Garden Plaza Hotel Manila

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  • Garden Plaza is a skyscraper in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • The capital and chief port of the Philippines, on the island of Luzon; pop. 1,599,000

  • the capital and largest city of the Philippines; located on southern Luzon

  • Manila (pronounced ; Maynila|), officially the City of Manila, is the capital of the Philippines and one of the 16 cities that make up Metro Manila, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world with a population of 20 million people.

  • a strong paper or thin cardboard with a smooth light brown finish made from e.g. Manila hemp

  • a building where travelers can pay for lodging and meals and other services

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  • A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging on a short-term basis. The provision of basic accommodation, in times past, consisting only of a room with a bed, a cupboard, a small table and a washstand has largely been replaced by rooms with modern facilities, including en-suite

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  • In French contexts an hotel particulier is an urban "private house" of a grand sort. Whereas an ordinary maison was built as part of a row, sharing party walls with the houses on either side and directly fronting on a street, an hotel particulier was often free-standing, and by the eighteenth

A Serendepitous Find: Landmarks of Manila

A Serendepitous Find:  Landmarks of Manila

de la Torre, V. R. 1981. Landmarks of Manila, 1571-1930. Filipinas Foundation: Manila.

Over the weekend, I was rooting around in one of the secondhand bookshops in San Diego and found this prize. It was my birthday present to me!

This book is a documentary of Manila buildings that -- for one reason or another -- are no longer standing, have been replaced or renovated beyond recognition. It is a testament to the beauty of Manila throughout its history right up to before WW II. World War II changed all of that. Manila was the most devastated city in the Far East and second only to Warsaw among the cities overrun by the war. To my mind, it has not yet recovered. Pictures of Subjects include:

Government Buildings : Malacanang Palace, Tutuban Station, Manila Post Office, Philippine Legislative Building, Philippine National Museum, Philippine National Library*, Manila City Hall.

Private Buildings: Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Bank of Monte de Piedad, the Tabacalera, Elizalde & Co., San Miguel Corp., La Tondena, Inc., Meralco, Insular Life, The Manila Hotel, Gonzalo Puyat & Sons, Ayala Corp.

Churches: Sta. Ana, San Agustin, Manila Cathedral, Ermita, Quiapo, San Francisco del Monte, Sto. Domingo, Guadalupe, San Sebastian, Binondo, Malate and Las Pinas.

Cultural Houses: Manila Grand Opera House, Metropolitan Theater

Social Clubs: Manila Club, Club Filipino, Army & Navy Club, Casino Espanol de Manila.

Schools: UST, Colegio de Sta. Isabel**, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, La Concordia, Ateneo de Manila, Philippine Normal Colleg, UP.

Printing Houses: UST Press, Cacho Hermanos, Inc., Carmelo & Bauerman, Inc.

Media Houses: DMHM Publications (Herald), Liwayway Publications.

Hospitals: San Juan de Dios, San Lazaro***, Chinese General Hospital, Philippine General Hospital (PGH), National Mental Hospital

Markets: Divisoria****, Arranque and Quinta

Socio-Civic Institutions: Hospicio de San Jose, Asilo de San Vicente de Paul****, Settlement House, Philippine School for the Deaf, National Federation of Women's Club.

Youth Organizations: YMCA******,

Sports Club: Manila Jockey Club, Manila Boat Club, Manila Polo Club, Manila Yatch Club, Wack Wack Golf & Country Club

Monuments: Walls of Intramuros, Legaspi and Urdaneta, Anda, Queen Isabella II, Carriedo Fountain, Rizal Monument, Bonifacio Monument, Carlos IV, Tomas Pinpin

Park and Gardens: The Luneta, Paco Park, Jardin Botanico

Plazas: Plaza Calderon, Plaza Cervantes, Plaza Goiti (Plaza Lacson), Plaza Liga Anti Imperialista, Plaza Arroceros or Plaza Lawton (Liwasang Bonifacio), Plaza Moraga, Plaza Miranda, Plaza Moriones and Plaza Roma.

Shrines: Mabini Shrine, Rizal Shrine, Ft. San Antonio Abad and Ft. Santiago.

* My granduncle, Director Luis A. Montilla, was responsible for the National Library's new building inagurated in 1961. He resigned as director of the National Library just prior to its inaguration to become the director of the Rizal Centennial Celebration. The inauguration of the Library's new building in 1961 was scheduled by Dir. Montilla to coincide with Rizal's Centennial Celebration.

** My grandmother Salvacion (and sister of Dir. Luis Montilla) grew up and was a teacher at Sta. Isabel before her marriage to my grandfather in 1927. Their sister, Adela Montilla Manibog, married prominent Ilocano Attorney and Columbian Gonzalo Manibog. Their son, Atty. Monty Manibog, became Mayor of Monterrry Park and was the first Asian American to become mayor of a U.S metropolitan city.

*** My granduncle, Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez, was a famous leprologist and director of San Lazaro Hospital during the 1940s thru the 1960s. Tala Leprosarium was subsequently renamed the Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in his honor. His wife is famous Philippine feminist Nieves Hidalgo whose sister, Pilar Hidalgo, was president of Centro Escolar University and was married to Gen. Vicente Lim. Former Philippine Central Bank Governor Jaime Laya is married to Alicia Sandoval, the niece of Nieves Rodriguez and Pilar Lim and daughter of their youngest sister, Concepcion Hidalgo Sandoval.

My father, Porfirio J. Callo, graduated from UST in 1957 and was trained by Dr. Rodriguez. He was a physician at San Lazaro from 1957 until 1969 when he left for the United States.

**** Imelda Romualdez Marcos's mother was reared by the nuns of the Asilo de Vicente de Paul.

***** Divisoria was owned by Teodoro Yangco of San Antonio, Zambales. Yangco is considered the Philippines's first philantropist. My great grandaunts, Amelia del Fierro Corpus and Soledad Verzosa (she owned Try-V-Tran Transport which subsequently became Victory Liner) were the majority heirs of Teodoro Yangco. Note*** This information was changed from Yanco to Yangco, a correction pointed out by Mr. Binondo. Thank you so much for pointing that out, Mr. Binondo! I truly appreciate it!! =)

***** My uncle, Antonio M. Rodrigu

01 - Jo Claravall - EDSA Plaza Shangri-La Garden Room - February 26, 2011

01 - Jo Claravall - EDSA Plaza Shangri-La Garden Room - February 26, 2011

Once again, Jo mesmerizes us with his magic!

This is also the first time we've shot a Jo event in EDSA Plaza Shangri-La Hotel. 8-)

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