andrecityKjerrimyr Rodrigo Andrés is a happy 17 year-old Filipino political science student from Ateneo de Manila University.


I blog about Manila, urbanism, and everything else in between. Manila is my playground and I stand for heritage conservation, responsible and sustainable urban planning, and better quality of life for my fellow Filipinos.

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It’s quite rare to spot lush, green spaces in Manila. They’re usually located in tiny parks or in private areas, as if they almost don’t exist at all. Uncontrolled urban sprawl has diminished open spaces where people could enjoy. This is Plaza Moriones, just in front of Fort Santiago. If ever future mayors of Manila would like to create big parks in Manila, they have to demolish houses and buildings for these open spaces, which means major reconfigurations of the city, and these require intense political will.

It’s quite rare to spot lush, green spaces in Manila. They’re usually located in tiny parks or in private areas, as if they almost don’t exist at all. Uncontrolled urban sprawl has diminished open spaces where people could enjoy. This is Plaza Moriones, just in front of Fort Santiago. If ever future mayors of Manila would like to create big parks in Manila, they have to demolish houses and buildings for these open spaces, which means major reconfigurations of the city, and these require intense political will.

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Katipunan traffic 7:52 AM via @MMDA

Katipunan traffic 7:52 AM via @MMDA

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Moro Lorenzo Football Field, Ateneo de Manila University

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Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) opened intersections in place of u-turn slots to solve traffic in Katipunan Avenue (C5). What people experienced early this morning, which is probably going up until now, is probably the worst traffic Katipunan has ever experienced. Many students and teachers from the Ateneo were unusually late, although many said that this would be only a transition period. I honestly believe that this worse state of traffic will last until the general improvement of traffic in Metropolitan Manila. MMDA should stop doing band-aid solutions like truck lanes and re-configuring of roads. It should be given more power, probably as a governor-like position in Metropolitan Manila, for them to implement longer-lasting solutions that subscribe to public transportation, bicycling, and pedestrianization.

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[SATIRE] DMCI to Advertise Projects on Philippine Banknotes
MANILA, Philippines — DMCI Homes announced today a joint collaboration between the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) that would see the release of new banknotes promoting various projects of the real estate developer.
“The media exposure of Torre De Manila that resulted in widespread public awareness of our project prompted us to look for more unique ways to desecrate national figures,” said DMCI president Isidro Consumi.
(source)

[SATIRE] DMCI to Advertise Projects on Philippine Banknotes

MANILA, Philippines — DMCI Homes announced today a joint collaboration between the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) that would see the release of new banknotes promoting various projects of the real estate developer.

“The media exposure of Torre De Manila that resulted in widespread public awareness of our project prompted us to look for more unique ways to desecrate national figures,” said DMCI president Isidro Consumi.

(source)

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Imagine NAIA as a park. 

With the plans of relocating the airport of Manila to Cavite, the future of NAIA would be an interesting case of urban redevelopment in Metropolitan Manila. Videos showing general redevelopment plans for Metropolitan Manila for the future shows NAIA as a new central district or as a relocation site for informal settlers.

My proposed solution to the redevelopment of NAIA, however, is its possible transformation to become a public park. Here are my reasons:

  1. Manila obviously needs large green spaces. Luneta is relatively small and La Mesa Park is on the edge of Quezon City. NAIA could be worth more than five square kilometers of trees and open space. When Metro Manileños need to unwind, they go to the mall, but isn’t going to the park a better alternative? It would be nice to instill a sort of park culture to citizens.
  2. The park would be an environmental bonus to the city. First of, it is near Manila Bay. Flooding in the south could be mitigated if something like this green space could take in the floodwater. It would also function as larger lungs to replenish the air in the metropolis. For a city in a tropical country and by having a very hot micro-climate, this park would be a gamechanger. 
  3. Ninoy Aquino would be given a fitting monument if his place of assassination could be turned into an open and hallowed space. The National Historical Commission could put a historical marker there and it could be public so that the more people would be more aware of it and visit place the where history happened first hand.
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Stressful commuting in Manila.

Stressful commuting in Manila.

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