11/18/14

Manila’s Last Green Haven

One of the most unfortunate and frustrating aspects of Manila’s development in the last century is how rapid urbanization not only brought blight and decay to what were the city’s most prominent areas before but also shrank what was then a vast green space for the city’s urban lungs.

Thankfully, there are still some green spaces one can still refuge, located right in the heart of the city itself, the Arroceros Forest Park.

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08/24/14

The Twin Parks of Legazpi Village

Beyond the skyscrapers and the concrete structures that have been built all over the Makati CBD, and in the Legazpi Village area in particular, it is good to know that the provisions for needed green open spaces that help serve as natural lungs for a congested central business district have not been neglected.

And in the case of Legazpi Village, the area itself is served with not just one, but two public parks right in the heart of the district, catering to the different needs of its residents and others who visit there.

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04/5/14

Terra 28th: An Urban Playground and Much More

Talking about a playground in the middle of the concrete jungle which happens to be a major metropolitan commercial-business district is a sight as rare as a blue moon. But in the bustling Bonifacio Global City, (BGC) one can actually find such a sight within the green, open space called Terra 28th.

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03/2/14

BGC’s Track 30th: A Fitness Park In The City

One : of the perils of urbanization is the shrinking area being left available for open, green spaces where one can keep fit, unwind, or do whatever that you cannot afford to do in cramped concrete spaces. Unfortunately, some urban planners and developers tend to forget this aspect when they make their masterplans, thus denying these places of some breathing space.

Fortunately, it is not all a bleak scenario out there. Let this entry cite one such example, found in the midst of the bustling and ever-growing commercial-business district of Bonifacio Global City located in Taguig. (for now at least)

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11/8/10

Paco Park: from mournings to weddings

These days, you may find it weird that a park can be situated in an unlikely neighborhood of sorts, surrounded by buildings and commercial establishments, right in the middle of intersecting roads which make it look like a rotunda plaza. Despite how “unfriendly” the site of Paco Park is today, it holds so much historical and cultural value that it has deserved the needed attention and preservation, all the more so now as urbanization and the decay it has brought is a serious threat not only to the park’s landscape but throughout the city as well.

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