1. Edgar Ketchum Bourne, the Mission Style and the Bureau of Science Building.

    The Burnham Plan of Manila was drawn 1905, might as well it took years to implement the first phase of the plan fully but the Americans already started building Manila according to their needs and imperial ambitions as early as they had the Treaty of Paris.

    One of the first Architects that the Americans sent to the Philippines is Edgar Bourne. Taking note that the Spanish inspired Architecture is already rooted deeply into the Philippines, Edgar Bourne designed the first American Colonial Buildings in the Philippines with a style readily imported from Americas: Mission Style. The Mission style is a style from American States that was once part of Spanish America.

    Carrying with them the technology of the concrete, the first buildings of the American Era looked like a continuation of the Spanish Inspired buildings, while fulfilling the Manifest Destiny of the US. A perfect example of buildings of this type is the Bureau of Science building in  Manila. Bureau of Science is the precursor of what is now the Department of Science and Technology. It was housed in what is now part of UP Manila Campus.The building did not survive the war.

    One striking feature of the building is the twin mirador towers at the center of the facade. Aside from that, the building features Spanish Roof Tiles, Arched entries and plain walls, all elements of the mission style that was so prevalent in California.

    Mission style is also present in the PNU buildings in Taft Avenue. As the mission style is derived from the Spanish territories of California and Florida, it was readily applicable to the Tropical Philippine Setting dute to the wideness of courtyards and the effectivity of arched windows to ventilation.

    Edgar Bourne will go on to design more pre-Burnham Buildings in Manila such as the first Manila City Hall after they went out of Ayuntamiento, the Manila Ice Plant and some piers of the port of Manila. As soon as the Burnham Plan was accepted by the Philippine Commission, he got replaced by William Parsons, who gave the transition of Architecture to the Spanish-Neoclassic hybrid to the Neoclassical works exemplified by Arellano, Mapua and Toledo.

    (Source: arkitektura.ph)


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  3. EVERYONE’S INVITED! Awarding ceremonies of CONTEMPO 2013 will be this coming Saturday, February 23, 2013, at the Manila Metropolitan Museum. A free lecture on Contemporary Architecture will given by Arch. Danilo Silvestre (former Dean of UP College of Architecture). A contemporary art exhibit will also be held on that week at the same venue. Lastly, a relaunch of the book ISTILO will also be held. The first 20 registrants will receive a free copy of the ISTILO book. See you all!

    Venue: Manila Metropolitan Museum, Roxas Blvd. Manila 

    Time: 1-5pm

    Attire: At least smart casual 

    (Source: facebook.com)

  4. President C. P. Garcia Avenue (C-5)

    Actually, we still know this side of C-5 as Katipunan Avenue.

  5. Pinakbet

    This is also one of the Ilocano Foods that found its way spreading throughout the Philippines. It is also known as pakbet. Actually the term pakbet both refers to the cooking method and the dish itself. Pakbet is a cooking style where you cook the vegetables in bagoong (fish sauce) until the vegetables are overcooked and the soup evaporates. Personally, I violate the evaporating part of pinakbet, I prefer it somehow soupy, which results with an argument with my grandmother, who is conservative when it comes to cooking.

    This is the most authentic pinakbet recipe I know, the most usual vegetables in this dish are tomatoes, string beans, ampalaya (the small variety) and eggpants. Sometimes, cigadillas are added if harvest permits it. Pakbet is most popular with pork but pork is optional, and you could cook this with just salt and water instead of bagoong, only that it will taste more of the vegetables not of the bagoong. Pinakbet with squash or kamote is an addition adopted by the adjoining Tagalog provinces to minimize the saltiness of the dish and to add some sweet taste to it.

    I said pork is very optional (maybe this should delight vegans) but I personally like it with pork, either with sauteed pork or topped with the ever crispy bagnet. So that’s one use of bagnet: as pinakbet topping.

    Most Ilocano kids I know were trained by their to eat vegetables. Pinakbet is the main culprit.


  6. Throwback Thursday: Second Week of February

  7. As you know right now, the movie Casablanca is one of my most favorite B&W films. It actually ranks second among the most popular films of all times by the American Film Institute. But I have personal reasons on why I love this Film.

    • Guys in suits, especially the suits of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart). Here’s to “suiting up” before Barney Stinson coined the character.
    • Elegant women, need to say that Ingrid Bergman’s beauty is just too stunning and elegant? Not to mention some other women characters here (which are all war refugees).
    • The story line, a romantic flick made in a refugee city in Casablanca.
    • The ending made all the difference in the film. The writers could have easily made Ingrid’s character ditch his husband for Rick for a fairy tale ending but they preserved her character’s dignity throughout. War is raging and everybody should sacrifice some personal wants for it. If it opted for a very chick flick ending, the movie might not reach the legend status it has.
  8. Sinait, Ilocos Sur

    The last town in Ilocos Sur along the National Highway is Sinait, the town prides itself as the Garlic Capital of the North. Okay, due to the one town one product approach, you can tell that the condiment is the town’s most common agricultural product. And yes, no rumors of vampire existence in our town.

    The Church of Sinait is called Iglesia de San Nicolas de Tolentino, named after the Saint whose the Manila district San Nicolas was called. The church is famous for being the shrine of Santo Cristo Milagroso which is the partner image of La Virgen Milagrosa of Badoc, Ilocos Norte. The image is famous for a story on how it got to Sinait in the early 1600’s. That story was painted in the walls of the church until a recent repainting of the church, and that story bound generations of Sinait folk together. Everybody knows the story of the images of Sinait and Badoc. The story goes like this:

    The images originally were enshrined in Japan but due to the persecution of Christians in Japan, the Japanese Christians encased them in a box and let it drift in the sea until it reached the shores Sinait and Badoc (Badoc was once a part of Sinait until it became a separate town). The locals of Sinait and Badoc called the priests and the priests instructed them to bring the image of the Virgin to Sinait and the image of the Crucifix to Badoc. The locals did so, but at any rate, they can’t carry the images to their respective barrios. The locals then changed images, and the images were easily carried towards Sinait and Badoc, then becoming the official images of the towns.

    From oral tradition, it has been said that the image of Santo Cristo has been stolen numerous times already but is always returned to the town, they say that the town is being punished with a drought that only they experienced that harmed harvests during that year it was stolen.

    Sinait is 7 towns away from Vigan City and it takes an hour to travel to Sinait from Vigan through the Manila North Road.

  9. I’m totally against thing thing anon. (It’s totally obvious right?). Other people have their reason, of course I have my reasons. The development, if it comes to fruition, of course will result into jobs and livelihood for Metro Manila.

    But do Manila need this kind of development right now? Coming from an engineering student’ point of view, this development will backfire more in the long term. I’ll point out three things aside from the sunset: drainage/flood control, air pollution and traffic.

    Drainage and Flood Control, do you think the new site will be flood proof? Some parts of Manila are reclaimed from the swampland. Since its inception, flooding is a natural happening in the city because it is a floodplain of the Pasig River. Speaking of Drainage, this will generate a LOT of wastewater. Can the developers assure that they will treat water before they return it to the bay in the standards set by DAO 34 and DAO 35?

    Traffic and Air Pollution are connected, more traffic (vehicles introduce air pollution), it will generate a lot of traffic in Roxas Boulevard, Taft Avenue, Quirino Avenue, Gil Puyat and SLEx. Unless mass transit is introduced, this will cause loathsome traffic throughout Manila, as if traffic isn’t our biggest problem.

    I haven’t started discussing geotechnical and seismic risks so far. Classy and Flashy buildings are the immediate results, but in the long term, you’ll have these problems.

    Hi guys, if you have time, please do attend the Sunset Viewing tomorrow. I’ll be there with some other people.

  10. Thanks to those who participated in this year’s Chinese New Year Photowalk! Too bad there were lesser fireworks and dragons this year. And if you want to see and follow them, here are their Tumblr URLs.

    I hope you enjoyed the walk.

  11. Be Bagnetized by Bagnet

    One of the most popular dishes from the Ilocos Region that have gained a national following is their very crispy pork meal we call Bagnet. Actually, other regions also have their crispy pork meal, crispy pata, chicaron among others.

    Bagnet is actually made by a process we call Oil Drying. The pork skin and meat is deep fried in hot oil until all water from the meat is separated from it. Actually this is both a cooking and a food preservation technique aimed to give crispiness to the pork and enabling the pork to have a longer shelf life… even without a refrigerator.

    You can eat Bagnet by itself, with a dip or it is a perfect meat topping for pinakbet or any dish with a need for ginisang baboy.

    Eating bagnet by itself? My personal favorite dips are patis or Bagoong with tomatoes.

  12. Because we have such beautiful sunsets, I felt that if we put a dramatic form against the sunset it could be very exciting. The idea was to have a massive rectangle, a massive slab of some hard stone tossed up in the air. The very exciting problem was how to make the massive and heavy form – the rectangle is without windows – look light. We used the device of cantilevered beams. The base is curved, so that the whole thing is sort of as if lifted up into the air.

    - Nick Joaquin on the Cultural Center of the Philippines

  13. EDSA Apocalypse escape #1 LRT-1 and PNR Commuter Express.

    I know the usual EDSA Trips are QC-Makati and Camanava-Makati, so You can use the other side of the Train “Loop”, the LRT1 up to Gil Puyat (Buendia) and PNR up to Buendia Station. You could transfer to LRT 1 to PNR and vice versa via Blumentritt. It could also divert some existing MRT 3 trips here.

    LRT 1 at Roosevelt and Balintawak is still not full so you can still find a seat in these stations.


  14. Throwback Thursday: First week of February

  15. I was actually invited by the Philippine Christian University (PCU) (specifically by Rudstin) last January 31, 2013 to speak all about blogging. This was my first speaking engagement outside of my usual presentation near school. On the topic of Responsible Blogging, I presented this.

    So I think many of us is mistaken that we are only responsible for the posts we make on Social Media account, but we are also for the comments we allow on it.