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Charming old south, exciting new communities
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - September 15, 2008 - 10:35am
I travel south of Manila often because of my consultancy work and journalistic jaunts. Travel down SLEX is thankfully getting better as improvements to the highway are progressing well. Soon it will be as smooth...
Viaje del soul
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - May 5, 2007 - 12:00am
Summer is for escape and exploration — escape from the hot confines of the city and exploration of the rustic beauty that still exists in the Philippine...
Running for the river
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - April 28, 2007 - 12:00am
I never got to see that movie directed by Robert Redford, A River Runs Through It, which sparked an interest in fly-fishing in men (and a female craving for a pre-Angelina Brad Pitt).
Oscar Lopez climbs to wellness
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - April 14, 2007 - 12:00am
One of the things I hate most about my daily routine is waiting for elevators. There must be something really wrong with our National Building Code. I find that very few office buildings have elevator systems...
Oscar Lopez climbs to wellness
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - March 31, 2007 - 12:00am
One of the things I hate most about my daily routine is waiting for elevators. There must be something really wrong with our National Building Code. I find that very few office buildings have elevator systems...
Boundless city living
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - March 17, 2007 - 12:00am
Living in Manila can get you all mixed up and mangled. This is because people have to live in one place — that is, on the average two hours’...
Bloomin’, boomin’ Baguio
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - March 10, 2007 - 12:00am
Things have been heating up in Manila. No, I don’t mean the election fever — although all the political...
Delightful Davao
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - March 3, 2007 - 12:00am
My jaunts to the south are getting more fre-quent and why not? There’s much to dis-cover and write about. My latest trip was to Davao City, the capital for...
The Love Boats return
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - February 24, 2007 - 12:00am
Decades ago, in the magical, mystical era of martial law, Metro Manila had a rational metropolitan master plan with a proposed integrated light rail and air-conditioned bus mass transit system. The vision...
Green and blue cities
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - February 17, 2007 - 12:00am
Most modern cities developed from settlements along rivers or around ports. This was because waterborne craft were the prevalent mode of transport for people and freight. The cars and planes took over and...
Martyrs, monuments and modernity
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - February 10, 2007 - 12:00am
This is the third in the series of articles on the topic of "invisibility" that I started last December. That and a second article are still circulating on the Net mostly among Filipino architects...
Noni & Nemo at Club Noah
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - February 3, 2007 - 12:00am
2007 was off to a great but harried start for me. Pressures from editorial deadlines were now competing with pressures from my design consultancy work and my teaching load at the UP College of Architecture....
More architects speak up
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - January 27, 2007 - 12:00am
This week, I am continuing my series on "Invisible Architects." The original two articles printed in December were picked up by a number of blogs and apparently have been circulating on the Net....
Counting on the Hundred Islands
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - January 13, 2007 - 12:00am
I’m taking a break this week from my series on "Invisible Filipino Architects." The stream of feedback has not stopped. I will continue next week since recurring themes and issues have emerged...
Finding Filipino architects
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - January 6, 2007 - 12:00am
Icontinue to get e-mail feedback on the "Invisible Filipino Architects" piece I wrote before Christmas. That piece and the sequel last week seem to have hit a raw nerve with Filipino architects...
Looking for Filipino architects in 2007
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - December 30, 2006 - 12:00am
I received an amazing number of e-mails reacting to the piece "Where are the Filipino architects?" I’m sharing some of them to help paint a picture of what can be expected in the architecture...
Where are the Filipino architects?
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - December 16, 2006 - 12:00am
Last week was Philippine Architecture Week. The craziness that accompanies our Christmas season has, however, obscured the celebration of one of the most misunderstood and unappreciated fields of artistic...
Royal city
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - December 2, 2006 - 12:00am
I hope this Saturday finds everyone in one piece. As I write this, news of another super-typhoon, named "Reming," has just broken. With wind speeds close to 200 kph, the howler promises to put Metro...
Zooming in on Cebu
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - November 25, 2006 - 12:00am
Last week’s article brought a lot of feedback. Two of the several e-mails I received over the weekend reflect readers’ interest in how much cleaner and greener our cities were in the past.
Zoom, zoom, Cebu
by CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren - November 18, 2006 - 12:00am
I just got back from a quick trip to the Queen City of the South – Cebu. The place was abuzz with preparations for the ASEAN meet scheduled in early December. The short shuttle ride to my hotel took...
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