Cityscapes: 10 Beautiful Buildings in Old Manila
Did you know that present-day Manila was heavily influenced by the "City Beautiful" movement?
(SPOT.ph) Present-day Manila was laid out by noted Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. Heavily influenced by the "City Beautiful" movement-the belief that a beautiful urban environment could promote moral and civic virtue amongst the population-his vision for Manila was to be a European city in the tropics. To the credit of the Americans, it was already taking shape with the paving of tree-lined boulevards and the rise of civic structures like the Legislative Building and Central Post Office Building.
Unfortunately, World War II happened and most of the Spanish colonial buildings, as well as the newly-built American ones, were razed to the ground. But even then, Burnham's plan was already doomed since then-Commonwealth President Manuel Quezon realized that the city could easily be attacked from the Bay. The capital simply needed to be moved. What he didn't think about, though, were the plane bombers that could reach farther than the ships.
Here is a list of the 10 buildings that thankfully managed to survive World War II. (Note that these are civic buildings and institutions of learning; not included are religious structures and private properties.) There are a number of beautiful historical buildings in Manila if you only care to look. Amidst the chaos and underneath all that grime stand reminders that our beloved capital once had a grand and beautiful past.