Then and Now – Puerta de Santa Lucia
Posted by BCS on October 21, 2008
According to the Intramuros Administration website, Puerta de Santa Lucia was:
“Built in 1603, this gate has two side chambers, one with steps leading to a dungeon-like cell that served as a septic tank. It led directly to Malecon Drive, a popular promenade ground, through a cobblestone bridge which was excavated and restored by IA.”
On my way to this gate, with a print out of an old map of Intramuros in my hand, I couldn’t stop myself from wondering if this gate still exists as I’ve never been to that area before… or so I thought.
But my map led me to an area which was quite familiar to me…
My wife and I had been there before! That was before we got married… when Senator Richard Gordon was still Secretary of Tourism… when “WOW Philippines” was (in my opinion) at its best… when the area around Puerta de Santa Lucia was bustling with life and activity…
Sadly, it’s now a ghost town…
The huge white tent that’s presently occupying the site of the original Ateneo de Manila is now dark and quiet.
The ruins of the church across it are now closed to the public (not that there’s anything left in it to see but it used to be the venue of Bonzai exhibits)… and the statues in front of it have been defaced.
The streets are now dead quiet, whereas before it was impossible for one to move about without brushing one’s shoulders with those of others.
Note on the use of the old photograph:
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