Heritage rape in Manila: Free Press building demolished, Binondo art-deco landmark to go down

Do we really need another high-rise in already crowded Chinatown? This was the question heritage advocate Ivan Man Dy posed following information that one of the very few remaining prewar structures in Binondo, Manila, was going to be demolished and replaced with another very tall building. The issue is the latest of a string of heritage conservation problems which have engulfed the city of Manila in the past years. Since 2013, Manila has seen the demolition of the old Meralco building, Admiral Hotel, old Philippine National Bank Building, Capitol Theater, Life Theater and Philbanking Building, to name a few, to give way to new developments which are mostly high-rise residen...

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