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How would you rate the quality of life in Manila?

  • Excellent, I'm fully satisfied

    Votes: 17 2.8%
  • Satisfactory, but can be improved

    Votes: 132 21.7%
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    Votes: 459 75.5%

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Multiple temporalities...


At the very mouth of the river was the island called Maynila. As a town, it was just becoming well-known. In fact, it may have been founded only a couple of generations earlier. In the 1520s it was unknown in the Visayas (or Magellan would have been told about it) but by the 1560s the Visayans had already heard of the Kingdom of Maynila.

On its throne sat a young king: Rajah Soliman, who was Muslim and Bornean. His wife was Bornean too and so were his palace guards. Soliman was a warrior. The petty kingdoms along the river and on the lake lived in mortal terror of him. They cried that he was forever swooping down on them, to raid and plunder.

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On May 19, 1571, Governor Miguel Lopez de Legazpi occupied Manila in the name of the king of Spain.

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And on June 24, 1571, a municipal government was established in Manila.

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The king of Spain would honor the new city with another title:
Insigne y Siempre Loyal, or Famous and Ever Faithful. More familiar is the title of Noble y Siempre Leal--or Noble and Ever Loyal--that Manila still wears in oratory and nostalgia.

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Like Troy, which was sevenfold, Manila has been many cities and will be many more. Like every great city, Manila sprang from a wilderness of question marks. Legazpi was not the beginning, nor yet Soliman.

The city was, is, and will be larger than these terms, even if reduced back to the original space of ground from which it began, from which it will always begin. Should atomic war annihilate Manila, the survivors, if any, will, one can bet, automatically start rebuilding on that same tongue of land where the River flows into the Bay. Both Soliman and Legazpi built there and they could only have been following in the footprints of those who, through he ages, like the makers of the Seven Troys, had been building and rebuilding on that original site.

There, apparently, is where the genius of the city is resident-- and Intramuros is once and future womb.

When we celebrate ... Manila, therefore, we can celebrate, not a date or founding, but a site, a scene, a location, a motherground. It has known too many dates and foundations. Races and empires and religions have washed over it; the warlike have used thunder to claim it and the city, smiling, has allowed them their foolish moment. Age after age, its lovers have hailed its rebirth or bewailed its perishing, while outside continued the traffic for strange webs with Eastern merchants.

And all this has been but as the sound of lyres and flutes.


Excerpts from Nick Joaquin's Manila, My Manila.

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This is a thread for images of the City of Manila, heart of the Metro, Manila the Noble, Manila the Loyal. Maynila.
 

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Does anyone have pics of the Roxas Ave. scrapers? Especially the ones across from the US Embassy?

Also there were a few completed scrapers in the Malate area that I know very little about.
 

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there's a scraper in Roxas blvd that is quite tall (taller than Landbank), but has an ugly facade. i dunno it's name..
 

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That low dark solid thing is a massive wall, several meters thick. Inside the walls are caverns and cells and places where they used to keep artillery. They were built a couple of centuries ago to protect the City of Manila from foreign invaders and ringed the whole city (that time just a small parcel of land). Since then, Manila has grown outwards beyond the walls. We call the area within the walls Intramuros (which means within the walls :))

You can actually walk most of the length of the wall, on top of the wall and get to see some pretty cool stuff. They still have cannons (not working anymore) and stuff in certain parts.

That big green lawn you see in front of it is part of a 9 hole golf course that rings Intramuros and was built during the American colonial period over what used to be the moat that surrounded the city. Yep, the golf course was moat.
 

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Here's one of the entrances of the city walls. You can kind of see how thick it is.



This entrance doesn't go into city proper anymore. It goes into a small side section where they have the Acuario de Manila, the Manila Aquarium. It's a pretty pathetic aquarium. But they have nice gardens and access to a part of the wall that look out towards Rizal Park and Manila Bay.
 

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i'm planning to visit Intramuros in 2 weeks time. i haven't been there for like 6 years now. How's the views from on top of those walls?

btw, aren't those walls rebuilt by Marcos during the 70's?
 

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Here's the view from the wall on top of the Acuario de Manila. Actually I made a mistake-- you can't see the bay.

I heard the view on the pasig river side is pretty cool-- accessible through Fort Santiago. Someone here posted some pics of that corner of the city walls a long time ago.

 

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I don't know what that building is called. Here's a pic by weirdo.


Can anybody ID this building?
 

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Yeah I realised I got the wrong one... Changed the image.

Anyway, the shorter less pretty building is called Embassy Pointe Tower (or is it Pearl of the Orient?)



The building on the foreground on the left is the Luneta Hotel. It's the oldest multistorey building in existence in the Philippines. The first skyscraper?
 

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Here's another angle.

Thank you weirdo for the pic. (not his but he sent it to me)

 

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i've been to that place in that last pic, on the lower-left hand side.

the 1322/Embassy Pointe pair is fast becoming Manila's skyscraper symbols
 

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Originally posted by boybaha

Here's another angle.

Thank you weirdo for the pic. (not his but he sent it to me)

this is absolutely beautiful!!!

I recently visited Manila and it seems that everything Lito Atienza is doing to revive the city is working! I like the pedestrianized areas he's put up at Avenida/Rizal and the Baywalk as well as his "linear parks" on Muelle del Banco Nacional along Pasig River which have been decorated with nice lights and the classic yellow/maroon tiles. the way they've been done is real good and the old, dirty, squatter-like appearance of Maynila has been very well covered up. looks quite classy actually... if only I could've taken a picture to show.

He's also cleaned up empty public parks and tiled paths in these parks to allow people to walk and stroll around in them. I love the way he's lit up Manila with all those colorful lights along the previously dead areas of the city at night. the Jones Bridge (I think that's the one) looks fabulous with those lights at night!!! He's been able to successfuly bring people out of malls and back into the city streets... and that is one hell of a task!

He really has revived Manila into its former glory. If only I could vote in the coming elections, L.A. would EASILY get my vote as Mayor of Manila...
 
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