• Quezon City

    Overlapping Legacies: From Pantranco to Fisher Mall

    The area at the corner of Quezon Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City is an overlooked but important area in the city, and in the metropolis as a whole. That is because this particular area has been home to two landmark structures that have shaped the landscape of the city. The promise and decline of Pantranco The development of this area began by the late 1950s when it was chosen to be the site of the new and bigger Manila terminal of the Pangasinan Transportation Company, better known by its acronym Pantranco. Established in 1917, Pantranco started as a provincial operation that serviced passengers throughout Pangasinan. It eventually expanded…

  • Quezon City

    Lourdes Church: QC’s Other Transferee Church

    The Urban Roamer has talked about a few times about Intramuros’ past grandeur as the city’s, and the country’s, spiritual center. The “Vatican of the East” if you may, thanks in part to the dominating presence of eight Catholic churches in the Walled City. But as we all know, World War II changed drastically the landscape of this part of the city. And as far as those churches go, only one managed to remain largely intact: the San Agustin Church. Two of the churches were eventually rebuilt on their original sites, with one of those two only rebuilt just recently after decades in idle development. Two others were also rebuilt…