The First Office Towers of Manila

The First Office Towers of Manila The first office buildings that rose above the rooftops of Manila (aside from its many churches) were the El Hogar Building and Uy Chaco Building. The El Hogar Filipino Building was built in 1914, facing the Pasig River. The Neoclassical and Renaissance-inspired building was a wedding gift of Antonio … Read more

First Reinforced Concrete Building in Manila

First Reinforced Concrete Building in Manila The first building in Manilato use steel mesh reinforced concrete was the Olsen Building at the corner of Calle Escolta and Calle Nueva (Yuchengco street today). It was built in 1906 by the Manila Construction Company. The building housed several companies in its long history, such as the Kiosko … Read more

Gregorio Aglipay Shrine

Gregorio Aglipay Shrine One of the signatories of the Malolos Constitution, Aglipay was the first head of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (Philippine Independent Church) To fight against the Americans who invaded the province, Aglipay went to the thick forest of Pinili with some Filipino Soldiers whom he commanded to climb up tamarind trees in order … Read more

Casa Sunico

Casa Sunico Today, we celebrate the International Day for Monuments and Sites, also known as World Heritage Day. Yet ironically, there seems to be a mentality to ignore or, worse, demolish our built heritage instead of celebrating and protecting it. Such is the case of Casa Sunico in San Nicolas, Manila. Built in the 1880s, … Read more

The First Jose Rizal Monument

The First Jose Rizal Monument Today is Dr. Jose Rizal’s 157th Birthday! In honor of his birth anniversary, the Philippine Heritage Map is featuring the very first and oldest surviving Rizal Monument built in 1898 in Daet, Camarines Norte. You may want to read: What If Jose Rizal Escaped Execution? Arrest And Trial Of Jose … Read more