Dating back to 900 AD and founded by the Spaniards over 400 years ago, Pila retains its plaza with age-old trees, a gracious church and convent, an American period town hall building, and large stone houses around the square.Pila is cited and studied by historians from around the world as one of the few intact examples of Spanish colonial town planning.It is really deplorable what is happening in Manila with this utter disregard of our historical/architectural treasures.
Even as we write a complaint to Lito Atienza, what can his office do? What are these Heritage insitutions doing to rally support to the cause of Heritage Building/ Site preservation? The burnt out building is the Bayview Hotel, where some atrocities by Japanese soldiers occurred. Bayview Hotel is gone, and so is Hotel Otani which took over the spot.
The white building on the right is the University Club Building, where a penthouse has apparently been added post-war.
The two trees to the right corner in the photo above still exist.
Comparisons by The Camera Returns 1945, just after the Battle of Manila.
Esteban Toting, that the Galaxy Theatre is next to face the demolition crew.
"Galaxy theatre is a work of National Artist for Architecture Pablo Antonio. But how to save it, an uproar from the public is needed." We should not sit down and simply watch while what's left of the Pearl of the Orient and its capital city, goes down one by one!
But at the rate they are going, I don't know when that will happen. I went there last week to accompany a newspaper reporter who's doing an article on Avenue Theater demolition and we found out that one of the reasons why NHI is a "little slow" is because they're understaffed.
One of them said that if people will help them out, it would be easier for them to document everything and cover all the heritage sites/ buildings all over the country.
Again, for those who would like to save this heritage structure, you can call or fax a complaint to Mayor Lito Atienza at 5276063 or 5274991 or send an e-mail at What are people doing to Manila's heritage?