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Erap rejects MMDA chair’s proposal on Escolta revival

Joseph Erap Estrada

A proposal from the chief of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to create a national body to revive Escolta—once the capital’s premier commercial district—didn’t sit well with former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

Posted: May 17th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Creation of body to revive interest in Escolta pushed

Escolta: Once fashionable. INQUIRER.net file photo

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino has proposed the creation of the Escolta Redevelopment Administration to help revive the area and turn it into Manila’s transport, tourism, business and culinary heritage hub.

Posted: May 13th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

River ferry service hopes to boost interest in Escolta

Following a meeting with Manila heritage groups on Tuesday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is looking into having a key role in the “urban renewal” of Escolta through the recently revived Pasig River ferry system, MMDA Planning Officer Rey Lunas said in the agency’s Sunday radio show.  GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

What started out as a simple commuting alternative is now turning out to be a possible boost for tourism.

Posted: May 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pasig ferry starts April 28


It’s all systems go for the reopening of the Pasig River ferry system on April 28.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Did you know

By virtue of Act No. 2612 of the Philippine Commission, the Philippine National Bank (PNB) was established on Feb. 4, 1916 to replace the small government-owned Agricultural Bank. Its first head office was the Masonic Temple on Escolta, then known as the Wall Street of the Philippines. H. Parker Willis, an American, was the bank’s first president. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »