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Then and Now – The Ayuntamiento

Posted by BCS on October 29, 2008


The Ayuntamiento in 1902 - Photo courtesy of the University of Michigan Library (http://www.lib.umich.edu/)

The Ayuntamiento today (Photo taken on September 27, 2008)

The Ayuntamiento today (Photo taken on September 27, 2008)

It has been said that the Ayuntamiento was once THE grandest and most majestic structure in the whole of Intramuros.

According to Traveler on Foot’s post entitled “The Nostalgic Plaza Roma”, it was in this building where the Spanish Governor General Fermin Jaudenes and American General Wesley Merrit signed official change of colonial power.

This building was also the venue of the first session of the First Philippine Assembly which was held in October 19, 1907.

It’s sad that it’s left in its “ruined” state up to now considering that the late President Marcos issued a Letter of Instruction in 1979 ordering for the Ayuntamiento to be “restored, as much as possible to conform to their appearance during the Spanish Regime”. The LOI also ordered for the structure to be “estored as much as possible to their original condition, with particular attention to the Marble Hall, the staircase and vestibule, the former Session Hall of the Supreme Court and the former offices of the Governors-General.”

More information about the Ayuntamiento can be found on http://intramuros2007.wordpress.com.

Note on the use of the old photograph:

From the University of Michigan Library website:

“Users are free to cite and link to digital content without asking for permission.

“Users are free to download, copy, and distribute works in the public domain without asking for permission. To determine whether a work is in the public domain, see the section on the public domain of the Copyright & Fair Use site of Stanford University Libraries.”


4 Responses to “Then and Now – The Ayuntamiento”

  1. achiemoon said

    sayang naman 😦

  2. BCS said

    You can say that again! 😦

  3. omar d. senia said

    I see this building every time, and i wonder why the government would disregard such a historic edifice that embodies our nationhood and pride. I will not be surprised if one day the remains of this history would be demolished and sold or leased as commercial establishment. If the government does not value our past it wont be a surprise that the new generation will not value our history and our culture.

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