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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Lawton Stopover: A Walk From City Hall to the Post Office

Park n Ride Lawton: The famous stopover of public transportation vehicles going to Manila.
If you are going to Manila from Cavite or in Alabang, the Park & Ride Station or simply called as Lawton is the final stop for passengers. From Lawton, you can ride a jeepney or taxi if you are going to other places in Metro Manila. While waiting for the jeepney, you can see a lot of distinct landmarks such as prime universities, government offices and historical buildings around the area from Taft Avenue to Padre Burgos Street.
Manila City Hall
First, we have the Manila City Hall. It was established in 1939 and the city hall was designed and planned by Antonio Toledo. The trees around the city hall was planted by Mayor Ramon Bagatsing during his administration in the early seventies. The clock tower is the trademark for Manila and its city hall. The architecture is also striking because of its hexagonal tower with red-faced clock and the building floor plan is similar to the shield of the Knight's Templar. [1] Beside the City Hall, there is a road called Lagusnilad. You cannot pass on this tunnel because it was extremely flooded during the rainy season.
Bonifacio Memorial Shrine
Adjacent to the City Hall is the Bonifacio Memorial Shrine. It was designed by Eduardo Castrillo and the monument depicts the highlights of the 1896 Philippine Revolution. In addition, the flags of the Philippine Revolution was surrounded the monument. From the monument, I decided to walk to the hustling yet smooth streets of Lawton to another landmark which is an old theater.
Metropolitan Theater
The Metropolitan Theater is an old theater in Manila which was built in 1931 and closed in 1996. It has an Art Deco design and planned by Juan M. Arellano. It has a capacity of 1670 (846 in orchestra, 116 in loge, 708 in balcony). It was destroyed during the liberation in Manila in 1945 but restored in 1978. Aside from Metropolitan Theater, there are other theaters which was very popular during the Spanish and American period but it was closed as the years passed.[2] 
Manila Post Office facing the Liwasang Bonifacio.
From Metropolitan Theater, I walked to Liwasang Bonifacio to visit the iconic Manila Central Post Office Building. Built in 1926 and designed by architect Juan M. Arellano. It is one of the beautiful places in the area because of the wide space, the verdant trees and the gushing bliss of the fountain in front of the post office.

Therefore, these buildings reflect the colorful past of our country. Although the urbanization is growing fast, the historical landmarks in Manila will serve as an identity of being Filipinos in some aspects. After I visited these historical buildings in a walking tour along the streets of Lawton, I am ready to go to the next place, the Walled City of Intramuros.

You can read also A Walk in the Historical Fortress, a blog entry that tells about my visit in Fort Santiago.

Date of Travel: February 12, 2012

Footnote:
1, 2 - http://www.wikipedia.org

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