This is an article for the online magazine I did with Mike Rebuyas. All photos here are from some #JaywalkersPH members.
(Designing the Walkable City by Michael Southworth, published in the ASCE Journal)
This is an excerpt from a journal that I read when I was still researching related literature for my Undergraduate Thesis. A year after I finished the thesis, the highly talked about Bus Ban ordinance in Manila surfaced.
The City Hall made the move to make Manila more “walkable” and have a smoother flow of traffic. The immediate effect was the faster traffic in Taft Avenue and Espana Boulevard but bottlenecking in Welcome Rotonda in the Manila-QC boudary. The other is the two/three mode transfer just to get to your destination in Manila which I experienced. I have to board off the bus and ride a Quiapo Jeep at D. Tuazon to get to Morayta.
I am actually pro Bus Ban in Manila, but obviously, some factors are not taken into account (like QC Mayor Bistek’s feelings LOL). I think for this scheme to be fully effective, a good Bus-Jeep/LRT link must exist within the last stop of the Manila Bound buses before they return, aside from the security issue, which is a bigger threat to pedestrian safety.
It’s high time for Metro Manila residents to act like a more world class metropolitan citizens rather than urban people with suburban ways of thinking and living. A hundred meter walk won’t hurt right?
CCP Tumblr: Cinemalaya 2013 unveils 25 new indie films; Vilma Santos makes her first Cinemalaya appearance
Press Release 04 July, 2013
Stars of the Philippine mainstream movie industry headline some of the newest crop of films in the 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition slated on July 26 to August 4, 2013 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Ayala Cinemas in TriNoma,…
This is the empty lot beside the Cathedral. Notice the tarpaulin coverings in the perimeter. This is Palacio del Gobernador’s parking area.
Engineering Perspective: First Signs of an impending Construction
Non-Engineering Perspective: Protected Vehicle Parking facility.
Manila’s getting a facelift. While the progress is slow, let’s say that there is progress. You don’t build a city in a jiffy, that’s for sure.
1. San Agustin Church in exposed adobe finishing.
2. Santa Cruz Church in new facade finishing.
3. Ayuntamiento de Manila as if 1945 never happened
4. Signs of Construction in San Ignacio Church ruins.
5 - 6. Manila and Makati from the FEATI University view.
PS: I haven’t been using my camera lately, so these are from my mobile phone. I’m always in Manila 3-4 times a week.
Can you believe that this was Avenida Rizal (Carriedo to Recto Segment) at 3PM today?
I believe that this strip of Avenida is always full of hawkers and other traffic obstructions at any time, in the past. I could just ask myself on how many more days until the old choked form of Avenida returns.
Somebody made some news yesterday on his unsolicited proposal to adopt a 4 day work week to ease traffic congestion in the Metropolis. At a quick glance, it might not help at all but if those 4 day work week are staggered so that some companies will have a Monday to Thursday, some will have Tuesdays to Thursdays and some will have Wednesdays to Saturdays.
But analyzing it, only the “Manic Monday” traffic will be minimized. Let me study it deeper.
Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency.
NB: This quote is widely attributed to him though no one can validate if he himself had uttered these words.
Puente Ayala, Ermita Manila.
Even Before the War, the Ayalas are already here in the Philippines. Yes, their enclave before they made their empire in Makati was located in this part of Ermita, near the San Marcelino. All the streets named after women here are all part of that big clan. Aranetas, Zobels and other. You can see somehow that they have blood connections back then.
MANILA - Malacañang said yesterday changing Pilipinas to Filipinas, as adopted by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), would be an interesting discussion.
The most common example for the shift from Pilipinas to Filipinas will be UP, from University of the Philippines to University of the Filipinas.
What’s your thoughts on this?
AN ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR OF ESCOLTA
A study tour of the Escolta area and the current efforts for its regeneration, conducted by architect Dominic Galicia
Organized by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines
Saturday, July 13, 2013, 9am - 3pm
For inquiries call or text Elvie Magpayo at 404 2685, 697 9509 or 0949 3338211
Fee for Members: Php 1,500
Fee for Non-members: Php 1,700
*The fee includes the cost of transportation and lunch.
Escolta was the premier business and shopping area of Manila from the late 19th century until the destruction of the city during World War II in 1945. From a sleepy street during late Spanish colonial times, Escolta evolved into a center of commerce with many establishments such as banks, insurance companies, cinemas, department stores, jewelry shops, and restaurants housed in grand buildings, some of them in the art deco style popular in the Philippines in the 1920s and 30s. Among the well-known architects who designed these buildings were Andres Luna de San Pedro, Juan Nakpil, Jose Maria Zaragoza, Fernando Ocampo, Luis Araneta, Tomas Arguelles, Carlos Arguelles and Leandro Locsin.
After the war, Escolta suffered a steady decline as its occupants closed shop or moved away to newly developed business districts in other areas of Manila. A severe blow was dealt by the 1995 transfer of the Philippine National Bank, or PNB, headquarters to Pasay. Currently, efforts for the urban renewal of Escolta are being spearheaded by groups such as the Escolta Commercial Association Inc, (ECAI), the 20th Century Heritage Committee of ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites), the Heritage Conservation Society, and the art collective 98B Collaborative.
09:00 Depart meeting place of Santuario de San Antonio Church in Forbes Park, Makati City
10:00 Begin the tour at the foot of Jones Bridge: El Hogar, Juan Luna Bldg, former HSBC Bldg; cross Jones Bridge into Escolta: Insular Life, BPI, Capitol Theater, Araneta Tuason Bldg, PANPISCO, Calvo Bldg, Madrigal Bldg, old PNB headquarters
11:00 Merienda break for ice cream at Big Scoop
11:30 Continue the tour: Natividad bldg, Peterson Bldg, Burke Bldg, Gonzalo Puyat, Regina Bldg and Perez-Samanillo building where 98B Art Collaborative has a store.
12:30 Lunch at Uno Seafood in Calvo Building
01:30 Back to Santuario de San Antonio in Makati, arriving around 2:30pm
Guys! If you have the money and the time, please do join this!!! I have met Architect Galicia already and he’s a good speaker.