is located in Sta. Cruz, Manila in front of the Carriedo Fountain. It is said that this building is the first pinned-wall building in the Philippines. 

Out with the old and in with the new. Sta. Cruz, Malate, Rizal Ave. It seems that there are hardly many standing ancestral houses even  1930's art deco and1950's modernist buildings in Manila. Before, old houses and art deco movie houses are lined up in Rizal Avenue, now there are scarcely any. I think we should learn from our mistakes because those structures cannot be restored. We should look forward and preserve what is left.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Teodora Alonzo House

By: Paolo M. Bustamante

There is another historical site that is up for demolition and it is none other than the house of Teodora Alonzo. Who is Teodora Alonzo? Well for those of you who do not know her, you were probably sleeping during your Philippine history class. She was the mother of our national hero Jose Rizal.

The house is located in Binan Laguna. It is a typical "bahay na bato" ancestral house. According to sources this house was built in 1785. Jose Rizal's Grandfather (Don Lorenzo Alberto Alonzo) was once the captain of Binan and lived here for years. Now, twenty percent of the interior of the house was dismantled already.Good thing the city government and the people of Binian are doing something to stop the demolition. The city government of Binan is in full support of reconstructing the house once again.

Two months ago, The city of Binan Laguna celebrated the 100th Death Anniversary of Teodora Alonzo outside the house of Teodora Alonzo. I hope that we Filipino still value our history, heritage and our heroes. Always remember that without Teodora Alonzo, there won't be a Jose Rizal 

 (Photo by: Bimbo Sta Maria)

A collapsed photo of the Alberto house in Binan, Laguna. The demolition of the Alberto house started At 1:00 am today October 22. Unfortunately, the house was sold to a resort in Bagac, Bataan without the permit of the municipal of Binan, Laguna. It is a sad day for the people of Laguna. When we demolish this house, We are demolish a part of our history


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?

Friday, 12 October 2012

The Burke Building

 By: Paolo M. Bustamante

When I was young my mom used to lecture me about tact, taste and living simple. Everyday I take & apply it my everyday life. I am a commuter, from my house, I commute going to my school. Some people are ashamed to say that they commute. Haaayyy... how I wish Manila was like Paris, wherein people in the upper class commute wherever they go but sad to say Manila is not a place for commuting, it is a place for private vehicles. I was crossing in the pedestrian lane and I almost got ran over by a cab.

The Burke Building, once hailed in the streets of Escolta as one of the most extravagant buildings ever built in that street. The Burke Building even had the first elevator ever installed in the Philippines. But nothing really last forever. The Burke Building was one of the earliest buildings to be built in Escolta dating back in 1739. The Burke survived strong earthquakes especially the ones in 1853 and 1886.  In 1919 A newer structure was built because the Burke building needed remodeling and from there, the first elevator was installed in Escolta. However, it was badly damaged during the second world war and it was rehabilitated in 1949.

The building went from extravagant to simple. This is a very symbolic building, especially when you are comparing it to the sate of our country. The buildings of Escolta and the people who live in and are making a living in this street has taught me a lot about life and about who I am as a person. Living simple is a one giant step for me and a small step for change. (Is it living simply? or living simple? where is the grammar police?)