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Grime to gloss: Quiapo underpass revived

FRESH POLISH Opened in the 1960s, the country’s first pedestrian underpass no longer looks that old after a 10-month makeover. JOAN BONDOC

Closed off for 10 months, the Lacson Underpass in Quiapo, Manila, reopened on Tuesday after an extensive renovation and rebranding that gave the half-century-old pedestrian tunnel the look and feel of a mall.

Posted: October 15th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Metro,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Manila’s antique shops seek old glory through urban renewal

A ROOM full of curiosities at one of the few remaining antique shops in Manila’s Ermita district CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

They used to be among Manila’s top attractions, but antique and arts shops especially in the Malate and Ermita districts had lost much of their charm through the years, with the last few holdouts yearning for the good old days of selling old stuff.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

90-year-old Binondo building to be turned into call center

Binondo district in Manila’s Chinatown. Complaints about costly parking fees have prompted Mayor Alfredo Lim to sign a memorandum imposing lower parking rates, a few weeks after a meter system was launched in the district. PHOTO BY RICK ALBERTO

A 90-year-old building in Binondo, Manila, is set to house call center locators with the prospect of starting the ball rolling for the revival of the historic Escolta commercial district.

Posted: November 26th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »