Get to Know Anda, the Historical Landmark the Gov't Plans to Demolish
Choose Philippines | Sep 12, 2014
The government’s obsession in chipping off marks of our history strikes yet again.
With downtown Manila’s seemingly intractable problem on traffic congestion, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) now plans to demolish Anda Circle for better traffic flow especially to and from the port area.
Though there are no sure plans yet, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) recommends the transfer of the Anda Monument, the Circle's centerpiece, to Maestranza Plaza inside Intramuros.
But do you know that this relocation isn't the first time for Anda?
Some fast facts about this important structure:
1) Gateway to the historic city
Anda Circle is a roundabout and interchange system at the junction of Bonifacio Drive and Andres Soriano Avenue (formerly Calle Aduana). With its location at the boundary of Intramuros and the Port Area, it serves as an iconic vanguard to the Walled City.
2) Topped with a star
The circle has two levels of octagonal enclosures which form the perimeter of the Anda Monument.
(Photo credit: popartmachine)
3) Anda: hero among the colonizers
The Monument was constructed in honor of Simón de Anda y Salazar, the appointed governor-general of the Philippines from 1770 to 1776. He led the resistance against the British occupation of Manila in 1762 when he was still the lieutenant governor.
(Photo credit: John T. Pilot's photostream via nostalgiafilipinas.blogspot.com)
4) Anda: his three-fold bravery
During President Carlos P. Garcia's speech during the turnover rites of the Anda Monument on June 8, 1957, he cited additional two episodes in Philippine history when the Spanish governor-general defended the Filipinos from injustices and despotism. *
The second episode was when Simon de Anda “fearlessly denounced the oppression and abuses committed against the Filipinos in the name of the Spanish sovereign” upon his acceptance of the position as governor-general.
His third crusade was his fight for the rights of Filipino priesthood. “He advanced the secularization movement by ordering that the parishes be vacated by regular religious orders and turned over to the Filipino priests who had long been held down because of race and color prejudice.”
(Photo credit: skyscrapercity)
5) Anda Monument faces first relocation
Erected through the efforts of then governor-general Carlos Maria de la Torre in 1871, the Monument was originally located near the mouth of the Pasig River up until the 1960s when the construction of Del Pan Bridge (now, M. Roxas Jr. Bridge) started.
The current relocation proposal in Maestranza Park is actually closer to Anda Circle's original site.
So, should Simon de Anda's circle be moved again?