Thursday, 15 August 2013

The Old Manila Central University Building

By: Paolo M. Bustamante

Yesterday, I went out on a mission. Unsertain as to my exact destination, I ventured into the great unknown. Despite numerous distractions, I finally found the place that I have been looking for, the old Manila Central University in Manila!

I was just a bit worried because there is a construction going on when I visited the site but when I talked to the construction workers, they said that they are just fixing the road. haha! another dumb blonde moment for me. I was a bit worried, Minerva (MCU's school mascot) wouldnt be so happy if she hears that her school will be demolished.

The Manila Central University started off as review class with Dr. Alejandro M. Albert as their founder and director. The review class developed into the  Escuella de Pharmacia del Liceo de Manila. The site then of MCU was located near Fabella Hospital and Fugoso St. in Sta. Cruz Manila. Then due to increase of enrolees, in 1915m they later transformed into the Manila College of Pharmacy.


It was the first educational institution of its kind established and managed by Filipinos.The Manila College of Pharmacy became one of the leading institutions of higher learning of its kind. It produced many prominent pharmacists. Stable and secure in its position, the college expanded in number in 1929. 

In Manila College of Pharmacy became then the Manila College of Pharmacy and Dentistry in the pre-war era and they also moved near Rizal Avenue. in 1945 the Manila College of Pharmacy & Dentristry closed down ddue to the outbreak of the Second World War. The Japanese occupied the building and looted all the laboratory equipments. In 1949 the school relocated its entire university to Caloocan and leaving its old building in Rizal Ave. it again changed its name to its present name Manila Central University.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Old Senate Session Hall

By: Paolo M. Bustamante

Okay, so, who hasn't been to the Senate Hall? Well, let me tell you it is the most magical place on Earth! It is like the Emerald city of Ermita. Seriously! the inside of the building is really nice. It is one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in Manila. Remember, Manila was the one of the most devastated cities in Asia during WWII. A lot has been sacrificed including our built-heritage but this place was spared! Thank goodness. well... the Session Hall i mean. not the building.

Located inside the Legislative Building, the Senate hall remained silent for quite a while. This place used to witness laws and bills being passed. This hall is a testement to our country's freedom wherein leaders & senators disscuss our country's future.  This hall used to be the house of the law but what happened to the old Senate Session Hall?

The Senate Session Hall used to be the home tot he members of the Philippine Senate from 1926-1996. During WWII the Legislative Hall was badly damaged and was left in ruins but the Senate Hall remained intact.  After the 1986 People Power Revolution, the Senate and the Congress returned to the Legislative building then in 1996 the old Session hall was closed after the senate moved to its new home at the GSIS Building in Pasay.

The Session Hall started its restoration in April 10 because of the P20 Million restoration project by the National Museum. And now it is open to the public. The ornametes thatyou can see about the buiding show our struglles and trimphs as a nation well based on my interpretation, and it also shows the timeline of our country.

How to go there? Well, just just follow the yellow brick or You can take the LRT then go down Central Station and walk but the Central Station is quite far from the National Museum but if you want to burn some calories and be sexy, then y'all go ahead and walk. Busses are banned from entering the city so it is either you walk or just take a cab.