Capitol Theater (from Christian Bederico)

Capitol Theater (from Christian Bederico)

It seems that in the Philippines’ non-stop march to progress, architecture and the history associated with it has always been the first things sacrificed. For instance, the Insular Ice Plant near Intramuros has been left to decay; even Manila Hotel has been violated with a neon sign, forever turning its back on its former grandeur.

That’s why I was especially pleased to see a database of the beautiful and almost forgotten works of architecture in the country. is a joint project of the UAP, the NCCA, and B(b)ago. According to the website: Arkitekturang Filipino is a collaborative, web-based, free-content database and exhibition of notable Filipino architecture and architects.

Here are some sample images that I got from the website:

Definitely worth the visit:

As you can see, our city and our country is filled with beautiful but, sadly, ignored landmarks. We Filipinos are fond of the saying “ang taong di lumilingon sa pinanggalingan, di makararating sa paroroonan.” Let’s take that to heart – Save our landmarks!

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EJ is an IT manager by day, and Plants vs Zombies addict by night. Oh and he blogs too. Through, EJ wants to help the Pinoy create and maintain his own blog. The Pinoy blogging community is a very friendly one and this is his contribution! He's also the main technical person behind the ManilaReviews, ManilaFitness, and ManilaBlogs. Geek? Di naman masyado.

2 Responses

  1. Bee

    Hi, Sir. Re: Old photo of UP Diliman’s Melchor Hall facade. May I ask when (year) was the photo taken? Thank you. :)


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