Anonymous asked: I've always been curious why most of the old buildings along Avenida have pillars that create a "covered sidewalk". It's like a characteristic of the buildings of old Manila buildings. Do you have an idea when did it start and who/which (bldg) started it?
You must be referring to the Arcaded Sidewalks. It is an important feature of some old Manila Buildings to provide covered walkways for the pedestrian to be protected from heat and the rains (especially in the tropics), maybe it started from the overhangs of the upper floors of the old Filipino-Hispanic Houses.
There was actually an old ordinance in Manila during the prewar periods that the newer buildings in the downtown area (Binondo, Santa Cruz) should have arcaded sidewalks to provide convenience to the pedestrian. These streets where these are strictly required are the Escolta, Calle Rosario, Dasmarinas and Avenida Rizal. The practice actually continued in some of the buildings of the Makati Financial Center (see Glorietta).
These architectural feature highlighted the pedestrian-orientation of the development of the old downtown but now they are already diminishing.