MANILA – Another Instagram-worthy spot in this city was opened to the public by Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna Tuesday night at the Manila City Hall’s Freedom Triangle.
The two top city officials led the lighting ceremony of the actual frontage of the Manila City Hall located between Taft Avenue and Arroceros Street where the main entrance is found.
They were joined by Assistant secretary to the Mayor Letlet Zarcal, City Engineer Armand Andres, City Electrician Randy Sadac, Department of Public Services chief Kenneth Amurao, Special Mayor’s Reaction Team chief Maj. Jhun Ibay and Tourism chief Charlie Dungo.
Moreno lauded Andres and Sadac for a job well done, saying the new lighting effects highlighted the art deco and the beauty of the architecture that would greet northbound motorists as well as those who are walking in the area.
Apart from the words “CITY HALL” and “ERECTED 1939” the area also features a monument of the late Mayor Arsenio Lacson with a marker that describes him and the historic flagpole.
Upon orders of Moreno, Andres said they accentuated the City Hall façade with lighting to complement the newly-rehabilitated tower clock. It was also repainted at no cost to the city.
According to Sadac, LED lights and LED wallwashers were used in the said frontage while around City Hall, LED floodlights were utilized.
Likening the accent lighting done on the City Hall façade to various spots in Paris, Moreno said no one would have thought that the said area can become as beautiful as it has and even “Instagrammable,” with just the right kind of lights.
“Pareho lang sa Europe, meron silang technique. Iniilawan sa gabi para lumabas ang art deco. Luma pa rin pero may character and it speaks of history at ang architectural heritage, nade-depict sa ordinaryong tao,” Moreno said, adding that the walkway or sidewalk right beside the City Hall is now very well-lit.
“Maaliwalas na ang lakaran di na kailangang lumakad sa Lawton. Hindi na malalagay sa alanganin ang mga tao kapag gabi. Noong araw, ang mgatao takot maglakad dito dahil sa holdup. Ngayon wala nang magbabalak sa dami ng camera dito. Binigyan natin sila ng espasyo para maglakad sa loob na protected. Dire-diretso baba sa underpass,” Moreno said.
“Sa Paris nagpa-papicture tayo sa mga building. Ganyan itsura sa Paris eh akala mo ang ganda .. tamang ilaw lang me science sa ilaw sa kalye, ilaw sa building,” he added.
Pointing to the logos that accentuate the outside walls of the edifice, Moreno said that each of them has a meaning and the young architects can marvel at their sight and even study them. (AI/FCecilio/MTVN)
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