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It's always upbeat in Uptown
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - May 6, 2019 - 12:00am
Uptown Bonifacio is a complete urban district that's a cut above the rest, and lives up to the goal of an integrated live-work-play concept, a signature of all Megaworld’s developments.
A mangled metropolis
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - October 7, 2006 - 12:00am
Images of typhoon Milenyo’s destruction filled the papers and TV screens over the weekend. The large number of billboards that collapsed – causing destruction of property, widespread mayhem and death –...
Kissed by the sun
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - September 30, 2006 - 12:00am
No matter how gloomy it gets in Manila, it is always good weather around Mount Makiling in Laguna. If it gets too hot in Manila, a refreshing shower always seems to appear every time I hit the end of the SLEX. When...
Christmas of sacrifice
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - December 24, 2005 - 12:00am
It’s Christmas tomorrow! I hope that by now you’ve sent all your cards and gifts after sacrificing your sanity to brave the overcrowded malls and bumper-to-bumper traffic. My article last week featured...
A baffled city 2
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - September 10, 2005 - 12:00am
As our political situation gets more and more baffling, my preoccupation with sun baffles and building louvers is increasing, too. At the least it has diverted my attention to architectural design rather than to...
State of the Palace
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - August 6, 2005 - 12:00am
There has been one constant national address in the last century and a half of Philippine history – Malacañang Palace. No other physical representation or solid symbol of our government has lasted as...
Images of cities: Erasing center and periphery
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - June 4, 2005 - 12:00am
We are in the epoch of simultaneity. – Michel Foucault One of the characteristics of modern life is the constant exposure to the realities of not just where we live but where everyone else lives. Twenty-four-hour...
Cagayan Valley adventure
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - September 11, 2004 - 12:00am
The best way to learn about Philippine architecture is to experience it. The best way to learn about Philippine architectural history is to go back in time and visit the structures and places that have shaped and...
The color of traffic
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - September 4, 2004 - 12:00am
Floods generate traffic. Last week, torrential rains made the metropolis a traffic nightmare with gridlocked roads that followed clogged esteros. This led to accidents, most publicized of which was an actor’s...
The Intercon at 35
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - August 21, 2004 - 12:00am
Driving in traffic-free Highway 54 (EDSA) in the late 1960s, you could always tell you’ve arrived in modern Makati once the Hotel Inter-continetal Manila was sighted. The fact that it bore the name Manila always...
Architecture Of Power
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - June 21, 2003 - 12:00am
There are only a few books on Philippine architecture or design that have been published. Most of the recent ones have been style books focusing on contemporary, mostly interior design and residential architecture....
Trees In The City
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - June 14, 2003 - 12:00am
I received a lot of feedback from last Saturday’s piece on the trees of Katipunan. Most of them were concerned about the impending loss while recognizing the monstrous traffic problem on Katipunan Avenue and...
Katipunan kontraversy
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - June 7, 2003 - 12:00am
Despite the return of sunny skies, it looks like we will all be swimming in a flood of controversies and the usual problems of the season. The next few months will bring to our extremely short-spanned communal attention...
Seas and cities of disaster
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - May 31, 2003 - 12:00am
In the Philippines, you can tell the changing of the seasons by the disasters. Long summers suddenly end with ferry boat sinkings. Monsoon rains and typhoons conspire to tell one and all that school is about to start....
Jeepney jive
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - May 24, 2003 - 12:00am
(Conclusion) Last week, we took a ride that brought us to the origins of the most colorful contribution to transportation technology and popular culture we have given the world – the jeepney. This week, we...
Jeepney jive
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - May 17, 2003 - 12:00am
One of the icons of Filipino pop culture is the country’s "most noble and ever loyal" transport vehicle – the jeepney. It is celebrated in song (as in Hotdog’s Manila which makes mention...
Diliman delights
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - May 10, 2003 - 12:00am
Life in today’s terror-filled world is oftentimes frightening. Wars come and go but now, we face unseen threats of disease from globe-trotting viruses. But this situation is not entirely new. We all faced similar...
Balara: Swimming in heritage
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - May 3, 2003 - 12:00am
I have never remembered Manila to be as hot in the summer as it is now. You could make pancakes on the pavement on any given day over these past few weeks. But, I found respite though, at least for a day, when I...
(Re)Building A Nation
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - April 5, 2003 - 12:00am
I know many of you are sleepless from monitoring the progress of the war in Iraq. Like me, many of you feel "embedded" to your television screens or radios. But life goes on and the humanitarian effort...
Beauty Or Blight?
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - March 29, 2003 - 12:00am
Aside from the issue of noise pollution, I received much feedback from readers about billboard blight. Most expressed concern that billboards are getting or have gone out of hand. Some have given examples such as...
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