LOOK: Underpass in Manila Gets a Colorful Facelift

Street art comes to the famous Lagusnilad.

(SPOT.ph) Manila City's Lagusnilad has been serving pedestrians for decades. But because of neglect, this underground passageway across Intramuros and Manila City Hall has earned an infamous reputation of being one of the city's grimmest and grimiest spots. Here's good news: The local government is unveiling a renovated Lagusnilad "in the coming weeks," according to Mayor Isko Moreno.

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The upgraded look will feature the Manila City Underpass Mural Project, a joint effort of the city government of Manila and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. The tunnel's walls will be covered with depictions of the Philippine's culture and history, including illustrations of Lapu-Lapu, Dr. Jose Rizal, Intramuros, and more. This initiative is part of the agency's efforts to bring the arts to public spaces.

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The renovated Lagusnilad will also have vertical gardens, non-skid tiles, and warm lighting.

“’Yong famous na underpass dito sa tapat ng city hall, nakita niyo ‘yong update, malapit na matapos. Kahit ako nagulat na ganyan kalaki yan,” Moreno said on June 26 in a Facebook Live.

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