Saturday, September 13, 2008

pagoda of Quaipo

The Pagoda was built by Jose Mariano Ocampo in 1935 on the northern side of his vast estate, and was to house his realty office. A few years after its completion in 1939, World War II broke out and Pagoda was transformed into an air raid shelter. By the end of the war, while the rest of the city was razed and flattened to the ground, the Pagoda survived the bombings.  Although it retains much of its character the Pagoda is now in a dilapidated condition. Read more about this enchanting structure HERE

The Pagoda is now a boarding house and outsiders are not allowed to visit the inside of the Pagoda.  Too bad if we will let just this structure deteriorate.  I'm sorry if i dont give justice to this magnificent structure, for better photos do visit Sidney Snoeck's My Sari Sari Store.  

14 comments:

fortuitous faery said...

ngek...boarding house na lang? dapat naman ginawang historic landmark...sayang yung architecture.

Hilda said...

A boarding house?!! That's horrible! Can't we write to the Philippine Historical Commission or something? That is so sad.

Senor Enrique said...

I am yet to take pictures of this whimsical Quiapo landmark, though I pass by it every now and then.

I've linked this entry to an article I had just posted on Pinoy seamen.

Have a good day!

Sidney said...

Hi,
How are you?
Glad you keep it up.

Thanks for the plug.
Starting to lurk on several blogs now... but not completely ready to blog again...

Take care. Miss my visits here.

pusa said...

@fortuitos faery - sad diba, hopefully meron talagang tumulong para maayos

@hilda - sigh sana talaga yumaman na tayo noh para ma-fiannce natin ang restoration ng mga historical landmarks dito sa bansa!

@Senor Enrique - i'm surprised you dont have a photo of this pagoda yet!

yes. i've gathered that most of pagoda's tenants are seamen waiting for their ships to leave... thank you for the link :)

@sidney - i'm so happy you're back, lurking hehehe cant wait for your comeback i do miss your posts!!!

i couldn't stay away from blogging for too long hehehe

carlotta said...

saan ito exactly? been to quiapo pero di ko ito napapansin.

mike hansen said...

I remember this place. I used to live in quiapo. 700 block of Coromina St. to be exact. That directly behind Cartimar Near Recto... I used to see this magnificent Bldg. Kaya lang sayang sya, napabayaan na and no one seems to care na it has historical values...

Detective Michael Hansen
Baltimore Police Department
CID/SIS/ Child Abuse Unit
michael.hansen@baltimorepolice.org

BCS said...

Hay... parang naengganyo tuloy akong magdedicate ng isang hapon to rome around quiapo ;)

pusa said...

@carlotta - from san sebastian go to the bilibid viejo street, the street beside r.hidalgo, and then there is this another small street, i think its gonzalu puyat st. its at the end of that street,

or when your within the vicinity you can asked the resident where is the pagoda, it is well known in the area :)

pusa said...

@mike hansen - wow you really lived at the heart of manila :)

yes, sadly it is left to deteriorate :(

@BCS - you should, quiapo is a photographer's haven and even if you dont like taking pictures just seeing this old structures and the way of life is enough :)

Anonymous said...

My God!!! I remember this Medievel Castle when I was there growing up back in the 70s until the early 80s. It used to frighten me but after two and a half decades I am now facinated by this place. When I went back there in October 2006 after being gone for twenty five years just looking at it straigt just brings back old memories of my childhood. Is too bad nobody seems to care about this place because it is an absolute landmark of Quiapo. Quiapo will always remain part of my life no matter what.

NOVA said...

It's so sad to contemplate that such a piece had gone to waste....

heaven with no name said...

may i know what's the contact numbe of pagoda please... anyone

heaven with no name said...

does anyone here knows the contact number of pagoda pleaseeeeeee... ASAP

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