SHORT HISTORY: First United Building, Escolta, Manila.
“When it was first built it was called the Perez Samanillio building. Designed by the architect Andres Luna de San Pedro (son of a painter, Juan Luna), it was and still is one of the most beautiful buildings on this street.
The Cojuangco family brought the building in 1964 and then opened the United Coconut Planters Bank here. Because of that, the building’s name was changed to the First United Building. In 1979, it was brought by the Sylianteng Family who were running the Berg Department Store in the building then.
You can learn about this building by visiting it as there is an in-house museum. “