11/11/14

Roundup Bits: JAKA Tower, Uber, and El Hogar

Some interesting news around the metropolis have developed recently. Let this roundup serve as an update to what has been going on.

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08/20/14

An Eyesore’s Removal and An Incompetent’s Non-Removal

This first bit of roundup news is, disclaimer, a news item yet to be confirmed by the party/ies in question. Nevertheless, it is something of a good news to start things off.

Reports say that Ayala Land is currently looking at possibly acquiring the “chaka” (Filipino gay lingo for cheap, though in this case, it’s more of an extravagant waste) Makati eyesore that is the  unfinished JAKA Tower along Ayala Avenue. (one cannot resist doing that “chaka” and “JAKA” wordplay, no?) Continue reading

03/2/13

Makati’s concrete eyesore: the JAKA Tower

Sometimes, no matter how beautiful or well-planned an area is, there will be eyesores that will stick out like sore thumbs thus ruining the landscape. To be fair, these structures were not meant to be built as such, but their continued existence is something that bugs a lot of people not just because of aesthetics but for safety reasons too.

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One example is the unfinished JAKA Tower along Ayala Avenue which originally had some grand ambitions to be the tallest building in the country. It was supposed to house the offices of the JAKA group, a company connected to the family of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. Construction began in 1996 and was supposed to be completed by 1999. Continue reading