Bringing Back Roxas Boulevard's Glory
Choose Philippines | Mar 13, 2015
Photo from cutenadevil, with Creative Commons - Attribution License under Flickr
Photo from Paulo Alcazaren
Manila Bay is known for having one of the most beautiful sunsets and Roxas Boulevard, the promenade fronting it, provides front row seats to this majestic view.
First called "Cavite Boulevard," it was part of Architect Daniel Burnham's urban plan of Manila in the early 1900s. It was later named "Dewey Boulevard" in honor of the American Admiral George Dewey, then to "Heiwa Boulevard" during the Japanese occupation, and finally to its present name in the 1960 to honor President Manuel Roxas, the fifth president of our country.
With the change of names came the change in its landscape especially during the recent years — from road narrowing, addition of light posts, putting up of food stalls, removal of said food stalls, placement of benches, removal of said benches, and so forth and so on.
Now, Roxas Boulevard will be getting its much needed makeover.
Paulo Alcazaren posted on his Facebook just this morning (March 13, 2015) the details of the ongoing project.
- renovations on both sides and center island
- stronger waterside revetment (barricades or seawall)
- new raised planter as additional barrier and protection from storm surge
- parallel pedestrian and bike lanes separated by planting verge
- a new planting verge to separate the esplanade and the road
- monuments will have mini-piazzas
- removal of strombotic lights
- new functionally elegant lighting poles
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The renovation is a joint initiative of DOT and DPWH through the urban design and landscape architecture plan of PGAA (Paulo G. Alcazaren & Associates) Creative Design.
Alcazaren is one of the awarded and topnotch architects and urban planners of our country so you just know that the future of Roxas Boulevard is in good hands. You can just check out for yourselves his over 200 projects in 14 countries, including high-end residential and mixed-use developments, hotel and resorts, and large site planning in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bahrain, and, of course, the Philippines. (Info from conference.surp.upd.edu.ph.)
By the way, PGAA also designed the Iloilo Esplanade in the Visayas.