By: Paolo M. Bustamante
Since Christmas is finally over, I now have ample time to continue my Escolta Feature. One of the buildings that stand out in Escolta is the Regina Building. The Regina Building emanates elegance in its simplicity. It ages with grace before the eyes of the Filipino people. The building, with its white-washed walls and pearl-like accents gives the impression that the entire structure is made out of smooth ivory –especially when the sunlight highlights its façade.
The Regina Building is truly a desert flower that has blossomed in a very complex environment. It honestly reflects the concept of architectural beauty in the 1930’s. It is a Beaux-Arts Building, built in 1934 by Andres Luna de San Pedro, the son of the late visual arts grandmaster Juan Luna. It is also one of the few buildings that survived the horrors of World War II. The Building was sold to the De Leon family by the Roxases, thereafter.
The stark white color of the Regina Building continually makes it a muse among the buildings that are scattered around Escolta –and this building is surely going to stand tall for a long time.