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Intramuros to rise again, government vows
10-Jun-11, 12:00 PM | Mynardo Macaraig, Agence France-Presse


MANILA, Philippines - After enduring wars, earthquakes, fires and poverty-driven neglect, the walled city of Intramuros that makes up the Philippine capital's historic centre may rise again as a tourist attraction.

Government planners see the UNESCO World Heritage listed but famously dilapidated site becoming one of Manila's biggest drawcards, similar to Singapore's Clarke Quay but with the added colour of centuries of history.

"We're going to make this the 'in' place to be," said Intramuros Administration chief Jose Capistrano.

"It will be a living Intramuros with tabernas and tapas," he said, referring to Spanish-style restaurants and their signature finger snacks.

Eventually, the administration hopes to have fireworks displays and light shows projected on the structure's six-metre (20-foot) high walls at night, Capistrano told reporters.

The ambitious project will involve rehabilitating and reconstructing buildings, as well as developing a riverside area called the Maestranza Park into a mall for upmarket restaurants and shops.

But this endeavour will require tens of millions of dollars in investments which the cash-strapped government cannot afford, so it is hoping the private sector will sign up.

Administration officials have been meeting with some of the country's real estate giants to drum up their interest in investing in the project, and Capistrano said their reactions had been very favourable.

"They are interested in the projects. We feel confident that they will be coming in," he told AFP.

Capistrano said that, although a definitive cost estimate for the renovation had not yet been finalised, the potential investors were not intimidated by the large scope of the project.

"No one said it might cost too much. The reaction when we tell them what these projects are has been very good," he said, adding he hoped to start a bidding process by the end of the year.

The 64-hectare Intramuros area, whose name literally means 'within the walls', served as the heart of Manila's political, religious and cultural life from its founding by Spanish colonial rulers in 1571.

Its 4.2-kilometres of walls surrounded most of the government's offices as well as major churches, schools and trading centres during the three centuries the country was under Spanish rule, which ended in 1898.

It was designed with walls, gates and gun emplacements to protect the Spanish residents from the Filipino masses, as well as guard the mouth of Manila's main river, the Pasig.

Chinatown was also famously placed within cannonball distance of Intramuros so the Spanish could fire down on the Chinese traders whenever they became too troublesome.

But Intramuros started falling into decline after the Spanish left, with most of the damage occuring during World War II when US forces shelled Japanese troops hiding inside the walls.

Many historic buildings, including nine of the 10 churches within Intramuros, were destroyed in the war. Some of these derelict structures are still standing, a reminder of the area's lost grandeur.

Over the centuries, earthquakes and fires have also taken their toll.

And while Intramuros's value is in its history, modern pressures have continued to erode its structures.

Parts of Intramuros today include a busy commercial and government district, containing several government offices, four major universities and a variety of businesses.

All of this results in congestion, noise, frequent traffic jams and a chronic lack of parking space.

The area also houses more than 3,000 families of squatters who often can be seen asking tourists for alms while their shanties and graffiti mar the image of the walled city, according to Capistrano.

He said the administration had limited power to evict the squatters. Many of them are on private property and are protected by laws designed to help the urban poor.

Tourism professionals operating in the area look forward to the upgrade but question whether the government can deliver amid the deterioration, overcrowding and squalor that have become common in parts of Intramuros.

"We need restructuring of the buildings, getting rid of the slumdwellers, beautifying the place. There is so much garbage, there are eyesores," said Jose Mananzan, head of the Intramuros Tourism Council.

Nevertheless, even without private investors, the government has taken the first step, spending 150 million pesos ($3.5 million) to turn the ruined shell of a church into a museum housing religious artifacts, Capistrano said.

Portions of the old historic wall in Maestranza that were torn down in the 1900s have also already been reconstructed through a Japanese grant, he said.

This time, instead of housing gunpowder and cannon balls, the wall's vaulted inner chambers will hopefully house cafes and shops.

More restoration work is underway at the Intramuros's garrison of Fort Santiago, where workers trained under a Spanish government grant are pulling down cement walls and replacing them with more authentic adobe and lime.

Under the Spanish programme, two masons from Mexico taught the Filipinos how to mix lime and shape stone to recreate the original look of the building, which will become the new Intramuros visitors' centre.

"We replaced the old timber that had rotted but we are bringing it back to its original look," said the workers' foreman, Jose de Lara.
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MANILA, Philippines - After enduring wars, earthquakes, fires and poverty-driven neglect, the walled city of Intramuros that makes up the Philippine capital's historic centre may rise again as a tourist attraction.

Government planners see the UNESCO World Heritage listed but famously dilapidated site becoming one of Manila's biggest drawcards, similar to Singapore's Clarke Quay but with the added colour of centuries of history.

"We're going to make this the 'in' place to be," said Intramuros Administration chief Jose Capistrano.

"It will be a living Intramuros with tabernas and tapas," he said, referring to Spanish-style restaurants and their signature finger snacks.

Eventually, the administration hopes to have fireworks displays and light shows projected on the structure's six-metre (20-foot) high walls at night, Capistrano told reporters.

The ambitious project will involve rehabilitating and reconstructing buildings, as well as developing a riverside area called the Maestranza Park into a mall for upmarket restaurants and shops.

But this endeavour will require tens of millions of dollars in investments which the cash-strapped government cannot afford, so it is hoping the private sector will sign up.

Administration officials have been meeting with some of the country's real estate giants to drum up their interest in investing in the project, and Capistrano said their reactions had been very favourable.

"They are interested in the projects. We feel confident that they will be coming in," he told AFP.

Capistrano said that, although a definitive cost estimate for the renovation had not yet been finalised, the potential investors were not intimidated by the large scope of the project.

"No one said it might cost too much. The reaction when we tell them what these projects are has been very good," he said, adding he hoped to start a bidding process by the end of the year.

The 64-hectare Intramuros area, whose name literally means 'within the walls', served as the heart of Manila's political, religious and cultural life from its founding by Spanish colonial rulers in 1571.

Its 4.2-kilometres of walls surrounded most of the government's offices as well as major churches, schools and trading centres during the three centuries the country was under Spanish rule, which ended in 1898.

It was designed with walls, gates and gun emplacements to protect the Spanish residents from the Filipino masses, as well as guard the mouth of Manila's main river, the Pasig.

Chinatown was also famously placed within cannonball distance of Intramuros so the Spanish could fire down on the Chinese traders whenever they became too troublesome.

But Intramuros started falling into decline after the Spanish left, with most of the damage occuring during World War II when US forces shelled Japanese troops hiding inside the walls.

Many historic buildings, including nine of the 10 churches within Intramuros, were destroyed in the war. Some of these derelict structures are still standing, a reminder of the area's lost grandeur.

Over the centuries, earthquakes and fires have also taken their toll.

And while Intramuros's value is in its history, modern pressures have continued to erode its structures.

Parts of Intramuros today include a busy commercial and government district, containing several government offices, four major universities and a variety of businesses.

All of this results in congestion, noise, frequent traffic jams and a chronic lack of parking space.

The area also houses more than 3,000 families of squatters who often can be seen asking tourists for alms while their shanties and graffiti mar the image of the walled city, according to Capistrano.

He said the administration had limited power to evict the squatters. Many of them are on private property and are protected by laws designed to help the urban poor.

Tourism professionals operating in the area look forward to the upgrade but question whether the government can deliver amid the deterioration, overcrowding and squalor that have become common in parts of Intramuros.

"We need restructuring of the buildings, getting rid of the slumdwellers, beautifying the place. There is so much garbage, there are eyesores," said Jose Mananzan, head of the Intramuros Tourism Council.

Nevertheless, even without private investors, the government has taken the first step, spending 150 million pesos ($3.5 million) to turn the ruined shell of a church into a museum housing religious artifacts, Capistrano said.

Portions of the old historic wall in Maestranza that were torn down in the 1900s have also already been reconstructed through a Japanese grant, he said.

This time, instead of housing gunpowder and cannon balls, the wall's vaulted inner chambers will hopefully house cafes and shops.

More restoration work is underway at the Intramuros's garrison of Fort Santiago, where workers trained under a Spanish government grant are pulling down cement walls and replacing them with more authentic adobe and lime.

Under the Spanish programme, two masons from Mexico taught the Filipinos how to mix lime and shape stone to recreate the original look of the building, which will become the new Intramuros visitors' centre.

"We replaced the old timber that had rotted but we are bringing it back to its original look," said the workers' foreman, Jose de Lara.
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Sana din lagyan ng Galleon Ship replica sa Pasig River sa tabi lang ng Intramuros.

Tapos pwede kang pumasok sa loob para makita mo yung itsura ng Galleon Ship sa loob at labas!!
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Sana din lagyan ng Galleon Ship replica sa Pasig River sa tabi lang ng Intramuros.

Tapos pwede kang pumasok sa loob para makita mo yung itsura ng Galleon Ship sa loob at labas!!
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Wah! Not the swan boats again!

I believe moats aren't meant to be navigated. What the government should do is further clean up the Pasig and the esteros of China Town or even Paco and Pandacan to a point where the stench disappears and there's no health risk should one fall into it. Perhaps we can put up a floating market there somewhere a la Bangkok. For period authenticity, the government ought to regulate how the boats would look like in the same way that Venice prescribes the look for their gondolas...



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Yes, sasabit ang banca sa mga drawbridge ng mga gates, hahahahahaha.

Icarus, ang problema sa Manila, the esteros are at the mercy of tides. So kapag high tide, yung magrove-smelling waters of Manila Bay will enter the tidal steams. Its Manila Bay that needs to be saved and Pasig and the others will follow, but of course, dapat wala nang factories sa Pasig and the estuaries for everything to work

Maganda talaga yung watercrafts ng Manila! Nasaan na ba sila at pati museums natin, walang example ng mga ito!
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Wah! Not the swan boats again!

I believe moats aren't meant to be navigated. What the government should do is further clean up the Pasig and the esteros of China Town or even Paco and Pandacan to a point where the stench disappears and there's no health risk should one fall into it. Perhaps we can put up a floating market there somewhere a la Bangkok. For period authenticity, the government ought to regulate how the boats would look like in the same way that Venice prescribes the look for their gondolas...



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Yes, sasabit ang banca sa mga drawbridge ng mga gates, hahahahahaha.

Icarus, ang problema sa Manila, the esteros are at the mercy of tides. So kapag high tide, yung magrove-smelling waters of Manila Bay will enter the tidal steams. Its Manila Bay that needs to be saved and Pasig and the others will follow, but of course, dapat wala nang factories sa Pasig and the estuaries for everything to work

Maganda talaga yung watercrafts ng Manila! Nasaan na ba sila at pati museums natin, walang example ng mga ito!
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Heard thru the grapevine that the tourism office of Fort Santiago will be relocated here.


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Sana restoration at di reconstruction gaya ng Ayuntamiento. At least kahit man lang yung parts ng Fort Santiago, masasabing restored!
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Heard thru the grapevine that the tourism office of Fort Santiago will be relocated here.


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I couldn't agree more, Pinoy_ako--sadly the images posted recently of the Ayuntamiento project are disappointing...looks more like a 21st century parallel to what was done in creating a conjectured Palacio del Gobernador in the late 1970s.
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I couldn't agree more, Pinoy_ako--sadly the images posted recently of the Ayuntamiento project are disappointing...looks more like a 21st century parallel to what was done in creating a conjectured Palacio del Gobernador in the late 1970s.
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I believe moats aren't meant to be navigated. What the government should do is further clean up the Pasig and the esteros of China Town or even Paco and Pandacan to a point where the stench disappears and there's no health risk should one fall into it. Perhaps we can put up a floating market there somewhere a la Bangkok. For period authenticity, the government ought to regulate how the boats would look like in the same way that Venice prescribes the look for their gondolas...



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I believe moats aren't meant to be navigated. What the government should do is further clean up the Pasig and the esteros of China Town or even Paco and Pandacan to a point where the stench disappears and there's no health risk should one fall into it. Perhaps we can put up a floating market there somewhere a la Bangkok. For period authenticity, the government ought to regulate how the boats would look like in the same way that Venice prescribes the look for their gondolas...



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10-Jun-11, 12:00 PM | Mynardo Macaraig, Agence France-Presse

MANILA, Philippines - After enduring wars, earthquakes, fires and poverty-driven neglect, the walled city of Intramuros that makes up the Philippine capital's historic centre may rise again as a tourist attraction.

Government planners see the UNESCO World Heritage listed but famously dilapidated site becoming one of Manila's biggest drawcards, similar to Singapore's Clarke Quay but with the added colour of centuries of history.

"We're going to make this the 'in' place to be," said Intramuros Administration chief Jose Capistrano.

"It will be a living Intramuros with tabernas and tapas," he said, referring to Spanish-style restaurants and their signature finger snacks.

Eventually, the administration hopes to have fireworks displays and light shows projected on the structure's six-metre (20-foot) high walls at night, Capistrano told reporters.

The ambitious project will involve rehabilitating and reconstructing buildings, as well as developing a riverside area called the Maestranza Park into a mall for upmarket restaurants and shops.

But this endeavour will require tens of millions of dollars in investments which the cash-strapped government cannot afford, so it is hoping the private sector will sign up.

Administration officials have been meeting with some of the country's real estate giants to drum up their interest in investing in the project, and Capistrano said their reactions had been very favourable.

"They are interested in the projects. We feel confident that they will be coming in," he told AFP.

Capistrano said that, although a definitive cost estimate for the renovation had not yet been finalised, the potential investors were not intimidated by the large scope of the project.

"No one said it might cost too much. The reaction when we tell them what these projects are has been very good," he said, adding he hoped to start a bidding process by the end of the year.

The 64-hectare Intramuros area, whose name literally means 'within the walls', served as the heart of Manila's political, religious and cultural life from its founding by Spanish colonial rulers in 1571.

Its 4.2-kilometres of walls surrounded most of the government's offices as well as major churches, schools and trading centres during the three centuries the country was under Spanish rule, which ended in 1898.

It was designed with walls, gates and gun emplacements to protect the Spanish residents from the Filipino masses
, as well as guard the mouth of Manila's main river, the Pasig.

Chinatown was also famously placed within cannonball distance of Intramuros so the Spanish could fire down on the Chinese traders whenever they became too troublesome.

But Intramuros started falling into decline after the Spanish left, with most of the damage occuring during World War II when US forces shelled Japanese troops hiding inside the walls.

Many historic buildings, including nine of the 10 churches within Intramuros, were destroyed in the war. Some of these derelict structures are still standing, a reminder of the area's lost grandeur.

Over the centuries, earthquakes and fires have also taken their toll.

And while Intramuros's value is in its history, modern pressures have continued to erode its structures.

Parts of Intramuros today include a busy commercial and government district, containing several government offices, four major universities and a variety of businesses.

All of this results in congestion, noise, frequent traffic jams and a chronic lack of parking space.

The area also houses more than 3,000 families of squatters who often can be seen asking tourists for alms while their shanties and graffiti mar the image of the walled city, according to Capistrano.

He said the administration had limited power to evict the squatters. Many of them are on private property and are protected by laws designed to help the urban poor.

Tourism professionals operating in the area look forward to the upgrade but question whether the government can deliver amid the deterioration, overcrowding and squalor that have become common in parts of Intramuros.

"We need restructuring of the buildings, getting rid of the slumdwellers, beautifying the place. There is so much garbage, there are eyesores," said Jose Mananzan, head of the Intramuros Tourism Council.

Nevertheless, even without private investors, the government has taken the first step, spending 150 million pesos ($3.5 million) to turn the ruined shell of a church into a museum housing religious artifacts, Capistrano said.

Portions of the old historic wall in Maestranza that were torn down in the 1900s have also already been reconstructed through a Japanese grant, he said.

This time, instead of housing gunpowder and cannon balls, the wall's vaulted inner chambers will hopefully house cafes and shops.

More restoration work is underway at the Intramuros's garrison of Fort Santiago, where workers trained under a Spanish government grant are pulling down cement walls and replacing them with more authentic adobe and lime.

Under the Spanish programme, two masons from Mexico taught the Filipinos how to mix lime and shape stone to recreate the original look of the building, which will become the new Intramuros visitors' centre.

"We replaced the old timber that had rotted but we are bringing it back to its original look," said the workers' foreman, Jose de Lara.
I can understand the writer's intention to "deliver the news" about Intramuros. But this is a badly-written article. The writer also did not thoroughly research on the Walled City (see phrases in bold). It has a bad opening paragraph too. Also, the article is so confusing that it doesn't have a center so I don't know what the writer wants to say.

Articles like these aim to make noise and get the attention of stakeholders. But if it's badly-written, I don't think the Ayalas will be convinced.
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MANILA, Philippines - After enduring wars, earthquakes, fires and poverty-driven neglect, the walled city of Intramuros that makes up the Philippine capital's historic centre may rise again as a tourist attraction.

Government planners see the UNESCO World Heritage listed but famously dilapidated site becoming one of Manila's biggest drawcards, similar to Singapore's Clarke Quay but with the added colour of centuries of history.

"We're going to make this the 'in' place to be," said Intramuros Administration chief Jose Capistrano.

"It will be a living Intramuros with tabernas and tapas," he said, referring to Spanish-style restaurants and their signature finger snacks.

Eventually, the administration hopes to have fireworks displays and light shows projected on the structure's six-metre (20-foot) high walls at night, Capistrano told reporters.

The ambitious project will involve rehabilitating and reconstructing buildings, as well as developing a riverside area called the Maestranza Park into a mall for upmarket restaurants and shops.

But this endeavour will require tens of millions of dollars in investments which the cash-strapped government cannot afford, so it is hoping the private sector will sign up.

Administration officials have been meeting with some of the country's real estate giants to drum up their interest in investing in the project, and Capistrano said their reactions had been very favourable.

"They are interested in the projects. We feel confident that they will be coming in," he told AFP.

Capistrano said that, although a definitive cost estimate for the renovation had not yet been finalised, the potential investors were not intimidated by the large scope of the project.

"No one said it might cost too much. The reaction when we tell them what these projects are has been very good," he said, adding he hoped to start a bidding process by the end of the year.

The 64-hectare Intramuros area, whose name literally means 'within the walls', served as the heart of Manila's political, religious and cultural life from its founding by Spanish colonial rulers in 1571.

Its 4.2-kilometres of walls surrounded most of the government's offices as well as major churches, schools and trading centres during the three centuries the country was under Spanish rule, which ended in 1898.

It was designed with walls, gates and gun emplacements to protect the Spanish residents from the Filipino masses
, as well as guard the mouth of Manila's main river, the Pasig.

Chinatown was also famously placed within cannonball distance of Intramuros so the Spanish could fire down on the Chinese traders whenever they became too troublesome.

But Intramuros started falling into decline after the Spanish left, with most of the damage occuring during World War II when US forces shelled Japanese troops hiding inside the walls.

Many historic buildings, including nine of the 10 churches within Intramuros, were destroyed in the war. Some of these derelict structures are still standing, a reminder of the area's lost grandeur.

Over the centuries, earthquakes and fires have also taken their toll.

And while Intramuros's value is in its history, modern pressures have continued to erode its structures.

Parts of Intramuros today include a busy commercial and government district, containing several government offices, four major universities and a variety of businesses.

All of this results in congestion, noise, frequent traffic jams and a chronic lack of parking space.

The area also houses more than 3,000 families of squatters who often can be seen asking tourists for alms while their shanties and graffiti mar the image of the walled city, according to Capistrano.

He said the administration had limited power to evict the squatters. Many of them are on private property and are protected by laws designed to help the urban poor.

Tourism professionals operating in the area look forward to the upgrade but question whether the government can deliver amid the deterioration, overcrowding and squalor that have become common in parts of Intramuros.

"We need restructuring of the buildings, getting rid of the slumdwellers, beautifying the place. There is so much garbage, there are eyesores," said Jose Mananzan, head of the Intramuros Tourism Council.

Nevertheless, even without private investors, the government has taken the first step, spending 150 million pesos ($3.5 million) to turn the ruined shell of a church into a museum housing religious artifacts, Capistrano said.

Portions of the old historic wall in Maestranza that were torn down in the 1900s have also already been reconstructed through a Japanese grant, he said.

This time, instead of housing gunpowder and cannon balls, the wall's vaulted inner chambers will hopefully house cafes and shops.

More restoration work is underway at the Intramuros's garrison of Fort Santiago, where workers trained under a Spanish government grant are pulling down cement walls and replacing them with more authentic adobe and lime.

Under the Spanish programme, two masons from Mexico taught the Filipinos how to mix lime and shape stone to recreate the original look of the building, which will become the new Intramuros visitors' centre.

"We replaced the old timber that had rotted but we are bringing it back to its original look," said the workers' foreman, Jose de Lara.
I can understand the writer's intention to "deliver the news" about Intramuros. But this is a badly-written article. The writer also did not thoroughly research on the Walled City (see phrases in bold). It has a bad opening paragraph too. Also, the article is so confusing that it doesn't have a center so I don't know what the writer wants to say.

Articles like these aim to make noise and get the attention of stakeholders. But if it's badly-written, I don't think the Ayalas will be convinced.
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