Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Torre De Manila: Ang Pambansang Photobomber ng Pilipinas?
Nowadays, you'll get bullied online if you have a sentiment conflicting to the majority. You can raise an opinion but expect a lot of bashing afterwards.
It's just like saying you hate Manny Pacquiao, you'll end up being attacked by a mob because there are so many die-hard fans of the Pacman that can bury you deep down from all the trash comments that will create a thread as long as the Great Wall of China.
Such is the issue about DMCI's Torre De Manila. When popular online personalities such as Carlos Celdran actively urges everyone to go against the completion of the building because it destroys more than just a view.
When we take a glimpse of the monument of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, the sight of the condominium is not really a pleasant sight. The photo taken will no longer be great for your album or postcard. It's no longer as Instagrammable as before. Torre De Manila has become the glaring photobomber of the Rizal monument - The Pambansang Photobomber ng Pilipinas.
The Supreme Court has spoken. The temporary restraining order starts immediately. Oral arguments on the case will start on June 30. Thus the cranes has stopped moving, the construction has temporarily stopped.
It's appalling that it was allowed to be built and reached such a level of completion in the first place. The construction shouldn't have been started in the first place without any input from the local government. But the fight is not over yet not until it will not be called the "Pambansang Photobomber." A long legal battle is not what we want here. The longer the case drags, the longer the eye sore and desecration stays. Should it be decided quickly and hopefully demolished right away?
Have you seen Manila lately? In the 90s you can basically count the condos within the Ermita area. Now every block in Ermita/Malate almost has a condo unit. One condo unit less won't hurt Manila, especially something that is an eye sore.
DMCI could've built a smaller condo out of respect to our national hero's monument by not obstructing the view but they chose to build a higher one for the profit. Thus it is more appropriately called Terror De Manila.
It's the moral of our culture, lost as it seems, that we need to hold on to despite what little prestige of it we have left!
*Photo Credit to Ace Valenzuela and Tiny Pojarda