05/30/14

Library Roaming: The Ortigas Foundation Library

Part of being a possible volunteer for the Wikimedia Philippines’ Philippine Heritage Mapping project is the research work that needs to be done not only to gather information on the landmark you will be writing about in Wikipedia, but also finding the sources of such information that can be used as a solid foundation of sorts for that article in the sense that those sources that will be cited are reliable and thus, verifiable.

In the course of such research that I have been doing, I found myself visiting again a haunt that I sometimes visit during my student days, the Ortigas Foundation Library.

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the Ortigas Foundation Library is located on the 2nd floor of the Ortigas Bldg. at the corner of Ortigas and Meralco Avenues.

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01/19/14

The Uncommon Capitol Commons

Last time I wrote about the area once known as the second site of the Rizal Provincial Capitol, it was all fenced out as the Ortigas & Company (the owners of the property that was originally donated to the Rizal Provincial Government but was reverted to them by the deed of donation) was laying the groundwork for future development in the area.

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Here we are almost two years later, and we are now seeing that development christened as the Capitol Commons taking shape. At this time of writing, there are still significant portions of the complex that have not yet been completed like the mall and the residential buildings. But from what I’ve seen, this is one development that bears promise.

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02/11/13

Some quick love in the city: Pasig’s “motel row”

True to the “mission” of The Urban Roamer’s Journal, this blog strives to document whatever sight the metropolis has to offer. That means documenting even those places that can be considered “offensive” to one’s moral and religious feelings and risk being jailed. Then again, my “offensive” post from two years back about the “motel row” in Santa Mesa earned the distinction to be the second most read entry in the blog. Due to the popularity and the clamor, the Urban Roamer is “pressed” to write this year’s edition for my “Some quick love in the city.”

It’s the Valentine season once more, and for this occasion, this roamer finds himself at another popular “motel row” in the metropolis, located at the hilly terrains of Pasig City.

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the “Pasig motel row” neighborhood

To be precise, this area straddles along the barangays of Oranbo and Bagong Ilog, Pasig’s commercially-thriving barangays. Yet despite the growing bustling activity, it is still largely a quiet neighborhood that serves as refuge from the frenzy of the urban jungle, particularly the busy commercial-business district of Ortigas Center located right next door.

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With the environment and the topography taken into consideration, I suppose there should be no doubt why this part of Pasig seems to be a favored place for businesses like hotels/motels to set up their establishments here. It could be argued that the Pasig motels have a bit more “prestige” compared to its Santa Mesa counterparts, thanks to the presence of not one, but two motels belonging to a popular and quite prestigious motel chain.

Other than that, the businesses here follow the same formula as its competitors in the Santa Mesa area: promoting through bold letters in their advertisements while offering a certain level of privacy to its guests, whatever their guests have in mind to stay for a while in their establishments.

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It’s also good to know that despite the not-so-positive perception on motel establishments, the establishments here strive to put a positive spin to their image by offering something different for its customers. Whether it is through offering themed rooms which can be used for parties and other social events or through its menu, the motel we know is striving to go beyond perceptions and hopefully become more known than just a place for short stay regardless of the intents involved.

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05/19/12

the modern Pasig City Center

So much has changed in Pasig in recent years, especially since it attained cityhood in 1995. The Pasig City Center itself should give the visitor a glimpse of those changes that affected the cityscape’s nature.

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Of course not everything has been a smooth ride to development, so to speak. The onslaught of the typhoon Ondoy in 2009 which submerged significant parts of the city in high floods was no simple bump on the road but something which drastically changed the course of Pasig’s development. Despite the damage Ondoy has done, one positive aspect of this calamity was that it provided an opportunity for the city to realign its development program in a more environmentally-sustainable thrust. The city center itself is a showcase also of the city’s drive towards green development Continue reading

05/9/12

The historic Pasig town center, Part 2

What made Pasig thrive in the olden days was the bustling commerce especially along the riverbanks. Apart from the presence of the Pasig and Marikina rivers, a number of tributaries also contributed to Pasig’s growth. One of those tributaries would be the river flowing across the town center, the one locals call the “Bitukang Manok” or “chicken’s intestines” due to the river’s wormlike shape.

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It was also known as the Pariancillo River, and in its heyday, the river served not only as a center for trade but also an important transport route as it served to link the town to Antipolo. Bitukang Manok would more importantly play a role in history when it was chosen as the site of the Asemblea Magna, (the great assembly) a large gathering of 17 bancas boarding the hundreds of members of the Katipunan movement called upon during the first week of May, 1896 by the Supremo Andres Bonifacio and a Cavite leader named Emilio Aguinaldo. (yes, they were chummy back in those days) What made this gathering significant was that it formalized the intent of the movement to wage an armed struggle against the Spaniards for Philippine independence. Continue reading