The P50-million "egg" art in NAIA-3 might soon be dismantled

Gone too soon in the interest of improving traffic

It ranks fourth in our list of 10 Most Outrageously Overpriced Government Projects not because of subjective reasons, but because of the amount of criticism it gained from its conception to completion. Someone even made allegations that the structure costs P390 million, which the MMDA immediately corrected.


Still, P50 million is a hefty price tag, and it adds a touch of strangeness to the Manila International Airport Authority’s (MIAA) opinion on it. On Thursday, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado is in favor of having the "egg" removed or demolished to make way for an infrastructure project that would improve the traffic in Pasay City.


"I was told by the contractor of the NAIA Expressway that that egg structure will be demolished. I told them: 'Go on, I don't mind.' You remove that and we can ease the traffic," Honrado said. For the record, the egg’s official title is Layag Islas (Islands in Flight).


Honrado’s remarks were prompted by the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) proposals for "a four-lane elevated highway that will connect NAIA Terminal 1, 2 and 3 to the Skyway and the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway." However, the contractor clarified that the "egg" simply needs to be moved slightly and not banished from sight.


That’s good news for the designers of this piece of art...and it also means that P50 million isn’t going to waste.


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