I am so happy because of all the foreign aid that my country is receiving, but I really hope those donations go to rescue and relief ops and not the pockets of our greedy politicians. Days after the storm, we’re still not seeing the government presence in the affected areas. However, there seems more aid coming from civilian groups. Once again most of the relief efforts are coming from the private sector.
POSSIBLE DEMOLITION OF CAPITOL THEATER BUILDING ON ESCOLTA
The Heritage Conservation Society has heard from a reliable source that the Capitol Theater Building on Escolta is about to be demolished to give way to a high-rise building. Plans are allegedly already being prepared and the developer is reportedly not concerned about the value of this cultural masterpiece, the work of National Artist for Architecture Juan Nakpil, and thus subject to the protection of the NCCA.
Designed and built in the mid-1930s, the structure is one of the country’s prime examples of Art Deco. The building also serves to demonstrate how Escolta has served as the canvass of the artistic and professional evolution of some of the country’s greatest architects. Juan Nakpil was lieutenant to Andres Luna de San Pedro during the design and construction of the Perez Samanillo Building further up the street, and had come unto his own professionally when he designed the Capitol Theater, and was at the helm of a team that included Victorio Edades, Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Galo Ocampo and Francesco Monti.
The Capitol Theater Building is of supreme patrimonial value and must be protected by the state. This is not to say that no development can happen here. What we mean to underscore is simply one of the key tenets of the Heritage Law: that any intervention with a structure of this cultural value must be performed with sensitivity and care, and with the review and approval of the relevant cultural agency. In this case, being the work of a National Artist for Architecture, the Capitol Theater Building is under the protection of the NCCA.
We urge all concerned citizens to write their expressions of support for the protection of the Capitol Theater Building to the NCCA, and to the city government of Manila. It would be the city government of Manila that has the authority to issue the demolition permit.
I will scream if they demolish this building to build another mini mall.
brings the dawn in
it’s just a restless feeling
by my side
it’s all the wasted years
so close behind
and I’m falling
I’ve got a feeling
I don’t want to know
it’s all the streets you’ve crossed
not so long ago
watch out the world’s behind you
there’s always someone around you
who will call
it’s nothing at all
Sunday Morning by the Velvet Underground is one of my favorite songs. I was really bummed out about Lou Reed passing away. May we all remember him for what he did and how great he did it. I’ll miss him.
David Gilmour has never been afraid to speak his mind. In a 2011 interview with the National Post, he admitted wanting to “beat the living s–t” out of a critic who’d given him a bad review and spoke at length about how much he hated socializing with fellow Canadian authors, whom he labelled “insecure.” His words have finally come back to haunt him. On Wednesday, Hazlitt, an online magazine published by Random House of Canada, posted a story by Emily M. Keeler — who, full disclosure, writes reviews for the Post — about the 63-year-old Gilmour, who spent over a decade working for the CBC as a film critic and arts reporter. In the article, about his bookshelves, Gilmour said, among other things, that “I’m not interested in teaching books by women” and “I don’t love women writers enough to teach them, if you want women writers go down the hall. What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys.” Gilmour, whose latest novel, Extraordinary, was recently longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, tried to explain himself to Books Editor Mark Medley. (Photo: Della Rollins for National Post)