For people outside the Philippines or who don’t have the time to visit Intramuros, we have a treat for you: Pamana, a project that aims to document in 360 immersive technology all heritage structures within the Philippines, shot a series of 360 degree photos in Intramuros, the historic walled city in Manila.
The impressive series of photos shows Old Manila in all its glory: the Manila Cathedral, Plaza de Roma, the San Agustin Church Complex, Baluarte de San Diego, the Fort Santiago Gate, and many more.
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Everything looks different from a higher perspective. Offhand and wishful thinking, perhaps we can convert the golf course into a park, an urban farm, or a botanical garden similar to SG’s Gardens by the Bay? Elevated walkways can then be connected to Luneta as well as to the National Museum and Planetarium.
A lot of the rooftop spaces can be turn into pocket gardens or with solar panel installations; candidate buildings like the Palacio de Gobernador, Ayutamiento, Manila Bulletin Buildings, and Mapua Institute of Technology to name a few.
The Maestranza area can be developed. It’s a great place for a long-overdue maritime museum, being near the galleon marker and the historic Pasig River. The parking can be integrated at the ground level.
Lastly, if you take a look at the Falsabraga de Media Naranja scene, you can see the scores of trailer trucks exiting the North Harbor, almost at a standstill on the southbound side of the Delpan Bridge. Methinks the ports has to be relocated, either to Batangas or Bataan and be connected by rails instead for a more efficient transport.
Intramuros played a crucial role in Philippine history. It was the original city of Manila, and was the seat of government during the Spanish period. Walls were constructed in the 16th century to protect the city against foreign invaders.
During World War II, the city was heavily damaged during the Battle of Manila. In 1951, it was declared a National Historical Monument, which spurred reconstruction.
In 2010, the Global Heritage Fund included Intramuros as one of the 12 worldwide sites “on the verge” of irreparable loss and destruction.
For the rest of the photos, visit Pamana’s website at www.pamana.ph.
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