Bandera Filipina

This painting (Bandera Filipina) is both the first known artistic depiction of the Philippine Flag and the last known dated work of art by Juan Luna before his death from cardiac arrest in Hong Kong on December 7, 1899. It was made as a “souvenir” to Dr. Ferdinand Blumentritt, the very close friend (as Luna … Read more

Carmen Apartments – Malate

Carmen Apartments – Malate Located along Roxas Boulevard (Dewey Boulevard). The apartment building, designed in the International style was built in 1958 and was designed by Architect Carlos Arquilles. The building was owned by the Ongsiako Family whose matriarch was the inspiration for the name of the apartment. The building is currently being demolished, to … Read more

Sy-Quia Apartments – Malate

Sy-Quia Apartments – Malate Located along Calle M.H. del Pilar. Composed of two complexes, namely the North and South Sy-Quia Apartment Buildings. Built in 1936 with Art-Deco and Bauhaus elements. At six floors, the building provided excellent views of Manila Bay and the surrounding Malate area. As of 2024, both buildings are still standing, albeit … Read more

Plaza Rajah Sulayman – Malate

Plaza Rajah Sulayman – Malate The main plaza of Malate is located between Roxas Boulevard and Malate Church. In the early Spanish period, the plaza was bordered by the sea to the west and the church to the east. Gradually, several structures were built on the plaza, including a school, which cut the size of … Read more

Ramon Magsaysay Center – Malate

A Brutalist style tower located along Roxas Boulevard corner Quintos Street. The Ramon Magsaysay Center was designed by Alfredo J. Luz and Associates and was built in 1967. At 18 floors, the building became the tallest structure in Manila until 1968. The building was designed like a tree, with its lower floors composed mainly of … Read more