Monday, August 11, 2008


INTRO: Quiapo (pronounced keeyah-po) is a district of Manila, Philippines, also referred to as the "old downtown". Through the years, the glory of Quiapo steadily declined. During the American period until the late 70s, Quiapo and its surrounding vicinities like Avenida, Binondo, Sta. Cruz, Escolta and the university belt, were the centers of trade, fashion, art, higher learning and the elites of Manila, however as the Light Rail Transit (LRT Line 1) run over the Rizal Avenue, the main thoroughfare of Avenida, dirt and vehicle emissions were trapped underneath, leaving the streets dark and gloomy.

The results of this development were the exodus of many establishments and the arrival of ruffians and bandits. After the People Power Revolution in 1986, the vibrancy of Quiapo diminished, although some flea markets, handicraft stores begin to rise due to the presence of the widely visited Quiapo Church. via wikipedia
Now its facing another blow.

Please help the residents and friends of Quiapo, Manila by signing the petition letter below. Unenlightened property developers threaten to destroy the historic skyline with the construction of an oversized and inappropriate (READ: Ugly) building right in the heart of Quiapo (above). So sad. Let's petition that they change the design to one that is more appropriate to the historicity of the area... This is the plan of the bad bad developers (below).

This is what we want them to do. Just shorten the building and keep the lines the same height as the rest of the street. IS THAT TOO HARD? What the hey?

Your signature will be of great help to preserve and protect Quiapo: the heart of Manila: Please log on here.

via celdrantuors

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