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Architectural Guide

Bianca Weeko Martin

With additional contributions by Gerard Lico, Joshua SK Tan, Patrick Kasingsing, Aya Maceda, Edson G. Cabalfin, Neferti M. Tadiar


As the capital of a country that has been colonised the longest and among the earliest, ­Manila’s cityscape is the reflection of many different influences. This guide explores its architectural history through nearly 120 buildings described in detail: from the neoclassicism and art deco of the ­American occupation to the brutalist concrete under the auspices of the Marcos regime right through to the expressive ecclesiastical archi­tecture that serves the Philippines’ large ­Catholic population. Aimed at local architects, heritage activists, and students, as well as international travellers, the book also brings together a great variety of contributors. Essays feature voices from the ­Philippines and from the Filipino diaspora, from academia and from internet platforms. Another special feature is that the buildings presented include some vernacular and non-canonical architectural works that are known in popular culture, such as the site of the Ali vs. Frazier ‘Thrilla in Manila’ boxing match.


134 × 245 mm
280 pages

540 images

ISBN 978-3-86922-598-2


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