12/7/16

Santuario de San Antonio: The Catholic Hub of Upscale Makati

December is upon us once more. A time yet again for yuletide cheers, festive weddings, and everything else in between. To kick off this most anticipated month of the year, the Urban Roamer features today a Catholic church that is not only a favorite venue for masses (especially as simbang gabi is approaching) and weddings but has grown to become a prominent contemporary landmark in the metropolis in its own right, shaping the landscape, at least in the part of the city where it is located.

Today, let us explore and learn a bit more about that Catholic realm at the heart of upscale Makati, the Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park.

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11/28/16

A Monument Mural For Manila’s Hero

Bonifacio Day is around the corner, and the Urban Roamer would not be remiss if we do not pay tribute to the memory of this great and tragic figure in our history.

In the past Bonifacio Day editions of this site, the Urban Roamer has already visited the famed Monumento in Caloocan, the Bahay Nakpil-Bautista where his widow lived, and the Museo ng Katipunan in San Juan. For this year’s Bonifacio Day edition, it is time we look at another famed Bonifacio landmark in the City of Manila.

I am of course talking about the Bonifacio Monument and Mural located at Mehan Garden, right across the Manila City Hall.

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11/21/16

Marikorea: Marikina’s Korean War Memorial

Apart from the recent US Presidential Elections, another hot topic these days is the controversy behind the Supreme Court decision and the sudden burial of the late and controversial President Ferdinand Marcos. And it bears repeating here that the Urban Roamer is and will not be a venue to make an opinion on a highly-charged political issue like this one, so don’t even try your luck. Nevertheless, this issue provides an opportunity to write something today about valor, forgotten valor in this particular case.

This story of forgotten valor takes us today to the hilly part of Marikina called Marikina Heights where one can find a monument to revisit and remember a forgotten chapter in the Philippines’ postwar history: its participation in the Korean War that raged from 1950-1953. Continue reading

11/14/16

Trump In Manila: A Second Look At Trump Tower Manila

The recent 2016 US presidential elections and the surprise of a result the elections turned out to have has been a hot topic around the world even at the time this post is published. While the Urban Roamer’s policy of keeping political talk out of this site (more so political talk happening outside the country) remains firmly in place, it does, however, call for a revisit of a past article written in this site.

Back in 2014, the Urban Roamer wrote about the planned Century City township development in central Makati, a residential-commercial development project consisting of high-rise residential and office towers and a mall. One of those residential towers is something related to today’s topic: Trump Tower Manila. And as the original article did not really talk much about this structure on the rise, this seems to be a good time to talk about it in a bit more in-depth manner. Continue reading

11/7/16

The Iconic Church At Magallanes Village

Magallanes Village in Makati is known as that posh village that straddles along the busy chokepoint thoroughfares that are EDSA and Osmeña Highway/South Luzon Expressway. As such, it would be easy to not notice its presence, if not for the presence of an iconic landmark there: the Catholic parish church of St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, also known as the Magallanes Church.

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