The Urban Roamer visited some of the venues in the metropolis tapped for the 30th Southeast Asian Games and see how well they were prepared for this milestone event.
Santolan Town Plaza and the Rise of the Community Malls
After decades of building big malls, some developers are learning to build smaller, conducive commercial spaces, one of them being the Santolan Town Plaza.
Museo El Deposito and the Origins of the Manila’s Waterworks System
Built in the area where the old water reservoir was located, the Museo El Deposito tells an often overlooked story of Manila's old waterworks system and the role it has played as an important facility fought upon by various forces.
Santuario del Santo Cristo: San Juan’s Original Church
The city of San Juan has a rich history in itself, dating back to the days of the Spanish colonial period when it was known before as San Juan del Monte or the town of St. John (the Baptist) of the mountain, owing to San Juan’s hilly elevation. Its storied past is something we will be getting to in the future from time to time but for starters, the Urban Roamer shall take you to the place where the city was born. Contrary to the belief of some, the church of San Juan we are referring to here is not the one located near Pinaglabanan, the one officially named St.…