Thursday, August 28, 2008


The photograph above of the parking lot on Avenida Rizal was taken a couple of days ago. This is the site where the historic Avenue Theater & Hotel building once stood, designed by one of the country's great architects, Juan Nakpil. Built more than 70 years ago, it was completely demolished two years ago.

The photo at the bottom of Avenida Rizal was taken immediately after the war. The tall building in the middle was one of the few buildings that remained standing and unscathed after the intense carpet bombing during the Battle for Manila. It was the Avenue Theater & Hotel building. (Photo courtesy of UW Digital Collections)


Avenue Theater: End of an Era

Capitol Theater on Escolta

Sigh-Sigh-Sigh - Walk This Way

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posted by Señor Enrique at 7:27 AM


Blogger escape said...

the first shot is really nice. i like photos like these. it features then and now.

August 28, 2008 11:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's a shame that such a historic building was demolished, only to be made a tricycle parking lot. susme, sayang!

August 28, 2008 1:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice entries..,

nice shots..

August 28, 2008 3:42 PM  

Blogger ka tony said...

Hi Eric,

I love your photo & your camera angle, specially in B&W added drama & nostalgia on Manila's disappearing past.

Sardonicnell is right...
"it's a shame that such a historic building was demolished, only to be made a tricycle parking lot. susme, sayang!"

Pinoys & Chinoys have no sense of value, give no importance about our past, thus we as a nation can't move forward. If one have a chance to visit Cuba, specially the city of Havana - is a trip in a time capsule. Its like being in Binondo, Sta. Cruz & Quiapo, with all those old Spanish houses & "accesorias." Vintage cars of 1940s & 50s, still running & well kept!!!

Before I left Metro Manila, there were a lot of cities & subdivisions being build, opened, developed & planned. Yulo's Canlubang is one of them, which was beautifully & perfectly planed. Why can't these rich young Chinoys & Pinoys, construct their buildings in those new "cities," instead of demolishing "Old Manila." Not only demolishing old historic buildings & houses, but changing the names of the streets!!! Gossshhhhh! PLEASE LEAVE THEM ALONE!

I've seen photos of old houses present condition in my home district of Binondo & San Nicolas on the web, it's heartbreaking! The decaying houses are just waiting for a mild earthquake for these old historical houses to collapse & be part of the "pusali." I guess these young Chinoys who bought these old houses are praying & waiting for this earthquake so they can save money on demolition and build new taller structures!!!

Well... young Pinoys & Chinoys, sorry to let you know... the foundation of those old Spanish houses are deep & curved, in order to "sway" with the earthquake. The gaps on the walls were made to "sway" independently. Japanese & Chinese artisans didn't use metal nails, they used wooden pegs to fasten interlocking wooden floors again... you got it!!! to "sway" & dance with our constant visitor "Ms. Lindol."

Maraming salamat muli Eric on giving importance to one of our vanishing possessions of our identity,
ka tony

August 28, 2008 11:29 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, donG! Glad you like it :)

August 29, 2008 8:19 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

From the owner's perspective, Nell, the property tax for an empty lot is much lower than for a building which is no longer operating; thus, of no economic value, though of historic importance.

Nonetheless, sayang talaga!

August 29, 2008 8:22 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thank you very much, Aina!

August 29, 2008 8:23 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Sad but true, Ka Tony.

By the way, Old San Juan in Puerto Rico has managed to preserve its historic structures and districts.

As for Manila, I agree with you. Somehow, we have to instill in our young Pinoys and Chinoys a "sense of pride in place." I guess, many of them are just too preoccupied with their foreign travels, and ignoring old Manila in the process.

Thank you, Ka Tony!

August 29, 2008 8:27 AM  

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