I was reading my round of blogsites the other day when I stumbled upon this cry for help to save Quiapo’s Calle Hidalgo from one of the more popular blogger around Carlos.
Ironically, just last week I visited this place, but due to heavy rains I didn’t notice that there was a four storey condominium being built along the street, as of this writing, according to a friend they have started digging, soon I’m definite that they would commence laying the concrete foundations.
Hidalgo is still one of my favorite streets of Manila, I’ll never forget seeing this place for the first time when I was in grade school. My Tia Lydia brought me to the steps San Sebastian, I was awed by its beauty. It was so perfect, from Quezon if one would walk; the church would be visible at the end of the road. At the end of the long thread, the steel church awaits – what a reward! I can only imagine how beautiful this place was, back in the old days.
It is quite obvious that Quiapo has slowly deteriorated due to neglect, but it’s never too late. ‘The heart of Manila’ according toProf. Zialcita (subtitle of his book Quiapo) still has the potential – the beautiful houses are still there!
I dream one day that I can bring along foreigners and show them how great Manila was, and how it protected its heritage while progressing into a first class city, through Quiapo.
Looking at David’s map the building would be built between the Ocampo and Paterno houses, which would make it out of place, worst this would congest the already heavy foot and vehicle traffic, they should keep in mind that there are schools on that street (MLQU being one of them with a very substantial student population). If there’s one thing that the city government of Manila does not have, is the appreciation for these historic places – they just don’t take the value of heritage into consideration when they allow private constructions, is it all money? la avaricia para el dinero!
When you look at countries like Singapore, Malaysia and even communist Vietnam, you would notice that they take pride in their colonial houses, you would not see them destroy this relics, instead they would put efforts to restore them – why can’t we do the same?
In time, this houses that represents the glorious past would be gone, lost forever. That is why I usually would walk tirelessly, taking photographs of old houses and places, I would want to save them even in pictures – because at this moment, everything seems to be fading away and were not getting that much from our government.
Please visit this site (click here) and be part of a signature campaign to stop this condominium construction that would not only destroy the historic corridors of Hidalgo, but would worsen the traffic situation! I don’t understand why Mayor Lim gave the green lights for this, I should not be surprise anymore, what’s new!