The Manila City Hall
Posted by BCS on December 5, 2008
I used to frequent the Manila City Hall (particularly in various engineering/planning/public works offices) when I was still in college in search of materials for our projects, rummaging through piles of dusty blue prints usually.
With proper identification (i.e., school ID), access to those materials was fairly easy. I would usually be pointed to a certain corner of the office where bundles of blueprints are “stored” (by “stored” I mean unsystematically stacked in several columns on the floor to about the height of my waist, such that the heap looked like it would soon be sold to the junkshop or the “mambobote”) and be allowed to dig through the pile on my own to my heart’s content.
How I miss those days…
It’s really nice that the structure is regularly maintained and repainted… However, it’s quite obvious that the structure is filled beyond the maximum capacity it was designed for, such that several makeshift offices can be found along the hallways and other spaces. And those makeshift offices are placed/built in such a way that the interior of the building has practically turned into what seems like a three dimensional maze.
More information on the Manila City Hall can be found on Señor Enrique’s blog.