Manila Mayor Isko Moreno flashes his signature #1 sign as he proudly poses in front of the refurbished Rotunda Anda during a visit over renovation works over the weekend.
MANILA – Renovation works at the Anda Circle is nearing completion and is touted to top Manila’s growing list of ‘selfie’ spots.
Workers said inauguration of Anda Circle or Rotunda Anda is slated first week of October.
Rotunda Anda serves as a roundabout on Bonifacio Drive for vehicles going to and from the Port Area, Navotas, Malabon and Roxas Boulevard.
On Sunday, Mayor Isko Moreno already visited and tested some whistles of the multi-million-peso fountain complete with multi-color dancing lights.
City engineer Armand Andres, city electrician Randy Sadac and department of public service chief Kenneth Amurao accompanied and assisted mayor Moreno.
Moreno expressed delight over the rehabilitation works done on the Anda Circle, which, just like many historical and heritage sites that the current city government has refurbished, also used to be smelly, dirty and totally neglected before.
The mayor lauded Amurao for having cleaned up the entire area which was filled with trash and feces courtesy of vagrants when he assumed office last year even as the circle also bore ugly signs of vandalism.
Aside from now being totally clean and no longer smells of urine and wastes, the mayor also commended the efforts of Andres in making the site look almost unrecognizable after undergoing much-needed rehabilitation works.
Andres said that through the efforts of Moreno, the Asian Terminals funded the fountain which will be the main attraction and new feature in the said rotunda. The fountain, it was learned, costs over P30million.
Apart from major landscaping, Andres said the obelisk was restored and repainted with the same color as the original. Lights were also installed there to illuminate the area for the benefit of motorists passing by at night.
The Anda Circle will not be gated and the size was retained, keeping its 360-degree feature unobstructed.
In it is a monument erected in honor of Simón de Anda y Salazar and his initiative in the resistance against the British occupation of Manila that started in 1762. Anda was Governor-General of the Philippines from 1770 to October 30, 1776.
His original monument was erected in 1871 near the Pasig River under the order of then Governor General Carlos Maria de la Torre but got heavily damaged during World War II when the Japanese occupied Manila, so that it was moved to its present location along Bonifacio Drive and had been transformed into a monument circle after the war.
Bonifacio Drive now serves as the main thoroughfare for trucks going to and from the Port of Manila.
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