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#338 Arroceros Forest Park

The Arroceros Forest Park is located near the MacArthur Bridge, next to the Manila Metropolitan Theater in downtown Manila.

The small park or garden is one of the few ‘green lungs’ in congested Manila and has drawn its share of  controversy when city officials attempted to close the park in preparation for plans to convert the lot for other uses.

Today the Arroceros Forest Park is a oasis of calm in downtown Manila. Although it was given to the City Schools of Manila Division during the term of Mayor Atienza, the park has recently been promised back by mayor-elect Mayor Lim to it’s former caretakers, the Winners Foundation.

 Environmentalists and Cultural Heritage advocates in Manila are delighted that the park can now be opened up to the public and that the foundation can once again continue their efforts to re-green a lot that was once occupied by an office building until the 1980’s.  (From: Various Internet sources)

Long live the Arroceros Forest Park!

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#248 Manila Central Post Office

The Manila Central Post Office is the central post office of the city of Manila, Philippines. It is the head office of the Philippine Postal Corporation, and houses the country’s main mail sorting-distribution operations.

Designed by Filipino architect Juan Marcos de Guzman Arellano, the post office building was built in neoclassical architecture in 1926. t was severely damaged in World War II, and rebuilt in 1946 preserving most of its original design.

It is located in the Intramuros district of the city, at the bank of the Pasig River. The front of the building faces the Liwasang Bonifacio plaza (now known as Plaza Lawton). The Manila Post Office Building form part of the modernisation of the heart of Manila during the American period where the emphasis is on monumental building styles. (Source: Wikipedia)

Mabuhay ang Manila Central Post Office building!

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#247 Manila Hotel

The Manila Hotel is a 570-room, five star hotel in Manila, Philippines, located at the Manila Bay area. The Manila Hotel is the oldest premiere hotel in the Philippines, built in 1909 to rival Malacañang Palace, where the Philippine president now lives, and opened in 1912. Built on 3.5 hectares (376,736.9 sq ft) of land along Roxas Boulevard, a part of the hotel was the residence of General Douglas MacArthur from 1935 to 1941.

Several foreign news organizations, including The New York Times also has offices at the Manila Hotel. Numerous historical persons and celebrities, including authors Ernest Hemingway, James A. Michener, U.S. President John F. Kennedy, The Beatles, King of Pop Michael Jackson, Actors Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and John Wayne, publisher Henry Luce, entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden, and many various world leaders were guests of the hotel. (Source: Wikipedia)

Mabuhay ang Manila Hotel!

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